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Mini Mercury skips across sun's vast glare in rare transit

Nov. 11, 2019 2:01 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mini Mercury skipped across the vast, glaring face of the sun Monday in a rare celestial transit. Stargazers used solar-filtered binoculars and telescopes to spot Mercury — a tiny black dot — as it passed directly between Earth and the sun on Monday. The eastern...

Seismologists measure shake from fans at MLS championship

Nov. 11, 2019 1:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seismologists in Washington state have used Major League Soccer's championship as an opportunity to study information collected while fans shook the stadium. KING-TV reported the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network installed seismic monitors at CenturyLink Field Sunday for the championship...

Quake widely felt across Hawaii's Big Island, but no damage

Nov. 11, 2019 1:40 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A moderate earthquake has been felt across Hawaii's Big Island, but there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 4.9 quake early Monday was centered about 20 miles (31 kilometers) northwest of Hilo. It was recorded at a depth of 22 miles (36...

Scientific groups remove job posts over LGBTQ policy at BYU

Nov. 11, 2019 1:39 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two well-known scientific groups have dropped job postings from their websites from Brigham Young University because of the school's LGBTQ policies, igniting a debate on whether research organizations should take a stance on social issues. The Washington-based American Geophysical...

Salmon farm site plan altered because of archaeological site

Nov. 11, 2019 11:49 AM EST

BUCKSPORT, Maine (AP) — A company that intends to create a salmon farm at a former mill site is altering the plan to avoid a 19th century farm identified during an archaeological survey. Arthur Spiess from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission said Whole Oceans will change the planned locations of an...

SpaceX launches 60 more mini satellites for global internet

Nov. 11, 2019 11:49 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched 60 mini satellites Monday, the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage. The Falcon rocket blasted into the morning sky, marking the unprecedented fourth flight of a booster for SpaceX. The compact flat-panel satellites...

Is my kid too young for contact sports? Advice still unclear

Nov. 11, 2019 11:13 AM EST

New guidance on concussions shows there isn't enough solid evidence to answer some of parents' most burning questions about contact sports. That includes what age is safest to start playing them. Pediatric experts in sports medicine, neurology and related fields evaluated and rated three decades of sports...

Putin bemoans continued corruption at space base

Nov. 11, 2019 7:10 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is complaining to his cabinet that widescale corruption at Russia's new space launch facility is continuing. The facility in the Far East, named Vostochny, is intended to reduce Russia's reliance on the Baikonur launchpads in Kazakhstan, from which all manned...

Iran awards prestigious prize to 2 US-educated scientists

Nov. 11, 2019 6:53 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday awarded a top prize in the study of science and technology to two U.S.-educated scientists. Vice President Sourena Sattari granted the Mustafa award to five scientists, three Iranians and two Turks, during a ceremony. Among the recipients was UCLA professor Ali...

Egypt says it's unearthed large animal mummy, likely a lion

Nov. 11, 2019 5:49 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says local archeologists have unearthed the mummy of an unusually large animal, most likely a lion or lioness. The ministry said on Monday the mummy was excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed...