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Friday, September 19, 2014

  • Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results are returned at a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014.

    Scotland Says No

    Pro-union Supporters Celebrate Scottish Referendum Results

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  • A girl suspected of having Ebola lies on a sidewalk, where her aunt left her after she was unable to get help, in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 31, 2014. Liberia remains desperately short on everything needed to halt the spread of Ebola, but an epidemiologist is working block by block to fill a crucial need: the support of residents. (Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times)

    Can Aid Fight Ebola Fear?

    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.


  • Jess Piskor and Abra Berens are business partners on their Bare Knuckle Farm in Northport, Michigan. The small-scale farm grows sells produce through a CSA and at the local farmers market and also host private dinners on the farm.

    American Farmers Growing Old

    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.


  • Scottish independence referendum. Yes campaign supporters in George Square, Glasgow, as ballet papers for the Scottish independence referendum are counted through the night. Picture date: Friday September 19, 2014.

    Scotland Says No

    Rural areas, far-flung islands, and industrial cities the Yes side needed to win all voted to stay in the U.K.


  • Antarctic Minke Whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) hunted by the Japanese, swims off ice edge, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

    Japan to Resume Whaling

    The country will restart its controversial scientific whaling program next year.


  • A photo of a Cichlids fish

    Why Are Some Males Sneaky?

    Bigger males may get a lot of attention, but sometimes being smaller and having a different strategy is more successful when it comes to mating.


  • A photo of people bathing in the Ganges River.

    11 Billion People by 2100?

    Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.


  • A photo of the ground smoking in Centralia Pennsylvania, where a coal fire rages underground.

    Farming's Bacterial Gold Rush

    Humble soil bacteria may help farmers grow more crops to feed the world.


  • Photo of a grizzly bear in Wyoming.

    Explaining Bear Attacks

    A man attacked and killed by a bear in a remote forest in Wyoming is a reminder to always be prepared around the animals.


  • Photo of one of the plankton studied.

    How Young Mantis Shrimp Stay Invisible

    New research finds that young mantis shrimp use reflectors in their eyes to hide the organs from predators.


  • A photo of the skull of Richard III

    Cause of Richard III's Death Revealed

    Shakespeare got it wrong. A new study shows Richard III died for want of a helmet, not a horse.


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    Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

    Astronomers counted every single twinkling star visible—and the number is astounding.


  • A spine-cheek clownfish nestles in its bulb tentacle sea anemone.

    Baby Clownfish Make Epic Journeys

    Turns out finding Nemo could take a while-a new study reveals for the first time that baby clownfish travel up to 250 miles in search of a new reef.


  • A photo of cans of soda displayed in a case at a convenience store in San Diego.

    Gut Bugs Behind Higher Blood Sugar?

    Artificial sweeteners might unexpectedly increase blood sugar levels in some people, a study of gut microbes suggests.


  • 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.


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