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Search for long-forgotten Zion Cemetery has begun

Aug. 18, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Moates stabbed the ground with a pointed metal rod he calls his "master prober." He hit something solid around two feet down and stabbed a few more times to trace the object. It's rectangular, he said — large enough to be a cemetery vault for a child. Or, maybe just a random...

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

Aug. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did...

National lab details $13B in building plans over next decade

Aug. 17, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have plans for $13 billion worth of construction projects over the next decade at the northern New Mexico complex as it prepares to ramp up production of plutonium cores for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. They outlined their plans...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

Major fire breaks out in New Delhi hospital; no casualties

Aug. 17, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities evacuated dozens of patients and visitors after a fire broke out Saturday in a major government-run hospital in the Indian capital. New Delhi fire official Vipin Kental said smoke enveloped three floors of the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences building, but there were no...

Girls discover science, tech during monthly library program

Aug. 17, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — It looks like a familiar scene. Children sit down opposite computer screens and tune out the world. But they weren't using social media or watching YouTube. They were coding. Once a month, young girls meet at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library to participate...

Alabama crayfish clings to survival amid weaker protections

Aug. 17, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The slenderclaw crayfish is barely surviving in northern Alabama. The tiny animal is now known to survive in just two creeks near Sand Mountain, where they burrow under rocks in shallow, slow-moving waters, Al.com reported. The animal lost most of its original habitat when the...

Rock collector donates rock collection to University of Iowa

Aug. 17, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Robert Wolf, of Fort Dodge, has about 250 boxes of rock samples sitting in his garage waiting for a crew from the University of Iowa to come pick them up with a 20-foot truck. The collection took the better part of 30 years to find. Each rock sample has a number and each is recorded...

Thailand's lost baby dugong dies from shock, eating plastic

Aug. 17, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday. The female dugong — a large ocean mammal — was named...

FSU scientist finds way to tags sharks underwater

Aug. 17, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — The deep sea may be the largest ecosystem in the world, but to Dean Grubbs it's more like exploring deep space. Scientists know very little about both, said the Florida State University ecologist. Grubbs' team is trying to change that, and they've made one giant leap for marine...