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Who pays? Who cuts emissions? 5 issues for UN climate deal

  GENEVA (AP) — World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks. In Geneva this week, negotiators from more than 190 countries are working on a draft of a deal that’s supposed to be adopted in Paris in December. At this point it’s a wish list [...]

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Fed report: Time to examine purposely cooling planet idea

  WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time to study and maybe even test the idea of cooling the Earth by injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun’s heat, a first-of-its-kind federal science report said Tuesday. The idea was once considered fringe — to purposely re-engineer the planet’s climate as a last ditch effort to [...]

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Virginia may ban releasing balloons into the atmosphere

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker says banning the release of helium balloons into the air could help save wildlife on land and in the water. Balloons are fouling the state’s beaches and can be deadly to wildlife, says Republican Sen. Jeff McWaters of Virginia Beach, who is sponsoring a bill to prohibit releasing [...]

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Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

  SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs. [...]

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‘Imitation Game’ site Bletchley Park recreates WWII Britain

  BLETCHLEY PARK, England (AP) — As a tourist site, Bletchley Park has been something of a well-kept secret. That’s because it was a government secret as well. But the once-classified home of Britain’s World War II code-breakers is finally coming out of the shadows. Though eclipsed by attractions like the British Museum and Stonehenge, [...]

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King Abdullah, who sought to modernize Saudi Arabia, at 90

  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died, according to Saudi state TV. He was 90. More than his guarded and [...]

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Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls [...]

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Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison and three years of supervised release Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help [...]

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Josh Earnest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. The White House said Friday that Obama will ask Congress for $215 million for what he’s calling a precision medicine initiative. The ambitious goal: Scientists will assemble databases [...]

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Volcanic eruption in Tonga creates new island

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island — although one scientist said Wednesday it could soon disappear. The volcano has been erupting for a month in the ocean about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of the capital, Nuku’alofa. Last week it disrupted international air travel to [...]

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