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Tribes, researchers debate final fate of P-22, famed LA puma

Feb. 04, 2023 21:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The life of Los Angeles’ most famous mountain lion followed a path known only to the biggest of Hollywood stars: Discovered on-camera in 2012, the cougar adopted a stage name and enjoyed a decade of celebrity status before his tragic death late last year. The...

Hawaii whale dies with fishing nets, plastic bags in stomach

Feb. 02, 2023 16:07 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A whale that washed ashore in Hawaii over the weekend likely died in part because it ate large volumes of fishing traps, fishing nets, plastic bags and other marine debris, scientists said Thursday, highlighting the threat to wildlife from the millions of tons of plastic that ends...

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...

Stafford girl remains chipper in face of bone marrow failure

Jan. 29, 2023 09:05 AM EST

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Elliott Domaleski was watching “The Muppet Christmas Carol” when she saw Tiny Tim’s crutch, propped up in the corner by itself. Most 5-year-olds probably wouldn’t have given the image a second thought. But Elliott’s young life has...

Pretty but toxic: Watch toddlers around these houseplants

Jan. 24, 2023 16:13 PM EST

When visiting friends or family who have both houseplants and young children, I’ve been compared to “Aunt Bonnie” from the Geico commercial “Aunt Infestation.” In it, a young couple who just moved into a new home complains of having pests — not ants but overbearing...

Making pig livers humanlike in quest to ease organ shortage

Jan. 17, 2023 13:07 PM EST

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The ghostly form floating in a large jar had been the robust reddish-brown of a healthy organ just hours before. Now it’s semitranslucent, white tubes like branches on a tree showing through. This is a pig liver that's gradually being transformed to...

Sperm whale beached in Oregon killed by ship, feds find

Jan. 16, 2023 21:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 40-foot sperm whale that beached on Oregon's northwestern coast was killed after being struck by a ship, federal biologists conducting a post-mortem examination of the animal determined Monday. Biologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

UM leads research into hybrid super reefs to defend coasts

Jan. 14, 2023 03:13 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. military has an idea to save its seaside bases from some of their most relentless foes: flooding, erosion and storm surge. The Defense Department spends billions of dollars to repair hurricane- and flood-related damage to its bases; in 2018, a particularly...

Designers look to nature, landfills for new decor materials

Jan. 10, 2023 16:05 PM EST

At first glance, Nina Edwards Anker's sconces and chandeliers look like ancient scrolls of parchment, or sheets of buttery toffee, wrapped around LED bulbs. Come closer — or just ask the New York-based designer/architect — and you'll find they're actually made of algae. ...

Forest lizards genetically morph to survive life in the city

Jan. 10, 2023 15:19 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lizards that once dwelled in forests but now slink around urban areas have genetically morphed to survive life in the city, researchers have found. The Puerto Rican crested anole, a brown lizard with a bright orange throat fan, has sprouted special...