President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered an unspecified ban on “transactions” with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat.

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S.

'Murder hornet' captured in trap for first time in Washington

August 6
Scientists worry the Asian Giant Hornet will destroy the honeybee population. The specimen shown is from Bellingham, Wash.

Minnetonka sued over mountain bike trail through rare bumblebee haven

August 6
Wildflowers in a prairie of Lone Lake Park in 2018. The Center for Biological Diversity doesn’t want to stop the new trail, but rather wants the cit
Lone Lake Park is home to one of the state's largest known populations of rusty patched bumblebees.
World
August 6
Technicians work on the poloidial field coil assembly line at the ITER (the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) in Saint-Paul-Lez-Duranc

France's global nuclear fusion device a puzzle of huge parts

A hugely ambitious project to replicate the energy of the sun is entering a critical phase.
Science
August 6
Stonehenge, roughly 5,000 years old, on the Salisbury Plain near Amesbury, England, on Aug. 6, 2014. Archaeologists in 2019 pinpointed the provenance

Source of Stonehenge's massive rock is revealed

The breakthrough came last summer when the long-lost core from Stone 58 was returned to the charity that manages Stonehenge.
Science
August 6
Artistic rendering of a juvenile dromaeosaur 70 million years ago on the Prince Creek Formation in northern Alaska.

Scientists discover baby dinosaur jawbone

DALLAS – After years of searching the Arctic, scientists have discovered the fragment of a baby dinosaur’s tiny jawbone, providing what they believe is a…
Science
August 6
The National Park Service is trying to find the least known of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains, the enslaved people brought there in t

Radar to help find graves in Great Smoky Mountains of enslaved people

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One of the oldest mysteries in the Great Smoky Mountains is where some of its earliest settlers are buried. Now the National…
Science
August 6
Dr. Giorgio Franyuti at a makeshift hospital in Mexico City, June 30, 2020. Franyuti is usually in the remote jungles of Mexico diagnosing tuberculosi

Resurgent diseases prowl in the shadow of coronavirus

Years of progress against infectious disease such as TB at risk of being undone.
Science
August 6
Skeleton athlete Pascal Richard tries one of his old skeleton helmets on his son Samuel at their home in Cochrane, Canada, July 8, 2020.

Sledding team trained hard for gold in 2010. Some regret it

Elite competitors for years have talked of mental fog, headaches, depression.
Science
August 6
A runner on El Porto Beach in Manhattan Beach, Calif., March 18, 2020. Eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods could dent our long-term health

Sugary diets may block body's response to exercise

The resistance was the same whether participant was overweight or slimmer.
Science
August 6
CEO and owner Adar Poonawalla, whose office is installed in a grounded plane, at right, said he felt an obligation to take this risk. “We just felt

Indian billionaires bet big on head start for vaccine

Family-run company carries risk on its own, knowing it has rare assembly capabilities.
National
August 6
President Donald Trump after a news conference at the White House in Washington, Aug. 4, 2020. Facebook took down a video posted by the Trump campaign

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. The post in question featured a…
World
August 5
Markings points to a patch of penguin guano on an image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite mission Nov. 7, 2016.

Poop scoop: Satellite images reveal Antarctic penguin haunts

British scientists say there are more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought based on evidence of bird droppings spotted from space.
Business
August 5
TikTok

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Instagram Reels.
Music
August 5
Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday, July 31, 2020, in Tampa, Florida, on charges that he hacked the Twitter accounts of celebrities with milli

Porn, rap interrupt Zoom hearing of Twitter hacking suspect

The online bond hearing for a Florida teen accused of hacking prominent Twitter accounts was interrupted Wednesday by rap music and pornographic videos from users who apparently disguised their names.
Business
August 5
In this frame grab from NASA TV, the SpaceX capsule splashes down Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in the Gulf of Mexico. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken s

Astronauts: SpaceX Dragon capsule 'came alive' on descent

The astronauts on SpaceX's first crew flight said Tuesday that their Dragon capsule "came alive" and sounded like a beast as it descended through the atmosphere to a smooth splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nation
August 4
Astronauts describe wild ride in return to Earth

Astronauts describe wild ride in return to Earth

The astronauts on SpaceX's first crew flight that their Dragon capsule came alive and rumbled like a beast as it headed to a safe splashdown.
Local
August 4
The University of Minnesota Morris is now carbon neutral in its electricity use. Shown is its biomass plant.

University of Minnesota, Morris becomes carbon neutral in electricity use

Two wind turbines produce much of the power used on campus.
Duluth
August 4
Beavers are so abundant in Voyageurs National Park that they may be helping moose populations by becoming food for wolves.

Unlikely food source may be behind moose success at Voyageurs Park

Voyageurs moose have a robust ally — or, perhaps, a sacrificial pawn — that others don't: American beavers.
Business
August 3
President Donald Trump tours the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, N.C., July 27, 2020. Operation Warp

Scientists worry about political influence over coronavirus vaccine project

In April, with hospitals overwhelmed and much of the United States in lockdown, the Department of Health and Human Services produced a presentation for the…
Business
August 1
Astronauts Bob Behnken, Chris Cassidy and Doug Hurley during an interview on the International Space Station on Friday, July 31, 2020. Behnken and Hur

NASA astronauts aim for Florida coast to end SpaceX flight

The first astronauts launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX company departed the International Space Station on Saturday night for the final and most important part of their test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown.
World
August 1
Pasture on a cattle ranch bordering a forest area burned in Brazil last year. After fending off international criticism on rainforest destruction, Pre

Under international criticism, Brazil's Bolsonaro is forced to fight deforestation

Environmentalists, experts and foreign officials who have pressed Brazil on conservation matters are skeptical of the government's commitment.
Nation
August 1
Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday, July 31, 2020, in Tampa, Florida, on charges that he hacked the Twitter accounts of celebrities with milli

Florida teen arrested as mastermind of Twitter hack

A Florida teen was identified Friday as the mastermind of a scheme earlier this month that commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Two other men were also charged in the case.