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Researchers link virus to Alaska birds with deformed beaks


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Biologist Colleen Handel saw her first black-capped chickadee with the heartrending disorder in 1998....

Girls & autism: It can be subtle, or absent for some at risk


CHICAGO (AP) -- Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition....

Plunging solar equipment prices fuel trade complaints


BEIJING (AP) -- Use of solar power is soaring, but Europe's biggest solar panel manufacturer, SolarWorld, took the surprise step last month of cutting 500 jobs from its workforce of 3,000....

University of Washington gets $210M from Gates Foundation


SEATTLE (AP) -- The University of Washington is getting $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help build a new facility to advance efforts to improve the health and well-being of people around the world, officials said Tuesday....

Court: US agency acted reasonably to protect seals


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An appeals court panel on Monday ruled that a federal agency acted reasonably in proposing to list a certain population of bearded seals threatened by sea ice loss....

Slippery slope: Study finds little lies lead to bigger ones


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Telling little fibs leads down a slippery slope to bigger lies - and our brains adapt to escalating dishonesty, which makes deceit easier, a new study shows....

UN weather agency: Heat-trapping gas surges beyond milestone


The World Meteorological Organization says heat-trapping gases in Earth's atmosphere are growing faster than before, surging permanently beyond a troubling milestone....

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals


BEIJING (AP) -- The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and "dance" as it plays Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips....

Alan Alda asks scientists to explain energy to children


STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) -- Alan Alda wants scientists to answer a question for 11-year-old children: What is energy?...

USGS: Oklahoma quake likely caused by wastewater disposal


FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) -- The third-largest earthquake in Oklahoma was likely triggered by underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production, the U.S. Geological Survey found in a report issued Monday....