El Niño is stirring in the Pacific, although forecasters aren't ready to pronouncing it awake just yet.It's warming effect on Earth's climate can lower winter heating bills in some regions and reduce the formation and growth of Atlantic hurricanes. But it also alters rainfall patterns in ways that increase the risk of floods in some areas and drought in others.Here’s a look at what to expect this time:
Audrey Zhang, the Doodle 4 Google 2014 competition winner, beat out more than 100,000 contest entries with her design of a "transformative water purifier," which turns dirty water into clean water.
Traditional desalination has meant turning seawater into drinking water. But new technologies not only improve desalination but open up ways to use agricultural water and industrial effluent too.
The American labor force is undergoing a fundamental shift as more people become freelancers, contract workers, and part-timers – bringing new flexibility but also new insecurities.
Tesla Motors could make history as a the most successful startup in 90 years. But here's the catch – Tesla Motors must sell 6 million electric cars.
Some states may have created a way for heterosexual couples to avoid the marriage tax penalty, writes Howard Gleckman. How can domestic partnerships lead toward the federal marriage tax penalty?