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‘Running out of options’: Fight to protect giant sequoias has gotten experimental

October 17, 2021, 10:30am Nation & World

As flames from the KNP Complex threatened to race up a steep slope toward the remote Muir Grove of giant sequoias, officials at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks had… Read story

China launches 3 astronauts on 6-month space station mission

October 15, 2021, 4:09pm Nation & World

China today sent three astronauts to its space station for a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost Read story

Space flight participant Yusaku Maezawa attends a training session ahead of the expedition to the International Space Station at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. A Japanese fashion tycoon who's booked a SpaceX ride to the moon is going to try out the International Space Station first. Yusaku Maezawa announced that he's bought two seats on a Russian Soyuz capsule. He'll blast off in December on the 12-day mission with his production assistant and a professional cosmonaut.

Japanese billionaire gets ready for December space mission

Space flight participant Yusaku Maezawa attends a training session ahead of the expedition to the International Space Station at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. A Japanese fashion tycoon who's booked a SpaceX ride to the moon is going to try out the International Space Station first. Yusaku Maezawa announced that he's bought two seats on a Russian Soyuz capsule. He'll blast off in December on the 12-day mission with his production assistant and a professional cosmonaut.

October 15, 2021, 7:46am Business

MOSCOW — A forthcoming flight to space by a Japanese billionaire will allow the public to have a closer look at life on board the orbiting outpost, the president of Space Adventures, a company that organized the flight, said Friday. Read story

Volunteers monitor invasive crab species in South Aberdeen

October 15, 2021, 7:41am Northwest

ABERDEEN — In the spring, the Washington Sea Grant volunteer Crab Team began monitoring Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay for invasive European green crab, which are growing in numbers and can wreak havoc on native species. Read story

William Shatner, center, describes what the g-forces of the Blue Origin lift off did to his face as Chris Boshuizen, left, and Glen de Vries all look on during a media availability at the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.  The “Star Trek” actor and three fellow passengers hurtled to an altitude of 66.5 miles (107 kilometers) over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule, then safely parachuted back to Earth in a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes.

William Shatner, TV’s Capt. Kirk, blasts off for space

William Shatner, center, describes what the g-forces of the Blue Origin lift off did to his face as Chris Boshuizen, left, and Glen de Vries all look on during a media availability at the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.  The “Star Trek” actor and three fellow passengers hurtled to an altitude of 66.5 miles (107 kilometers) over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule, then safely parachuted back to Earth in a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes.

October 13, 2021, 12:20pm Entertainment

VAN HORN, Texas — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company. Read story

FILE - In this 1988 file photo, William Shatner, who portrays Capt. James T. Kirk, attends a photo opportunity for the film "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." The performer who breathed life into Kirk is, at age 90, heading toward the stars under dramatically different circumstances than his fictional counterpart when Shatner boards Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin NS-18.

As Shatner heads toward the stars, visions of space collide

FILE - In this 1988 file photo, William Shatner, who portrays Capt. James T. Kirk, attends a photo opportunity for the film "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." The performer who breathed life into Kirk is, at age 90, heading toward the stars under dramatically different circumstances than his fictional counterpart when Shatner boards Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin NS-18.

October 12, 2021, 8:14am Entertainment

“Risk is our business,” James T. Kirk once said. “That’s what this starship is all about. That’s why we’re aboard her.” Read story

Ted Bowman, design engineer with Tsunami Products, installs an air-to-water unit in homeowner Don Johnson's backyard in Benicia, Calif.

Washington firm’s products pull water out of air

Ted Bowman, design engineer with Tsunami Products, installs an air-to-water unit in homeowner Don Johnson's backyard in Benicia, Calif.

October 12, 2021, 6:05am Life

BENICIA, Calif. — The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched California, some homeowners are already buying the pricey devices. Read story

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Spiders aren’t really coming inside for fall – they’ve been there all along!

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October 12, 2021, 6:05am Life

Rod Crawford has some very bad news for people who don’t like spiders. Read story

Brown pelicans nest among laughing gulls on Rabbit Island in southwest Louisiana.

In Louisiana, restored nesting island wildly popular with birds

Brown pelicans nest among laughing gulls on Rabbit Island in southwest Louisiana.

October 12, 2021, 6:00am Life

RABBIT ISLAND, La. (AP) — Restoration of an island in Louisiana’s fragile coastal area is proving wildly popular with the birds it was rebuilt for, their numbers exploding on the recently added land, authorities said Wednesday. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif.  Google on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, will no longer allow digital ads promoting false climate change claims to appear next to the content of other publishers, hoping to deny money to those making such claims and to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform.

Google cracks down on climate change denial by targeting ads

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif.  Google on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, will no longer allow digital ads promoting false climate change claims to appear next to the content of other publishers, hoping to deny money to those making such claims and to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform.

October 8, 2021, 7:58am Business

LONDON — Google is cracking down on digital ads promoting false climate change claims or being used to make money from such content, hoping to limit revenue for climate change deniers and stop the spread of misinformation on its platforms. Read story