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Giant Rotating Ice Disk Draws Attention, Visitors

Giant Rotating Ice Disk Draws Attention, Visitors

Jan 16
Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river: A curious formation that's getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards (91 meters) wide.

Lights, Camera, Action! Tumbling Space Snowman in Film Debut

Lights, Camera, Action! Tumbling Space Snowman in Film Debut

Jan 16
Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission on Tuesday released the first stitched together animation of Ultima Thule (TOO-lee), the most distant object ever explored by humans.

Antarctica is Losing Ice 6 Times Faster Today Than in 1980s

Antarctica is Losing Ice 6 Times Faster Today Than in 1980s

By Seth Borenstein | Jan 15
Antarctica is melting more than six times faster than it did in the 1980s, a new study shows.

Australian State to Pump Oxygen into Rivers As Fish Die

Australian State to Pump Oxygen into Rivers As Fish Die

By Rod Mcguirk | Jan 15
An Australian state government on Tuesday announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions.

China Says It Exchanged Data with NASA on Far Side Landing

China Says It Exchanged Data with NASA on Far Side Landing

By Yannan Wang | Jan 14
China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday.

Lab Revokes Honors for Controversial DNA Scientist Watson

Lab Revokes Honors for Controversial DNA Scientist Watson

By Malcolm Ritter | Jan 14
James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist who lost his job in 2007 for expressing racist views, was stripped of several honorary titles Friday by the New York lab he once headed.

Tennessee Scientists Weighed Response to Anti-Vax Politician

Tennessee Scientists Weighed Response to Anti-Vax Politician

By Kimberlee Kruesi | Jan 14
What should a state health department do when its newly elected congressman gets a rush of social media attention for challenging the science behind vaccines?

Hawaii's Humpback Whales To Be Counted Despite Federal Shutdown

Hawaii's Humpback Whales To Be Counted Despite Federal Shutdown

Jan 14
West Hawaii Today reported Friday that volunteers from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will coordinate this season's Ocean Count, a community citizen science project that occurs during the peak of whale season.

DNA of Wolf Declared Extinct in Wild Lives on in Texas Pack

DNA of Wolf Declared Extinct in Wild Lives on in Texas Pack

By David Warren | Jan 13
Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carry a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago.

Oregon Begins Killing Sea Lions After Relocation Fails

Oregon Begins Killing Sea Lions After Relocation Fails

By Gillian Flaccus | Jan 12
Oregon wildlife officials have started killing California sea lions that threaten a fragile and unique type of trout in the Willamette River.

China Broadcasts Spacecraft Pictures from Moon's Far Side

China Broadcasts Spacecraft Pictures from Moon's Far Side

Jan 11
China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface.

Warrants for DNA Served After Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

Warrants for DNA Served After Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

By Terry Tang | Jan 9
Police served a search warrant Tuesday to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth, triggering reviews by state agencies.

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Hits Milestone: 25 Years of Decline

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Hits Milestone: 25 Years of Decline

By Mike Stobbe | Jan 9
The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.

Asteroid-Circling Spacecraft Grabs Cool Snapshot of Home

Asteroid-Circling Spacecraft Grabs Cool Snapshot of Home

By Marcia Dunn | Jan 9
An asteroid-circling spacecraft has captured a cool snapshot of home. NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft took the picture days before going into orbit around asteroid Bennu on New Year's Eve.

Genealogy Database, Gum Help Convict DJ in '92 Killing

Genealogy Database, Gum Help Convict DJ in '92 Killing

By Mark Scolford | Jan 9
A popular DJ pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and strangling a schoolteacher in 1992 after being identified as a suspect as a result of DNA a relative had submitted to a genealogy database.

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