Michael Fitzhenry

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El Niño can be a blessing or curse for Midwest crops

Midwestern farmers usually fare well during years that El Niño weather patterns affect the growing season.<p>But experts say that can change if El Niño …

You Haven't Really Seen Italy Till You've Seen...

Pompeii! Capri! Sicily! We turned to our well-traveled BT audience to shed some light on some of the don't-miss spots south of Rome. Here, your …

Italy

In California's Protected Waters, Counting Fish Without Getting Wet

Diver Dan Abbott unloads his scuba gear on a beach in Monterey, Calif. — his tank, flippers and a waterproof clipboard covered in tally marks. He spent the morning counting fish: pile perch, black perch, blue rockfish and kelp rockfish are among the 150 fish he spotted.<p>Abbott is diving with a team …

Dark, star-filled skies draw visitors to national parks, survey finds

What do you look for in a vacation -- rest and relaxation? Gorgeous vistas? Cultural experiences? How about a view of the cosmos?<p>A new study suggests that gazing upon a naturally dark sky that is unpolluted by artificial light plays a significant role in visitors' enjoyment of national parks.<p>"There …

National Parks

Why we haven't discovered life on other planets - and why it hasn't discovered us (yet)

The Night Sky in September: If other planets share Earth's history of ice ages, why would aliens have found us? That, and news about this month's Blood Moon, in our monthly astronomy column<p>The Nasa image by Niccolo Bonfadini shows columns of ice driven by wind into giant towers in Finnish Lapland, …

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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales In 2014

While prolonged drought has strained California agriculture, most of the state's farms, it seems, aren't just surviving it: They are prospering.<p>The environment, though, that's another story. We'll get to that.<p>But first, the prosperity. According to new figures from the U.S. Department of …

Sea levels will rise, experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop'

Here's one trend California is behind on: rising sea levels.<p>For the last 23 years, ocean levels around the world have climbed by about 3 inches on average, and NASA scientists say the sea will continue to rise as warming temperatures cause ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica to melt.<p>But …

Global Warming

Fearing stigma, Colorado contested Superfund status for mine

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took full responsibility Tuesday for the mine waste spoiling rivers downstream from Silverton, …

I Used to Think Non-Drinkers Were Buzzkills — Then I Sobered Up

"Cool" girls might drink, but the way I drank was not cool.<p>There was a time when the highest compliment I could give a woman was "I want to drink with you." I loved the ritual of liquid bonding, how you could walk into a bar as awkward strangers and stumble out with purple teeth and a new BFF. …

18 Breakfast Recipes (That Make Great Dinners, Too)

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>I love breakfast food—fluffy pancakes, runny eggs, crispy potatoes, all of it—but I'm not what you'd call a "morning person." When I do make myself a nice breakfast, it's never during proper breakfast time, and …

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First Known Venomous Frogs Could Kill You with a Head Butt

Weird Science<p>In the wilds of Brazil, researchers have discovered frogs with venomous spikes on their heads.<p>Although scientists have long known of poisonous frogs, these are the first venomous frogs — that is, they not only secrete poison, but are armed with weapons that can deliver this poison into …

Jon Stewart's Final 'Daily Show': A Look at Some Key Stats

TV<p>Jon Stewart, the master of late-night political satire, bids farewell to "The Daily Show" on Thursday night after 16 years as host. Here's a look at some facts and figures that represent Stewart's comedic legacy:<p>7/22/1996<p>The date Comedy Central debuted “The Daily Show with John …

Report: Patrick Kane is the subject of rape investigation

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is the subject of a rape investigation by police in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg, according to <i>The Buffalo News</i>. The report said a woman accused Kane of sexual assault in an incident over the last weekend.<p>Asked if he could comment on the nature of an …

Teenage boys and girls don't use social media in the same way

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, technology and social media are more integral to teenagers’ social lives than ever. The …

5 Delicious Quinoa Recipes to Help You Maintain That Summer Beach Body

Quinoa is one of those things that, until recently, my husband (who is a ravenous eater of all things) referred to as 'hacky-sack food.' I'm happy to report that he's pulled a full 180 on his perception - and now regularly suggests we whip up a batch for dinner.<p>Well hello superfood! Quinoa is an …

Quinoa

Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on …