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California extends most ambitious climate change law in US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A decade ago, California vowed to dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. With the nation’s most populous state on pace to meet that target, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday charted a new goal to further cut carbon pollution by extending and expanding the landmark climate change law. It will “keep […]

Are Aliens Really Just 94 Light Years Away? A 'Strong Signal' Might Just Mean Yes

Shutterstock In the night sky is the constellation Hercules, and one of its stars is HD 164595. 164595 is mostly notable for being a star much like our own sun and having one planet with a forty-day year and a mass sixteen times that of Earth, a rare star that hasn’t had more planets found […]

Body donations on the rise at US medical schools

Many U.S. medical schools are seeing a surge in the number of people leaving their bodies to science, a trend attributed to rising funeral costs and growing acceptance of a practice long seen by some as ghoulish. The increase has been a boon to medical students and researchers, who dissect cadavers in anatomy class or […]

Japan, S.Korea block certain U.S. wheat varieties over GMO concerns - USDA

(Adds South Korea suspension) By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from Monsanto Co seeds were found growing in Washington state, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday. Japan’s […]

US military bases at risk from sea level rise: study

Miami (AFP) – US military bases along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico will be increasingly vulnerable to floods and power-packed storms as the planet warms, researchers said Wednesday. The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists spanned 18 military bases, and found that many risk losing land and strategic assets in the coming […]

Depressed Patients Do Well with Cheaper Treatment

Many people with depression struggle to get treatment for the condition, in part because “talk therapy” can be expensive, and there aren’t enough qualified therapists to deliver it. But now, a new study suggests that a simple and relatively cheap type of talk therapy may work just as well at treating depression as the current […]

Bonjour, Siri! Apple looks to France for new imaging tech lab

One of the most sought-after smartphone components nowadays is the camera (or in some cases, cameras). What was once considered a luxury feature is now a mainstay within the smartphone market. It only makes sense then that smartphone manufacturers continue to improve camera capabilities from one generation to the next. But how to stay abreast, or keep […]

Gingrich: Here’s what it’s like to be on Trump’s VP shortlist

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday confirmed the swirling rumors that he has been on presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s shortlist of potential running mates. Gingrich is no stranger to being scrutinized by the general public and the news media. He first ran for office in 1974, ran for president in 2012 and […]

Famed cancer theorist Dr. Alfred G. Knudson Jr. dies at 93

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scientist and oncologist Dr. Alfred G. Knudson Jr., who was renowned for a groundbreaking theory of how cancer develops, has died after a long illness, according to a funeral home and the research center where he worked for decades. He was 93 years old. A representative of the Oliver. H. Blair Funeral […]

3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near

When Ray Kurzweil published The Singularity Is Near in 2006, many scoffed at his outlandish predictions. A year before Apple launched its iPhone, Kurzweil imagined a world in which humans and computers essentially fuse, unlocking capabilities we normally see in science fiction movies. His argument though, was amazingly simple. He pointed out that as technology […]

Authorities: 20 homes damaged, no injuries in Kansas storms

CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — About 20 homes were damaged Wednesday night in a rural area of northern Kansas after a large tornado passed through but there were no immediate reports of injuries, the state Highway Patrol said. Trooper Ben Gardner, a spokesman for the patrol, said troopers were checking a rural area in Dickinson County […]

Mexico City issues 6th smog alert but lifts it after rain

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials issued their sixth pollution alert of the year Tuesday, but lifted it a few hours later after thunderstorms reduced pollution in the skies above the capital. Such alerts automatically double from 20 percent to 40 percent the proportion of vehicles not allowed to circulate on a weekday. Normally […]