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This image provided by Earkick in March 2024 shows the company&rsquo;s mental health chatbot on a smartphone. A growing number of AI chatbots are being pitched as a way to address the recent mental health crisis among teens and young adults. But experts disagree about whether these chatbots are delivering a mental health service or are simply a new form of self-help.

Can AI chatbots help address mental health issues?

This image provided by Earkick in March 2024 shows the company&rsquo;s mental health chatbot on a smartphone. A growing number of AI chatbots are being pitched as a way to address the recent mental health crisis among teens and young adults. But experts disagree about whether these chatbots are delivering a mental health service or are simply a new form of self-help.

April 9, 2024, 6:03am Health

Download the mental health chatbot Earkick and you’re greeted by a bandana-wearing panda who could easily fit into a kids’ cartoon. Read story

A sensor monitors the health of a bee colony.

WSU study: Climate change hurts honey bees

A sensor monitors the health of a bee colony.

April 9, 2024, 6:02am Life

One of nature’s most important keystone species is working itself to death. Read story

A sign at a Venice Beach lifeguard tower suggests keeping the beach environment clean on June 8, 2021, in Los Angeles, California where World Oceans Day is celebrated with a beach cleanup. - The purpose of World Oceans Day, according to the United Nations, is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, which covers over 70 percent of the Earth&rsquo;s surface, with over three billion people dependant on marine life and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. (Frederic J.

Lack of funding puts shark research program at risk

A sign at a Venice Beach lifeguard tower suggests keeping the beach environment clean on June 8, 2021, in Los Angeles, California where World Oceans Day is celebrated with a beach cleanup. - The purpose of World Oceans Day, according to the United Nations, is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, which covers over 70 percent of the Earth&rsquo;s surface, with over three billion people dependant on marine life and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. (Frederic J.

April 9, 2024, 6:01am Life

Here’s something California beachgoers may not know: When some great white sharks get within about 100 yards of certain state beaches, lifeguards get a text alert. Read story

A patron looks up at the sun during an solar eclipse during a practice round in preparation for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club Monday, April 8, 2024, in Augusta, Ga.

A total solar eclipse races across North America as clouds part along totality

A patron looks up at the sun during an solar eclipse during a practice round in preparation for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club Monday, April 8, 2024, in Augusta, Ga.

April 8, 2024, 12:49pm Latest News

A chilly, midday darkness fell across North America on Monday as a total solar eclipse raced across the continent, thrilling those lucky enough to behold the spectacle through clear skies. Read story

Eclipse glasses are for sale along with Pink Floyd&#039;s &quot;Dark Side of the Moon,&quot; album at the Rock Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Sunday, April 7, 2024.

Weather is the hot topic as eclipse spectators stake out their spots in U.S., Mexico and Canada

Eclipse glasses are for sale along with Pink Floyd&#039;s &quot;Dark Side of the Moon,&quot; album at the Rock Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Sunday, April 7, 2024.

April 7, 2024, 3:40pm Nation & World

Eclipse spectators staked out their spots across three countries Sunday, fervently hoping for clear skies despite forecasts calling for clouds along most of the sun-vanishing route. Read story

FILE - Viewers use special glasses to watch from San Antonio, as the moon moves in front of the sun during an annular solar eclipse, or ring of fire, Oct. 14, 2023. The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 may be weeks away but businesses are ready for the celestial event with oodles of special eclipse glasses for sale, along with T-shirts and other souvenirs.

One Tech Tip: How to use apps to track and photograph the total solar eclipse

FILE - Viewers use special glasses to watch from San Antonio, as the moon moves in front of the sun during an annular solar eclipse, or ring of fire, Oct. 14, 2023. The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 may be weeks away but businesses are ready for the celestial event with oodles of special eclipse glasses for sale, along with T-shirts and other souvenirs.

April 7, 2024, 5:51am Business

Monday’s total solar eclipse might become one of the most filmed and photographed events of the year. Read story

An example of the interface of Loti&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s Watchtower on a smartphone. Watchtower tracks unauthorized images and issues takedown requests.

Hollywood celebs are scared of deepfakes. This talent agency will use AI to fight them

An example of the interface of Loti&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s Watchtower on a smartphone. Watchtower tracks unauthorized images and issues takedown requests.

April 7, 2024, 5:50am Entertainment

As advancements in artificial intelligence proliferate, talent agencies are bulking up their defenses to protect Hollywood stars against misleading, manipulated images or videos that can put them at risk. Read story

Total solar eclipse forecast: Will your city have clear skies Monday?

April 5, 2024, 6:00am Life

Some who hope to witness Monday’s total solar eclipse may see the sun obscured by clouds instead of by the moon. Read story

NASA astronauts Sunita “Suni” Williams and Barry “Butch” Wilmore emerge from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, as part of an integrated crew exercise simulation for NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test.

Boeing 1 month out from 4 years of catchup to SpaceX with 1st crewed Starliner flight

NASA astronauts Sunita “Suni” Williams and Barry “Butch” Wilmore emerge from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, as part of an integrated crew exercise simulation for NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test.

April 4, 2024, 8:13am Business

After nearly four years of playing catchup, Boeing is finally set to join SpaceX as one of two commercial partners capable of flying NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. Read story

In &ldquo;The Principle of Relativity,&rdquo; published in 1923, Albert Einstein called out to the scientists of the future for help proving his theories. Vancouver resident Toby Dittrich, who teaches physics at Portland Community College, is looking forward to doing just that in April.

Proving Einstein: Vancouver physics professor and his students will use the eclipse to confirm theory of relativity

In &ldquo;The Principle of Relativity,&rdquo; published in 1923, Albert Einstein called out to the scientists of the future for help proving his theories. Vancouver resident Toby Dittrich, who teaches physics at Portland Community College, is looking forward to doing just that in April.

April 2, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

In a 1923 book called “The Principle of Relativity,” Albert Einstein seemed to call out to better-equipped scientists of the future to establish the truth of his mind-bending theoretical work. Read story