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NASA is bringing rocks back from Mars, but what if those samples contain alien life?
Nell Greenfieldboyce | May 4, 2022
NASA's Perseverance rover took this "selfie" next to a rock where it drilled for samples. NASA wants to bring samples collected by this rover back to Earth. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS NASA is planning its first-ever mission to bring dirt and rocks from Mars back to Earth — but before that momentous event ...
Vacuuming carbon from the air could help stop climate change. Not everyone agrees
Lauren Sommer | May 2, 2022
Companies like CarbFix are working on taking carbon dioxide and pumping it underground to react with porous rock, locking it there so it doesn't cause the planet to warm. Brennan Linsley | AP Some of the biggest companies in the world, including Facebook and Google, are planning to spend almost ...
The first human case of avian flu in the U.S. is reported in Colorado
Rina Torchinsky | April 29, 2022
A Colorado inmate involved in the culling of poultry at a farm as part of a pre-release program has the first human case of avian flu in the United States. Here, cage-free chickens walk in a fenced pasture at an organic farm near Waukon, Iowa, in October 2015. Charlie Neibergall ...
Oyster reefs in Texas are disappearing. Fishermen there fear their jobs will too
Katie Watkins | April 29, 2022
Oyster harvester Johny Jurisich empties a dredge filled with oysters onto his boat near Texas City, Texas. Lucio Vasquez | Houston Public Media At Johny Jurisich's family dock in Texas City, more than a dozen empty oyster boats with names like Sunshine and Captain Fox lazily float in the marina ...
Your dog is a good boy, but that’s not necessarily because of its breed
Becky Sullivan | April 28, 2022
A border collie in northern England chases after a flock of sheep to herd them. A new study finds that only about 9% of the variation in an individual dog's behavior can be explained by its breed. Edwin Remsberg | Getty Images Labrador retrievers fetch, border collies herd, huskies howl: ...
Drought triggers water restrictions for 6 million Southern California residents
Vanessa Romo | April 27, 2022
Southern California residents are being called on to immediately reduce water usage by 20 to 30%. Damian Dovarganes | AP Southern California water officials declared a water shortage emergency following record-breaking drought conditions throughout the state. On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said it's implementing a program ...
Corvette is the next big name in cars to roll out an electric
Matthew S. Schwartz | April 26, 2022
An "electrified" version of the Corvette will come as early as next year, followed by a fully electric version, General Motors says. General Motors Updated April 26, 2022 at 3:41 PM ET The Corvette is about to go electric. "We will have an electrified Corvette next year, so it's coming ...
China promotes coal in setback for efforts to cut emissions
The Associated Press | April 25, 2022
Smoke and steam rise from towers at the coal-fired Urumqi Thermal Power Plant as seen from a plane in Urumqi in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 21, 2021. Mark Schiefelbein | AP BEIJING — China is promoting coal-fired power as the ruling Communist Party tries to revive ...
Biden will order a study of old-growth forests in an Earth Day executive action
Laura Benshoff | April 22, 2022
An old-growth redwood tree named "Father of the Forest" in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California in August 2020. Some trees in the park have been standing for 2,000 years. Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP President Biden will sign an executive order to inventory and protect old-growth forests while visiting ...