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  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 08/25

    Cloudless skies allowed a clear view of dust and hydrogen sulfide plumes along the coast of Namibia in early August 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on Aug. 10. Multiple dust plumes blow off the coast toward the ocean, most or all of them probably arising from streambeds. Unlike the reddish-tan sands comprising the dunes directly south of the Kuiseb River, the stream-channel sediments are lighter in color.

  • Hurricane Danielle forms in Atlantic, Earl on her heels

    Hurricane Danielle forms in Atlantic, Earl on her heels

    Hurricane Danielle started the day as a Category 2 storm, but was downgraded to Category 1 at 11 a.m. Hurricane Danielle is not expected to have much impact on the US, but may create rough conditions for Bermuda by Sunday.

  • Mysterious 'bearded antelope' photographed in the wild

    Mysterious 'bearded antelope' photographed in the wild

    While traveling through Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, veteran wildlife photographer Paolo Torchio caught a glimpse of an oddly hirsute gazelle.

  • As 'plant productivity' dips, a search for answers

    As 'plant productivity' dips, a search for answers

    A new study recorded a slight dip in the amount of CO2 taken up over the past 10 years. If the trend continues, scientists say it could signal a tipping point in earth's ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

  • China is #2: What does that mean for us?

    Robert Reich China is #2: What does that mean for us?

    China, now the world's second-largest economy, produces more than its people can consume. Its surging exports could soon flood the rest of the world.

  • Steven Tyler of Aerosmith to be next 'American Idol' judge?

    Steven Tyler of Aerosmith to be next 'American Idol' judge?

    Steven Tyler will be a judge on 'American Idol' next season, according to a source close to the Aerosmith frontman.

  • Ten-foot-tall prehistoric 'terror bird' had a fearsome bite

    Ten-foot-tall prehistoric 'terror bird' had a fearsome bite

    Andalgalornis, a prehistoric, flightless, carnivorous bird that lived in South America, subdued its prey using a repeated attack-and-retreat strategy, landing well-targeted, hatchet-like jabs with its massive beak.

  • Mazda recall affects 300,000 vehicles with potential power steering problems

    Mazda recall affects 300,000 vehicles with potential power steering problems

    Mazda recall: Mazda is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles, citing a problem with their power steering systems. The Japanese automaker told the government the recall involved model year 2007-2009 Mazda3 and Mazda5 vehicles in North America.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 08/16

    A resettled Tamil on Aug. 14 sits next to his house in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, which was damaged during the war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government. The government has gradually been resettling around 300,000 ethnic minority Tamils, most displaced in the final phase of the Army's offensive against the LTTE, which ended with the Tigers' defeat in May 2009, after a 25-year war.

  • Perseid meteor shower makes impressive start

    Perseid meteor shower makes impressive start

    Perseid meteor shower promises to be one of the flashiest meteor displays of the year, if you can stay awake to watch them.