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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....

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....

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....

Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:26:46 GMT2017-05-22T17:26:46Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another?...

After 9 months in space, mouse sperm yield healthy mice

Tue, 23 May 2017 02:35:30 GMT2017-05-23T02:35:30Z

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- After nine months in space, mouse sperm has yielded healthy mice, Japanese scientists reported Monday....