- Feds seek borehole test for potential hot nuke waste burial Updated: Feb-14-16 1:21 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas - The federal government plans to spend $80 million assessing whether its hottest nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes, a project that could provide an alternative strategy to a Nevada repository plan that was halted in 2010.
- National Elk Refuge counts 7,000-plus elk Updated: Feb-14-16 1:20 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - Nearly 7,300 elk have been counted on feed lines at the National Elk Refuge near Jackson.
- Federal researchers work to create honeybee gene bank Updated: Feb-14-16 11:05 am
FARGO, North Dakota - Federal researchers are working to perfect the process of freezing the cells of honeybee embryos in hopes of protecting the insect species amid the pests, disease and pesticides that have been killing off its populations.
- Navy considers electric gun for a Zumwalt-class destroyer Updated: Feb-14-16 10:15 am
BATH, Maine - Development of a futuristic weapon depicted in video games and science fiction is going well enough that a Navy admiral wants to skip an at-sea prototype in favor of installing an operational unit aboard a destroyer planned to go into service in 2018.
- Committee supports study of Lake Mitchell algae problem Updated: Feb-14-16 10:00 am
MITCHELL, South Dakota - A majority of members of an advisory committee support studying the long-term algae problem at Lake Mitchell.
- Munn, Segel help film academy honor inventors, engineers Updated: Feb-14-16 2:40 am
BEVERLY HILLS, California - Subjects like rapid prototyping, 3-D texture painting and the intricacies of digital media review systems became comic material Saturday for Olivia Munn and Jason Segel, hosts of the film academy's Scientific and Technical Awards. Or at least they tried their best.
- Positive signs for endangered monk seal population Updated: Feb-13-16 10:18 pm
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Hawaii's monk seal population is improving slowly, though researchers warn it'll take many more good years to reverse a decline that's been ongoing since the 1950s.
- Magnitude-5.8 quake shakes New Zealand city of Christchurch Updated: Feb-13-16 9:57 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of serious damage, nearly five years after a deadly, more powerful quake destroyed much of the city center.
- Texas research: Speed dating, video more often lead to love Updated: Feb-13-16 6:16 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Speed dating or video interaction is much more effective than photos in an online profile when someone's looking for love, some experts have concluded.
- Noise harder on children than adults, hinders how they learn Updated: Feb-13-16 2:17 pm
WASHINGTON - From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child's brain than an adult's, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters learn.
- Brazil troops battle Zika mosquitoes Updated: Feb-13-16 1:05 pm
SAO PAULO - More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops fanned out across Brazil on Saturday to teach people how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus that many health officials believe is linked to severe birth defects.
- Dinosaur bones headed for Idaho State University Updated: Feb-13-16 11:35 am
POCATELLO, Idaho - Bones from three types of meat-eating dinosaurs are coming to the Idaho State University Museum of Natural History.
- College, elementary school partner to train future teachers Updated: Feb-13-16 10:46 am
NORFOLK, Nebraska - Several Wayne State students are swapping the college classroom for an elementary one this semester.
- NYC waters are teeming with plastic particles, study finds Updated: Feb-13-16 10:01 am
NEW YORK - The waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic, ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply, according to a new report by an environmental group.
- Broken trumpet from sunken ship holds its secrets from WWII Updated: Feb-13-16 9:01 am
WASHINGTON - The old, bent trumpet is dripping with water as Shanna Daniel lifts it from its basin in the conservation lab at the Washington Navy Yard.
- Senators: Portland's toxic air is 'public health emergency' Updated: Feb-12-16 11:28 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Federal lawmakers on Friday implored the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to respond to growing alarm over what they said were dangerous amounts of toxic pollution in Portland's air.
- Hawaii declares emergency over mosquito-borne illnesses Updated: Feb-12-16 10:02 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus.
- Montana State researchers among those proving Einstein right Updated: Feb-12-16 5:46 pm
BOZEMAN, Montana - A century ago Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves rippling through the universe, and on Thursday a team of 1,000 scientists worldwide - including Montana State University astrophysicist Neil Cornish - announced they found proof in the echo of a billion-year-old collision between two massive black holes.
- Judge dismisses lawsuit against Metro Nashville Schools Updated: Feb-12-16 5:16 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a student against the Metro Nashville Public School system alleging she was pulled out of an algebra class so she wouldn't have to take a test, allowing her school to artificially inflate its scores.
- Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals Updated: Feb-12-16 5:13 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A review of more than 900 marine mammals hunted, stranded or captured for research along Alaska's coast has found toxins from harmful algae in 13 species, creating concern that the natural poisonous substances could increase as water temperatures warm and sea ice diminishes.
- Feds: Remove 3 California foxes from endangered species list Updated: Feb-12-16 4:33 pm
LOS ANGELES - Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their populations have made an historic recovery.
- The Latest: Feds: Take California foxes off endangered list Updated: Feb-12-16 2:28 pm
VENTURA, California - The Latest on the recovery of three island fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands (all times local):
- UW officials vote to demolish historic reactor building Updated: Feb-12-16 2:20 pm
SEATTLE - The University of Washington has approved plans to tear down a historic building that used to house a nuclear reactor in order to replace it with a new computer-science building.
- Urbanization leads to change in type of bacteria in the home Updated: Feb-12-16 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Whether it's a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window.
- Minnesota company has a role in landmark physics discovery Updated: Feb-12-16 1:03 pm
BURNSVILLE, Minnesota - A Minnesota supercomputing company has a role in the research that's being heralded as one of the biggest discoveries in the history of physics - the sound of gravitational waves.