Baby penguins hatched at San Diego Zoo
May08

Baby penguins hatched at San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo has two new arrivals: a pair of endangered African penguin chicks. The zoo announced Wednesday that the fluffy chicks, named Doug and Barbara, hatched two months ago. The eggs came from two breeding couples. The zoo says it’s the first time eggs laid by its adult penguins have hatched there. Staff has been working with the chicks to get them used to humans before they are introduced into the penguin colony in...

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UN Chief says ‘total disaster’ if warming not stopped
May08

UN Chief says ‘total disaster’ if warming not stopped

The United Nations Secretary-General said the world must dramatically change the way it fuels factories, vehicles and homes to limit future warming to a level scientists call nearly impossible. That’s because the alternative “would mean a catastrophic situation for the whole world,” António Guterres told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. Guterres said he’s about to tour Pacific islands to see how...

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How NASA plans to redirect a near-Earth asteroid
May08

How NASA plans to redirect a near-Earth asteroid

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — Science fiction books and films have frequently featured the threat of a giant asteroid colliding with our planet and making humans go the way of the dinosaurs. But smaller space rocks also pose threats, and they tend to be harder to spot in advance. A massive asteroid on a collision course would sail through our atmosphere and explosively burst in the air or crater the ground....

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The Latest: US regulators get sympathy on powers, fines
May08

The Latest: US regulators get sympathy on powers, fines

The Latest on congressional hearing on privacy agency (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Federal privacy regulators are getting a sympathetic hearing from Congress for their request for greater powers and funding to police privacy. Lawmakers from both parties are warning that fines against big companies may be inadequate to change their conduct. The Federal Trade Commission is negotiating a record fine to punish Facebook for alleged...

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APNewsBreak: California to outlaw pesticide harmful to kids
May08

APNewsBreak: California to outlaw pesticide harmful to kids

The nation’s most productive agricultural state will ban a widely used toxic pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said Wednesday. The move would outlaw chlorpyrifos (klohr-PY’-rih-fohs) after scientists deemed it a toxic air contaminant and discovered it to be more dangerous than previously thought. State Environmental Secretary Jared Blumenfeld said it’s the first time the...

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