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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  • A photo of a woman sitting next to a pot of dried mud cakes in Haiti.

    World Making Progress Against Hunger

    Undernourishment Has Declined, But Access to Food Still A Problem

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  • A photo of a tractor kicking up dust as it drives through an unplanted field in California

    California's New Groundwater Law

    As the epic drought persists, the state decides to limit groundwater pumping—but not before the 2020s at the earliest.


  • A photo of a radiation sign along the road near Pripyat outside of the exclusion zone in Ukraine.

    Sneaking Into a Nuclear Wasteland

    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.


  • Photo of a puss moth caterpillar feeding on a leaf.

    Toxic Puss Caterpillar Explained

    No warm and fuzzy here—a possible boom in a highly venomous but irresistibly touchable caterpillar is sending people in the eastern U.S. to the hospital.


  • The June 27th lava flow remains active and continues advancing towards the northeast on Sept. 15, 2014.

    Hawaii's Creeping Lava

    Residents await a slow-moving threat from the Kilauea volcano.


  • Left, Jordan Spencer, 18, Grand Prairie, Texas. Self ID: black/biracial. Right, Celeste Seda, 26, Brooklyn, New York. Self-ID: Dominican and Korean

    Origins of Unique Faces

    A new study suggests that people evolved distinct faces because this variability eases recognition.


  • A photo of a woman sitting next to a pot of dried mud cakes in Haiti.

    World Making Progress Against Hunger

    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.


  • Photo of a pedestrian walking on a bridge in front of wind turbines at the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city.

    Grow Economy, Fight Climate Change?

    Smart planning and new technologies are key to a brighter future, says a report from Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.


  • Photo of tourists at the Trinity Site in New Mexico.

    A Guide to Nuclear Sites

    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.


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    Paul Salopek walks into Tarsus, Turkey, St. Paul's hometown—and the place where Cleopatra first met Marc Anthony.

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    4 Sky Events This Week

    Visit stunning stellar grave sites and see the kings of the celestial jungle this week in skywatching.


  • A photo of Comet 67P

    Daring Comet Landing Plans

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission picks a target site for landing a robot on a comet's challenging terrain.


  • Plant pathologist Yong Ping Duan at the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Research Service lab in Fort Pierce, Fla. is experimenting with thermotherapy to treat infected citrus trees. He’s found that baking the tree with solar radiation to over 100°F for a few days kills some of the bacteria allowing the tree to survive for at least two more years. There is no cure.

    Can GMOs Save Florida's Citrus?

    Genetically modified oranges resist a disease that's destroying Florida's groves. But will Americans drink the juice?


  • A photo of children diving into Gourock outdoor swimming pool beside the Clyde estuary, near Glasgow, Scotland.

    Scotland: Behind the Clichés

    A journalist sets off on a quest for a better understanding of his native land.


  • A photo of Theodore Roosevelt speaking to a crowd in Connecticut in 1902.

    Ken Burns on the Roosevelts

    National Geographic talks with Ken Burns about his latest documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."


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