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Record Drought Hastens Dramatic Spread of California Wildfires
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
The country will restart its controversial scientific whaling program next year.
A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Ear
Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.
Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming
Humble soil bacteria may help farmers grow more crops to feed the world.
Bear Mauling in Wyoming: Why Do They Attack?
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
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
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
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
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
Residents await a slow-moving threat from the Kilauea volcano.
It's Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds
A new study suggests that people evolved distinct faces because this variability eases recognition.
World Making Progress Against Hunger, Report Finds, but Large Pockets
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
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
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
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
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
A journalist sets off on a quest for a better understanding of his native land.
Can Genetic Engineering Save the Florida Orange?
Genetically modified oranges resist a disease that's destroying Florida's groves. But will Americans drink the juice?