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Week's Best Space Pictures: A Death Echos, Cygnus Breaks Up, And Stars Wheel
Description: A supernova shines, debris streaks across space, and stars wheel around a tower.
Q&A: Why Iceland’s Volcanoes Have Vexed Humans for Centuries
Description: As another volcano rumbles in Iceland, author and reporter Alexandra Witze explores the nation’s long history of powerful eruptions.
Q&A: Photographer in Liberia's Ebola Zone Encounters the Dead—But Also Moments of Joy
Description: John Moore has shot in war zones, but West Africa presents different risks.
Has the Atlantic Ocean Stalled Global Warming?
Description: The last decade was the warmest on record—but it could have been worse. New research finds the "missing heat" in the deep Atlantic.
Scientists Find Remnants of One of Universe's Oldest Stars—And It's Huge
Description: Astronomers have struggled to find evidence for the massive stars thought to populate the early universe. Now, some say they have.
GPS is Tracking West’s Vanishing Water, Scientists Surprised to Learn
Description: Scientists discover that GPS can measure how much water has disappeared from the West. It's a bucketload.
Icelandic Volcano Rumbles Raises Eruption Fears
Description: Earthquake "swarms" under a large Icelandic volcano point to magma moving beneath the island.
As Ebola Crisis Spreads in West Africa, Liberia's Deterioration Stands Out
Description: The country has more deaths than any other affected nation, prompting a quarantine and curfew in the capital.
Successful Marburg Virus Treatment Offers Hope for Ebola Patients
Description: An experimental therapy showed success in monkeys with Marburg virus, offering hope for new treatments for related Ebola virus.
Neanderthals Died Out 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought, With Help From Modern Humans
Description: Neanderthals and modern people overlapped in mosaic fashion for thousands of years, improved dating reveals.
Microbes Discovered in Subglacial Antarctic Lake May Hint at Life in Space
Description: Biologists have discovered microbes thriving in a subglacial Antarctic lake that could be a model for life on distant worlds.
Why the Current Mass Extinction Matters
Description: We seem indifferent to the mass extinction we're causing, yet we lose a part of ourselves when another animal dies out.
Jerusalem Zoo Struggles to Remain Common Ground for Israelis, Palestinians
Description: Surrounded by war, Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo is an island of sanity in a complicated reality.
If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained
Description: As drought ravages surface water supplies, we're pumping groundwater to save us. And it will—for a while.
Coal-Dependent Arkansas Faces Stiff Emissions Target and a Running Clo
Description: Under a proposed EPA rule, state officials will have to cut carbon emissions by nearly 45 percent—one of the highest targets in the country.
Monarch Butterfly's Reign Threatened by Milkweed Decline
Description: Monarch butterflies are quickly disappearing, and the loss of essential milkweed is a major culprit.
1950s Family Retraces Lewis and Clark Journey
Description: A family takes a summer road trip in the 1950s to follow the Lewis and Clark Trail using original journal records.
New Energy Projects Boost the Use of Undersea Power Cables
Description: The need to transmit power over long distances is increasing demand for submarine power cables, but the industry still faces hurdles.
Strongest Evidence Yet That Pygmies' Short Stature Is Genetic
Description: Researchers discover area of genome linked to growth differs between pygmies and their taller neighbors.
100,000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years, Landmark Analysis Finds
Description: Central Africa has lost 64 percent of its elephants in a decade, while 75 percent of all African elephant populations are in decline.
Study Sheds Light on Broadening U.S. Hunger Problem
Description: More than 46 million Americans—including 12 million children—now rely on local food aid to get by, according to a new study that sheds light on the scope of America's hunger problem.
Acclaimed Novelist Alison Lurie Thinks Buildings Say a Whole Lot About Us
Description: Your house can tell others whether you're happy or well organized or friendly—even what your politics are.
Giant Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosis in Africa
Description: Already known for detecting land mines, the giant African rodents may be able to sniff out tuberculosis, the world's second most fatal infectious disease.
California Drought Spurs Groundwater Drilling Boom in Central Valley
Description: Drillers have more work than they can handle, as water tables fall and experts warn of long-term consequences.
A Hundred Years Old Today, the Panama Canal Is About to Get a Lot Bigger
Description: To accommodate today's oceangoing behemoths, the canal is getting a $6 billion makeover.
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