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Vaccine Rates Rise on Long-Wary 'Hippie' Island Near Seattle

Vaccine Rates Rise on Long-Wary 'Hippie' Island Near Seattle

By Sally Ho | May 20
Amid the nation's largest measles outbreak in 25 years, pro-vaccine advocates are cheering this apparent shift that challenges Vashon's reputation as a hotbed of highly educated, anti-establishment parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

Obesity Surgery Benefits May Be Bigger for Teens than Adults

Obesity Surgery Benefits May Be Bigger for Teens than Adults

By Marilynn Marchione | May 19
Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have it resolve other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a study finds.

Why Is the Pentagon Interested in UFOs?

Why Is the Pentagon Interested in UFOs?

By Iain Boyd | May 18
U.S. Navy pilots and sailors won't be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see.

Teachers Grapple with Climate Change: 'A Pretty Scary Topic'

Teachers Grapple with Climate Change: 'A Pretty Scary Topic'

By Michael Melia | May 16
When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she'd never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit's hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk.

AP Explains: Brazil's Environmental Changes Under Bolsonaro

AP Explains: Brazil's Environmental Changes Under Bolsonaro

By Diane Jeantet | May 16
The administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a United Nations climate change workshop. Here's a look at some of the key measures taken by Bolsonaro's administration, which took office Jan. 1.

Japanese Space Startup Aims to Compete with U.S. Rivals

Japanese Space Startup Aims to Compete with U.S. Rivals

By Mari Yamaguchi | May 15
A Japanese startup that launched a rocket into space earlier this month plans to provide low-cost rocket services and compete with American rivals such as SpaceX, its founder said Wednesday.

Looking for Climate Change Info, Teachers Find Propaganda

Looking for Climate Change Info, Teachers Find Propaganda

By Michael Melia | May 15
There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information.

Deep Sea Carbon Reservoirs Once Superheated the Earth — Could It Happen Again?

Deep Sea Carbon Reservoirs Once Superheated the Earth — Could It Happen Again?

By Lowell D. Stott | May 15
Abrupt warming events are built into Earth's climate system. They have occurred when disturbances in carbon storage at Earth's surface released greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Explorer Recounts Making the Deepest Ocean Dive in History

Explorer Recounts Making the Deepest Ocean Dive in History

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody | May 15
Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly on the alert as he monitored his state-of-the-art vessel.

Trump Targets Pell Grant Money for NASA's Budget Boost

Trump Targets Pell Grant Money for NASA's Budget Boost

By Jill Colvin | May 14
The Trump administration wants to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024.

Space-Tourism Enters 'Home Stretch' Toward Commercial Flight

Space-Tourism Enters 'Home Stretch' Toward Commercial Flight

By Morgan Lee | May 13
Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step closer to reality.

Amazon's Bezos Says He'll Send a Spaceship to the Moon

Amazon's Bezos Says He'll Send a Spaceship to the Moon

By Seth Borenstein | May 10
Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos said Thursday he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there.

Climate Change Missing as U.S. Defends Arctic Policy

Climate Change Missing as U.S. Defends Arctic Policy

By Matthew Lee | May 8
For the Trump administration, disappearing sea ice in the world's "high north" is first and foremost an opportunity to exploit rather than a crisis to mitigate.

Electronic Implants Studied for Treatment of Drug Addition

Electronic Implants Studied for Treatment of Drug Addition

By Erika Kinetz | May 8
The first clinical trial of DBS for methamphetamine addiction is being conducted at Shanghai's Ruijin Hospital, along with parallel trials for opioid addiction

Species Loss Accelerating Dramatically, UN Report Warns

Species Loss Accelerating Dramatically, UN Report Warns

By Seth Borenstein | May 7
People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday.

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