A worker scoops up oil from a spill near Dalian, China (map), in July. An estimated 1,500 tons of crude oil spilled into the Yellow Sea when two pipelines exploded in the busy port city on July 16.
Perhaps overshadowed by news of a nearly simultaneous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the story is among our editors' selections for the most interesting NatGeo News stories of 2010 that flew under the radar in terms of visits.
Dead mice packed with drugs were airdropped into Guam's dense jungle canopy—part of a new effort to kill the invasive brown tree snake (pictured in a file photo) on the U.S. Pacific island territory, scientists announced in September.
Following the success of a ten-kilowatt photovoltaic system installed last year at its health center in Boucan Carré (pictured, some of the panels), nonprofit Partners In Health is expanding its use of solar in Haiti, NatGeo News reported in March.
Photograph courtesy Robert Freling, Solar Electric Light Fund
Satellite Map Reveals Older Universe
Our universe is about 20 million years older than thought, according to the most accurate measurement yet made of the universe's age, researchers announced in February. The data are the latest from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), a satellite launched in 2001 that has been mapping what's known as the cosmic microwave background radiation.
Pictured, hot and cold spots in WMAP's cosmic microwave background data are compared with computer simulations.
This giant squid (seen after dissection) is one of two that were plastinated in Germany in March before their public debuts.
Plastination, which replaces fat and body fluids with silicone, has been carried out on a giant squid before (picture), but the two newly plastinated squid are "the most lifelike specimens yet," said New Zealand squid expert Steve O'Shea.
Natural gas drill rigs seem to rise from the farmland in rural Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, in a file picture. The giant Marcellus shale formation lies just underneath.
Within the past three years, scores of energy companies proved that by combining and supercharging some old oil industry technologies, they could blast fissures through the shale to yield sizable amounts of natural gas—prompting a great shale gas rush that was the basis for an October multimedia package.