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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • A photo of a highway patrol officer redirecting traffic away from a part of the highway that was damaged in a 6.0 earthquake.

    What Caused California's Earthquake?

    Different Type of Faults Explained

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  • Photo of a dock worker for the Kenya Ports Authority standing amid rows of shipping containers.

    Tracking Illegal Ivory

    Efforts to stop the illegal killing of African elephants should focus on ivory transshipment ports and personnel.


  • In this photo taken June 3, 2014, the Elwha River flows into the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Port Angeles, Wash.

    River Undammed After 100 Years

    The last section of dam is being blasted from the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday.


  • A female snowy owl rests on a ledge of a building in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.

    D.C. Snowy Owl Dies

    The famous bird, which delighted citizens in the nation's capital, is found dead in Minnesota.


  • Cassowary, a flightless bird of Australia

    Watch Endangered Bird Videos

    Threatened birds face polar bears and poop-sniffing reporters in some of our best videos about species facing extinction.


  • Carbon dioxide emissions from stacks at a coal-fired power plant in England.

    Committed to Carbon Emissions

    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.

  • Employee checking server racks at the new data center of T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG on July 01, 2014, in Biere, Germany.

    Data Centers Wasting Energy

    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.


  • Photo of an osprey with fish prey.

    Ospreys Reveal Environmental Poisons

    As apex predators, ospreys get a mega-dose of contaminants—and help identify health threats.


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    5 Sky Events This Week

    A cosmic teapot steams while Neptune hits prime time this week in the night sky.



  • A photo of a winemaker standing among toppled wine barrels after the earthquake in Napa on August 24, 2014.

    California's Historic Quakes

    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.


  • A photo of an Atlantic Puffin in Iceland.

    1,300 Birds Face Extinction

    Birds, the most watched nonhuman creatures on the planet, tip us off to threats to human health.


  • This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the globular cluster IC 4499.  Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit around their host galaxy. It has long been believed that all the stars within a globular cluster form at the about same time, a property which can be used to determine the cluster's age.

    Stellar Snow Globe Mystery Solved

    Star clusters offer both mysteries and delights to stargazers.


  • A photo of a transparent frog, Centrolene charapita

    See-Through Frogs Found

    Researchers discover four new frog species in Peru, one of which sports spikes, while others have green bones.


  • A photo of a highway patrol officer redirecting traffic away from a part of the highway that was damaged in a 6.0 earthquake.

    What Caused California's Earthquake?

    The moderate earthquake that struck California’s Napa Valley on Sunday collapsed older buildings, sparked fires and caused scores of injuries.


  • An illustration of the British burning the U.S. Capitol in 1814.

    Revisiting the White House’s Burning

    Two hundred years ago today British troops seized control of Washington, D.C., and set the White House on fire.


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