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  • How could Virginia quake be felt in Canada and crack the Washington Monument?

    How could Virginia quake be felt in Canada and crack the Washington Monument?

    Rocks of the East Coast conduct earthquakes much better than rocks in the West. It means a moderate quake in rural Virginia can travel far and damage the Washington Monument.

  • Rebuilding after tornadoes: two designs that could save lives in another storm

    Rebuilding after tornadoes: two designs that could save lives in another storm

    More people appear to be looking into safe rooms and monolithic-dome structures to withstand the fierce winds of a tornado and the debris it kicks around.

  • Gold mine reopens in California desert

    Gold mine reopens in California desert

    Gold mining jobs are coming to Mojave, Calif. Run-up in gold, silver prices causes Golden Queen Mining to restart operation.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Pollution

    This NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico obtained on May 28, 2010 shows the extent of the oil released from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The oil can be seen as a sheen on the water surface. It is especially evident when the angle of the sun's light that is reflected off of the ocean surface is equal to the viewing angle of the satellite - called sunglint.

  • Plants' global warming dilemma: climb to escape heat or stoop for water?

    Plants' global warming dilemma: climb to escape heat or stoop for water?

    For years researchers have watched plants and animals migrate to cooler quarters in response to global warming. But a new study suggests some plants are moving downhill, drawn by increased precipitation.

  • Blizzard 2010: What are Top 5 snow storms of the decade?

    Blizzard 2010: What are Top 5 snow storms of the decade?

    The Christmas storm of 2010, which dropped 31 inches of snow on some parts of New England and crippled New York City, will likely stand out as a memory-maker, something to tell the grandkids about – especially if you got stuck in the national air traffic snarl or localized mayhem in New York, where police cars got stuck in drifts and New Yorkers yelled at the mayor for failing to keep the streets clear. But the past decade – the snowiest since the 1970s – had several other memorable winter storms. Here's the five that got the most attention – and did the most damage.

  • Snow storm: Who will get a white Christmas?

    Snow storm: Who will get a white Christmas?

    Atlanta could have its first real white Christmas since 1882. But whether the snow storm pummels major East Coast cities is still up in the air.

  • Soggy California braces for deluge, as more storms take aim

    Soggy California braces for deluge, as more storms take aim

    More storms are steering toward California, which is already deluged. Warnings of flash floods and mudslides are in place in some communities, as worries rise about additional flooding.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Snowed in

    Summer thaw was underway on the fringe of eastern Greenland when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead and captured this image on July 13, 2007. Inland (l.), snow and ice make a white blanket, while closer to sea (c. and r.) the annual snow has retreated from much of the rocky coastline and from the surface of some glaciers, which appear slightly gray. In the fjords, meltwater carrying finely ground sediment, crushed by the movement of glaciers over rock, colors the water turquoise.

  • US voters are ready to 'throw the bums out' on Election Day. But who are the bums?

    Editorial Board Blog US voters are ready to 'throw the bums out' on Election Day. But who are the bums?

    Hostility to incumbents is strong this fall. Animus against the 'elite' may be stronger.