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  • Week's Best Space Pictures: A Death Echos, Cygnus Breaks Up, And Stars Wheel

    by: <p>Photograph by NASA, ESA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/IAFE</p>

    A supernova shines, debris streaks across space, and stars wheel around a tower.
  • Q&A: Why Iceland’s Volcanoes Have Vexed Humans for Centuries

    by: Sid Perkins

    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

    by: Diane Cole

    John Moore has shot in war zones, but West Africa presents different risks.
  • Has the Atlantic Ocean Stalled Global Warming?

    by: Jane J. Lee

    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

    by: Nadia Drake

    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

    by: Michelle Nijhuis

    Scientists discover that GPS can measure how much water has disappeared from the West. It's a bucketload.
  • Icelandic Volcano Rumbles Raises Eruption Fears

    by: Dan Vergano

    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

    by: Dick Thompson

    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

    by: Susan Brink

    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

    by: Dan Vergano

    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

    by: Michael D. Lemonick

    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

    by: Simon Worrall

    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

    by: Peter Schwartzstein

    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

    by: Dennis Dimick

    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

    by: Christina Nunez

    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

    by: Lindsay N. Smith

    Monarch butterflies are quickly disappearing, and the loss of essential milkweed is a major culprit.
  • 1950s Family Retraces Lewis and Clark Journey

    by: <p>Photograph by Ralph E. Gray, National Geographic Creative</p>

    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

    by: Patrick J. Kiger

    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

    by: Carrie Arnold

    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

    by: Brad Scriber

    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

    by: Andrea Stone

    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

    by: Simon Worrall

    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

    by: Katya Cengel

    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

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    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

    by: Roff Smith

    To accommodate today's oceangoing behemoths, the canal is getting a $6 billion makeover.

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