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Green agendas clash in Nevada as company grows rare plant to help it survive effects of a mine

Jul. 18, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A botanist gently strokes the pollen of endangered wildflowers with a paintbrush as she tries to reenact nature inside a small greenhouse in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada. It's part of a lithium mining company's grand experiment intended to help keep an...

Boeing is closer to understanding thruster failures on its first astronaut flight with latest test

Jul. 18, 2024 14:29 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing is closer to understanding what went wrong with its astronaut capsule in orbit, now that testing is complete on a spare thruster here on Earth. The Starliner capsule has been docked at the International Space Station since June 6. It should have...

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

Jul. 18, 2024 12:31 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...

Greenhouses are becoming more popular, but there's little research on how to protect workers

Jul. 18, 2024 09:44 AM EDT

From opposite ends of the world, the uncomfortable conditions Shamim Ahamed and Purvi Tiwari experienced doing separate Ph.D. research inside greenhouses inspired them to study the heat in the indoor structures. Tiwari, a researcher at Indira Gandhi Agricultural University in India,...

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...

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...