Amanda Rae Bower

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An eclectic mix of people moved into New Orleans' most lead-tainted neighborhoods after the 2005 hurricane. Now parents and volunteers are cleaning up yards, schools, parks.<p>Kataya Davidson was 26 years old when she hopped a freight train to New Orleans and took a job demolishing hurricane-damaged …

New Orleans

How Giant Prawns Could Fight Tropical Disease and Poverty

In 1986, after almost five years of construction, the Diama Dam was finally completed along the mouth of the Senegal River. The dam stopped saltwater from intruding upstream, thus creating a stable reservoir of freshwater for farmers and for Senegal’s capital city of Dakar.<p>But it also had …

Rachel Dolezal's Adopted Brother Says Her Actions Are 'Insulting'

Rachel Dolezal, the 37-year-old former NAACP official under intense scrutiny for apparently faking black ethnicity, is the target of a damning …

Rachel Dolezal

Wedge of warm seawater known as 'the blob' blamed for marine havoc

It's called "the blob," and some blame it for the thousands of dead seabirds and emaciated sea lion pups that have washed ashore on California beaches since late last year.<p>Ever since an unusually warm mass of seawater began spreading along the Pacific Coast of North America a year ago — wreaking …

Global Warming

We Accidentally Created A Super Termite Hybrid In Florida

Oops<p>You know all those stories where humans accidentally create a monster that eventually runs amok and destroys everything? That cautionary tale is playing out in real-time in Florida right now. With termites.<p>In a new study published in <i>PLOS One</i> scientists found that two incredibly invasive species …

39 Crock-Pot Recipes That’ll Last You All Week

Cooking for one means dinner can easily become yet another turkey sandwich or bowl of cereal. Yawn. Instead of letting the single life rob you of …

How I conquered my anxiety — with a vitamin

Depression