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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo, snowflakes stick to a car window in Brookfield, Wis. To form ice that creates snowflakes, moisture high in the atmosphere clings to particles that may include dust specks and or pollen. Add germs to that list. University of Florida microbiologist Brent Christner has found that bacteria from plants are surprisingly common ice "nucleators" _ in populated areas, barren mountain peaks and even Antarctica. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
December 20, 2017 - 1:34 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here's what science says about some of them: FLOWER POWER Poinsettias, those showy...
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In this June 24, 2017 photo provided by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, ivory products are on sale with price tags, at an antiques fairs in Tokyo. A conservation group says Japan’s lax controls over its domestic stock of ivory are encouraging illegal exports to other countries and undermining efforts to end trafficking in elephant tusks. A report supported by the World Wildlife Fund said researchers found antiques companies were buying a large number of elephant tusks that are not registered as required by law. Hundreds of ivory items are being sold by e-commerce sites, often to visitors from other Asian countries such as China. (TRAFFIC via AP)
December 20, 2017 - 3:28 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lax controls over its domestic stock of ivory are encouraging illegal exports to other countries and undermining efforts to end trafficking in elephant tusks, a report said Wednesday. The report, compiled with support by the World Wildlife Fund, said researchers found antique...
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December 20, 2017 - 2:12 am
TOKYO (AP) — A conservation group says Japan's lax controls over its domestic stock of ivory are encouraging illegal exports to other countries and undermining efforts to end trafficking in elephant tusks. A report released Wednesday that was compiled with support of the World Wildlife Fund says...
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This photo provided by the Audubon Nature Institute, shows a new baby bongo at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center on the morning of Dec. 11, 2017, the first animal to be conceived and born at the Species Survival Center created by the Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global. The birth occurred just months after its first animals arrived at the West Bank campus of the Audubon Species Survival Center in Lower Coast Algiers, La., (Audubon Nature Institute via AP)
December 19, 2017 - 7:58 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bouncing baby bongo has been born in New Orleans. The 46-pound female is from a critically endangered antelope subspecies. It's the first calf conceived at the Species Survival Center created by the Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global. And more baby antelope are...
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This June 18, 2017, photo provided by Nils Ribi Photography shows the Milky Way over the Smoky Mountains in central Idaho. A giant chunk of central Idaho with a dazzling night sky has become the nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve. (Nils Ribi Photography via AP)
December 19, 2017 - 4:16 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant chunk of central Idaho with a dazzling night sky has become the nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve. The International Dark-Sky Association late Monday designated the 1,400-square-mile (3,600-square-kilometer) Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. The sparsely...
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This photo provided by the Audubon Nature Institute, shows a new baby bongo at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center on the morning of Dec. 11, 2017, the first animal to be conceived and born at the Species Survival Center created by the Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global. The birth occurred just months after its first animals arrived at the West Bank campus of the Audubon Species Survival Center in Lower Coast Algiers, La., (Audubon Nature Institute via AP)
December 19, 2017 - 3:00 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bouncing baby bongo has been born in New Orleans. The 46-pound female is from a highly endangered antelope subspecies. It's the first calf conceived at the Species Survival Center created by the Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global. Curator Michelle Hatwood says...
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Violinist Anthony Hyatt leads dancers through MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington on Oct. 11, 2017. Musicians and dancers are part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center's arts and humanities program. (AP Photo/Tom Sampson)
December 19, 2017 - 2:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist plays an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care. Music...
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In this undated photo released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an endangered Asian giant softshell turtle is seen near a nest of eggs on a sandbar in the Mekong river between Kratie and Stung Treng, northeastern Cambodia. Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian turtle eggs in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life were also discovered in the greater Mekong region. (Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)
December 19, 2017 - 1:33 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian giant softshell turtle on a Mekong River sandbar in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life have been discovered in the greater Mekong region. The New York-based...
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In this image taken from NASA Television, the robotic arm reaches out and captures the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft for docking to the International Space Station, Sunday Dec. 17, 2017. SpaceX launched the Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday, using a previously flown Falcon rocket. It was the first time SpaceX had flown a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on top. (NASA via AP)
December 17, 2017 - 4:39 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A recycled SpaceX capsule is back at the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas. NASA astronauts used the space station's big robot arm to grab the Dragon capsule out of orbit Sunday. It's the second visit for this particular supply ship, which made a...
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In this image taken from NASA Television, the robotic arm reaches out and captures the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft for docking to the International Space Station, Sunday Dec. 17, 2017. SpaceX launched the Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday, using a previously flown Falcon rocket. It was the first time SpaceX had flown a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on top. (NASA via AP)
December 17, 2017 - 8:39 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A recycled SpaceX capsule is back at the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas. NASA astronauts used the space station's big robot arm to grab the Dragon capsule out of orbit Sunday. It's the second visit for this particular supply ship, which made a...
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