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Mexico Mayan site gets double heritage status

Jul 9, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The southern Mexico Mayan ruins of Calakmul have become the country's first site to receive the "mixed" World Heritage designation from the United Nations.

The designation cites both the pyramids of the ancient city-state and hundreds of thousands of acres of well-preserved ...

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GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

Jul 9, 2014

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments, antiques and guns made with ivory to trade in such items.

A House ...

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Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

Jul 9, 2014

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

The projected lake ...

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Interior secretary pledges $43M for conservation

Jul 8, 2014

By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Tuesday that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide, kicking off a weeklong campaign around the nation to support the ...

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Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

Jul 8, 2014

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

The six glass vials were intact and sealed,

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Tornado confirmed in Michigan; some injuries

Jul 7, 2014

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan, officials said Monday, and storms with tornadoes damaged some homes in Iowa.

A fast-moving ...

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Feds doubt climate change's impact on wolverines

Jul 7, 2014

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A top federal wildlife official said there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the so-called "mountain devil."

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Scientists criticize Europe's $1.6B brain project

Jul 7, 2014

By The Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general.

The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely ...

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US moves to protect scalloped hammerhead sharks

Jul 3, 2014

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday classified as endangered and threated four distinct populations of a shark species whose fins are favored as an ingredient in shark fin soup.

The agency said it's listing scalloped hammerhead sharks ...

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Cosmic masquerade: Habitable planet isn't planet

Jul 3, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says a planet outside our solar system thought to be in the so-called Goldilocks zone is not even a real planet, but a cosmic masquerade.

Four years ago, scientists proclaimed they found what could be the first planet outside our solar system in the habitable zone ...

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Study shows how drilling wastewater causes quakes

Jul 3, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.

Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small-to-medium earthquakes in the past five years,

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Chinese woman charged in trade secrets theft case

Jul 2, 2014

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The wife of a Chinese company's chairman was charged Wednesday in federal court in Des Moines with conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies.

Mo Yun, 42, was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles. She is a citizen of China. A ...

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5 things to know about Cousteau's undersea mission

Jul 2, 2014

By JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Fabien Cousteau comes from a famous family of filmmakers, advocates and ocean explorers, and now he's added to their legacy of sea stories a 31-day expedition at an underwater laboratory in the Florida Keys. Here are five things to know about ...

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Fabien Cousteau ends mission at undersea lab

Jul 2, 2014

By JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Fabien Cousteau says his 31-day underwater living experiment in the Florida Keys was a monumental success that used tools of which his famous ocean explorer grandfather could only dream.

Cousteau and a team of filmmakers and scientists dove ...

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Scientists withdraw claim about making stem cells

Jul 2, 2014

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research.

In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the Japanese and ...

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AIDS scientist pleads not guilty to faking study

Jul 1, 2014

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.

Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four ...

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NASA resets launch of carbon-monitoring satellite

Jul 1, 2014

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The launch of a NASA satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide has been rescheduled for early Wednesday.

A Delta 2 rocket carrying the satellite had been scheduled to lift off early Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

NASA says ...

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Officials clash over beach contamination warnings

Jun 30, 2014

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state officials in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts who say the revisions could unnecessarily scare ...

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Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

Jun 30, 2014

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.

The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a ...

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NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

Jun 30, 2014

By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy — this time on a different rocket.

The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate ...

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