LOS ANGELES — Scientists at the Channel Islands National Park, just off the Southern California coast, have excavated a rare and well-preserved mammoth skull fossil from Santa Rosa Island, the park announced Wednesday.
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GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii — The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts.
The three-man submarine went down, down, down into the abyss and drew within sight of something no human had ever laid eyes on: Cook seamount, a 13,000-foot extinct volcano at the bottom of the sea.
WASHINGTON — Arctic sea ice this summer shrank to its second lowest level since scientists started to monitor it by satellite.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A new study finds that Pluto is “spray-painting” the red poles of its big moon Charon.
The paint is actually Pluto’s continually escaping atmosphere. Methane and other gases from Pluto end up coating Charon’s frozen poles, which are so cold and where winters are so long that this buildup remains for decades.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Some footwear stores videotape a jogger’s gait on a treadmill to help determine the kind of running shoe that would be the best fit.
The University of Michigan is taking that practice a few steps beyond.
MADRID — If space is the final frontier, it will help to have an accurate map, and the European Space Agency said Wednesday its mission to chart more than 1 billion stars in the Milky Way is on track for completion in a year’s time.
KRALENDIJK, Bonaire — Vast coral reefs surrounding this island are considered by many experts to be the healthiest and best-protected in the Caribbean, and that makes Bonaire an ideal spot to test whether 3D printing technology can help preserve these vital marine habitats around the world.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Conservationists say they have transferred more than 200 of the nearly extinct Royal Turtles to a new purpose-built breeding and conservation centre, easing fears the rare species will disappear in Cambodia.
WAKHAN, Afghanistan — In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on earth.
DENVER — Federal land managers issued guidelines Thursday for restricting energy development, livestock grazing and other activities on public land in the West to protect the greater sage grouse, part of a broad effort to save the bird without resorting to listing it as an endangered species.