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Bleaching kills third of coral in Great Barrier Reef's north
SYDNEY (AP) -- Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists said on Monday....

Shark alert! Warnings high- and low-tech seek to protect
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CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) -- From drones and smartphone apps to old-school flags and signs, a growing great white shark population along the East Coast has officials and researchers turning to responses both high- and low-tech to ensure safety for millions of beachgoers this summer....

Physicist Stephen Hawking baffled by Donald Trump's rise
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LONDON (AP) -- Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking may have a good grasp of the workings of the universe, but he says he can't understand Donald Trump's popularity....

Scientists find minivan-sized sponge, world's largest
HONOLULU (AP) -- Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big....

NASA successfully inflates new space station room
CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world's first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts....

Space probe confirms chemicals of life in comet's halo
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists have found further evidence supporting the theory that some of the building blocks for life may have come to Earth from outer space....

SpaceX lands another rocket after satellite delivery
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX pulled off another rocket landing Friday, the third in just under two months....

Cave art trove found in Spain 1,000 feet underground
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish archaeologists say they have discovered an exceptional set of Paleolithic-era cave drawings that could rank among the best in a country that already boasts some of the world's most important cave art....

Saving salamanders: Searching for signs of a deadly fungus
SUNDERLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Holding a sandwich bag containing a squirming, Eastern red-spotted newt, Evan Grant inspects its shiny skin for signs of a killer....

At UN climate talks some worry about Brexit, Trump impacts
BONN, Germany (AP) -- Climate negotiators ended their first talks after last year's landmark Paris Agreement on Thursday with some delegates expressing concern about the potential impact of upcoming votes in the U.S. and Britain....