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  • Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes media appearance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A baby panda born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago has made her first media appearance. The female panda, which has not yet been named, is the second offspring… The post Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes media appearance appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Emails show EPA working closely with climate-change deniers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Environmental Protection Agency officials have been working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming. Recently released emails… The post Emails show EPA working closely with climate-change deniers appeared first on WTOP.

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  • The Latest: No tsunami threat after Hawaii quake on volcano

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island (all times local): 2:25 p.m. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a magnitude-4.4 earthquake near the summit of an erupting… The post The Latest: No tsunami threat after Hawaii quake on volcano appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter… The post Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Hawaii school cleans, but ash still coats desks, floors

    HONOLULU (AP) — Aina Akamu gave final exams to his students as they sat on bleachers or the floor of the basketball court in the gym in his small town on Hawaii’s Big Island. He… The post Hawaii school cleans, but ash still coats desks, floors appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Pluto might be just a ball of ‘crashed comets’

    Pluto has had a pretty interesting past few decades. Long considered the ninth official planet, astronomers who redefined what “planet” really means decided to reclassify Pluto in 2006 as a “dwarf planet.” Then in 2015 NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft paid the icy dwarf a visit, giving us a better glimpse of its surface than ever...

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  • 'Alberto' just became the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season

    The National Hurricane Center has named the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, precisely one week before the season is expected to begin on June 1. Currently spinning off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, forecasters named the subtropical storm "Alberto," which is the first of 21 names the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has on its list of possible storm names for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. On Friday, Alberto met the minimum requirements for earning a...

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  • Satellites in space see lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

    From the ground, lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano can look terrifying.  Over the past few weeks, newly cracked fissures in the ground have allowed fountains and pools of molten rocket to well up to the surface, destroying homes and other structures in the area surrounding the active volcano.  SEE ALSO: An astronaut saw Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting from space. And he took a picture. But from space, those fissures and lava flows take on a new look.  #Kilauea lava channels are...

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  • The brain on physics: Study finds learning the subject activates regions not associated with science

    A Drexel University study found parts of the brain not associated with learning science become active when people try and solve physics problems.

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  • Blaming dating apps for the rise of STDs is just the latest form of sex panic

    "Are dating apps to blame for the rise in STDs?" It's a line that seems tailor-made for morning news shows, designed to be read in that formal, faux-inquisitive tone newscasters use before cutting to commercial break. It's true that STD rates have risen in the U.S. over the last 10 years, with an especially steep rise in the last four years. Alongside straight coverage of this rise, reports drawing the line between STDs and dating apps have also proliferated on local news, digital outlets, and...

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  • After attempts at censorship, National Park Service finally releases climate change report

    Confederate cannon balls plunged into the brick walls of Fort Sumter at the outset of the Civil War, forcing Union troops to surrender. A century and a half later, surging storm waters are now the modern threat to the South Carolina national monument. Storm-swollen seas can flood the coastal garrison, at times forcing the National Park Service to shut it down.   More than 100 National Park Service sites are located either on or near the coast. With global sea levels rising at an accelerating...

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  • The Dinosaur King in the Queen City? Charlotte kids might not believe the size of this experience

    We think of them as Earth’s biggest losers, going extinct in a fiery snap when an iron mountain tumbled from the heavens and drew a deadly curtain of dust over … Click to Continue

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  • The Lil Tay Saga Reaches Its Logical Conclusion

    The 9-year-old has built a huge following with profane Instagram posts, but the bravado of “the youngest flexer of the century” masks a sadder tale about fame and exploitation.

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  • 2018's hurricane season will be active, but probably not as bad as last year

    On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its forecast for the looming 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, and it'll be an active one. Forecasters say that there's a 70 percent chance that the season will be active with hurricanes, but it's unlikely that we'll see the extremes of 2017, when six major storms (which have sustained destructive winds of at least 111 mph) roared through the Atlantic. "Last year was extremely active," Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane...

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  • The Latest: Ash from Hawaii volcano settles in small towns

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Ash has continued to spew out from the summit of a Hawaii volcano amid intermittent… The post The Latest: Ash from Hawaii volcano settles in small towns appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials in Wisconsin are testing the environmental and health impacts following a frack sand sludge spill that has now reached the Mississippi River. A contactor’s bulldozer slid into a pond earlier this… The post Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

    Scientists have developed a swallowed capsule packed with tiny electronics and millions of genetically engineered living cells that might someday be used to spot health problems from inside the gut. The capsule was tested in… The post Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert appeared first on WTOP.

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  • As Hawaii’s Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’

    Scientists see real-time studies of the active volcano, which is threatening Hawaii’s Big Island, as an “amazing opportunity.”

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  • Fighting climate change could save the world trillions of dollars

    On the White House lawn in June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that "we're getting out," referring to his plan to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate agreement — a deal he considers bad for the American economy.  But new research suggests that Trump is sorely mistaken.  The climate agreement, which is intended to limit the severity of climate change, will likely be a substantial benefit to most of the world's economies, argue researchers in a study published Wednesday in the...

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  • Globe-hopping documentary 'The Most Unknown' links scientists through ideas

    Ian Cheney’s smile-inducing field trip documentary “The Most Unknown” experiments with a nifty idea: introduce scientists to each other through a global relay of encounters in an effort to find commonality of language and purpose as life’s big questions are explored. So when a wisecracking female...

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  • Hybrid human chicken embryos: HALF HUMAN – HALF CHICKEN abomination created in US lab

    A TEAM of stem cell researchers have done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life.

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  • Drive Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster past asteroids in this retro video game

    Avoid the asteroids and defeat Jeff Bezos while getting the Tesla Roadster safely through the stars in this gratifying retro video game. Created by car blog AutoWise, the game puts you behind the wheel of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, launched by SpaceX in February as the payload of the Falcon Heavy rocket. SEE ALSO: In unhinged Twitter rant, Elon Musk says he's creating a site for rating 'truth' Set to an 8-bit version of David Bowie's "Starman," the same track playing in the space-dwelling...

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  • The Undemocratic Spread of Big Brother: The ACLU is protesting new surveillance systems being peddled by Amazon—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    The ACLU is protesting new surveillance systems being peddled by Amazon—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    The Atlantic
  • Forecasters predict Central Pacific could see 6 hurricanes

    HONOLULU (AP) — Forecasters say the Central Pacific could see anywhere from three to six hurricanes this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center released its prediction Wednesday for the next… The post Forecasters predict Central Pacific could see 6 hurricanes appeared first on WTOP.

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