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Round-the-World Sailing Race Works to Protect Its Racetrack

Round-the-World Sailing Race Works to Protect Its Racetrack

By Jimmy Golen | May 20
Plastic bottles floating by. Food wrappers. Fishing nets. And perhaps most troublesome: Microplastics that take thousands of years to degrade - a scourge for sea life and everything on up the food chain - permeating even the most remote oceans.

Archaeologists Find Street of Balconies in Italy's Pompeii

Archaeologists Find Street of Balconies in Italy's Pompeii

May 20
Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy's volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

U.S. Birth Rates Hit a Baby Bust

U.S. Birth Rates Hit a Baby Bust

May 20
Last year saw the lowest number of U.S. births in 30 years, with birth rates declining not only for women in their teens and 20s but also women in their 30s.

Science Says: Green-Blooded Lizards Pose Evolutionary Puzzle

Science Says: Green-Blooded Lizards Pose Evolutionary Puzzle

By Seth Borenstein | May 19
For some lizards it's easy being green. It's in their blood. Six species of lizards in New Guinea bleed lime green thanks to evolution gone weird.

Rhino in San Diego Pregnant, Could Help Save Subspecies

Rhino in San Diego Pregnant, Could Help Save Subspecies

By Julie Watson | May 19
A southern white rhino has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park - giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals.

Threatened Sea Otters Struggle to Expand Range

Threatened Sea Otters Struggle to Expand Range

May 19
Experts are struggling to restore the U.S. West Coast's southern sea otters to their historic range. The effort is part of growing global recognition of the crucial role that predators play, like the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park.

Emissions of Banned Ozone-Eating Chemical Somehow Are Rising

Emissions of Banned Ozone-Eating Chemical Somehow Are Rising

By Seth Borenstein | May 18
Something strange is happening with a now-banned chemical that eats away at Earth's protective ozone layer: Scientists say there's more of it - not less - going into the atmosphere and they don't know where it is coming from.

Cancer Docs Feel Unprepared, but Recommend Marijuana Anyway

Cancer Docs Feel Unprepared, but Recommend Marijuana Anyway

By Carla K. Johnson | May 16
Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they've recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don't know enough about medicinal use.

Brexit in Space: EU, Britain Fight Over Galileo Navigation

Brexit in Space: EU, Britain Fight Over Galileo Navigation

By Raf Casert | May 15
Brexit talks have reached into space, with the European Union and Britain fighting over the rights that London will have to the multi-billion Galileo satellite navigation system and its security-sensitive information.

Archaeologists Find Remains of Roman-Era Temple in Egypt

May 13
Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a temple dating back to the second century.

U.S. to Decide Best Site Option for Nuclear Weapons Production

U.S. to Decide Best Site Option for Nuclear Weapons Production

By Susan Montoya Bryan | May 12
The federal agency that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile is expected this week to release a report on the best site option for the United States as it looks to ramp up production of the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear warheads.

Scientists Say Fossilized Footprints Tell Tale of Sloth Hunt

Scientists Say Fossilized Footprints Tell Tale of Sloth Hunt

May 10
Researchers studying a trail of fossilized footprints on a remote New Mexico salt flat have determined the tracks tell the story of a group of Ice Age hunters stalking a giant sloth.

WALL-E and EVE on Their Way to Mars with InSight

WALL-E and EVE on Their Way to Mars with InSight

By Marcia Dunn | May 9
NASA's next Mars explorer is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks.

Dinosaur Tracks At Utah Park Dislodged, Thrown Into Lake

Dinosaur Tracks At Utah Park Dislodged, Thrown Into Lake

May 9
Visitors at a Utah state park have been dislodging dinosaur tracks imprinted in sandstone and throwing the pieces into a nearby lake, officials said.

Afraid of Heights in Space: NASA Astronaut Details Flight

Afraid of Heights in Space: NASA Astronaut Details Flight

By Stacey Plaisance | May 7
When NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba was out doing a spacewalk during a recent trip to the International Space Station, he held on tight. That's because Acaba is afraid of heights.

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