Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says
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Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming shrank certain animals in the ancient past, and scientists worry it could happen again. Warm-blooded animals got smaller at least twice in Earth’s history when carbon dioxide levels soared and temperatures spiked as part of a natural warming, a new study says. washingtonUniversity of New Hampshire researcher Abigail D’Ambrosia warned … Continue reading

Letter supporting journalists at Standing Rock
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Letter supporting journalists at Standing Rock

Levi Bachmeier, Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office Scott Davis, North Dakota Director Dept. of Indian Affairs Rob Keller, Morton County Sheriff’s Department Maj. French Pope, Army Corp of Engineers Weldon Loudermilk, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs Kevin Haugrud, Acting Secretary, Department of the Interior Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota; Chair, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs … Continue reading

Norfolk State honors Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Friday, Feb. 24
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Norfolk State honors Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Friday, Feb. 24

February 17, 2017 To the University Community: Please join me in wishing Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch well as she retires from Norfolk State University. Over her more than 40 years of dedicated service, she has distinguished herself among her professional peers in the STEM field, at Norfolk State and throughout the community. Dr. DeLoatch has … Continue reading

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old
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Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old

BOSTON (AP) — In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old. The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals … Continue reading

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs
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2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms. The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam, … Continue reading

SpaceX launches rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad
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SpaceX launches rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA’s long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, Feb 19, 2017, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago. It was the first flight from NASA’s legendary Launch Complex 39A since the shuttle program ended almost six … Continue reading

Spartan Report for the week of Feb. 13
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Spartan Report for the week of Feb. 13

Marisa Grey from the Norfolk State University Office of Communications and Marketing offers this Feb. 13 installment of the Spartan Report. In this week’s report, the university tells about the appearance of the Spartan Legion marching band in a Super Bowl commercial, NSU’s own connection to one of NASA’s “Hidden Figures,” and a UNCF grant. Continue reading

Dominion solar investment in Virginia approaches $1 billion
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Dominion solar investment in Virginia approaches $1 billion

Dominion is investing more than $800 million in solar power in Virginia, with much of it being built at little or no cost to most customers. Additional solar projects are now in the planning stages. “Our company has made a major commitment to develop significant blocks of solar generation to meet customers’ energy needs going … Continue reading

Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico
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Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday. The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more … Continue reading

US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months
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US commander: Mosul and Raqqa should be retaken in 6 months

CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AP) — Forces fighting the Islamic State group should be able to retake the IS-held cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria within the next six months, according to the top U.S. commander in Iraq. On a tour north of Baghdad Wednesday, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said “within … Continue reading

GOP-backed measures seek to rein in science used at EPA
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GOP-backed measures seek to rein in science used at EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pondering new restrictions on how the Environmental Protection Agency can use scientific data, congressional Republicans are seeking advice from the chemical and fossil fuel industries. House Science, Space and Technology committee chairman Lamar Smith this week accused the Obama administration of relying on faulty and falsified data to justify new regulations, such … Continue reading

Turkey hit by 2 magnitude 5.3 quakes; 11 villages damaged
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Turkey hit by 2 magnitude 5.3 quakes; 11 villages damaged

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 5.3 jolted Turkey’s northern Aegean Sea coast on Monday Feb. 6, 2017,  damaging dozens of homes in 11 villages and injuring at least five people, officials said. The first quake, which was centered beneath the Aegean off the coast of the town of Ayvacik in … Continue reading