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Researchers Find Ancient Seawater Had Twice The Salt

Scientists have discovered a pocket of ancient seawater that's been trapped underground near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay since the time of the dinosaurs — strong evidence that the Atlantic Ocean was once much saltier than today.<p>A team headed by Ward Sanford, a hydrologist from the United States …

Tesla Motors' Success Gives Electric Car Market a Charge

Amid a decimated field of E.V. startups, Tesla Motors is riding high. But can its feats help take electric cars mainstream?<p><b>Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley electric carmaker, is riding high. The company reported its first ever quarterly profit this month and saw its stock price shoot upwards of $97</b> …

5 Tornado Myths Busted

A severe-weather expert shares facts and tips on staying safe in storms.<p><b>A deadly tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City area on Monday, leaving 24 dead. As rescue crews assist victims, scientists have fanned out across the Great Plains, seeking to better understand how severe storms form, and how</b> …

Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft: One Platform Will Not Rule Them All

There are narratives circling the technology industry that are wearing out their welcome. The primary one, and the one where I wish more intelligent …

The Tragic Beauty of Google+

Google likes to use the word “beautiful” a lot when describing its own products. That would be grating if it weren’t for one fact: more and more, the …

Once a Smelly Nuisance, Mexicali’s Wastewater Now Brings Life to the Colorado Delta

Wildlife<p><i>This post is part of a</i> <i></i><i>series on the Colorado River Delta</i><i>.</i><p>If there is one place that transforms wastewater from trouble-maker to life-saver it’s the site of Las Arenitas sewage treatment plant in the Mexican state of Baja California.<p>There, nasty urban wastewater that once made a smelly …

Climate Milestone: Earth’s CO2 Level Passes 400 ppm

Greenhouse gas highest since the Pliocene, when sea levels were higher and the Earth was warmer.<p><b>An instrument near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii has recorded a long-awaited climate milestone: the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere there has exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the</b> …

Vatican in a Bind About Santa Muerte

Church official makes first statement on the Mexican cult of Holy Death.<p><b>In 2010 I wrote a story about a new religious cult that appeared to be emanating from Mexico's terrible prisons and among members of the drug world.</b><p>It revolves around a Halloween-type shrouded skeleton, and the image seems to …

China’s Eco-Compensation Could Lead to Cleaner Waters

Wildlife<p>The Min River in Nanping, China. Photograph by Pan Shi Bo, Wikimedia Commons<p><b>By Kelli Barrett, Ecosystem Marketplace</b><p>In East China’s Fujian Province, the booming economy has been good to the cities of Sanming and Nanping, as well as to farmers in the surrounding hills. That, however, has been …

New Sea Monster Found, Rewrites Evolution?

Cretaceous-era reptile Malawania anachronus discovered in Kurdistan.<p><b>A new species of dinosaur-era sea reptile is rewriting the books on the evolution of so-called sea monsters, a new study claims. (Read "When Monsters Ruled the Deep" from National Geographic magazine.)</b><p>The newfound—and potentially …

June 2013

June 2013

June 2013

How long will you live?

A controversial new test could determine your actual biological age and reveal just how many years you have left<p>Tomiko Kadonaga, who turned 100 on …