Science & Technology

WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak

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BERLIN — The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and...

California blaze erupts near site of deadliest US wildfire

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PULGA, Calif. — A blaze that erupted near the flashpoint of the deadliest wildfire in recent U.S. history was heading away from homes on...

Toyota revs up its digital mapping subsidiary Woven Planet

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TOKYO — Toyota plans to hire more people and invest heavily in its subsidiary Woven Planet to work on mobility technology so the Japanese...

California blaze erupts near site of deadliest US wildfire

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PULGA, Calif. — A blaze that erupted near the flashpoint of the deadliest wildfire in recent U.S. history was heading away from homes on...

Rehabbed mama manatee and her calf set free in Florida river

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ORANGE CITY, Fla. — A baby manatee and its injured mother are now swimming in Florida's St. Johns River after undergoing four months of...

18-year-old joining Blue Origin’s 1st passenger spaceflight

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An 18-year-old is about to become the youngest person in space, rocketing away with an aviation pioneer who will become...

Mexico abandons fishing-free zone for endangered porpoise

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MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government officially abandoned the policy of maintaining a fishing-free zone around the last 10 or so remaining vaquita marina....

Surgeon general urges US fight against COVID misinformation

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Thursday called for a national effort to fight misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines, urging tech companies, health care...

U.S. factory output dips 0.1% in June on auto chip shortage

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WASHINGTON — U.S. factory output slid last month as a shortage of computer chips disrupted auto production. ...

Top Senate Dem sets infrastructure vote, pressures lawmakers

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pressured lawmakers Thursday to reach agreement by next week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures,...