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This handout photo provided by Britta Denise Hardesty shows Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientist Britta Denise Hardesty with plastic dissected from a dead flesh-footed shearwater. As many as nine out of ten of the world’s seabirds likely have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates. Previously, scientists figured about 29 percent of seabirds had swallowed plastic, but those are older studies. An Australian team of scientists who have studied birds and marine debris for decades used computer models to update those figures, calculating that far more seabirds are affected, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday. (Britta Denise Hardesty/CSIRO via AP)

What's in 90 percent of seabirds' guts? 1 word: Plastics

As many as nine out of 10 of the world's seabirds likely have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates. Previously, scientists figured about 29 percent of seabirds had swallowed plastic, based on older studies. An Australian team of scientists who have studied birds and marine debris ...

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many more, taking the reader to the ...

File-This Aug. 4, 2015, file photo shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waving after delivering a speech at Singapore Management University in Singapore.  Kerry says history will not look kindly on climate change skeptics who fail to take action to curb warming. Speaking Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, Kerry says scientists are overwhelmingly unified in the conclusion that humans are contributing to global climate change and that steps must be taken to reduce the carbon in the atmosphere. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)

Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska

Scientists are "overwhelmingly unified" in concluding that humans are contributing to global climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday night, and the public is slowly getting the full picture. Skeptics who stand in the way of action to respond to climate change will not be remembered kindly, he ...

In this March 29, 2006 photo, a skier poses for a photograph on Portage Lake in front of Portage Glacier, about 50 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska. The Portage Glacier, which is a major Alaska tourist destination near Anchorage has retreated so far it no longer can be seen from a multimillion-dollar visitors center built in 1986.  President Obama leaves Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There and even in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming, damage that has been evident to scientists for years. (Evan R. Steinhauser/Anchorage Dispatch News via AP, File)

Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. ...

FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2005, file photo, Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks about Alzheimer's disease to an audience at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. Sacks, a neurologist and writer, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (Johnathon Henninger/Connecticut Post via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many more, taking the reader to the ...

Dolly Parton Teases New TV Movie

Dolly Parton Teases New TV Movie

They hadn't even started shooting the movie, but Dolly Parton had no trouble selling "Coat of Many Colors" to critics in Beverly Hills earlier this month. The film, set to air Dec. 10 on NBC, is inspi

Police: Texas Deputy Killed While Pumping Gas

Police: Texas Deputy Killed While Pumping Gas

A sheriff's deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities. Police are searching for the suspect. (Aug.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is briefed about a Marine exercise by Marine Major Quint Harris at Red Beach Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Camp Pendleton, Calif.  Carter continues three-day, three-state trip to highlight some of his key priorities as secretary. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Pentagon funding new high-tech venture

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that could be ...

USDA to approve Simplot's genetically engineered potato

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world. "For historical reasons and current agriculture reasons, this is an important milestone," said Haven Baker, vice ...

Raw: Sinkhole Swallows Up Pedestrians in China

Raw: Sinkhole Swallows Up Pedestrians in China

A sinkhole opened in China, sucking in five people. At least four were injured. (Aug. 28)

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