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Artificial Intelligence's Rise Exposes Gaping Gender Gap

Artificial Intelligence's Rise Exposes Gaping Gender Gap

By Matt O'Brien | Dec 15
The challenges of making the technology industry a more welcoming place for women are numerous, especially in the booming field of artificial intelligence.

Scary Warming at Poles Showing Up at Weird Times, Places

Scary Warming at Poles Showing Up at Weird Times, Places

By Seth Borenstein | Dec 15
Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica.

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

By David Weintraub | Dec 15
Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. Is the star's biblical description a pious fiction, or does it contain some astronomical truth?

Texas Report Says 'Changing Climate' Intensifying Disasters

Texas Report Says 'Changing Climate' Intensifying Disasters

By Paul J. Weber | Dec 15
Powerful natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Washington Governor Proposes Major Steps for Orca Recovery

Washington Governor Proposes Major Steps for Orca Recovery

By Gene Johnson | Dec 15
With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover.

Anti-LGBTQ Republican Sparks Pushback After Vaccine Comment

Anti-LGBTQ Republican Sparks Pushback After Vaccine Comment

By Kimberlee Kruesi | Dec 14
A Tennessee physician recently elected to Congress received criticism Thursday from top state leaders for alleging without evidence that vaccines may cause autism.

Virgin Galactic Tourism Rocket Ship Reaches Space in Test

Virgin Galactic Tourism Rocket Ship Reaches Space in Test

By John Antczak | Dec 14
Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space.

Renewed Battle over Using Fetal Tissue in Medical Research

Renewed Battle over Using Fetal Tissue in Medical Research

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Dec 14
Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies.

Cuba Health Mystery: Diplomats Had Inner-Ear Damage Early On

Cuba Health Mystery: Diplomats Had Inner-Ear Damage Early On

By Jennifer Kay and Lauran Neergaard | Dec 13
American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.

Meth Playing Bigger Role in U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis

Meth Playing Bigger Role in U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis

By Mike Stobbe | Dec 13
A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported.

Croak to Croon: City Frogs Sing More Alluring Love Songs

Croak to Croon: City Frogs Sing More Alluring Love Songs

By Christina Larson | Dec 13
A study released Monday examined why Panama's tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when cities encroach on forests.

Weather Agency Chief: I've Never Briefed Trump on Warming

Weather Agency Chief: I've Never Briefed Trump on Warming

By Seth Borenstein | Dec 13
The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump.

Virgin Galactic Aims to Reach Space Soon With Tourism Rocket

Virgin Galactic Aims to Reach Space Soon With Tourism Rocket

By John Antczak | Dec 13
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism.

NASA's Mars Lander Takes Selfie from Above with Robotic Arm

NASA's Mars Lander Takes Selfie from Above with Robotic Arm

By Marcia Dunn | Dec 12
NASA's new Mars lander has taken a selfie from above, using a camera on its long robotic arm.

NASA's Voyager 2 Becomes 2nd Craft in Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 2 Becomes 2nd Craft in Interstellar Space

By Seth Borenstein | Dec 12
NASA's Voyager 2 is now the second human-made object to zip away from the sun into the space between the stars.

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