- Physicist Stephen Hawking baffled by Donald Trump's rise Updated: May-30-16 7:23 pm
LONDON - Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking may have a good grasp of the workings of the universe, but he says he can't understand Donald Trump's popularity.
- Conservationists aiming to protect river sue to stop homes Updated: May-30-16 6:16 pm
PHOENIX - Conservation groups are suing to block the development of a massive master-planned community in southern Arizona in the hopes of protecting the last major free-flowing river in the Southwest.
- Experimental installations put the social in social science Updated: May-30-16 4:44 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - The truck-size metal container sitting in a downtown park here isn't meant to raise awareness about the global shipping industry, though it may nudge some people's curiosity in that direction.
- Campbell County considers buying drone for surveying work Updated: May-30-16 4:15 pm
GILLETTE, Wyoming - Campbell County surveyors are hoping to buy drones to help do the job.
- Deteriorating boardwalk at Kauai state park gets replaced Updated: May-30-16 1:41 pm
HONOLULU - A 20-year-old boardwalk at Kauai's Kokee State Park is getting replaced with recycled plastic as state officials aim to protect the area's rare species and improve safety for the thousands of people who visit each year.
- Ocean 'robot' to help identity toxic algae off Washington Updated: May-30-16 12:52 pm
SEATTLE - After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are turning to a new tool that could provide an early warning of future problems.
- Shark alert! Warnings high- and low-tech seek to protect Updated: May-30-16 12:15 pm
CHATHAM, Massachusetts - From drones and smartphone apps to old-school flags and signs, a growing great white shark population along the East Coast has officials and researchers turning to responses both high- and low-tech to ensure safety for millions of beachgoers this summer.
- Illinois lawmakers propose study of lead in state water Updated: May-30-16 12:13 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are commissioning a report from the state's Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to better monitor lead levels in state water supplies.
- Hemp seeds being distributed to West Virginia growers Updated: May-30-16 12:04 pm
VIENNA, West Virginia - Hemp seeds are being distributed to approved growers in West Virginia for a research project on the crop.
- New Mexico shows deeply divided Democratic loyalties Updated: May-30-16 11:19 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Tapping free WiFi at public libraries and cafes and hawking T-shirts and bumper stickers out of a Santa Fe hemp clothing store, autonomous cells of Bernie Sanders volunteers in New Mexico have been feverishly fundraising and speed-dialing voters for months.
- Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill Updated: May-30-16 10:02 am
NEW ORLEANS - Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico's gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what's being called the largest ecosystem restoration effort ever.
- Bleaching kills third of coral in Great Barrier Reef's north Updated: May-30-16 9:37 am
SYDNEY - Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists said on Monday.
- Darling Suntree Elementary duck a real-life science lesson Updated: May-29-16 7:58 pm
MELBOURNE, Florida - During a recent fire drill at Suntree Elementary, Jana Gabrielski watched one member of her class lose his cool. The siren's screech panicked him as he bolted to the exit.
- Teacher shortage in northern Montana has officials worried Updated: May-29-16 6:19 pm
HAVRE, Montana - A shortage of teachers in northern Montana has officials worried after superintendents from three rural Montana districts told the Montana University Board of Regents that teachers are unwilling to relocate to northern Montana and school officials have problems filling primary and secondary school teacher positions.
- Protections considered for small sage-grouse population Updated: May-29-16 6:00 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - Federal biologists are working to ensure the survival of a small group of sage grouse that inhabit the Gros Ventre (GROW' vawnt) river drainage, even though it only involves a few dozen of the large birds.
- Lake Superior State celebrating 30 years of salmon releases Updated: May-29-16 5:02 pm
SAULT STE. MARIE, Michigan - The Aquatic Research Laboratory at Lake Superior State University is celebrating three decades of raising and releasing Atlantic salmon in the St. Marys River.
- Purdue center, Amish dog breeders work to create standards Updated: May-29-16 11:30 am
LAFAYETTE, Indiana - A Purdue University center and commercial dog breeders from southern Indiana's Amish community are working to create standards meant to improve dogs' well-being.
- Yakama Nation students find success with prosthetics Updated: May-29-16 10:51 am
YAKIMA, Washington - In a building just outside the main Yakama Nation Tribal School, its MESA prosthetics team has turned a classroom into a workshop.
- 17-year-old gets degree in biology, physics and math Updated: May-29-16 9:01 am
CLEAR SPRING, Maryland - While most 6-year-olds spend their summers playing outside, participating in sports or watching TV, 17-year-old Joseph Heavner of Clear Spring spent his childhood teaching himself mathematics and reading high-school textbooks.
- Marietta 10th-graders guide fifth-graders in science class Updated: May-29-16 6:11 am
MARIETTA, Georgia - Instead of joining the rest of their classmates and giving their earthworms a mixture of caffeine powder and water to see how it affected the worms, fifth-graders Kathryn Tillis and Madeline Vought got a little creative and gave their earthworm a sip of Coke, then waited for it to react.
- Ex-finance chief at U. of Miami school guilty of $2.3M theft Updated: May-29-16 3:54 am
MIAMI - A former finance director at a University of Miami science school faces prison time after pleading guilty to tax evasion in a $2.3 million embezzlement scheme.
- Gallatin College to offer photonics, optics program in fall Updated: May-28-16 5:16 pm
BOZEMAN, Montana - Gallatin College Montana State University is adding a photonics and optics program in hopes of helping staff nearby employers.
- Dead gray whale submerged for scientific study Updated: May-28-16 4:37 pm
PORT ANGELES, Washington - A juvenile gray whale found dead near Seattle earlier this month has been submerged off Indian Island so natural predators will clean the massive carcass and provide an educational tool for the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.
- US wants to help endangered Yellowstone fish with $57M dam Updated: May-28-16 12:46 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - U.S. officials say building a $57 million concrete dam and fish bypass channel along Montana's Yellowstone River offers the cheapest way to help an endangered species that dates to the time of dinosaurs.
- Sea Shepard founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living Updated: May-28-16 11:05 am
PARIS - He's a fugitive on Interpol's Red List and a marine vigilante who's done jail time for extradition requests. Yet to many, he's also a heroic marine conservationist who risks his life and those of his crew to save countless endangered whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks from slaughter.