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An unmodified, open-pollinated American chestnut bur grows on a tree at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science & Forestry Lafayette Road Experiment Station in Syracuse, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. The ESF American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project researchers have been able to add a gene to American chestnuts that give the trees resistance to a blight that decimated the trees in the 20th century. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
November 06, 2019 - 1:18 am
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Chestnuts harvested from high branches on a chilly fall morning look typical: they're marble sized, russet colored and nestled in prickly burs. But many are like no other nuts in nature. In a feat of genetic engineering, about half the chestnuts collected at this college...
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This October 2019 photo made available by NASA shows InSight's heat probe digging into the surface of Mars. On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, NASA says the drilling device has penetrated three-quarters of an inch (2 centimeters) over the past week, after hitting a snag seven months ago. While just a baby step, scientists are thrilled with the progress. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 4:05 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Mars lander's digger is burrowing into the red planet again after hitting a snag seven months ago. NASA said Thursday the mechanical mole has penetrated three-quarters of an inch (2 centimeters) over the past week. While just a baby step, scientists are thrilled with...
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In this photo released by NASA on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, U.S. astronauts Jessica Meir, left, and Christina Koch pose for a photo in the International Space Station. On Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, the two are scheduled to perform a spacewalk to replace a broken battery charger. (NASA via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 12:20 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station's two women are prepping for the first all-female spacewalk. U.S. astronauts Christina Koch (cook) and Jessica Meir (mere) will step out Friday to replace a broken battery charger. It will be the first time in 54 years of spacewalking that...
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October 17, 2019 - 5:26 am
LONDON (AP) — Angry commuters have scuffled with climate activists who climbed onto the roofs of trains, snarling services in the busy morning rush hours in the British capital. Television images showed at least one man reaching up and grabbing the leg of a protester on top of a Tube train,...
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October 16, 2019 - 5:23 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Earthquake early warning alerts will become publicly available throughout California this week, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services said Wednesday. The system's statewide debut Thursday will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that ravaged the...
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This Oct. 12, 2019 photo made available by NASA shows the comet 2I/Borisov, seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s the second known interstellar visitor to swoop through our backyard. An amateur astronomer from Crimea, Gennady Borisov, discovered the comet in August, two years after the first alien guest, a cigar-shaped rock, popped up. (NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA) via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 2:15 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best pictures yet of our newest interstellar visitor. This comet from outside our solar system is zooming by us at a blistering 110,000 mph (177,000 kph). Hubble caught some glam shots over the weekend from a distance of 260...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 20, 2010 file photo, former Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov speaks to the media before a reception at the U.S. Ambassador's Spaso House residence in Moscow, Russia. Russia's space agency says Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space 54 years ago, has died in Moscow. He was 85. Roscosmos says in a statement on its website that Leonov died on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
October 15, 2019 - 6:14 am
MYTISHCHI, Russia (AP) — Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, has been laid to rest at a memorial cemetery outside the Russian capital of Moscow. The legendary cosmonaut, who died Friday at 85, was buried Tuesday in a lavish ceremony, attended by hundreds of well-wishers and other...
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Loretta Reel picks up a doily that managed to survive a fire that destroyed her in-laws home in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via AP)
October 12, 2019 - 9:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have died at the scene of Southern California wildfires this week, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters aided by diminishing winds beat back a blaze on the edge of Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures and sent a blanket of smoke across...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, Joe Wilson pulls his generator out in the garage of his home, which is in an area that is expected to lose power in the East Foothills area of San Jose, Calif. Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising concerns about another environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities temporarily halted service to more than 2 million people this week, many fired up standby generators that spew toxic emissions. (Randy Vazquez/San Jose Mercury News via AP, File)
October 12, 2019 - 12:11 pm
Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising concerns about another environmental threat: air pollution. Utilities temporarily halted service to more than 2 million people this week, fearing high winds would knock down power lines and ignite infernos. That...
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Surging waves hit against the breakwater and a lighthouse as Typhoon Hagibis approaches at a port in town of Kiho, Mie prefecture, central Japan Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Tokyo and surrounding areas braced for a powerful typhoon forecast as the worst in six decades, with streets and trains stations unusually quiet Saturday as rain poured over the city. (AP Photo/Toru Hanai)
October 12, 2019 - 10:23 am
TOKYO (AP) — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and passed over the capital, where streets, nearby beaches and train stations were long deserted. Store shelves were bare...
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