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Nov 30, 2015

Earth is a wilder, warmer place since last climate deal

This time, it’s a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save. The last time that the nations of the world struck a binding agreement to fight global warming was 1997, in Kyoto. As leaders gather for a conference in Paris ...

Solving the whodunit of the SpaceX rocket explosion

Jun 30, 2015

Solving the whodunit of the SpaceX rocket explosion

A rocket’s dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it’s time for “Rocket Science CSI.” After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday morning minutes after soaring away from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Lost with the rocket was a capsule ...

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 ...