Vallerie Bustamante

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160-Foot Giant Squid Hoax: How Big Do They Really Get?

The largest giant squid recorded by scientists measured 43 feet (12 meters) long, according to Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.<p>An image of a monster 160-foot-long (49-meter-long) giant squid made the social media rounds yesterday, but fear not—it's a hoax.<p>The photo of the enormous …

Fiery Supernova, Mars Chasm, More

The forges of the heavens and distant supernova stars gleam brightly in the skies, delighting astronomy fans with the week's best space pictures.

Geography in the News: Amelia Earhart’s Legacy

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner,</i> <i>Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>Amelia Earhart’s Legacy</b><p>The movie “Amelia,” detailing the life of Amelia Earhart, debuted in the fall of 2009 to mixed reviews. The real life story of Earhart, the aviation pioneer of the 1920s and 30s, however, is a …

Auburn's BCS run still one of college football's greatest one-year turnarounds ever

The Tigers entered the season as 200/1 longshots to win the BCS Championship after going 3-9 the year before. That they fell just short of pulling it off doesn't diminish their astounding achievement.<p>Auburn quadrupled its 3-9 win total from a year ago and won the SEC after going winless in …

Who Decides to Shut Down a City for a Snowstorm?

There's no hard-and-fast rule for when a city shuts down due to snow.<p><b>The first major North American snowstorm of 2014 is now behind us. Blankets of snow are on the ground, many offices are closed until Monday, and city governments are busy clearing the roads for the weekend.</b><p>Boston received more …

Geography in the News: Malaria

Changing Planet<p><b>Malaria: The Geography of a Debilitating Disease</b><p>Malaria has been a longtime scourge upon many countries of the world. Malaria was wiped out in the U.S. South in the 1930’s, confirming epidemiologists’ and the medical community’s belief that this disease could be eradicated in this …

The Travel Tech of the Future

It’s no secret: Technology is changing the way we explore the world, and our relationship with it.<p>Here’s <i>Traveler</i> magazine’s take on ten new developments that are making it easier for travelers to see more of our extraordinary planet, with a softer ecological impact:<p><b>1. Liquid Gold:</b> Inventor Dean …

Bizarre Earthquake Lights Finally Explained

Rare lights seen near earthquakes had long been called UFOs.<p>Rare flashes of light that are sometimes seen around earthquakes are not caused by birds, or planes, or UFOs—all of which had been previously used to explain the phenomena known as earthquake lights.<p>Instead, the lights are caused by …

U.S. Cold Snap: What Do Bitter Temperatures Do to the Human Body?

Experts weigh in on how to safely weather the severe cold enveloping much of the country.<p>Thinking of taking a jog in the cold weather gripping much of the country? You may want to read this.<p>Subzero temperatures can do a number on your body in short order. According to experts, a wind chill of -50°F …

The Surprising Power of “Sentiment” in International Work

<i>In a place where population growth is moving incredibly fast, added pressure on farmers in India in the wake of crushing debt and failed crops calls for a new agricultural approach. Genetic modification and organic farming present promising solutions. Young Explorer Andrew Flachs will investigate</i> …

Surprise! Scientists Find That Starfish Eyes Actually See, at Least a Little

After decades of wondering what starfish use their eyes for, scientists see some light.<p><i>Update, February 7, 2018: This story has been updated with information on the 2018 study on deep-sea starfish in the Arctic.</i><p>Starfish have eyes—one on the end of each of their arms—but what they do with them was …

Shifting strategy for abortion battles

Conservative states that ran into legal trouble passing some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation last year have shifted their approach for 2014: smaller instead of sweeping.<p>Rather than bans that directly challenge <i>Roe v. Wade</i>, many states are again going for more incremental measures …