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Study Points to Virus as Culprit in Kids' Paralyzing Illness

Study Points to Virus as Culprit in Kids' Paralyzing Illness

By Lauren Neergaard | Oct 23
Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a virus is to blame for a mysterious illness that can start like the sniffles but quickly paralyze children.

Google Touts Quantum Computing Milestone

Google Touts Quantum Computing Milestone

By Rachel Lerman and Matt O'Brien | Oct 23
Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years.

Television's Weather Channel Wades into Climate Debate

Television's Weather Channel Wades into Climate Debate

By David Bauder | Oct 22
The Weather Channel is moving beyond cold fronts and heat waves to wade into the politics of climate change, with a special planned for early next month that includes interviews with nine presidential candidates on the topic.

U.S. Takes Step to Require Asylum Seekers' DNA

U.S. Takes Step to Require Asylum Seekers' DNA

By Colleen Long | Oct 21
The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement.

Researchers Find Second Warship from WWII Battle of Midway

Researchers Find Second Warship from WWII Battle of Midway

By Caleb Jones | Oct 21
A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway.

Artist Uses 'Historic' Markers to Raise Climate Awareness

Artist Uses 'Historic' Markers to Raise Climate Awareness

By Michael Casey | Oct 20
Rather than commemorating important people or places in history, many of these dinner plate-size signs detail events like rising sea levels and an explosion of ticks that have yet to happen.

Thunberg Calls for Climate Action in Oil-Rich Alberta

Thunberg Calls for Climate Action in Oil-Rich Alberta

Oct 20
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg stayed away from any direct criticism of Alberta's oil sands and did not comment on Canada's election as she took her message to the oil-rich Canadian province on Friday.

World's 1st Female Spacewalking Team Makes History

World's 1st Female Spacewalking Team Makes History

By Marcia Dunn | Oct 19
The world's first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network.

Groups: Saving Mexican Gray Wolves Requires New Approach

Groups: Saving Mexican Gray Wolves Requires New Approach

By Susan Montoya Bryan | Oct 18
Dozens of environmental groups and scientists are asking U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the American Southwest.

Deep-Sea Explorers Seek Out Sunken World War II Ships

Deep-Sea Explorers Seek Out Sunken World War II Ships

By Caleb Jones | Oct 18
Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place.

Scientists Discover Big Storms Can Create 'Stormquakes'

Scientists Discover Big Storms Can Create 'Stormquakes'

By Seth Borenstein | Oct 17
Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they're calling them "stormquakes."

With Warming, Get Used to Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires

With Warming, Get Used to Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires

By Seth Borenstein | Oct 17
Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say.

Conservationists Seek Protection of California Joshua Trees

Conservationists Seek Protection of California Joshua Trees

Oct 16
The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday.

Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act

Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act

By Tammy Webber | Oct 16
Millions of fluorescent light ballasts containing PCBs probably remain in schools and day care centers across the U.S. four decades after the chemicals were banned over concerns that they could cause cancer and other illnesses.

NASA Moves Up 1st All-Female Spacewalk to Fix Power Unit

NASA Moves Up 1st All-Female Spacewalk to Fix Power Unit

By Marcia Dunn | Oct 16
NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station.

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