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Infernos rage from Texas to Australia as fire season kicks off early

After a year of deadly wildfires around the globe, the world is burning again from Texas to Australia — and in some regions, the blazes are igniting early.

Canada’s Alberta province said last month that wildfire season had already begun, well before the typical March start. On the other side of the planet, South Australia instituted outdoor...Read more

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Endangered right whale calf found dead on Georgia's Cumberland Island

An endangered North Atlantic right whale calf that was recently spotted with severe wounds from a vessel strike has been found dead on Georgia’s Cumberland Island, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

The calf was first seen with significant head injuries in early January off the coast of South Carolina while ...Read more

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SpaceX knocks out 3 launches in 20 hours topped with foggy Cape Canaveral mission

SpaceX kept its assembly line approach to launching rockets alive and strong Monday with successful missions from both Cape Canaveral and California launched less than 20 hours since sending up four humans to space from Kennedy Space Center.

Topping off the day from the Space Coast amid a blanket of fog was the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with ...Read more

Apple's $2 billion fine heralds a new antitrust dawn

Another day, another multibillion-dollar regulatory fine from Europe that will barely dent the balance sheet of a technology giant. Only this time the European Commission’s $2 billion penalty against Apple Inc. marks the end of an old, clunky era, and the start of a new one where trust-busters can be quicker and more efficient in policing ...Read more

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Microsoft Ignite conference returns to Chicago in November after 9-year hiatus

Nearly a decade after holding its first Microsoft Ignite event in Chicago — and then abruptly pulling up stakes for other cities — the software giant’s annual information technology conference is coming back to McCormick Place in November.

Microsoft’s return engagement, announced Monday, is expected to bring thousands of IT ...Read more

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Sunflower sea stars are critically endangered, but can humans help the species rebound?

There are so few sunflower sea stars remaining, researchers don’t think there are enough for them to find each other on their own to reproduce – so the species is getting a helping hand from humans.

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego teamed up with several ...Read more

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SpaceX Crew-8 launches after tense discovery of crack on hatch seal

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — Overcoming concerns about a small crack in the hatch, SpaceX launched another four passengers on their way to the International Space Station late Sunday from Florida’s Space Coast.

About 30 minutes before liftoff, SpaceX mission control alerted the crew to a potential problem.

“We saw a small crack on the side ...Read more

Estimated 2.5 million people displaced by tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters in 2023 tell a story of recovery in America and who is vulnerable

People often think of disasters as great equalizers. After all, a hurricane, tornado or wildfire doesn’t discriminate against those in its path. But the consequences for those impacted are not “one-size-fits-all.”

That’s evident in the U.S. Census Bureau’s newly released results from its national household surveys showing ...Read more

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SpaceX tries for Crew-8 liftoff again Sunday night after Saturday weather woes

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — SpaceX is set to hit a milestone in human spaceflight as it aims to bring up another four passengers to the International Space Station, but has had to wait another day when weather forced a scrub on Saturday night.

The Crew-8 mission with three NASA astronauts and one Roscosmos cosmonaut will be riding in the Crew ...Read more

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How one methane scientist influenced Biden's pause on LNG approvals

When the Biden administration paused approval of new liquefied natural gas export licenses in January, the decision was driven by a recognition that the climate impact from the fossil fuel needs to be reassessed.

The fight over just how much LNG contributes to global warming was rekindled in part by a study with explosive findings. Compiled by ...Read more

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SpaceX Crew-8 scrubs liftoff because of weather, will try again Sunday night

ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX is set to hit a milestone in human spaceflight as it aims to bring up another four passengers to the International Space Station, but will have to wait another day as weather forced a scrub on Saturday night.

The Crew-8 mission with three NASA astronauts and one Roscosmos cosmonaut will be riding in the Crew Dragon ...Read more

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Divided 9th Circuit rejects Apache religious challenge to copper mine on sacred land

LOS ANGELES — A heavily divided panel of federal judges Friday rejected an Apache religious challenge to the construction of a massive copper mine on Oak Flat, a stretch of land in Arizona that tribe members consider sacred and irreplaceable.

The tribe members, who go by the name Apache Stronghold, denounced the ruling in the closely watched ...Read more

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SpaceX Crew-8 aims for late-night Space Coast liftoff if weather holds off

ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX is set to hit a milestone in human spaceflight as it aims to bring up another four passengers to the International Space Station.

The Crew-8 mission with three NASA astronauts and one Roscosmos cosmonaut will be riding in the Crew Dragon Endeavour when it launches atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s ...Read more

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California is missing out on billions of gallons of stormwater each year, report finds

LOS ANGELES — For too long, California and other states have viewed stormwater as either a threat or an inconvenience — something to be whisked away from cities and communities as quickly as possible.

But as traditional sources of water face worsening strain from climate change, population growth, agriculture and other factors, those unused...Read more

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Elon Musk sues OpenAI and Altman for breaching firm's founding mission

Elon Musk sued OpenAI and its Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman, alleging they violated the artificial intelligence startup’s founding mission by putting profit ahead of benefiting humanity.

The 52-year-old billionaire, who was a co-founder of OpenAI but is no longer involved, said in a lawsuit filed late Thursday in San Francisco that the ...Read more

Texas fires: Burned rangeland can recover quickly, but cattle ranchers face struggles ahead to find and feed their herds

Strong winds spread the largest wildfire in Texas history across more than 1 million acres of rangeland in the Panhandle, the heart of the state’s cattle-producing region, and into Oklahoma in late February 2024. Light precipitation on Feb. 29 helped firefighters as they tried to contain the Smokehouse Creek Fire and other blazes ...Read more

Remembering the 1932 Ford Hunger March: Detroit park honors labor and environmental history

The intersection of Fort Street and Oakwood Boulevard in southwest Detroit today functions mostly as a thoroughfare for trucks and commuters.

However, as you sit idling at the stoplight waiting to cross the bridge over the Rouge River, you might glance to the side and see something unexpected in this heavily industrialized area: A ...Read more

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The computer will see you now: Artificial Intelligence usage grows at Central Florida hospitals

Central Florida’s two major health systems, Orlando Health and AdventHealth Central Florida, are widely using Artificial Intelligence for administrative work and, increasingly, to sound early alarms about potential illnesses, including deadly pancreatic cancer and sepsis.

Eventually, some experts think AI could even be used to diagnose ...Read more

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California Assembly passes resolution urging Congress, Biden to alleviate Tijuana sewage crisis

Members of the California Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution that urges President Joe Biden and Congress to immediately alleviate the Tijuana sewage crisis.

Assembly Joint Resolution 12, which now heads to the Senate, asks federal lawmakers to approve a $310 million supplemental appropriation to fix and expand an outdated...Read more

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New bill would put climate scientist, person of color on board that regulates Colorado's air quality

A bill filed this week in the Colorado legislature would change the makeup of the state’s Air Quality Control Commission as the legislation’s sponsors try to increase protections for low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, which bear the brunt of pollution.

The commission, which sets the rules and regulations for polluters, would...Read more