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Biden administration recommends oil drilling in Alaska

Feb. 01, 2023 16:29 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration issued a long-awaited study Wednesday that recommends allowing a major oil development on Alaska's North Slope, and the move — while not final — drew immediate anger from environmentalists who saw it as a betrayal of the president's pledges to...

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

Feb. 01, 2023 15:34 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200% their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too. While...

Race to vaccinate rare wild monkeys gives hope for survival

Feb. 01, 2023 13:55 PM EST

SILVA JARDIM, Brazil (AP) — In a small lab nestled in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, researchers with gloved hands and masked faces cradle four tiny golden monkeys so a veterinarian can delicately slide a needle under the thin skin of each sedated animal’s belly. The next morning,...

Google has the next move as Microsoft embraces OpenAI buzz

Feb. 01, 2023 11:56 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Before the artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT was unleashed into the world, the novelist Robin Sloan was testing a similar AI writing assistant built by researchers at Google. It didn’t take long for Sloan, author of the bestseller “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour...

How to make a mummy: Ancient Egyptian workshop has new clues

Feb. 01, 2023 11:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For thousands of years, ancient Egyptians mummified their dead in the search for eternal life. Now, researchers have used chemistry and an unusual collection of jars to figure out how they did it. Their study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is based on a...

Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny

Jan. 31, 2023 22:00 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Justice Department has been scrutinizing a controversial artificial intelligence tool used by a Pittsburgh-area child protective services agency following concerns that the tool could lead to discrimination against families with disabilities, The Associated Press has...

Monarch butterflies wintering in California rebound

Jan. 31, 2023 20:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The population of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has rebounded for a second year in a row after a precipitous drop in 2020, but the population of orange-and-black insects is still well below what it used to be, researchers announced Tuesday....

Bring back dodo? Ambitious plan draws investors, critics

Jan. 31, 2023 12:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dodo bird isn’t coming back anytime soon. Nor is the woolly mammoth. But a company working on technologies to bring back extinct species has attracted more investors, while other scientists are skeptical such feats are possible or a good idea. Colossal...

AI: World likely to hit key warming threshold in 10-12 years

Jan. 30, 2023 16:13 PM EST

The world will likely breach the internationally agreed-upon climate change threshold in about a decade, and keep heating to break through a next warming limit around mid-century even with big pollution cuts, artificial intelligence predicts in a new study that's more pessimistic than previous...

Dolphins, humans both benefit from fishing collaboration

Jan. 30, 2023 15:55 PM EST

A fishing community in southern Brazil has an unusual ally: wild dolphins. Accounts of people and dolphins working together to hunt fish go back millennia, from the time of the Roman Empire near what is now southern France to 19th century Queensland, Australia. But while historians...