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Scientists Discover Big Storms Can Create 'Stormquakes'

Scientists Discover Big Storms Can Create 'Stormquakes'

By Seth Borenstein | Oct 17
Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they're calling them "stormquakes."

With Warming, Get Used to Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires

With Warming, Get Used to Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires

By Seth Borenstein | Oct 17
Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say.

Conservationists Seek Protection of California Joshua Trees

Conservationists Seek Protection of California Joshua Trees

Oct 16
The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday.

Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act

Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act

By Tammy Webber | Oct 16
Millions of fluorescent light ballasts containing PCBs probably remain in schools and day care centers across the U.S. four decades after the chemicals were banned over concerns that they could cause cancer and other illnesses.

NASA Moves Up 1st All-Female Spacewalk to Fix Power Unit

NASA Moves Up 1st All-Female Spacewalk to Fix Power Unit

By Marcia Dunn | Oct 16
NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station.

Executed Man's Daughter Asks Court to Order DNA Testing

Executed Man's Daughter Asks Court to Order DNA Testing

By Travis Loller | Oct 15
A woman whose father was executed for murder in Tennessee 13 years ago asked a judge on Monday to order the testing of DNA evidence in the case.

Owl Killings Spur Moral Questions About Human Intervention

Owl Killings Spur Moral Questions About Human Intervention

By Phuong Le | Oct 15
The federal government has been trying for decades to save the northern spotted owl, a native bird that sparked an intense battle over logging across Washington, Oregon and California decades ago.

Gay and Ginger? You're in Genius Company, Study Suggests

Gay and Ginger? You're in Genius Company, Study Suggests

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 14
While we in the 21st century can only wait for the day when our contributions to society take precedence over the private matter of who we love and marry, gay gingers can find in Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci a further source of pride.

Blue Light Isn't the Main Source of Eye Fatigue and Sleep Loss — It's Your Computer

Blue Light Isn't the Main Source of Eye Fatigue and Sleep Loss — It's Your Computer

Oct 14
Laboratory studies have shown that prolonged exposure to high-intensity blue light damages retinal cells in mice. But, epidemiological studies on real people tell a different story.

NASA Launches Satellite to Explore Where Air Meets Space

NASA Launches Satellite to Explore Where Air Meets Space

By Marcia Dunn | Oct 13
NASA launched a satellite on Thursday night to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space.

Who Says You Can't Eat Red Meat? Food Advice Questioned Anew

Who Says You Can't Eat Red Meat? Food Advice Questioned Anew

By Candice Choi | Oct 13
So is red meat good or bad for you? If the answer were only that simple.

EPA Proposes Rewrite of Rules on Lead Contamination in Water

EPA Proposes Rewrite of Rules on Lead Contamination in Water

By Ellen Knickmeyermeyer | Oct 12
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead

Astronauts Swapping More Batteries in Week's 2nd Spacewalk

Astronauts Swapping More Batteries in Week's 2nd Spacewalk

By Marcia Dunn | Oct 11
Space station astronauts ventured out Friday on their second spacewalk this week to swap more batteries.

Once Nearly Extinct, Songbird Coming Off Endangered List

Once Nearly Extinct, Songbird Coming Off Endangered List

By John Flesher | Oct 10
The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered.

Boeing to Invest $20 Million in Virgin Galactic

Boeing to Invest $20 Million in Virgin Galactic

By John Antczak | Oct 10
Boeing plans to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic, looking at possibilities beyond the space tourism company's immediate goal of launching passengers on suborbital flights as early as next year.

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