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Tyrannosaurus rex teeth found in public digs break records

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Participants in a public fossil dig south of Bismarck last week found two large Tyrannosaurus rex teeth, each of them setting records for the North Dakota Geological Survey. Officials say the first tooth measured about 2.5...

 

Professor works to save birds from building strikes

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Every spring and fall in the city of Chicago comes a strange and terrible sort of carnage: sidewalks littered with the carcasses of birds. Common birds, rare birds. Small birds, large birds. All victims of their anatomy,...

 

Wear solar specs or make a viewer to safely watch eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Solar glasses are a must for safe viewing of Monday's total solar eclipse, the first to span coast to U.S. coast in 99 years. And parents beware: Eye doctors urge strict adult supervision for eclipse watchers under 16...

 

Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by...

 

Turkey bones may help trace fate of ancient cliff dwellers

DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have found a new clue into the mysterious exodus of ancient cliff-dwelling people from the Mesa Verde area of Colorado more than 700 years ago: DNA from the bones of domesticated turkeys. The DNA shows the Mesa...

 

How ancient cultures explained eclipses

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the United States. As the Earth and moon sweep...

 

NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant...

 

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for...

 

NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of...

 

Voyager 1 leads pack of world's most distant spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Voyager 1 has traveled farther from Earth than any other spacecraft. It's a mind-boggling 12.9 billion miles away, 40 years after its launch. A list of the world's most distant spacecraft, according to NASA. All...

 

Neutron beams, x-rays reveal more about T. rex relative

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at a top U.S. laboratory announced Tuesday that they have produced the highest resolution scan ever done of the inner workings of a fossilized tyrannosaur skull using neutron beams and high-energy X-rays,...

 

Scientists on research vessel spot rare whale in Bering Sea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal researchers in the Bering Sea have made contact with one of the rarest whales on Earth. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists photographed two animals in the eastern stock of North Pacific...

 

Perseid meteor shower 'warm-up act' for this month's eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Consider this weekend's Perseid meteor shower an opening act for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Astronomers are projecting a slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America. But the...

 

Science Says: Trump team garbles climate science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Cabinet often avoid talking about the science of climate change, but when pressed what they have said clashes with established mainstream science, data and peer-reviewed studies and reports. Even...

 

Eclipsing the occult in early America: Benjamin Franklin and his almanacs

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) By the time he was 20 years old, colonial American Benjamin Franklin had already spent two years working as a...

 

Meet the new heavyweight champion of dinosaurs: Patagotitan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A study proclaims a newly named species the heavyweight champion of all dinosaurs, making the scary Tyrannosaurus rex look like a munchkin. At 76 tons (69 metric tons), the plant-eating behemoth was as heavy as a space shuttle. Th...

 

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) On Monday, August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse. Human...

 

Big, toothy fish found in Nevada chomped prey like sharks

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A fossil found in northeastern Nevada shows a newly discovered fish species that scientists believe looked, and ate, like a shark. The fossil is what remains of a bony, sharp-toothed fish that would have been about six-feet-long (...

 

Yale scientists developing method to distill sea water

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Removing salt from seawater to create distilled water is not a new phenomenon. But using solar power to make the incredibly energy-intensive process potentially viable for a household or a small, remote community is new....

 

Scientists ID tiny prehistoric sea worm with 50 head spines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, a bizarre creature with a Venus flytrap-like head swam the seas. Scientists have uncovered fossils of a tiny faceless prehistoric sea worm with 50 spines jutting out of its head. When some...

 

When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on Monday, August 21. Shannon Schmoll,...

 

Nebraska ecologist wants to observe animals during eclipse

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — An ecologist in Nebraska is encouraging people to observe the behaviors of animals during the rare total eclipse. The moon's shadow will darken Grand Island for nearly three minutes at about 1 p.m. on Aug. 21 as the Great...

 

Soundscapes in the past: Adding a new dimension to our archaeological picture of ancient cultures

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Picture an archaeological site, what comes to mind? Sandstone walls, standing in the desert heat? Stonehenge,...

 

This math puzzle will help you plan your next party

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Let’s say you’re planning your next party and agonizing over the guest list. To whom should you send...

 

Science Says: Gene editing widely used in range of research

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gene editing is getting fresh attention thanks to a successful lab experiment with human embryos. But for all the angst over possibly altering reproduction years from now, this technology already is used by scientists every day...

 

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