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Marchers Unite To Take On Trump's Climate Policies

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:15:00 -0400

On the symbolic 100th day in office for President Trump, who has denied climate change, protesters are rallying in front of the White House to call for better environmental protections.

Florida Battles With Tricky Removal Of Costly Muck In Indian River Lagoon

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:20:00 -0400

In Florida, an effort is underway to remove more than million cubic feet of muck sullying the Indian River Lagoon, considered North America's most biologically diverse estuary. It's a mess.

California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:15:00 -0400

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. That's because avocados grow year-round in Mexico's climate, but not California's. Researchers are working to change that.

Scientists Hunt Hard Evidence On How Cop Cameras Affect Behavior

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:03:00 -0400

Police departments in about 95 percent of cities nationally have put wearable cameras on officers, or soon plan to. But do these body cameras make neighborhoods safer? Scientists want to find out.

Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:28:00 -0400

The spacecraft is "showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare," NASA's planetary science director says.

The North Korean Electromagnetic Pulse Threat, Or Lack Thereof

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:10:00 -0400

Can a nuclear weapon in space fired by North Korea knock off much of the world's electricity? Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, says not really.

Instead Of Showing Off Wealth, Some Show Off Busy Schedules

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:09:00 -0400

Instead of buying expensive things, people now use busyness to show their high status. New research finds that many celebrities use social media to boast about their lack of time, not their wealth.

Welcome To The Poison Garden: Medicine's Medieval Roots

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0400

One corner of the garden of Alnwick Castle in northern England grows a hundred plants behind lock and key. Many of the toxic species there were used by medieval doctors — nasty plants adapted to heal.

Cassini Spacecraft Re-Establishes Contact After 'Dive' Between Saturn And Its Rings

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:17:00 -0400

The Cassini probe has orbited Saturn for 13 years. This is the first time it entered the gap between the planet and its rings.

Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:21:00 -0400

An inexpensive drug could dramatically reduce the number of deaths of mothers from bleeding after childbirth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

Swipe Right To Help Save The Northern White Rhino From Extinction

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:45:00 -0400

To fund in vitro fertilization research, Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO Richard Vigne says researchers teamed up with the dating app Tinder to feature "Sudan" as the "Most Eligible Bachelor in the World."

'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:20:00 -0400

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Until now, the earliest signs of humans in the Americas dated back about 15,000 years. But new research puts people in California 130,000 years ago. Experts are wondering whether to believe it.

Cassini Spacecraft Starts Weaving Between Saturn And Its Rings

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:13:00 -0400

"Shields Up!" the Cassini craft's Twitter feed announced Wednesday. If all goes well, new images of the ringed planet will reach Earth early Thursday.

Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Appliance makers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the energy efficiency program. Energy Star is among 50 EPA programs that would be eliminated under the president's budget plan.