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Taxi-Sharing Boosts Energy Efficiency, But Will Riders Get on Board?
Many taxi trips in cities could be shared, cutting down travel time and attendant pollution, according to a new study. But will riders want to pair up?
Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles,
Higher costs and limited supermarket access are cited as barriers to health.
Newly Discovered Engraving May Revise Picture of Neanderthal Intelligence
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Arctic's first human arrivals kept to themselves for thousands of years.
Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination
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
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
Since age 10, Maritza Morales Casanova has been at the forefront of Mexico's conservation and education efforts.
"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.