| Oct 20, 2013
| 8:19 AM
It's been the week of the oarfish along the Southern California coast.
A 14-foot oarfish carcass was discovered Friday by a snorkeler off the beach in Oceanside. Earlier in the week, an 18-foot oarfish was found dead off Catalina Island.
| Aug 27, 2013
| 5:34 PM
Scientists believe a virus similar to measles in humans is responsible for an accelerating die-off in bottlenose dolphins along the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Since July 1, 333 dead dolphins have washed ashore from North Carolina to New York, 10 times normal...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:19 PM
Among the far-reaching effects of the ongoing government shutdown is the lack of staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is about to put a major crimp in the Alaskan fishing industry. The problem is so great that it's even...
| 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 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,...
| 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 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...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Think the federal shutdown doesn’t concern you? Just try looking for some basic data.
Data.gov is down, as are websites that distribute data for the Census, FBI, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Bureau of Labor...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:36 PM
WASHINGTON — Yosemite National Park's visitor centers were open. The barricades at the World War II memorial were down. And the Giant Panda Cam was back on.
Thousands of federal workers returned to their jobs Thursday after Congress passed and...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 9:55 AM
We should continue to see mostly nice weather today and over the weekend. However, don't be surprised to see some isolated showers on Saturday and Sunday.
South Florida's Friday forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with afternoon highs in the upper 80s...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:16 PM
Halloween brought out the ghosts and goblins knocking on my door for a treat. When I see the trick-or-treaters prowling the neighborhood, I like to sit back and think of all the crazy boating and fishing superstitions that sailors have believed...