Cindy Sprenkle

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Homeland Security may reduce deportations of nonviolent immigrants

As city and county jails across the country increasingly refuse federal requests to hold foreigners who have overstayed their visas or slipped across the border, the Obama administration is moving toward a new policy that would limit deportations chiefly to immigrants who have been convicted of …

Immigration

Ukraine’s Iron Lady Refuses to Give Up

With ‘chocolate king’ Petro Poroshenko running away in the polls, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko made a last-ditch effort to insist Ukraine …

Weird Rocks Support New Model For Earth's Deep Mantle

Models of how the Earth's mantle works may need to change, thanks to two new studies that recreate the extreme conditions just above the planet's core.<p>The deep mantle, a region that lies 416 to 1,800 miles (670 to 2,900 kilometers) below the Earth's surface, is impossible to reach and hard to "see" …

The Care and Feeding of Baby Giant Galaxies

Astronomers announced the finding of a new “galaxy cluster” this week. What does that mean for us on Earth?<p>The Milky Way is a fairly hefty galaxy, …

Emerald Lizard Discovered in Ecuador

Wildlife<p>This is a live male of the new species of shade lizard, <i>Alopoglossus viridiceps</i>. Photograph by Omar Torres-Carvajal<p><b>A new species of lizard with a brilliant emerald head is the new jewel of Ecuador.</b><p><i>Alopoglossus viridiceps</i> is the first species of shade lizard found at the Santa Lucia Cloud …