Farmers applied fertilizer to their fields south of Egerton.

Manure, fertilizers overload parts of Minnesota with nitrogen, mapping project finds

Group tracks where nearly 50 million tons of animal waste goes on Minnesota fields, adding nitrates to wells, rivers and lakes.

Twitter fact-checks Trump; he threatens new regs or shutdown

May 27
FILE -- President Donald Trump tours Ford's Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Trump threatened social media
President Donald Trump, the historically prolific tweeter of political barbs and blasts, threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. He turned to his Twitter account — where else? — to tweet his threats.

'Bummed out': SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

May 27
Clouds pass over the SpaceX Falcon 9, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of the rocket, as it sits on Launch Pad 39-A Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at
The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the risk of lightning.
Nation
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A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in

'Back in the game': SpaceX ship blasts off with 2 astronauts

A rocket ship built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from home soil for the first time in nearly a decade.
World
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A crowd of people gather near a large poster that shows a speach bubble from planet Earth that reads 'Help!!,' on the first Earth Day conservation awa

As big economies plan to start up, climate change is at a crossroad

The course of the world's giant economies is crucial if the fast-warming planet is to have a fighting chance to head off the blistering heat, droughts and wildfires.
Nation
May 27
A new timeline of the COVID-19 virus concludes that it lingered in Washington state, where few people were out at the Seattle Center, near the Space N

Scientists' revised timeline finds virus spread in U.S. started later that first thought, missing chance to save more lives

The revised timeline may clarify nagging ambiguities about the arrival of the pandemic.
National
May 27
FILE - This June 27, 2019, file photo President Donald Trump's Twitter feed is photographed on an Apple iPad in New York.

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump's tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to…
Nation
May 24
Peter Salk, whose father conquered polio, says coronavirus fight is far from over. He's seen near a photo of his famous father at the Salk Institute f

Jonas Salk's son warns: 'The disease can come back'

SAN DIeGO – He lives in La Jolla Village, near a cove that is attracting sunbathers this weekend, despite social distancing rules. Peter Salk’s favorite…
Science
May 24
Cicadas on plants in North Branford, Conn. in May 2013. Periodical cicadas have the longest life span of any insect, but they spend only a sliver of t

After 17 years underground, cicadas stage Southern invasion

They break through the ground, like the undead emerging from graves. They scuttle in huge packs in the same direction, through the forest floor and…
Science
May 23
A Pepperdine University professor asked whether “we as a society want drones flying around as the enforcers of these bureaucratic rules. That’s �

Did that drone just tell us to stay 6 feet apart?

At least 40 law enforcement agencies across the country have used drones in the past few months for coronavirus-related purposes.
World
May 23
A man bathes in the Hooghly river ahead of Cyclone Amphan making landfall in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Cyclone, breached dam and hurricane warning serve as reminders of climate change

Pandemic collides with extreme weather events.
Nation
May 22
The coronavirus pandemic has inflicted millions of job losses, and scammers have not been immune.

Coronavirus pandemic claims another victim: Robocalls

Have you been missing something amid the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders? No, not human contact. Not even toilet paper. Robocalls. Industry experts say robocalls are…
Variety
May 22

NASA's newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends

The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX's brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons.
National
May 22
Phexxi, a contraceptive made by San Diego-based Evofem Bioscience.

US regulators approve new type of contraceptive gel

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a birth control gel that works in a new way to prevent pregnancy. Phexxi — pronounced FECK’-see — comes in…
Science
May 21
Andy Mesecar, one of the leading scientists studying coronaviruses, and his team have dedicated nearly two decades to the research.

What scientists are learning to try to be ready for what's after COVID-19

The coronavirus field is undergoing a rapid change, needing more funding and more scientists in the field.
Science
May 21
In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, rubber stoppers are placed onto filled vials of the investigational drug remdesivir at a Gilead

Scientists launch wide dragnet against elusive killer

Scientists say fighting elusive killer will require multiple paths and drugs.
Science
May 21
Fletch and Shiraz, are trained to detect human remains. But they are also among cadaver dogs that are being enlisted to help archaeologists hunt for s

When cadaver dogs pick up a scent, archaeologists find where to dig

An experiment in Croatia marked the start of one of the most careful inquiries yet carried out of an unusual archaeological method.
Science
May 21
The blue calamintha bee.

Bee species thought extinct rediscovered

Before this spring, the blue calamintha bee had not been observed since 2016.
Science
May 21
Students in Cheryl Morales' ethnobotany class at Aaniiih Nakoda College track plants' growth by documenting greenhouse environmental conditions, sunri

Traditional healers cultivate healing plants and lost heritage

Once forced underground, they gain new recognition as the Indian Health Service embraces their knowledge.
National
May 21
The Miami skyline is shrouded in clouds May 15 as a cyclist rides along Biscayne Bay at Matheson Hammock Park.

Forecasters predict busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

With forecasters predicting another intense Atlantic hurricane season with as many as 13 to 19 named storms, disaster preparedness experts say it's critically important for people in evacuation zones to plan to stay with friends or family, rather than end up in shelters during the coronavirus pandemic.
National
May 21
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken worked in August with teams from NASA and SpaceX to rehearse crew extraction from SpaceX's Crew Dra

NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf

For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show.
Nation
May 20
A sign encouraging social distancing at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn on May 16, 2020. The coronavirus has plunged America into uncertainty, leaving to

Slow U.S. response to virus led to at least 36,000 deaths, model shows

The enormous cost of waiting to take action reflects the unforgiving dynamics of the outbreak.
Variety
May 20
British billionaire Richard Branson

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit plans first space launch

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit is targeting the coming weekend for its first attempt to launch a demonstration payload into space aboard a rocket released from beneath the wing of a Boeing 747.