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EXPLAINER: Factors behind Sydney's recent flood emergecies

Jul. 06, 2022 02:02 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary victims questioning how many times they can rebuild. The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams...

Warming world creates hazard for Alpine glaciers

Jul. 05, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

Italy was enduring a prolonged heat wave before a massive piece of Alpine glacier broke off and killed hikers on Sunday and experts say climate change will make those hot, destabilizing conditions more common. Seven hikers died and several others are unaccounted for after large...

As 'Run 3' begins, CERN touts discovery of exotic particles

Jul. 05, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The physics lab that’s home to the world’s largest atom smasher announced on Tuesday the observation of three new “exotic particles” that could provide clues about the force that binds subatomic particles together. The observation of a new type of pentaquark...

NASA: Contact lost with spacecraft on way to test moon orbit

Jul. 05, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Tuesday it has lost contact with a $32.7 million spacecraft headed to the moon to test out a lopsided lunar orbit, but agency engineers are hopeful they can fix the problem. After one successful communication and a second partial one on Monday, the space...

Ukrainian mathematician awarded prestigious Fields Medal

Jul. 05, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska was named Tuesday as one of four recipients of the prestigious Fields Medal, which is often described as the Nobel Prize in mathematics. The International Mathematical Union said Viazovska, who holds the chair in number theory...

76 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in NYC

Jul. 05, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The fossilized skeleton of a T. rex relative that roamed the earth about 76 million years ago will be auctioned in New York this month, Sotheby's announced Tuesday. The Gorgosaurus skeleton will highlight Sotheby's natural history auction on July 28, the auction...

COVID nursing home deaths claim is campaign trail mainstay

Jul. 05, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for governor, has made a campaign staple out of the allegation that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's policy of readmitting COVID-19 patients from hospitals to nursing homes caused thousands of deaths — a baseless claim for...

New study says decrease in salmon threatens killer whales

Jul. 05, 2022 08:46 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Southern Resident killer whales have not had enough food for several years, which could affect their already small numbers, according to a study by the University of British Columbia. Researchers looked at requirements and availability of prey for...

China sees record rains, heat as weather turns volatile

Jul. 05, 2022 02:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — From the snowcapped peaks of Tibet to the tropical island of Hainan, China is sweltering under the worst heatwave in decades while rainfall hit records in June. Extreme heat is also battering Japan, and volatile weather is causing trouble for other parts of the world...

New cohort of 27 chosen for WVa teaching scholarships

Jul. 05, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new group of high school graduates planning to become teachers will receive a West Virginia scholarship worth up to $40,000 over four years, officials said. A total of 27 seniors were chosen for the third cohort of Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars,...