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Floods Show National Security Threat Posed by Climate Change

Floods Show National Security Threat Posed by Climate Change

By Margery A. Beck, Ellen Knickmeyer, and Robert Burns | Mar 23
The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft.

Science Says: Tiny 'Water Bears' Can Teach Us About Survival

Science Says: Tiny 'Water Bears' Can Teach Us About Survival

By Seth Borenstein | Mar 23
Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness.

EPA Argues for Shifting Focus from Climate Change to Water

EPA Argues for Shifting Focus from Climate Change to Water

Mar 22
Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world's most immediate public health issue, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.

Want to Help Bees? Plant Flowering Herbs

Want to Help Bees? Plant Flowering Herbs

By Dean Fosdick | Mar 19
Many gardeners are trying to help declining pollinator populations by providing them with the plants they need to thrive.

Asia Bracing for Destruction by Alien Pest: Fall Armyworms

Asia Bracing for Destruction by Alien Pest: Fall Armyworms

By Elaine Kurtenbach | Mar 19
Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa.

Japan to Make Crater on Asteroid to Get Samples from Inside

Japan to Make Crater on Asteroid to Get Samples from Inside

By Maru Yamaguchi | Mar 18
Japan's space agency said Monday that its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month's touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission.

The Way You Speak Now Was Shaped by What Your Ancestors Ate

The Way You Speak Now Was Shaped by What Your Ancestors Ate

By Christina Larson | Mar 16
It's widely known that languages evolve as societies develop and change, but the sounds we utter are also shaped, literally, by the placement of our jaw — and that is influenced by how we chew our food.

California Science Exhibit Explains the Dog-Human Friendship

California Science Exhibit Explains the Dog-Human Friendship

By John Rogers | Mar 16
Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well?

Can a Genetic Test Prove if You Will Develop Type 2 Diabetes?

Can a Genetic Test Prove if You Will Develop Type 2 Diabetes?

Mar 16
The science behind 23andMe's new diabetes risk score may provide more questions than answers.

UN: Environment is Deadly, Worsening Mess, but Not Hopeless

UN: Environment is Deadly, Worsening Mess, but Not Hopeless

By Seth Borenstein and Christina Larson | Mar 13
Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says. But it may not be too late.

Species by the Dozen Moved North During Marine Heatwaves

Species by the Dozen Moved North During Marine Heatwaves

By Janie Har | Mar 13
Dozens of species of sea slugs, jellyfish and other marine life from toastier southern waters migrated into the Northern California region over an unusually long two-year period of severe heatwaves, says a new scientific report.

Indian Ocean Exploration Mission Makes Historic Broadcast

Indian Ocean Exploration Mission Makes Historic Broadcast

By David Keyton and Jerry Harmer | Mar 12
A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible.

Blacks, Hispanics Breathe More Pollution Than They Make

Blacks, Hispanics Breathe More Pollution Than They Make

By Seth Borenstein | Mar 12
African-Americans and Hispanics breathe in far more deadly air pollution than they are responsible for making, a new study said.

Modern Policing: Algorithm Helps NYPD Spot Crime Patterns

Modern Policing: Algorithm Helps NYPD Spot Crime Patterns

By Michael R. Sisak | Mar 11
When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn't a one-off.

More LGBTQ Millennials are Considering Children and Reproductive Technology

More LGBTQ Millennials are Considering Children and Reproductive Technology

Mar 11
A new report published by the Family Equality Council reveals a strong interest in parenting among U.S. LGBTQ Millennials compared to previous generations.

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