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Herbal Portraits

The 16th Century witnessed the increasing interest in the natural world and the recording of the discoveries of Asia and the new world. The use of herbal remedies was on the rise as well as the beginning of the classification of plants resulting in the need for scientific illustration. These …

Dr. Dre Premieres Unreleased Banger 'Naked' on 'The Pharmacy'

'Compton' rapper dips into his musical vaults on latest episode of Beats 1 radio show<p>Although Dr. Dre recently dropped what he billed as his "grand …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Art Of The 'Clean Version'

If you listen to music on the radio, chances are you'll hear a lot of lyrics that don't match the ones on the original album recordings. When songs get profanity, obscenity or references to drugs or sex removed for broadcast, it's a process known as clean editing. Joel Mullis is one of the masters …

Meghan Trainor

Missile Test ‘UFO’ Captured in Photos and Videos

People on the West Coast of the United States were treated to a light show Saturday night after the US Navy quietly launched a test of an unarmed …

A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates

Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.<p><b>Warning: The 21st century may get a lot more crowded than previously thought.</b><p>In a paper published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming

The soil-dwelling bacteria that we walk on every day are working their way into technologies that could help feed the world.<p>On a frigid day last February, Maren Friesen drove eight hours across snow-covered plains to Centralia, Pennsylvania. A fire ignited a seam of coal below the town in 1962, and …

Farming

More than 700 earthquakes swarm Mammoth Lakes: Map tells the story

Mammoth Lakes continued to rumble Sunday with small earthquakes, but the swarm that has produced more than 700 temblors in the last four days appears to be bottoming out.<p>The number and intensity of the quakes declined over the weekend. No damage has been reported from the shaking.<p>“This is one of …

Geology

Explaining Surprise Eruption of Japan Volcano Where Dozens Are Presumed Dead

Mount Ontake belongs to a class of unpredictable "stratovolcanoes."<p><b>The weekend tragedy on Japan's Mount Ontake, where more than 30 hikers are presumed dead after an eruption of toxic fumes and ash, is a deadly reminder that volcanoes—especially certain kinds—can be unpredictable.</b><p>Resting on a …

Geology

Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds

U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists have applied to release exotic Eurasian fungi to kill invasive tumbleweeds in the American West.<p>Dana Berner wants to start an epidemic among tumbleweeds. Berner is a pathologist with the U.S. Agricultural Research Service who studies the diseases that …