Science

Study: Early Americas girl 'Naia' may have been young mother

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- More details have emerged about one of the oldest sets of human remains found in the Americas, a young woman nicknamed "Naia" whose nearly complete skeleton was discovered in 2007 in a water-filled cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. A study has determined that as thought, the young woman was between 15 and 16 when she died by falling into the cave about 13,000 years ago.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 29 The Telegraph, UK, on Britain formally beginning the process to leave the European Union: This is a historic day for Britain. Today, a UK government triggers Article 50 and begins the process of Brexit. And so the country enters a period of negotiation that, early signs suggest, will be tough, even acrimonious. But the goal is worth some hard work.

New Mexico hit by 'flash drought' weather phenomenon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month prompted dust storms that closed highways, warnings for some to stay inside and rapid mountain snow melting that could threaten drinking water supplies and farmers' irrigation needs. This weather phenomenon -- driven by a quick increase in temperatures and a lack of precipitation resulting in bone-dry soil -- is called a flash drought.

The Latest: Groups sue to stop Trump's effort to boost coal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The Latest on legal challenges to President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back steps taken by his predecessor to curb global warming. (all times local): 2 p.m. Environmental groups and a Montana American Indian tribe are asking a federal court to block President Donald Trump from lifting restrictions on the coal industry that were imposed by his predecessor.

Louisiana inmates sue over solitary confinement on death row

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Inmates on Louisiana's death are confined in inhumane isolation for 23 hours a day in windowless cells "the size of an average home bathroom," according to a lawsuit challenging the practice. Attorneys for three death row prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola filed a class action Wednesday against prison officials, claiming the solitary confinement conditions violate the inmates' constitutional rights.

Fossils stolen from Death Valley National Park

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Ancient fossil footprints have been stolen from Death Valley National Park. The park announced Tuesday that scientists who visit the area to document the fossilized animal tracks discovered the theft recently and reported it to rangers. The park says backpackers were photographed in the area and may have witnessed the theft or have information about it.

Dirty air from global trade kills at home and abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home. More than 750,000 people die prematurely from dirty air every year that is generated by making goods in one location that will be sold elsewhere, about one-fifth of the 3.45 million premature deaths from air pollution.

US hearing on climate science focuses on name calling

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Climate science and politics too often reverts into name calling and bullying, which can get in the way of real work. That was the only thing House Science Committee members, three scientists who often clash with mainstream science and a prominent climate scientist could agree to at a contentious hearing Wednesday. They couldn't agree on who was doing the name calling, though.

Egypt's famed pyramids get new lab to restore pharaonic boat

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location's second pharaonic boat. The vessel is believed to be the ceremonial boat of Pharaoh Cheops, known for building the largest of Egypt's pyramids.

EU regrets Trump's reversal of climate policy

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has expressed regret about President Donald Trump's decision to undo U.S. policies for fighting global warming and is wondering how he will live up to Washington's international climate commitments. EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said in a statement Wednesday that "we regret the U.S. is rolling back the main pillar of its climate policy, the Clean Power Plan.

China affirms climate pledge after Trump rolls back rules

BEIJING (AP) -- China promised Wednesday to stick to its climate commitments after President Donald Trump eased U.S. curbs on coal and oil use, opening the way for Beijing to assert itself as a leader in environmental policy. China is the No. 1 emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases but also the top investor in solar, wind and other renewable energy. It has promised to cap coal use and rein in growth of carbon dioxide emissions.

Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in a new report Wednesday. Chinese demand for tusks has been driving African elephants toward extinction, experts say. The Chinese government in recent years has taken steps to stop the trade in ivory, which is used for ornamentation and souvenirs.

Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions

CHICAGO (AP) -- Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promise Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on coal sales from federal lands.

Iranians, engines of US university research, wait in limbo

BOSTON (AP) -- Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into U.S. graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty around President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students.

Former Czech Academy of Sciences head to run for president

PRAGUE (AP) -- Jiri Drahos, the former president of the Czech Academy of Sciences says he wants to run for president of the Czech Republic next year's election. Jiri Drahos announced his candidacy on Tuesday. The 68-year-old Drahos is considered a serious contender to unseat President Milos Zeman from the largely ceremonial post. Drahos, who is not affiliated with a political party, says he wants the values of "truth, reason and decency" to win.

Latest Trump budget cuts at a glance

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump White House is proposing to cut $18 billion from a variety of domestic programs and foreign aid accounts in ongoing talks on a wrap-up spending package for the ongoing 2017 budget year. The cuts -- to education, infrastructure, medical and scientific research, and numerous grants to state and local governments -- are in addition to cuts proposed earlier in the month for the upcoming budget year.

Ivanka Trump, Education Secretary DeVos promote STEM careers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday exhorted young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, saying those fields will provide the jobs and innovation for the future. Their tour of the National Air and Space Museum with a group of middle school students came as the Trump administration proposed further cuts to education and science, drawing harsh criticism from teachers' unions and others.

European scientists, officials warn against US climate plan

BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists, officials and environmental campaigners in Europe said Tuesday that the United States would be damaging its own interests if it rolls back the previous administration's efforts to curb climate change. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that would rescind, suspend or review Obama-era regulations, including those restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.