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  • Record Drought Hastens Dramatic Spread of California Wildfires

    by: Warren Cornwall

    The fast-spreading King fire is raising concerns about climate change's role in making droughts more frequent and wildfires more intense.
  • India's Push for Renewable Energy: Is It Enough?

    by: Shruti Ravindran

    India faces pressure to cut emissions even as its new prime minister is promising to boost energy access. Can a push for renewable energy achieve both goals?
  • Week's Best Space Pictures: A Star Pulses, a Hurricane Rages, and a Pl

    by: <p><span>Photograph by NASA/CXC/SAO/I.Pillitteri et al</span></p>

    Astronomers catch the blue light from a pulsar, a hurricane makes landfall, and an exoplanet sucks the life out of its star in the week's best space pictures.
  • With NASA Probe's Arrival, International Mars Invasion Gets Under Way

    by: Dan Vergano

    The red planet beckons like never before, with a host of nations planning Mars missions.
  • U.S. Ebola Aid Could Tamp Down Fear in West Africa

    by: Karen Weintraub

    U.S. aid to fight Ebola in West Africa could build trust in the health care system, helping to stop the epidemic and save the faltering economy.
  • American Farmers Are Growing Old, With Spiraling Costs Keeping Out Young

    by: Andrea Stone

    The nation's farmers are 17 years older than the average American worker, with younger would-be farmers hobbled by rising costs of land and technology.
  • In Record Turnout Demographics Shape Scotland's Emphatic No Vote

    by: Simon Worrall

    Rural areas, far-flung islands, and industrial cities the Yes side needed to win all voted to stay in the U.K.
  • Japan to Resume Whaling Next Year, Defying International Whaling Commi

    by: Jane J. Lee

    The country will restart its controversial scientific whaling program next year.
  • A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Ear

    by: Robert Kunzig

    Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.
  • Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming

    by: Peter Andrey Smith

    Humble soil bacteria may help farmers grow more crops to feed the world.
  • Bear Mauling in Wyoming: Why Do They Attack?

    by: Christine Dell'Amore

    A man attacked and killed by a bear in a remote forest in Wyoming is a reminder to always be prepared around the animals.
  • Richard III Killed by Sustained Attack, Suffering 9 Wounds to Head

    by: Roff Smith

    Shakespeare got it wrong. A new study shows Richard III died for want of a helmet, not a horse.
  • Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Trigger Blood Sugar Risks

    by: Dan Vergano

    Artificial sweeteners might unexpectedly increase blood sugar levels in some people, a study of gut microbes suggests.
  • Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for Fi

    by: Michelle Nijhuis

    As the epic drought persists, the state decides to limit groundwater pumping—but not before the 2020s at the earliest.
  • Fascination With Chernobyl Inspires Surreptitious Visits

    by: George Johnson

    After the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986, more than a thousand square miles were abandoned, inspiring the curious and adventurous to sneak into the exclusion zone.
  • Hawaiian Volcano Sends Lava Oozing Toward Town, With No Telling When I

    by: Devin Powell

    Residents await a slow-moving threat from the Kilauea volcano.
  • It's Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds

    by: Virginia Hughes

    A new study suggests that people evolved distinct faces because this variability eases recognition.
  • World Making Progress Against Hunger, Report Finds, but Large Pockets

    by: Daniel Stone

    A new report shows that rates of undernourishment have gone down in most countries, but in others, the problem of food access is far from solved.
  • Ahead of UN Climate Summit, Environmental Report Sees Economic Opportu

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    Smart planning and new technologies are key to a brighter future, says a report from Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
  • Landing Site Chosen for Spacecraft's Daring Rendezvous With Comet

    by: Nadia Drake

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission picks a target site for landing a robot on a comet's challenging terrain.
  • 8 Places That Showcase Atomic Age Archaeology for Tourists

    by: George Johnson

    From the early atomic advances in Chicago to the bunkers built for U.S. leaders in wartime, eight places tell the story of the nuclear age.
  • Landing Site Chosen for Spacecraft's Daring Rendezvous With Comet

    by: Nadia Drake

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission picks a target site for landing a robot on a comet's challenging terrain.
  • Why I Bought the Magna Carta

    David Rubenstein practices what he calls patriotic philanthropy. Among his efforts: buying an original 1297 Magna Carta, an Emancipation Proclamation, and a Declaration of Independence for public display.
  • In Countdown to Scotland’s Independence Vote, Exploring the Country Behind the Clichés

    by: Simon Worrall

    A journalist sets off on a quest for a better understanding of his native land.
  • Can Genetic Engineering Save the Florida Orange?

    by: Paul Voosen

    Genetically modified oranges resist a disease that's destroying Florida's groves. But will Americans drink the juice?

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