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NASA is seeking a faster, cheaper way to bring Mars samples to Earth

Apr. 15, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s plan to bring samples from Mars back to Earth is on hold until there’s a faster, cheaper way, space agency officials said Monday. Retrieving Mars soil and rocks has been on NASA’s to-do list for decades, but the date kept moving forward, as...

Your morning coffee may be more than a half million years old

Apr. 15, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

That coffee you slurped this morning? It’s 600,000 years old. Using genes from coffee plants around the world, researchers built a family tree for the world's most popular type of coffee, known to scientists as Coffea arabica and to coffee lovers simply as “arabica.” ...

Scientists say coral reefs around the world are experiencing mass bleaching in warming oceans

Apr. 15, 2024 11:49 AM EDT

Coral reefs around the world are experiencing global bleaching for the fourth time, top reef scientists declared Monday, a result of warming ocean waters amid human-caused climate change. Coral reef bleaching across at least 53 countries, territories or local economies has been...

What does science say about the ingredients in functional beverages?

Apr. 15, 2024 06:28 AM EDT

Functional beverages — or drinks promoted as offering mental or physical benefits beyond hydration — are growing in popularity around the world. Hundreds of companies have jumped into the market, hoping to get some buzz with trendy and sometimes unfamiliar ingredients. Here are...

Oldest living conjoined twins, Lori and George Schappell, die at 62

Apr. 13, 2024 15:06 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — Conjoined twins Lori and George Schappell, who pursued separate careers, interests and relationships during lives that defied medical expectations, died this month in Pennsylvania, according to funeral home officials. They were 62. The twins, listed by Guinness...

Dead whale in New Jersey had a fractured skull among numerous injuries, experts find

Apr. 12, 2024 14:53 PM EDT

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A post-mortem examination of a whale that washed ashore on New Jersey's Long Beach Island found that the animal had sustained numerous blunt force injuries including a fractured skull and vertebrae. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center on Friday...

These biodegradable straws could prevent new coral from becoming expensive fish food

Apr. 11, 2024 08:23 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — South Florida researchers trying to prevent predatory fish from devouring laboratory-grown coral are grasping at biodegradable straws in an effort to restore what some call the rainforest of the sea. Scientists around the world have been working for...

Making cement is very damaging for the climate. One solution is opening in California

Apr. 11, 2024 08:09 AM EDT

It's a major contributor to climate change — the way buildings and roads are made with concrete. It's also a problem that's growing as more of the world develops. So the race has been on to find solutions for a material that's responsible for roughly 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. ...

In Russia's Far East, a new heavy-lift rocket blasts off into space after two aborted launches

Apr. 11, 2024 05:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday successfully test-launched a new heavy-lift rocket from its Far Eastern space complex, a lift-off that comes after two aborted attempts earlier this week. The first attempt to launch the Angara-A5 rocket from the Vostochny spaceport on Tuesday was...

Russia aborts second attempt to launch a heavy-lift rocket from Far East

Apr. 10, 2024 09:50 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia failed for a second straight day Wednesday to test-launch a new heavy-lift rocket from its Far Eastern space complex. Officials have scheduled a further launch attempt for Thursday. The first attempt to launch the Angara-A5 rocket from the Vostochny spaceport...