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New Mexico nuke repository studied for plutonium storage
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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has commissioned a national group of scientists to study the viability of diluting surplus weapons-grade plutonium and storing it permanently at the federal government's underground repository in New Mexico....

Award-winning author Kate Wilhelm dies at 89
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Award-winning science fiction writer Kate Wilhelm has died at 89....

No small feat: Santa Barbara Zoo giraffe births 6-foot baby
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Now that's a big baby!...

Snow science: Crystal clues to climate change, watersheds
HIGHMOUNT, N.Y. (AP) -- Capturing snowflakes isn't as easy as sticking out your tongue....

Stone tools from Kenya give early glimpse of human behavior
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stone tools and other items from ancient sites in Kenya give a glimpse at the emergence of some key human behaviors, perhaps including a building of relationships with distant neighbors, new research says....

Fertility clinic failures forge lost legacies, heartbreak
Many of them had already endured their share of heartache. Some had been trying for years to get pregnant, suffering through multiple miscarriages. Others had undergone cancer treatments that destroyed their fertility....

San Francisco fertility clinic sued over embryo tank failure
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A San Francisco fertility clinic was sued again Thursday over the possible destruction of thousands of frozen eggs and embryos in a storage tank that malfunctioned....

Lack of evidence put Hawking's Nobel hopes in black hole
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stephen Hawking won accolades from his peers for having one of the most brilliant minds in science, but he never got a Nobel Prize because no one has yet proven his ideas....

Stephen Hawking: 'His laboratory was the universe'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Everyone knew of Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few could comprehend it. Not even top-notch astronomers....

Washington state moves to protect endangered killer whales
SEATTLE (AP) -- With the number of endangered orcas that frequent the inland waters of Washington state at a 30-year low, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday directed state agencies to take immediate and longer-term steps to protect the struggling killer whales....