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Nepal quake was foreseen by experts

Apr 26, 2015

Nepal quake was foreseen by experts

Nepal’s devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming. Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get the poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better ...

Critters found in Antarctic ice show tenacity of life

Mar 29, 2015

Critters found in Antarctic ice show tenacity of life

Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life. But recently, scientists researching melting ice watched a 0.5-foot-long (15-cm) fish ...

Climate change is making world weather hotter and weirder

Dec 3, 2014

Climate change is making world weather hotter and weirder

In the more than two decades since world leaders first got together to try to solve global warming, life on Earth has changed, not just the climate. It has gotten hotter, more polluted with heat-trapping gases, more crowded and just downright wilder. The numbers ...

Scientists put together 'weird, goofy dinosaur'

Nov 8, 2014

Scientists put together 'weird, goofy dinosaur'

Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws. Now scientists have found the rest of the dinosaur and have new descriptions for it: goofy and weird. ...

Studies fault warming in much of 2013's wild weather

Sep 30, 2014

Studies fault warming in much of 2013's wild weather

Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat waves in Australia, Europe, China, Japan ...