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Asian elephants said at risk from Chinese demand for skin

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:36:40 GMT2018-04-24T10:36:40Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing an even greater threat to Asia's wild herds than the ivory trade....



Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:09:05 GMT2018-04-24T18:09:05Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Construction workers in Iran may have unearthed the mummified remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the father of the country's last monarch, nearly four decades after the Islamic Revolution toppled the dynasty....



A Cold War poison resurfaces in a quiet English town

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:50:30 GMT2018-04-23T10:50:30Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- During the Cold War, Soviet scientists at a secret, high-security lab worked frantically to counter the latest U.S. chemical weapons. More than four decades later, the nerve agent they developed apparently turned up in a quiet English town, where it nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter....



New NASA boss gets 'hearty congratulations' from space

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:33:29 GMT2018-04-23T20:33:29Z

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's new boss is already getting cheers from space....



Michigan water activist, 6 others win environmental prize

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:35:10 GMT2018-04-23T19:35:10Z

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A woman who played a key role in exposing the lead-tainted water disaster in Flint, Michigan, is among seven people from around the world to be awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots environmental activism....



Power-sucking Bitcoin 'mines' spark backlash

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:33:39 GMT2018-04-24T08:33:39Z

Bitcoin "miners" who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New York's northern border a couple of years ago to tap into some of the nation's cheapest hydroelectric power, offering an air of Silicon Valley sophistication to this often-snowy region....



Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:40:41 GMT2018-04-23T10:40:41Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns....



A Cold War poison resurfaces in a quiet English town

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:08:05 GMT2018-04-23T11:08:05Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- During the Cold War, Soviet scientists at a secret, high-security lab worked frantically to counter the latest U.S. chemical weapons. More than 40 years later, the nerve agent they developed apparently turned up in a quiet English town, where it nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter....



Census finds increase in Mekong River's Irrawaddy dolphins

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:46:55 GMT2018-04-23T10:46:55Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- The number of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins along a stretch of the Mekong River has increased for the first time in 20 years but the animals still face serious threats, Cambodia's government and a major conservation group said Monday....



Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:34:53 GMT2018-04-20T21:34:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that's not nearly enough....