Robert Putnam

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Disappearing Lake Shows Drought's Extent in New Space Image

A lake straddling the California-Oregon border looks like an empty swimming pool in new photos taken from space.<p>The water levels of Goose Lake and …

How to take better holiday photos through science

How much care do you take when composing your holiday snaps? One scientist dares to suggest that with the right methods, your results might easily be improved<p>I am not being altogether serious but my goal here is to dismantle C.P. Snow’s separation of the sciences and the humanities into ‘two …

Science

Rugby World Cup 2015: Just a month to go... so we pick the 15 stars lighting up the world game this summer

With a month to go to the start of the World Cup, who are the players who have lit up the rugby world this summer, and look set to do likewise when …

Adventurer Quits Job and Spends 3 Years Traveling to 60 Countries Around the World

For most people, the thought of quitting their jobs and traveling the world is only a pipe dream. For Walter Chang, however, that fantasy became a reality when he left everything and spent three years exploring 60 different countries, documenting his extraordinary journey along the way.<p>When the …

Everest Base Camp

Robshaw returns to lead England in Paris

• Robshaw to join Haskell and Vunipola in back row<br>• Launchbury starts at lock with George in line for debut from bench<p>Chris Robshaw returns to lead …

4 Foods Americans Don't Eat Much Anymore

Strange, isn't it, we remark to Sandra L. Oliver — founder and editor of Food History News — that Americans in the 19th century ate foods such as robins and calf's foot jelly and boiled eels.<p>She cautions against criticism of previous generations or other cultures. "You are safer not talking …

North American P-51D Mustang

<b>Note: Due to preparations for the Memphis BelleTM exhibit this aircraft has temporarily been relocated from the World War II Gallery and placed in</b> …

Training your dog

A well trained dog is a happy dog. A dog that is well behaved can take part in family life and is welcome in more places.<p>For example:<p>A dog that …

VAIO returns: coming to a Microsoft Store near you this October

When Sony announced that it was spinning off its PC business, many mourned the passing of the premium -- but not quite best-selling -- VAIO series. The company was reborn in Japan, focusing on far less PC models (only two at the start), and a Made In Japan ethic that stretched from design to …

Rugby World Cup 2015: Novice fans offered idiot's guide to the laws

Fans not up to speed with complicated laws will have chance to listen to dumbed-down in-game commentary<p>Rugby union novices attending this autumn’s World Cup will be offered dumbed-down in-game commentary in a bid to help them understand the sport’s complicated laws.<p>Tournament organisers have …

NASA captures super-rare photo of a red sprite from outer space

Scientists use the term “red sprite” to describe an incredibly short but powerful electrical burst that occurs directly above active thunderstorms. …

The weather in space is causing power outages on Earth

The Earth’s magnetic field—known as the “magnetosphere”—protects our atmosphere from “solar wind.” That’s the constant stream of charged particles flowing outward from the sun. When the magnetosphere shields Earth from these solar particles, they get funneled toward the polar regions of our …

Earth Science