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Thailand's lost baby dugong dies from shock, eating plastic

Aug. 17, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday. The female dugong — a large ocean mammal — was named...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

FSU scientist finds way to tags sharks underwater

Aug. 17, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — The deep sea may be the largest ecosystem in the world, but to Dean Grubbs it's more like exploring deep space. Scientists know very little about both, said the Florida State University ecologist. Grubbs' team is trying to change that, and they've made one giant leap for marine...

SCSU receiver takes wildlife research trip to South Africa

Aug. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud State senior wide receiver John Solberg is confident he will be a teacher for the rest of his life. When the chance came to work with students from his hometown on a study-abroad trip in his field of biology, it was something he couldn't pass on. Solberg spent two weeks...

Rock collector donates rock collection to University of Iowa

Aug. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Robert Wolf, of Fort Dodge, has about 250 boxes of rock samples sitting in his garage waiting for a crew from the University of Iowa to come pick them up with a 20-foot truck. The collection took the better part of 30 years to find. Each rock sample has a number and each is recorded...

Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism

Aug. 17, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said. Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of...

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

Sailing team to fly 2 crew to US to bring Thunberg boat back

Aug. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The sailing team that's taking climate activist Greta Thunberg from England to the United States aboard a high-tech racing yacht says it will fly two crew across the Atlantic to bring the boat back, but that the carbon emissions from their flights will be compensated for. A spokeswoman for...

California sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

Aug. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists have installed an underwater sound system they hope will reduce collisions between whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel off Southern California. A listening station on the channel floor is able to capture whale calls as far away as 30 miles (48 kilometers),...

Nevada will seek new court order to remove plutonium

Aug. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada isn't giving up its push to get the Trump administration to remove weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly shipped to a site near Las Vegas last year, learning from an appeals court defeat and planning a challenge that gets to the heart of the fight. State Attorney General Aaron...