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"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects
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
Christian groups in northern Iraq are newly determined to defend their ancient homeland.
Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Birds, the most watched nonhuman creatures on the planet, tip us off to threats to human health.
Remembering When White House Was Burning, President Was Hiding, and U.S. Was Close to Collapse
Two hundred years ago today British troops seized control of Washington, D.C., and set the White House on fire.
What Caused California’s Napa Valley Earthquake? Faults Explained
The moderate earthquake that struck California’s Napa Valley on Sunday collapsed older buildings, sparked fires and caused scores of injuries.
Icelandic Volcano Eruption Leads to Air Travel Warning
Earthquake "swarms" under a large Icelandic volcano point to magma moving beneath the island.
Pictures: Our Beaches—Sand, Sea, Serenity—Through Time
Summer’s almost gone, but beaches are forever.
Week's Best Space Pictures: A Death Echos, Cygnus Breaks Up, And Stars Wheel
A supernova shines, debris streaks across space, and stars wheel around a tower.
Q&A: Why Iceland’s Volcanoes Have Vexed Humans for Centuries
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
John Moore has shot in war zones, but West Africa presents different risks.
Has the Atlantic Ocean Stalled Global Warming?
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
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
Scientists discover that GPS can measure how much water has disappeared from the West. It's a bucketload.
Icelandic Volcano Rumbles Raises Eruption Fears
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
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
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
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
Biologists have discovered microbes thriving in a subglacial Antarctic lake that could be a model for life on distant worlds.