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New app to help Wisconsin farmers estimate corn prices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin farmers plan for this year's corn crop harvest, producers can now use a phone app to estimate what price they would receive for animal feed. Two University of Wisconsin-Extension agents Greg Blonde and Ryan Sterry...

 

Minnesota researchers study effects of insecticide on birds

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota researchers are examining how wild birds are affected by eating crop seeds treated with insecticide. Julia Ponder at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center has been testing various doses of neonicotinoid...

 

Robotics student invents help for those with disabilities

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kavita Krishnaswamy had labored through a decade of coursework in math and computer sciences to achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduate student had invented robotic devices...

 

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election. The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said...

 

Montana geologist finds new Bitterroot fault line

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A mapping method used to look at floodplains in the Bitterroot Valley turned up something unexpected: a new fault line that just might cross under the Lake Como Dam. Jeff Lonn, a geologist with the Montana Bureau of Mines...

 

Breaking birding record only beginning for Oregon man

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — On Dec. 31, 2014, Noah Strycker was celebrating New Year's Eve in style, basking in a cruise ship hot tub with a bottle of champagne in each hand. But as soon as the clock finished tolling midnight, the 28-year-old Oregon...

 

Officials say swine flu detected in 11 pigs at Maryland fair

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Officials are investigating after detecting influenza in 11 pigs recently exhibited at a fair in Frederick. The Maryland Department of Agriculture said in a statement Sunday preliminary tests show the 11 pigs from The Great...

 

In parched North Dakota, cloud-seeding irks some farmers

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — In the parched northern Plains, where the worst drought in decades has withered crops and forced some ranchers to begin selling off their herds, a cloud-seeding program aimed at making it rain would seem a strange target for...

 

NY deploys drones in woods, beaches to protect environment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Unmanned drones are helping New York state environmental workers respond to oil spills and discover remote bat hibernation sites. The Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday they have 22 unmanned aerial vehicles,...

 

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election 'integrity'

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company said it will provide the contents of 3,000...

 

Babies try harder when they see you sweat, research shows

NEW YORK (AP) — If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Especially if a baby is watching. Children around 15 months old can become more persistent in pursuing a goal if they've just seen an adult struggle at a task before succeeding, a new...

 

Amazon reviewing its site after bomb-making materials report

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says it is reviewing its website after a British TV report said that the online retailer recommended purchasing ingredients together that could make a bomb. Channel 4 News in London said that when it tried to buy certain...

 

Japanese video gaming adapting new tech for familiar titles

CHIBA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese video game industry is finding its way out of the doldrums by adapting new technology for decades-old titles. And that energy was evident at the annual Tokyo Game Show, which opened to media Thursday before opening...

 

NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's asteroid-chasing spacecraft swung by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock. Launched a year ago, Osiris-Rex passed within 10,711 miles (17,237 kilometers) of the home planet early Friday afternoon — above...

 

Public shaming likely but GOP wary of new laws after Equifax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. Since...

 

FBI warns about consequences of making social media threats

CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI's new public service campaign designed to make people think before making social media threats includes the voice of someone who has made them. Jabari Dean threatened to kill whites at the University of Chicago after video...

 

Early stage breast cancer: How to know whether to forgo chemo

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) There has been substantial publicity about the MINDACT trial, which could lead to changes in breast cancer treatment....

 

The mystery of breast cancer

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) For most of the common cancers, a major cause has been identified: smoking causes 90% of lung cancer worldwide,...

 

Harvard study strengthens link between breast cancer risk and light exposure at night

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) A study from Harvard has found greater risk of breast cancer in women who live in neighborhoods that have higher leve...

 

Can brain disease explain Aaron Hernandez's behavior?

CHICAGO (AP) — Former football star Aaron Hernandez' brain was riddled with damage from a degenerative brain disease linked with head blows, but that doesn't necessarily explain the troubles that plagued his young life. The diagnosis comes from a...

 

Telemedicine connects rural Nevadans to specialty care

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Visiting the doctor just got faster, easier and more useful in parts of rural Nevada. That's because of the Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative, announced Sept. 18 at Desert View Regional Medical Center in Nye County. The...

 

Amazon signs deal to boost its restaurant delivery service

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to deliver more burritos and hamburgers to your doorstep. The e-commerce giant said Friday that it is partnering with online ordering platform Olo, in a deal that could boost the number of restaurant chains on its...

 

Lawyer: Hacker in Spanish custody sought by US, Russia

MADRID (AP) — Russian authorities are fighting the extradition of an alleged Russian hacker from Spain to the United States, the suspect's lawyer said Friday, in the latest move by Moscow to block U.S. prosecution of suspected Russian...

 

Prospects for air traffic control privatization appear slim

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has made airlines' longtime goal of privatizing air traffic control a key part of his agenda to boost America's infrastructure. But his prospects for closing the deal with Congress appear slim. A House bill...

 

Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says. Scientists found more populations of the large turtles improving than declining when they looked at nearly 60 regions across the globe. That's a big...

 

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