FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, a monarch butterfly rests on a plant at Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford, Del. The western monarch but

California's monarch butterflies critically low for 2nd year

The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed.

First space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven

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“We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year,” tweeted U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, with Italy’s Luca Parmitano.
The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space.

Coalition of states sue over rules governing 3D-printed guns

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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Cody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Tex
Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a federal regulation that could allow blueprints for making guns on 3D printers to be posted on the internet.
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NASA releases video of first space-baked cookies

NASA releases video of first space-baked cookies

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano used trial-and-error to bake five frozen cookies in the prototype zero-G oven.
World
January 22

US official: China steals 'massive amounts' of data in West

China is stealing "massive amounts" of data from Western companies and Iran has stolen data from some 200 universities, the top U.S. cybersecurity diplomat said Wednesday .
World
January 22
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of "The Post" at The Newseum in Washington. United Nations experts on Wednes

Saudi crown prince's WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

The cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked in what appeared to be an attempt by Saudi Arabia's crown prince to "influence, if not silence" the newspaper's reporting on the kingdom, two U.N. human rights experts said Wednesday.
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January 22
There were 64 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks worldwide last year. Shark trackers said there were another 41 provoked attacks around the world that

Unprovoked shark attacks drop worldwide, but not in the US

Unprovoked shark attacks around the world decreased last year, although they rose in the United States, according to researchers.
World
January 22
A badly malnourished lion rested in a zoo in Khartoum, Sudan.

Starving lions in Sudan spur global effort

The lions, held in cages in a park in the capital of Sudan, limp weakly in the photos and videos circulating on social media. Their…
Nation
January 22

Relic hunters seek to retrieve Titanic radio

Experts say the transmitter could soon be lost forever.
Local
January 22
A lone pine tree survived the plowing of this field south of Park Rapids, Minn., seen in a Jan. 28, 2015 photo. The mixed pine forests of central Minn

Minnesota's battle over wells, water and nitrates lands in one farmer's back yard

The DNR wants a study of vulnerable groundwater in Pineland Sands region.
World
January 21
FILE - In this July 10, 2019 file photo, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald checks his news website at his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian pros

Brazilian prosecutors accuse Glenn Greenwald in hacking case

Prosecutors accused U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday of involvement in hacking the phones of Brazilian officials involved in a corruption investigation, though Brazil's high court had blocked investigations of the journalist or his Brazil-based news outlet in relation to the case.
World
January 21
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, center, leaves as U.S. President Donald Trump, rear right, and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, rear le

Backatcha: Thunberg returns Trump's climate jibe

Greta Thunberg isn't easily intimidated.
Science
January 20
A mountain of plastic waste in Shanghai. China has introduced measures to drastically cut the amount of disposable plastic.

China is banning plastics that pollute land, water

Previous efforts to reduce its use have faltered.
Science
January 18
In this Nov. 20, 2019 image from video, Zach Ault is fitted with an EEG cap which uses electrodes to track the electrical activity of his brain, at th

Patients push limits for clues to chronic fatigue syndrome

NIH researchers, patients look for the answers to one of medicine's most vexing mysteries.
World
January 18
Rodney Dillon dives for abalone to put his favorite food on the table. But he’s also carrying on a dying Aboriginal custom nearly ended by the Briti

On land, Australia's rising heat is 'apocalyptic.' In the ocean, it's even worse

Climate change had arrived near the bottom of the world, and the giant kelp that flourished in its cold waters was among the first things to go.
Variety
January 18
Treetop Barbie is outfitted with doll-sized versions of ecologist Nalini Nadkarni’s real-life gear. It’s one in a series of new Barbies.

Utah ecologist helped create scientist Barbie

Input from forest ecologist spawned a bold new line of science-inspired dolls.
Science
January 18
Midwives could save rural hospitals struggling with the challenge of being prepared 24/7 to deliver babies, a new Mayo Clinic study found.

With a shortage of obstetricians at rural hospitals, the answer may be: Call the midwife

In a new Mayo Clinic study, certified nurse midwives provided round-the-clock staffing and coordinated with obstetricians on prenatal care and deliveries.
Nation
January 17
FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, lawyers and youth plaintiffs lineup behind a banner after a hearing before Federal District Court Judge Ann

Federal appeals court tosses landmark youth climate lawsuit against U.S. government

Divided judges say kids made compelling case for action, but issue is for Congress, president.
World
January 17
In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, Mohamed Omar, left, from the Ministry of Agriculture, and farmer Abdilahi Bataax, right, hold desert locusts

Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa

The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say. Unusual climate conditions are partly to blame.
Science
January 17

Science briefs: T-Rex teens inspire own form of terror

A full-grown T. rex was probably the most fearsome sight of the Cretaceous. But as with the teenagers of many species, adolescent T. rexes inspired…
Science
January 17
This image provided by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a collectio

Scientists find way to get century-old TB vaccine to work better

Injecting the vaccine straight into the bloodstream dramatically improved its effectiveness over the current skin-deep shot, researchers reported.
Science
January 17
The African Burial Ground shattered barriers for people of color in science.

How discovery of N.Y. burial ground changed field of genetics

Ultimately, the African Burial Ground Project shattered barriers for people of color in science.
Science
January 17
Doctoral student Jacob George and professor Greg Clark examined the Luke Arm, which has been in development for more than 15 years. Clark said users c

New bionic limbs can help users 'feel'

The Luke Arm is a motorized and sensorized prosthetic that has been in development for more than 15 years by a team at the University of Utah.