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  1. Nevertheless, they persist: Babies can copy adult tenacity

    09.21 / 18:47 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    NEW YORK (AP) — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Especially if a baby is watching. Children around 15 months old can become more persistent in pursuing a goal if they’ve just seen an adult struggle at a task before succeeding, a new study says. The results suggest there may be value […
  2. Billionaire gives $30M to Univ. of Arizona for Biosphere 2

    09.21 / 16:47 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Texas billionaire Edward P. Bass is giving $30 million to the University of Arizona to support the Biosphere 2 research facility. Biosphere 2 Director Joaquin Ruiz says Bass’ gift will allow continued research into global climate change and other “grand scientific challenges” affecting daily life. The university has operated Biosphere 2 […
  3. Montana preparing to take over after EPA asbestos cleanup

    09.21 / 16:47 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure entered a new phase Thursday as officials begin crafting ways to keep residents safe over the long term. Related stories Montana asbestos victims to receive millions from state After 15 years, […
  4. Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

    09.14 / 23:47 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    BOSTON (AP) — Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year’s recipients of the Ig Nobel, the prize for absurd scientific achievement. The 27th annual awards were announced Thursday at Harvard University. […
  5. Cassini’s scrapbook: amazing photos of Saturn, its rings and moons

    09.14 / 22:48 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    Since 2004, the Cassini spacecraft has provided more than 453,000 pictures of Saturn, its rings and moons. Here’s a look at some of those otherworldly i…
  6. Cassini spacecraft: ‘Magnifying glass’ at Saturn until end

    09.14 / 21:38 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For more than a decade, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at Saturn took “a magnifying glass” to the enchanting planet, its moons and rings. Cassini revealed wet, exotic worlds that might harbor life: the moons Enceladus and Titan. It unveiled moonlets embedded in the rings. It also gave us front-row seats to Saturn’s […
  7. SpaceX bloopers video: ‘How NOT to land an orbital rocket’

    09.14 / 16:26 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has put together a bloopers video showing “How NOT to land an orbital rocket booster.” Set to rousing marching music, the two-minute video posted Thursday shows rockets exploding at sea and over land. The opening blast, from 2013, is even synchronized to the music. SpaceX chief Elon Musk can […
  8. Indonesia raises alert level for Bali volcano

    09.14 / 13:29 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island of Bali following an increase in volcanic and tectonic activity. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Thursday that the alert has been raised from normal to vigilance. The country’s geological agency recommends villagers and visitors stay […
  9. Long-endangered snow leopard upgraded to ‘vulnerable’ status

    09.14 / 13:29 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    BANGKOK (AP) — The elusive snow leopard — long considered an endangered species — has been upgraded to “vulnerable,” international conservationists said Thursday. But experts warned the new classification does not mean they are safe. The animals still face serious challenges including poaching and loss of prey in their high Himalayan habitat. “The species still […]…
  10. Scientists: Ash tree species pushed to brink of extinction

    09.14 / 12:28 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    NEW YORK (AP) — Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more than […
  11. Life and death of Irma: 2 weeks of fury and devastation end

    09.14 / 09:33 o.seattletimes.com O.seattletimes.com - Science
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Irma, which flattened some Caribbean islands and enveloped nearly all of Florida in its fury, no longer exists. The open Atlantic’s most powerful hurricane on record finally sputtered out as an ordinary rainstorm over Ohio and Indiana. Irma’s confirmed death toll is 61 and still rising, 38 in the Caribbean and 23 […