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  • U.Md. professor provides the science behind ‘The X-Files’

    An area professor who has been a science adviser to ‘The X-Files’ since the series began in the 1990s tells WTOP that much of the science in this science-fiction show is true.

  • Human fetal tissue long used for variety of medical studies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Controversy over Planned Parenthood’s supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science. Some of the organization’s affiliates, in fewer than five states, provide the tissue,…

  • 2 injection wells shut down after Oklahoma quakes

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oil and gas operators shut down two wastewater injection wells in northern Oklahoma on Tuesday and reduced operations at a third after several earthquakes centered in the town of Crescent rattled…

  • Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just…

  • Oklahoma day care closes after reports of sunburned children

    VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A day care center in northeast Oklahoma shut its doors Tuesday after a mother reported her two young sons were severely sunburned during an outing to a local water park Happiness…

  • Panel scales back new oil rules for North Dakota reservation

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribal leaders from a prolific portion of North Dakota’s oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation are scaling back proposed drilling regulations that industry officials warned could slow crude production. Leaders of a section…

  • US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for…

  • Critically endangered northern white rhino dies at Czech zoo

    PRAGUE (AP) — One of the last five northern white rhinoceros left in the world has died. The Czech zoo in Dvur Kralove says the 31-year-old female Nabire died Monday evening due to a ruptured…

  • Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

    LONDON (AP) — Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. In an open letter with…

  • Rare blue moon to make an appearance Friday

    WASHINGTON — When talking about something rare or unusual, people might say it happens “once in a blue moon.”  A walk in the moonlight Friday might inspire a person to appreciate the expression. There’ll be a full…

  • Scientist: Whale deaths off Alaska island remains mystery

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska’s Kodiak Island, a scientist working on the case said Monday. Samples taken from…

  • Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker.…

  • Magnitude 4.5 and 4.0 earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

    CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — Two moderate earthquakes have been recorded in central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.5 magnitude quake at 1:12 p.m. Monday and a 4.0 magnitude quake at 12:49 p.m. Both…

  • Correction: Lake Michigan Shipwreck story

    MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — In a story July 23 about a dive team discovering a 116-year-old shipwreck in Lake Michigan, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the group that has discovered 15 other…

  • Stephen Hawking fields questions on artificial intelligence

    LONDON (AP) — Have a question about artificial intelligence and think theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the man to ask? Hawking is giving the Internet-going public a rare chance to pose direct questions to him…