Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain….

Hubble’s 28 years marked by shot of wild stellar nursery

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is marking the 28th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch with a peek into a wild stellar nursery….

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

NEW YORK (AP) — So you want to have a baby….

Trump administration defends Obama’s Atlantic monument

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday defended an underwater monument off the coast of New England established by former President Barack Obama to protect marine life in the Atlantic Ocean and asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from fishermen trying to eliminate it….

Prague zookeepers use puppet to raise endangered magpie

PRAGUE (AP) — Zookeepers in Prague have turned into puppeteers in an effort to save the critically endangered Javan green magpie….

Bat key to tequila trade gets off US endangered species list

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the U.S. endangered species list….

Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from ‘lost planet’

BERLIN (AP) — Fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth about a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system, according to a study published Tuesday….

Mighty Mississippi: Scientists use model in land loss fight

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Scientists working on new ways to battle the erosion that threatens Louisiana's coastline have a dramatic new tool: a massive replica of the lower Mississippi River….

Saving the bison: Polish bison off to help Spanish herd grow

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Seven young female bison from Poland are being shipped off to help boost a herd in Spain and expand the population of Europe's largest animal, which is on the endangered species list….

Global warming is mixing up nature’s dinner time, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is screwing up nature's intricately timed dinner hour, often making hungry critters and those on the menu show up at much different times, a new study shows….

Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea….

Hawaii board delays decision on location for giant telescope

HONOLULU (AP) — A key decision on where to place a $1.4 billion giant telescope has been delayed….

Hawaii board delays decision on location for giant telescope

HONOLULU (AP) — A key decision on where to place a $1.4 billion giant telescope has been delayed….

Leading elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick dies at 83

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenya-based wildlife organization says prominent conservationist Daphne Sheldrick has died at age 83….

Battle to save Africa’s elephants is gaining some ground

MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania (AP) — The battle to save Africa's elephants is gaining some momentum. Legal ivory markets are shrinking worldwide, and law enforcement has broken up some international trafficking syndicates. But it's far too early to declare a turnaround. Poachers are moving to new areas and traffickers are…

Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state….

The Latest: More barrel ruptures possible at Idaho nuke site

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on Idaho nuclear site incident (all times local):…

Sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site, no injuries

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state….

$1 million federal grant will help study of transgender kids

The first large-scale, national study of transgender children, including some as young as 3, is poised to expand thanks to a five-year, $1 million grant awarded Thursday by the National Science Foundation to the professor leading the project….

In opioid epidemic, some cities strain to afford OD antidote

BALTIMORE (AP) — On a Baltimore street corner, public health workers hand out a life-saving overdose antidote to residents painfully familiar with the ravages of America's opioid epidemic. But the training wraps up quickly; all the naloxone inhalers are claimed within 20 minutes….

In opioid epidemic, some cities strain to afford OD antidote

BALTIMORE (AP) — On a Baltimore street corner, public health workers hand out a life-saving overdose antidote to residents painfully familiar with the ravages of America's opioid epidemic. But the training wraps up quickly; all the naloxone inhalers are claimed within 20 minutes….

Estonia offers free genetic testing in nationwide experiment

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia is offering residents free genetic profiling in an experiment aimed at minimizing risks for typical diseases and encouraging a healthier lifestyle through personalized data reports….

Guitar makers hit hard by new regulations on prized rosewood

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multicolored grain and resonant sound….

Guitar makers hit hard by new regulations on prized rosewood

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multicolored grain and resonant sound….

Fossil finger points to early humans entering Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK (AP) — An ancient human finger bone found in Saudi Arabia provides a new clue about when and how our species migrated out of Africa….

Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study….

New way of defining Alzheimer’s aims to find disease sooner

Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer's disease – basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used today….

Workers’ radiation exposure halts nuke plant demolition

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal….

Europe plans remote update to keep aging Mars probe stable

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency plans to remotely update the software on its Mars Express probe to ensure the aging spacecraft remains stable….

Earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma include magnitude 4.6

COVINNGTON, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook Oklahoma on Saturday and was also felt in neighboring Kansas and Missouri, according to the U.S. Geological Survey….