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  • Ice sheets melting at poles faster than before

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by global warming, polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are now melting three times faster than they did in the 1990s, a new scientific study …


  • Study contends Grand Canyon as old as dinosaur era

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests — so early that dinosaurs …


  • US defends ‘enormous’ climate efforts at UN talks

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Anticipating an onslaught of criticism from poor nations, the United States claimed “enormous” strides in reducing greenhouse emissions at the opening of U.N. climate talks Monday, …


  • US twin astronaut, Russian to spend year in orbit

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A former space shuttle commander whose twin brother is married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American. NASA …


  • Dark matter detector nearing activation in SD mine

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Scientists hoping to detect dark matter deep in a former South Dakota gold mine have taken the last major step before flipping the switch on …


  • Study: NJ beaches 30-40 feet narrower after storm

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — The average New Jersey beach is 30 to 40 feet narrower after Superstorm Sandy, according to a survey that is sure to intensify a long-running …


  • Study: NJ beaches 30-40 feet narrower after storm

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — A study has found that Superstorm Sandy washed away an average of 30 to 40 feet from New Jersey beaches, though some suffered five times …


  • Violent dolphin deaths a mystery for scientists

    ALONG THE GULF COAST (AP) — Dolphins are washing ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked off fins and federal officials are looking into …


  • Superstorm shines light on federal beach program

    SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — Towns along the Jersey shore that made use of federal money to build up beaches came through Superstorm Sandy with far less damage than those …


  • Even apes have ‘midlife crises,’ study finds

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chimpanzees going through a midlife crisis? It sounds like a setup for a joke. But there it is, in the title of a report published Monday …


  • Calif. panel rejects quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility’s plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by …


  • Coastal panel mulls quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California coastal regulators were set to weigh in Wednesday on a utility’s contentious plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting …


  • CA coastal panel mulls quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California coastal regulators were set to weigh in Wednesday on a utility’s contentious plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting …


  • Global warming talk heats up, revisits carbon tax

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a once radical idea: a possible carbon tax. On Tuesday, a conservative …


  • Ignored on campaign, global warming talk heats up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a possible new tax. Superstorm Sandy, the rare and devastating Northeast storm, …


  • Geologists find East Coast quakes travel farther

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Data from the 2011 earthquake centered in Virginia shows East Coast tremors can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought, the …


  • Good news for coast: Nor’easter to weaken

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weather experts had good news for beleaguered northeast coastal residents Tuesday: A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks …


  • Study: Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved …


  • Judge backs NASA lab in work discrimination case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge has tentatively ruled in favor of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former computer specialist who alleged …


  • Where are all the space shuttles now?

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The last of NASA’s space shuttles to fly, Atlantis, is the last to move to its new retirement home, just 10 miles away at Kennedy …


  • Final 10-mile trek for space shuttle Atlantis

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Accompanied by astronauts and shuttle workers, Atlantis made a slow, solemn journey to retirement Friday, the last space shuttle to orbit the world and the …


  • Judge: Employee not let go over intelligent design

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former computer specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was not dismissed because he advocated his belief in intelligent design while at work, a Superior Court …


  • Last shuttle’s retirement move pains workers

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Atlantis isn’t going far to its retirement home at Kennedy Space Center’s main tourist stop. But it might as well be a world …


  • Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash in Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska’s Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption — 100 years ago. The National Weather …


  • Scientists look at climate change, the superstorm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer stood along the Hudson River and watched his research come to life as Hurricane Sandy blew through New York. Just eight months earlier, …


  • Sandy and storm surge pose ‘worst case scenario’

    KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) — The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a “worst case scenario” with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro …


  • Tsunami waves smaller than expected at start in HI

    HONOLULU (AP) — The first waves of a tsunami hitting Hawaii on Saturday night were smaller than expected, roughly three hours after evacuations were ordered for coastal areas threatened after …


  • ‘Frankenstorm’: Worse than sum of its parts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The storm that is threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation in just a couple of days with high winds, drenching rains, extreme …


  • ‘Frankenstorm’: Worse than sum of its nasty parts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The storm that is threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation in just a couple of days with persistent high winds, drenching rains, …


  • East Coast braces for monster ‘Frankenstorm’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Hurricane Sandy becomes a hybrid weather monster some call “Frankenstorm” it will smack the East Coast harder and wider than last year’s damaging Irene, forecasters said …


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