A tender look at a (mostly) gentle giant.
If the 20th century was about the competition between democracy and totalitarianism, the 21st century pits the excesses of consumer democracy against capable governance with too little democratic accountability.
Scientists discover that the Sierra Nevada mountains in California reached their current height 50 million years ago, 30 million years earlier than previously thought.
A diplomatic ruckus has reignited over resource-rich and militarily strategic seas that lie off their coasts, as China moves to build a tourist resort in the Paracels and calls Japan's building plans on Okinotori illegal.
The brutal cold snap that has put much of the Northern Hemisphere on ice this week doesn't disprove global warming or mean we're off the hook for greenhouse emissions.
A whaling protester throws a bottle of butyric acid at the Japanese harpoon whaling ship Yashin Maru No. 1 in the Antarctic Ocean in February. A helicopter from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society flies overhead. The Japanese whalers countered with a water cannon to blast the conservationists during the clash.
In the Pacific, jumbo squid have moved to new waters, signaling changes in the ocean, scientists observe.
After watching the Norway spiral video, a US rocket scientist is convinced it was a missile. That blue plume? "Tiny sapphires," he says.
A swimmer walked on a snow-covered beach near Athens, Greece, Feb. 18. A rare winter storm left Greece blanketed in snow overnight, cutting off roads and access to villages and disrupting transport across the country. Problems with power and water supplies were also reported.
The Tungurahua volcano spews ash and rocks during an eruption in Banos, Ecuador, in June 2010. Tungurahua has been classed as active since 1999 and had a strong eruption in 2008. It is one of eight active volcanoes in the country.