Dona Powell

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A Pair of Tremors Highlight the Different Types of West Coast Earthquakes

It was a day for quake, rattle, and roll on the west coast when small earthquakes hit both Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday. While …

Best Budget Destinations for 2014

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Jamie Beckman, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Conditions are perfect for visiting these near- and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is their year. Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these …

Scotland started a glorious revolution. Don’t let Westminster snuff it out

The movement for devolution must not be reduced to a party political squabble or an anoraks’ debate<p>“The state of our union is strong.” Those are the words uttered with ritual regularity by a US president delivering his annual address to the nation. What, though, is the state of our union, nearly a …

Nocookies

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So you think you know where babies come from?

It has been a long journey of scientific discovery from Aristotle to epigenetics – and it's not over yet<p>We know a lot about the world around us. We know a lot about ourselves and how we work. We even know where babies come from, and this is no mean feat. Imagine it's 350BC, and you're trying to …

The 20 photographs of the week

The Oscar Pistorius verdict, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the referendum in Scotland – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Universal healthcare 'under threat'

The cost of seeing a doctor would soar if private health insurers were allowed to cover GPs' fees, a health economist has warned. And consumer …

Game-by-game NRL round 26 preview as 10 clubs fight for top eight berths

ONE round, 10 teams in contention and $100,000 still up for grabs.<p>After 25 weeks of NRL footy, every playoff spot from first to eighth remains in …