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Backyard Mosquito Spraying Booms, but May be too Deadly

Backyard Mosquito Spraying Booms, but May be too Deadly

By John Flesher | Aug 19, 2022

Chemical bombardment to keep mosquitoes in check is beginning to worry scientists who fear over-use of pesticides is harming pollinators and worsening a growing threat to birds that eat insects.

Giant Sharks Once Roamed the Seas, Feasting on Huge Meals

Giant Sharks Once Roamed the Seas, Feasting on Huge Meals

By Maddie Burakoff | Aug 18, 2022

A giant shark that roamed the oceans millions of years ago could have devoured a creature the size of a killer whale in just five bites, new research suggests.

Scientists Warn of Dire Effects as Mediterranean Heats Up

Scientists Warn of Dire Effects as Mediterranean Heats Up

By Ciaran Giles and Ilan Ben Zion | Aug 17, 2022

While vacationers might enjoy the Mediterranean Sea's summer warmth, climate scientists are warning of dire consequences for its marine life as it burns up in a series of severe heat waves.

Scientists Say New Climate Law is Likely to Reduce Warming

Scientists Say New Climate Law is Likely to Reduce Warming

By Seth Borenstein | Aug 17, 2022

Massive incentives for clean energy in the U.S. law signed Tuesday by President Joe Biden should reduce future global warming "not a lot, but not insignificantly either," according to a climate scientist.

New Climate Deal Spurs Hopes of More Carbon Storage Projects

New Climate Deal Spurs Hopes of More Carbon Storage Projects

By Mead Gruver | Aug 16, 2022

The concept known as carbon storage has long been touted as an answer to global warming that preserves the energy industry's burning of fossil fuels to generate electricity.

AP-NORC Poll: Many in U.S. Doubt their Own Impact on Climate

AP-NORC Poll: Many in U.S. Doubt their Own Impact on Climate

By Hannah Fingerhut and Nuha Dolby | Aug 14, 2022

Americans are less concerned now about how climate change might impact them personally — and about how their personal choices affect the climate — than they were three years ago, a new poll shows.

Officials: Loud 'Boom' Heard in North Utah Likely a Meteor

Officials: Loud 'Boom' Heard in North Utah Likely a Meteor

Aug 14, 2022

A loud "boom" heard across areas of northern Utah was likely a meteor, officials said Saturday.

Scientists Use Tiny Trackers, Plane to Follow Moths on Move

Scientists Use Tiny Trackers, Plane to Follow Moths on Move

By Maddie Burakoff | Aug 12, 2022

Trillions of insects migrate across the globe each year, yet little is known about their journeys. So to look for clues, scientists in Germany took to the skies.

Do Spiders Sleep? Study Suggests They May Snooze Like Humans

Do Spiders Sleep? Study Suggests They May Snooze Like Humans

By Maddie Burakoff | Aug 9, 2022

It's a question that keeps some scientists awake at night: Do spiders sleep?

South Korean Spacecraft Launched to the Moon, Country's 1st

South Korean Spacecraft Launched to the Moon, Country's 1st

By Marcia Dunn | Aug 5, 2022

South Korea joined the stampede to the moon Thursday with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots.

As Species Recover, Some Threaten Others in More Dire Shape

As Species Recover, Some Threaten Others in More Dire Shape

By John Flesher, Christina Larson, and Patrick Whittle | Aug 1, 2022

The situation is ironic: A troubled species rebounds thanks to restoration efforts, only to make things worse for others in peril by preying on them or outcompeting them for food and living space.

Hidden Menace: Massive Methane Leaks Speed Up Climate Change

Hidden Menace: Massive Methane Leaks Speed Up Climate Change

By Michael Biesecker and Helen Wieffering | Jul 28, 2022

Just 10 companies own at least 164 methane "super-emitting" sites, according to an AP analysis.

Climate Disinformation Leaves Lasting Mark as World Heats

Climate Disinformation Leaves Lasting Mark as World Heats

By David Klepper | Jul 27, 2022

In 1998, as nations around the world agreed to cut carbon emissions, America's fossil fuel companies plotted their response — including an aggressive strategy to inject doubt into the public debate.

Beloved Monarch Butterflies Now Listed as Endangered

Beloved Monarch Butterflies Now Listed as Endangered

By Christina Larson | Jul 22, 2022

The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers.

U.S. Environmental Study Launched for Thirty Meter Telescope

U.S. Environmental Study Launched for Thirty Meter Telescope

By Audrey McAvoy | Jul 20, 2022

The National Science Foundation plans to conduct a study to evaluate the environmental effects of building one of the world's largest optical telescopes on sites selected in Hawaii and Spain's Canary Islands.

High-Flying Experiment: Do Stem Cells Grow Better in Space?

High-Flying Experiment: Do Stem Cells Grow Better in Space?

By Laura Ungar | Jul 17, 2022

Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are trying to find new ways to produce huge batches of a type of stem cell that can generate nearly any other type of cell in the body.

U.S., Russian Astronauts will Swap Seats on Rockets Again

U.S., Russian Astronauts will Swap Seats on Rockets Again

By Marcia Dunn | Jul 17, 2022

NASA astronauts will go back to riding Russian rockets under an agreement announced Friday, and Russian cosmonauts will catch lifts to the International Space Station with SpaceX beginning this fall.

Descendants of Possible Tulsa Massacre Victims Can Give DNA

Descendants of Possible Tulsa Massacre Victims Can Give DNA

By Ken Miller | Jul 14, 2022

People who believe they are descendants of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre can now provide genetic material to help scientists when they begin trying to identify remains of possible victims.

Far Out: NASA Space Telescope's 1st Cosmic View Goes Deep

Far Out: NASA Space Telescope's 1st Cosmic View Goes Deep

By Seth Borenstein | Jul 12, 2022

Our view of the universe just expanded: The first image from NASA's new space telescope unveiled Monday is brimming with galaxies and offers the deepest look of the cosmos ever captured.

Huge Underground Search for Mysterious Dark Matter Begins

Huge Underground Search for Mysterious Dark Matter Begins

By Seth Borenstein | Jul 8, 2022

In a former gold mine a mile underground, inside a titanium tank filled with a rare liquified gas, scientists have begun the search for what so far has been unfindable: Dark matter.

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