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Formerly undiscovered tectonic plates may explain mysterious Vityaz earthquakes

A previously undetected layer of tectonic plates may offer answers to the mysterious Vityaz earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers recently …

Geophysics

How Global Shipping Could Change Our Understanding of Biodiversity

The global economy hasn't just opened up new markets for humans, it's been a catalyst for bringing species to into habitats where they don't belong. …

Opinion: Want to Make a Dent in World Hunger? Build Better Roads

Roads help farmers get their crops to market and their children to school, says Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn.<p>When I was a 26-year-old, brand-new American foreign service officer, my vision of a diplomatic career was of chandeliered ballrooms in London or Paris.<p>Instead, I was assigned as a district …

Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs

Changing Planet<p><b>Road-killed tapir in Peninsular Malaysia (photo</b> <b>© WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong)</b><p>By <i>William F. Laurance</i><p><i>Located in the wrong places, roads can open a Pandora’s Box of problems, says William F. Laurance</i><p>In a recent Opinion in National Geographic News (“Want to make a dent in world hunger? …

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

The right kind of immigrant

All large political parties agree: there has been too much immigration into Britain. More people now tell Ipsos MORI, a pollster, that immigration is …

David Shulkin

The #1 reason people die early, in each country

You're probably aware that heart disease and cancer are far and away the leading causes of death in America. But globally the picture is more complicated:<p>The above map shows the leading cause of lost years of life by country (click to see a larger version). The data comes from the 2013 edition of …

Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War, Study Says

Research provides first deep look at how global warming may already influence armed conflict.<p>A severe drought, worsened by a warming climate, drove Syrian farmers to abandon their crops and flock to cities, helping trigger a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, according to a …

How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

Singapore has been called the 20th century's most successful development story.<p>"I don't think any other economy," says Linda Lim, an economist at the University of Michigan, "even the other Asian tigers, have that a good a statistical record of rapid growth, full employment, with very good social …

Asia

The incredible shrinking megacity: How Los Angeles engineered a housing crisis

Los Angeles used to be the promised land for America’s homeowners. Now it’s tearing at the seams<p>Los Angeles is at capacity.<p>The Los Angeles-Santa Ana-Long Beach Metro Area is now, by one measure, the most expensive big-city region in the country in which to buy a home; the average home price is nine …

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