Category Archives: Nature

State of Emergency Declared After Calif. Quake

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Author: USA Today

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California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties Sunday after a magnitude-6.0 earthquake rattled Northern California early Sunday, leaving dozens wounded, thousands without power and hundreds of buildings damaged. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PT near American Canyon about 6 miles southwest of Napa,...

Icelandic Volcano: Is this 2010 All Over Again?

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Author: Simon Calder

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Could an erupting Icelandic volcano be about to jeopardise international air travel once more? Four years ago, ash from Eyjafjallajökull wrought aviation havoc in northern Europe, grounding flights for up to a week. Now there are rumblings that suggest another eruption may be imminent. What could it mean for travellers...

Drinking California Dry

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Author: Janissa Delzo

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Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There's a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third-driest year on record. The details of where and how bottling companies get their water are often quite murky, but generally speaking, bottled water falls into two categories. The first is...

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

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Author: Ethan Siegel

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When he died on September 7, 2012, theoretical physicist Claud W. Lovelace left behind a house filled with parakeets. With no family or close companions, the eccentric Rutgers professor loved to be surrounded by his colorful fine-feathered friends and listen to classical music as he contemplated the nuances of unified...