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Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists

Oct. 16, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power...

Oldest human footprints in North America found in New Mexico

Sep. 23, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday. The first footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park in 2009....

ETSU seeks volunteers to sift for fossils from ancient site

Sep. 23, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University is seeking volunteers to help sift for fossils in sediment from what was a prehistoric pond that has produced remains of mastodons. The university says the volunteers needed this fall at the the Gray Fossil...

Egypt team identifies fossil of land-roaming whale species

Sep. 14, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian scientists say the fossil of a four-legged prehistoric whale, unearthed over a decade ago in the country's Western Desert, is that of a previously unknown species. The creature, an ancestor of the modern-day whale, is believed to have lived 43 million years ago. ...

2 charged with vandalism at fossilized dinosaur tracks site

Sep. 01, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Two men were arrested on suspicion of digging in an area of protected fossilized dinosaur footprints, authorities in Massachusetts said. The men, from New Jersey and Connecticut, were seen by police on Saturday afternoon walking up the stairs at...

Write-ins push giant beaver as official Minnesota fossil

Aug. 30, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A write-in campaign for a prehistoric giant beaver that weighed more than 200 pounds has secured it a spot on a list of possible candidates for state fossil. The write-in campaign has been so successful that the beaver, or Castoroides ohioensis,...

Old Alabama fossil plant's smokestacks toppled by dynamite

Aug. 25, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — Six smokestacks at a decommissioned power plant in Alabama crashed to the ground Wednesday in a controlled implosion that began with the boom of dynamite and ended with a huge cloud of dust. Once charges were set, workers toppled the structures...

Fossil leaves may reveal climate in last era of dinosaurs

Aug. 24, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Barclay opens a metal drawer in archives of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum containing fossils that are nearly 100 million years old. Despite their age, these rocks aren’t fragile. The geologist and botanist handles them with casual ease, placing one in...

Alabama diver finds prehistoric leg bone in Florida

Aug. 21, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — It was a find of mammoth proportions. Cullman police officer David Brooks was diving in the shallow waters of Venice Beach, Florida, “The Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” eyes alert for hidden treasures. He had dived here before, along with...

Tennessee professor answering critical questions about Mars

Aug. 08, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Linda Kah has spent her entire career working remotely. Literally. Her paleontological expeditions have taken her from the deep Sahara Desert to the high Andes mountains to the eerie silence of the remote Canadian arctic. ...