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Science groups ask Trump to retain advisory board integrity

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of science and engineering groups called on President Donald Trump on Tuesday to make sure that his review of the role of scientific advisory boards respects the importance of accurate scientific data. The Washington...

 

EXCHANGE: Illinois State students dig out 13th century town

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Pieces of animal bones, stone tools, ceramics and other artifacts being unearthed on a farm in rural area south of Bloomington are providing clues to a culture that inhabited a small village more than 750 years ago....

 

Public invited to uncover dinosaur bones, other creatures

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Paleontologists who recently found a tooth from a Tyrannosaurus rex south of Bismarck say the public might have similar luck in upcoming fossil digs. The North Dakota Geological Survey is hosting four events this summer,...

 

Archaeologists find prehistoric canoe in north Louisiana

BELCHER, La. (AP) — Archaeologists have unearthed a large, prehistoric Indian canoe along the Red River in north Louisiana. KTBS-TV reports one archaeologist says the almost 34-foot-long dugout canoe is in very good condition, even though one side...

 

Subway digging uncovers 'Pompeii-like scene' in Rome

ROME (AP) — Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure. Archaeologists...

 

Eclipse chasers blaze trail to Oregon for view of a lifetime

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Just before sunrise, there's typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon's second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this...

 

Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic....

 

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Despite decades of reform efforts, mathematics teaching in the U.S. has changed little in the last century. As a resu...

 

Reverse engineering mysterious 500-million-year-old fossils that confound our tree of life

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Paleontologists like us are used to working with fossils that would seem bizarre to many biologists accustomed to...

 

Science Says: Why some airplanes don't fly in high heat

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to getting airplanes off the ground in broiling weather, it's not the heat or the humidity. It's the air density. Hotter air gets thin, making it harder to take off and land safely, mostly for smaller jets. That's...

 

Traveling to Mars with immortal plasma rockets

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Nearly 50 years after landing on the moon, mankind has now set its sights on sending the first humans to Mars. The...

 

NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them, broadly hinting that we are probably not alone. After four years of...

 

Smartphone app helps researchers track bumblebees

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Want to know what kind of bumblebee you see? There's an app for that. A Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor hopes the app will create enough "buzz" to save the insects by documenting the relationship between specific...

 

Officials study link between rain and bacteria in water

BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — For Kellyn Reese, waking up on Tuesday mornings and going to the beach because it's her job is a nice perk of being a summer intern at the East Shore District Health Department. "The water affects everyone," she said, which...

 

Science Says: DNA shows early spread of cats in human world

NEW YORK (AP) — Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world. A DNA study reached back thousands of years to track that conquest and found evidence of two major dispersals from the...

 

'Human Project' study will ask 10,000 to share life's data

NEW YORK (AP) — Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events. For 20 years. Researchers are gearing...

 

When politicians cherry-pick data and disregard facts, what should we academics do?

(THE CONVERSATION) When politicians distort science, academics and scientists tend to watch in shock from the sidelines rather than speak out. But in an age of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” we need to step into the breach and inject...

 

US physicists win Spanish prize for work in gravity waves

MADRID (AP) — Astrophysicists whose work led to the ground-breaking detection of cosmic gravitational waves first predicted by Einstein have been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias 2017 scientific research. Prize organizers said Wednesday the...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Fire, not demolition, brought down WTC towers

NEW YORK (AP) — The twin towers and another skyscraper at the World Trade Center were destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, because fires that started from planes crashing into the buildings weakened their structural integrity, despite intern...

 

Military ship that sank century ago won't be pulled from sea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard ship that first set out to sea during the Spanish-American War and sank off the coast of Southern California 100 years ago won't be moved anytime soon, officials said Tuesday. Strong currents and an...

 

Testing ancient human hearing via fossilized ear bones

(THE CONVERSATION) How did the world sound to our ancient human relatives two million years ago? While we obviously don’t have any sound recordings or written records from anywhere near that long ago, we do have one clue: the fossilized bones from...

 

NASA picks 12 new astronauts from crush of applicants

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, hand-picking seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. The astronaut class of 2017...

 

This is us: Earliest fossils of our species found in Morocco

NEW YORK (AP) — How long has our species been around? New fossils from Morocco push the evidence back by about 100,000 years. The bones, about 300,000 years old, were unearthed thousands of miles from the previous record-holder, found in...

 

Ancient Native American site found on California island

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A project to rehabilitate a 19th century ranch house on one of the Channel Islands off Southern California has led to the discovery of another ancient Native American site in the archipelago, the National Park Service said...

 

SpaceX launches 1st recycled supply ship

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its first recycled cargo ship to the International Space Station on Saturday, yet another milestone in its bid to drive down flight costs. After a two-day delay caused by thunderstorms, the unmanned...

 

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