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Stegosaurus fossil fetches nearly $45M, setting record for dinosaur auctions

Jul. 17, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nearly complete fossilized remains of a stegosaurus fetched $44.6 million at auction Wednesday, Sotheby's said. The buyer's name was not disclosed. The fossil, dubbed “Apex,” is considered to be among the most complete ever found, according to the auction...

How NASA and SpaceX will bring down the space station when it's retired

Jul. 17, 2024 18:11 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX will use a powerful, souped-up capsule to shove the International Space Station out of orbit once time is up for the sprawling lab. NASA and Elon Musk’s company on Wednesday outlined the plan to burn the space station up on reentry and plunge...

NASA cancels its moon rover mission, citing cost overruns and launch delays

Jul. 17, 2024 17:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Wednesday it's canceling its water-seeking moon rover, citing cost overruns and launch delays. The Viper rover was supposed to launch in late 2023 aboard a lander provided by Astrobotic Technology, but extra testing and increased costs kept delaying the...

A meteor streaked over the NYC skyline before disintegrating over New Jersey

Jul. 17, 2024 14:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A meteor streaked over the New York City skyline before disintegrating over nearby New Jersey, according to NASA. William Cooke, the head of the space agency's Meteoroid Environments Office, said the fireball was first sighted at an altitude of 51 miles (82...

UN climate talks leader says financial help for poor nations is urgent goal of negotiations

Jul. 17, 2024 02:06 AM EDT

The head of upcoming climate negotiations told world leaders Wednesday that a new financial aid package for poor and disaster-struck nations is the urgent, make-or-break goal of United Nations talks this fall. “Time lost is lives, livelihoods and the planet lost,” said Mukhtar...

Webcam monitors hundreds of rattlesnakes at a Colorado 'mega den' for citizen science

Jul. 16, 2024 23:29 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — They creep, slither and slide over and around each other by the dozen and now there's a webcam so that anybody can watch them online at any time, even at night. A “mega den” with as many as 2,000 rattlesnakes isn't top binge-watching for many people....

Brazilian researchers discover dinosaur fossil after heavy rains in Rio Grande do Sul

Jul. 16, 2024 21:29 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A team of Brazilian scientists has discovered a fossilized skeleton of what they believe is one of the world’s oldest dinosaurs after heavy rains in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul accelerated the natural process of erosion. The fossil found next to...

The wave 'at the end of the road': A look at the unique features of the Olympic Games surf spot

Jul. 16, 2024 16:21 PM EDT

This month some of the world’s best surfers will travel to Tahiti, French Polynesia, to compete for Olympic gold on what is known as one of the heaviest waves in the world. Called Teahupo’o, the wave has unique properties that make it difficult to ride, having claimed the life of at least one...

World’s rarest whale may have washed up on New Zealand beach, possibly shedding clues on species

Jul. 16, 2024 03:33 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Spade-toothed whales are the world’s rarest, with no live sightings ever recorded. No one knows how many there are, what they eat, or even where they live in the vast expanse of the southern Pacific Ocean. However, scientists in New Zealand may have finally caught...

A 'new era' in malaria control has begun with a vaccination campaign for children in Ivory Coast

Jul. 16, 2024 03:00 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Health workers in Ivory Coast began giving children the latest malaria vaccine on Monday, the beginning of a regional campaign that experts hope might curb the impact of one of Africa's top killers. The West African country became the first to start...