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In this Monday, Jan. 17, 2020 photo, Wesley Lowman sits for a portrait at Austin High School in Decatur, Ala. The Austin High senior created a computer application to help elementary students with math skills, and it was selected to represent the Fifth Congressional District at #HouseOfCode. He'll demonstrate the app in March at the U.S. Capitol. (Dan Busey/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Austin student to demonstrate app on Capitol Hill

Jan. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Wesley Lowman said the reason he created a computer application to help elementary students improve their math skills while playing games is pretty simple. “Elementary school is a critical time, and I see a lot of disinterest in math among students,” the Austin High...

Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Jan. 18, 2020 11:09 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert as millions of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year holidays. In total, 62 cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 PM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

Underwater tire reef experiment in Guam to be cleaned up

Jan. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Scientists in Guam are trying to determine how to remove a man-made underwater mountain built out of vehicle tires 50 years ago. Guam Environmental Protection Agency scientists hoped the tire reef would improve marine conditions in Cocos Lagoon and increase fish stocks, but has instead...

Mississippi keeps history exam, despite calls to end it

Jan. 18, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Mississippi's state Board of Education is keeping the state's U.S. history exam, despite months of pressure from teachers and others to cut testing. The board voted unanimously on Thursday to keep the test, one of four that public school students must keep in high school. A testing task force in August had...

URI gets grant to increase diversity in biomedical sciences

Jan. 18, 2020 11:44 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two scientists at the University of Rhode Island have been awarded a federal grant that aims to increase diversity in the biomedical sciences, according to the school. URI said Assistant Professor Bryan Dewsbury and Associate Professor Niall Howlett have been awarded a five-year,...

This photo provided by SpaceX shows a SpaceX rocket stands on the launch pad on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.  SpaceX delayed a planned test launch Saturday because of windy weather and rough seas off Cape Canaveral, Florida. The planned destruction of a rocket, a test for an astronaut-saving mechanism in the event of problems, is now planned for Sunday, the private space exploration company said in a tweet.(SpaceX via AP)

Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule

Jan. 18, 2020 9:53 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day. Liftoff is now set for Sunday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off Saturday on a 10-minute flight to demonstrate the capsule's...

Iguanas, nude beaches on Florida lawmakers' agenda next week

Jan. 18, 2020 9:35 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature set a lot of lofty goals for their annual 60-day session: passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and boosting teacher pay. But also on the agenda entering the second week of...

This December 2019 photo provided by Guy Ballard shows a male brush-tailed rock wallaby eating supplementary food researchers provided in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Before this fire season, scientists estimated there were as few as 15,000 left in the wild. Now recent fires in a region already stricken by drought have burned through some of their last habitat, and the species is in jeopardy of disappearing, Ballard said. (Guy Ballard/NSW DPI - UNE via AP)

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Jan. 18, 2020 7:35 AM EST

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Jan. 18, 2020 4:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote...