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Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:06:16 GMT2017-05-25T13:06:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a glimmer of hope for America's ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday....

Science Says: What's known and not known about marijuana

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:42:22 GMT2017-05-24T21:42:22Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new marijuana study joins a limited record of scientific knowledge about the harms and benefits of pot....

Snowy plover chick hatches on Oregon beach

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:14:01 GMT2017-05-24T22:14:01Z

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Western snowy plover chick that hatched on an Oregon beach this spring is the first of its species to emerge successfully in that area in more than 50 years and provides hope that a management plan for the federally threatened species is working, wildlife officials said Wednesday....

New Zealand test rocket makes it to space but not to orbit

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:35:15 GMT2017-05-25T07:35:15Z

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- California-based company Rocket Lab said Thursday it had launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn't reach orbit as hoped....

Advocates: Federal role crucial for iconic waterway cleanups

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:38:21 GMT2017-05-24T05:38:21Z

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The Trump administration makes a straightforward case for slashing $427 million in federal spending to heal ailing regional water bodies such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound: State and local governments should do the work and foot the bill....

Science Says: Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:30:15 GMT2017-05-23T23:30:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists think they have answered a whale of a mystery: How the ocean creatures got so huge so quickly....

Agency takes tectonics study to earthquake-prone Alaska

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:02:30 GMT2017-05-24T18:02:30Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America's shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before....

Crash report: Confused by spin, Mars probe failed to brake

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:47:42 GMT2017-05-24T15:47:42Z

BERLIN (AP) -- An independent report has concluded that Europe's Schiaparelli probe crash-landed on Mars last year because its systems couldn't cope with a brief, wild rotation during its descent....

China urges balance on environment, economy in Antarctica

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:23:05 GMT2017-05-23T09:23:05Z

BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese leader on Tuesday urged international representatives to strike a "proper balance" between environmental and economic interests in Antarctica, as the frozen continent's vulnerability to climate change raises worries that some nations could seek to exploit its natural resources....

Spacewalking astronauts pull off urgent station repairs

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:34:38 GMT2017-05-23T15:34:38Z

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts completed urgent repairs at the International Space Station on Tuesday, replacing equipment that failed three days earlier and restoring a backup for a vital data-relay system....