| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:54 AM
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is open again. But it will take more than unlocking the doors, flipping the lights back on and turning on the panda cam before it’s business as usual.
Thousands of federal workers returned to their jobs...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 11:01 AM
Tsunami debris don’t sound particularly threatening, unless a Texas-sized mass of it is headed toward the U.S. West Coast.
An inconspicuous map from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration posted in September sparked fears of a monstrous...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:03 PM
Tiny bubbles of air buried deep in the ice of Eastern Antarctica may contain bits of the Earth's atmosphere as it was 1.5 million years ago, according to a new report.
"Ice is a great medium for trapping air," said Ed Brook of Oregon State University,...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:19 PM
Boulder, Colorado. Both of these names derive from torrential river flows. So why the media hysteria about the floods there last month?
The city of Boulder was named for Boulder Creek, which was named for the abundance of large boulders. How did they...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 6:22 PM
•Will the hurricane tracking service be disrupted by the shutdown? This is a very important item for our area, more important than paychecks possibly.
Editor: Yes, they're still on the job. The shutdown overview said: Staff...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 9:38 AM
I cannot understand the reason for letting dogs on Balboa Island beaches.
Very often I see dogs on the beaches before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. (and after 9 and before 5) on leashes (or not), peeing and pooping in the same sand that, a short time later,...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Don't batten down the hatches — but do break out the umbrellas.
By the time the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen wheeze into Hampton Roads late Monday from the Gulf of Mexico, meteorologists predict it'll be a washout.
"It doesn't look bad at...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 11:06 AM
Scientists probing a giant plug of earwax pulled from a dead blue whale have discovered in its hardened layers a detailed biography of the wild animal's life, from birth to death, in 6-month chapters.
Their new technique, described in the Proceedings...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 12:37 PM
The federal government’s partial shutdown has led to a partial return of furloughed workers, including some workers needed to investigate an outbreak of salmonella in chicken.
One of the ironies of the shutdown is how the politics have been...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Like her colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tiffany House packed up her desk last week hoping the government shutdown would last only a few days.
But the single mom from Hyattsville will be in a position different from...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:53 PM
A team of scientists is setting out on a research expedition along the U.S. West Coast to study ocean acidification, the greenhouse gas-driven change in the chemistry of seawater that has been called climate change’s “evil twin.”...