FILE - This April 14, 2019 file photo shows a western meadowlark in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. Accord

Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970

North America's skies are lonelier and quieter as nearly 3 billion fewer wild birds soar in the air than in 1970, a comprehensive study shows.

'This is a sounding of the alarm': U.N. summit focuses on urgent climate action

September 19
Candidates weigh in: The U.N. summit comes amid a growing focus on climate change around the world and mounting pressure to address it. Presidential h
U.N. climate summit next week will focus on nations' plans for action.

Minnesota student climate strikers to march on Capitol

September 19
Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg, shown at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday, has inspired more than 3,000 climate change student wa
Minnesota students concerned over climate change are planning to skip school and march on the state Capitol in St. Paul on Friday as part of global protests by young people demanding action from their governments.
Nation
September 19

Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, Park Service finds

Some archaeological features along the border already have suffered damage as Border Patrol agents zoom through the desert.
World
September 19
An archeologist shows a recently excavated pre-Hispanic vessel at the Kalasasaya temple in the ancient city of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 18,

Correction: Bolivia-Tiwanaku Vessels story

In a story Sept. 18 about pre-Hispanic artifacts found in Bolivia, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they were more than 400 years old. They were more than 1,400 years old.
Nation
September 18
In this Sept. 2017, photo made with a drone, a young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, Wash.

Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

U.S. protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California.
Business
September 17
Bob Shontell and his neighbors in Sherman Oaks, Calif., pooled their money to install security cameras that read license plates.

Neighbors are using these smart cameras to track strangers' cars

The technology used by some police departments is migrating to private citizens.
East Metro
September 17

Ramsey County data breach may have affected nearly 118,000 people

A data forensics firm found more people were affected than originally announced.
Variety
September 17
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017, file photo, a conference worker passes a demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose,

Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end

Facebook said Tuesday that it expects to name the first members of a new quasi-independent oversight board by year-end.
North Metro
September 17
Matthew Brenengen has prosopagnosia, a disorder making facial recognition difficult.

Seeking cure for rare disorder, Bethel researcher trains brains to recall faces

A facial-recognition disorder could have been a hardship for a wedding photographer, but Matthew Brenengen learned to make do: The bride was the woman in…
Science
September 14
This undated photo shows snow samples from Tschuggen, Switzerland, locked and ready for transport to Davos.

Microplastics found even in remote Arctic

It's a sign the substance is being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet.
World
September 14
Smoke fills the sky at the Abqaiq oil processing facility on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in Saudi Arabia. Drones claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacke

Saudi Arabia: Drone attacks knocked out half its oil supply

Yemen's Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires and halting about half of the supplies from the world's largest exporter of oil.
Nation
September 13
The children had their say on Friday at a rally near the White House. Among the demonstrators was Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, right p

Americans increasingly see climate change as a crisis, poll shows

The results point to a growing disconnect between Americans worried about the warming planet and Trump administration officials.
Business
September 13
Chief executive Tim Cook discusses the iPhone 11 Pro during Apple's annual product launch event in Cupertino, Calif., Sept. 10, 2019.

Does the new iPhone creep you out? Scientists grapple with why tiny holes scare some people

The backlash comes from people who say they suffer from an obscure and perplexing condition called "trypophobia."
Science
September 13

Health briefs: Plant protein may help you live longer, study says

Getting your protein from plants instead of animals could prolong your life, a study suggests. Researchers followed 70,696 Japanese men and women for an average…
Science
September 13

Science briefs: Squirrels seem to relax when they hear birds relaxing

Researchers at Oberlin College reported in the scientific journal PLoS One that squirrels pay attention not only to alarm calls, as many animals do, but…
Science
September 13
A study involving more than 1,000 people across 17 countries spanning every continent but Antarctica concludes that, on average, people pay more atten

Why we pay more attention to bad news

There are some evolutionary reasons as to why negativity bias exists, scientists said.
Science
September 13
The trackers: Scientists at the Customs and Border Protection Lab in Chicago help track drug trafficking routes and their sources. They also help with

Scientists track drug trafficking, crack cold cases by following pollen

Particles from drugs, clothing, old evidence can reveal traffickers, liars, killers.
Science
September 13
Nathan Reilly worked on managing his diabetes before college.

College students face diabetes distress as they learn to manage health on their own

Managing a chronic health condition can be especially challenging amid the constant change of campus life, a new study suggests.
Science
September 13
Deep learning could help determine which storms will produce hail and recognize the patterns of storms behind the largest hailstones.

How A.I can help predict hailstorms

Scientist is harnessing machine learning to recognize big storms.
Science
September 13
From left, Simon Frost, his daughter Annabel, 3, wife Nina, and daughter Clara read a book before Annabel's bedtime.

Labor of love: Cures for their kids

Parents pursue gene therapies for ultrarare diseases – because no one else is.
Science
September 12
This 2016 photo made with a fisheye lens shows bottles of alcohol during a tour of a state liquor store in Salt Lake City.

Winona State math researcher formulates how to predict addiction relapse

Understanding mood and craving patterns could help break the cycle of addiction.
Science
September 12
At risk: Mikayla Porter, sickened in 2015 by tainted pork, watched glumly as her father ate sausage that is off limits to her in Leavenworth, Wash. Sh

Tracing illness to farms, only to meet a wall

Pork industry blocks health officials even as drug-resistant antibiotics and infections surge.