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A report published in June in the journal Science predicted that climate change would hit America hard but unevenly, with Texas among states bearing the brunt of the damage. The findings highlighted flooding as a major risk factor for the region (as have dozens of other previous reports on climate change). Those …

WASHINGTON POST   Jude Sparks was out on a family hike in the desert near Las Cruces, N.M., testing walkie-talkies, when the then-9-year-old boy tripped over a rocky protrusion. When Jude got up again, he examined what appeared to be two large, fossilized teeth jutting out from the terrain. Farther up, …

Gigantism seems like a past phenomenon, given that enormous animals such as Megalodon and Tyrannosaurus rex died out millions of years ago. The largest vertebrate that has ever lived, however, is part of the present, and not past, animal kingdom. The distinction goes to the blue whale, which can reach …

The saga of the Larsen C crack is about reach its stunning conclusion. Scientists have watched a rift grow along one of Antarctica’s ice shelves for years. Now it’s in the final days of cutting off a piece of ice that will be one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. …

A professional big-game hunter died near Gwai, Zimbabwe, on the afternoon of May 19, after he was crushed by a female elephant that had been shot by a member of his hunting party. Theunis Botha, a resident of Tzaneen, South Africa, was leading a group of hunters when they surprised …

Stock up on emergency supplies and get those galoshes ready — this year’s hurricane season is likely to be a big one. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its outlook today (May 25) for the current hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. People on …

If you could travel back in time 41,000 years to the last ice age, your compass would point south instead of north. That’s because for a period of a few hundred years, the Earth’s magnetic field was reversed. These reversals have happpened repeatedly over the planet’s history, sometimes lasting hundreds …

Get back A human mother carries a growing fetus in her womb for approximately nine months, but even after the baby is born, the helpless newborn still needs to be carried. In fact, many animal mothers transport their young, sometimes many dozens of them at a time, and sometimes lugging …

By Stephanie Pappas One of the world’s weirdest lakes stands out in scarlet in new NASA images. Lake Natron in northern Tanzania is an incredibly alkaline body of water. Its pH is as high as 10.5 — not quite as caustic as ammonia, but similar to the laxative Milk of …

By Kacey Deamer Enormous, mile-long (1.8 kilometers) landforms lie hidden beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, and these supersized subglacial masses may be contributing to the ice’s thinning, according to a new study. Ancient ice sheets in Scandinavia and North America that have long since retreated left behind numerous landforms that …