Melissa Quinn

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I Heart My National Park: Olympic

Encompassing 1,441 square miles of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, <b>Olympic National Park</b> invites visitors to explore three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest and wildflower meadow; temperate forest; and the rugged Pacific shore. Because of the park’s relatively unspoiled condition and outstanding …

National Parks

Berlin Wall balloons released to mark anniversary

Thousands of glowing balloons rise into the night sky symbolising the fall of the wall that divided East and West Berlin 25 years ago<p>Huge crowds gathered on Sunday evening in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate for an open air event held as part of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Sleep

Detroit cuts off water for families - and hopes for future

<b>For months, thousands of families in Detroit have been living without water.</b><p>It is not because of natural disaster, but because of a controversial decision by the city to enforce bans for those who do not pay their bills.<p>But the plight of those without water - already among the poorest residents of …

Human Rights

U.N. Report: Carbon Dioxide Levels at Record Highs

Changing Planet<p>The concentration and the rate of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere are spiking, according to new analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Scientists believe the record levels are not only the result of emissions but also of plants and oceans’ inability …

I Heart My National Park: Big Bend

Crowned with a sky so wide that it threatens to define infinity, the Big Bend region of West Texas remains one of the last true frontiers in the Lower 48, a landscape unique in the world.<p><b>Keene Haywood—</b>on Twitter @keeneh—has been a frequent visitor to <b>Big Bend National Park</b>, <b></b>named for a curve in the …

Rebuilt 18th century ship tests French waters

PARIS (AP) — A reconstruction of the 213-foot (65-meter) frigate used by France's Marquis de Lafayette to bring reinforcements to American …

Ocean Acidification from Domestic to International

Changing Planet<p>Since the industrial revolution began, we have released 2 trillion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, and about one-third of it went into the ocean. We initially thought that the ocean taking up CO2 was a good thing – because it took it out of the atmosphere. …

Wild at 50: The Wilderness Act Turns a Half-Century

Changing Planet<p><b>By John Weaver</b><p>The grizzly bear turned quickly, and I stopped.<p>Her hair shone silver in the sun as she turned back to her cub. They were savoring sweet huckleberries sprouted in soils enriched by the ashes of a wildfire half a century ago. A necklace of beaver ponds graced the valley …

Geography in the News: Swirling Ocean Garbage Dumps

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>The Great Swirling Pacific Garbage Patch</b><p>Ocean pollution is growing at an astonishing rate.<p>On June 1, 2008, two scientists and a photographer/blogger sailed from Long Beach, California, and headed westward across the …

Q&A: What Federal Ruling Against BP Means for Oil Drilling's Future

A judge's ruling in the 2010 Gulf oil spill could have widespread consequences.<p>More than four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew, killing 11 workers and causing the devastating Gulf oil spill—the worst in U.S. history—a federal judge has placed the blame squarely on BP.<p>On Thursday, a …

EPA Considering Lower Ozone Standard, Methane Strategy

Changing Planet<p>In its <i>Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards</i> report—released Friday—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests revising the health-based national ambient air quality standard for ozone.<p>“Staff concludes that it is appropriate …

How do oysters and hooked mussels work together to clean the Chesapeake Bay? Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) have recently discovered the answer. Read more about the duo and how the hooked mussels can speed up the water clean-up on SERC's blog, Shorelines. http://sercblog.si.edu/?p=5331

General History

Establishment<p>On August 10, 1846, the United States Congress passed the legislation (9 Stat. 102) founding the Smithsonian Institution as an …

Smithsonian

Q&A: Were Modern Ideas—and the American Revolution—Born on Ships at Sea?

Unsung heroes of the seas—how pirates, slaves, and motley crews shaped the modern world.<p>We're used to thinking that big ideas are dreamed up on land by philosophers and writers anchored to their desks.<p>In his new book, <i>Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail</i>, …

Your Shot Pictures: Wildfires From the Front Lines

Catch a glimpse of wildfires from a rare perspective, as firefighters open a window into their world.

Video: Little Girl Devastated After Discovering that the Photo She Deleted is Gone Forever

4-year-old Cadence may have just made the best, most adorable argument <i>ever</i> for backing up your files and printing your pictures in a video that had …