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  • Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles,

    by: Tracie McMillan

    Higher costs and limited supermarket access are cited as barriers to health.
  • Newly Discovered Engraving May Revise Picture of Neanderthal Intelligence

    by: Dan Vergano

    A grooved carving found in a cave on Gibraltar points to symbolic thought among Neanderthals, scholars report.
  • As California Warms, Greener Mountains Will Mean Less Water for People

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    Climate change will put more trees on the mountains but less water in the rivers, study says.
  • Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Back

    by: Carl Zimmer

    The 100th anniversary of the last of the species finds biologists dreaming of preventing or even reversing extinctions.
  • Pictures: On Labor Day, Honoring Workers Around the World

    by: <p>Photograph by <span>A.R. Moore, National Geographic Creative</span></p> <div><span><br /></span></div>

    On U.S. Labor Day, we honor the people who labor daily to make their lives—and ours—better.
  • Pictures: Volcanoes Erupting Around the World This Week

    by: Jane J. Lee

    Photographers captured volcanoes rumbling to life around the world, from Papua New Guinea to Ecuador.
  • Half of Syrians Displaced: 5 Takeaways From New UN Report

    by: Eve Conant

    As many as three million people have fled the country, and millions more have been internally displaced within Syria.
  • Week's Best Space Pictures: A Martian "Footprint," a Fledgling Star, and an Erupting Island

    by: <p>Photograph by <span>NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona</span></p>

    Mars sports a weird crater, a young star gleams in its own reflection, and a new island continues a fiery growth spurt.
  • Q&A: Were Modern Ideas—and the American Revolution—Born on Ships at Sea?

    by: Simon Worrall

    Unsung heroes of the seas—how pirates, slaves, and motley crews shaped the modern world.
  • Can Elephants Survive a Legal Ivory Trade? Debate Is Shifting Against It

    by: Christina Russo

    Stirring renewed debate, a respected conservationist argues that government corruption makes a legal ivory trade unworkable.
  • Many Bald Eagles Are Victims of Lead Poisoning, But This One Got Intensive Careb

    by: Kenneth R. Weiss

    An eagle and its rescuers fight for its survival after the raptor is found dying by the side of the road.
  • Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

    by: Heather Pringle

    Arctic's first human arrivals kept to themselves for thousands of years.
  • Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

    by: Helen Fields and Alanna Mitchell

    Mercury in the environment affects birds' brains and alters the songs that they sing.
  • 20 New Coral Species Listed as Threatened Under the Endangered Species

    by: Jane J. Lee

    This newest listing under the Endangered Species Act brings the total number of coral species protected under the act to 22.
  • Maritza Morales Casanova: Saving Mexico's Environment Through Children

    by: Susan Daugherty

    Since age 10, Maritza Morales Casanova has been at the forefront of Mexico's conservation and education efforts.
  • "Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects

    by: Dan Vergano

    In a physics first, quantum entanglement of two-colored laser beams created pictures of otherwise unseeable objects, experimenters report.
  • Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State

    by: Rania Abouzeid

    Christian groups in northern Iraq are newly determined to defend their ancient homeland.
  • Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths

    by: Cheryl Katz

    Climate and ocean changes blamed for huge losses of puffins, kittiwakes, and terns.
  • Q&A: To Stem Africa’s Illegal Ivory Trade to Asia, Focus on Key Shipping Ports

    by: Christina Russo

    Efforts to stop the illegal killing of African elephants should focus on ivory transshipment ports and personnel.
  • World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production

    by: Michelle Nijhuis

    The last section of dam is being blasted from the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday.
  • Tons of Emissions from Power Plants Are Already Locked In, Study Says

    by: Joe Eaton

    The world's existing power plants are locking in more than 300 billion tons of future emissions that aren't being accounted for, a new study says.
  • "Zombie" Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers

    by: Christina Nunez

    U.S. data centers throw away billions of dollars in electricity every year because of inefficiencies in how they are run, according to a new report.
  • Atop Food Chain, Ospreys Ingest Many Poisons, Revealing Environmental Dangers

    by: Christopher Solomon

    As apex predators, ospreys get a mega-dose of contaminants—and help identify health threats.
  • 7 Biggest Earthquakes in California History—Napa's Not Even Close

    by: Jessica Morrison

    Although Sunday's Napa shake-up was one of California's biggest in recent memory, the state has a history of far bigger geological rumblings.
  • The 1,300 Bird Species Facing Extinction Signal Threats to Human Health

    by: Alanna Mitchell

    Birds, the most watched nonhuman creatures on the planet, tip us off to threats to human health.

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