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How to Battle Ocean Acidification

It’s a fearsome problem. But we’re not just watching helplessly.

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How More Rain Will Worsen Water Woes

As snow becomes history, a smaller proportion of the planet’s precipitation will reach the streams that feed water reservoirs.

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To Haul Pyramid Stones Over Egyptian Sands, Just Add Water

A clue from an Egyptian tomb has provided scientists with a new explanation of how stones were transported for the construction of pyramids.

Mosaic

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What Life Is Like When Having Your Period Means You Are Shunned by Society

Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.

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Is There a Solution to America’s Obsession With Lawn Care?

Irrigation and fertilization use varies across and even within cities. Sustainable management plans must rely on a more targeted approach.

Go Outside

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Trial by Water: West Virginia’s Elk River

The recent contamination illuminates just how tenuous and vital the safety of our water is.

 

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Another Name for the Bermuda Triangle: The Ocean

Ships disappear everywhere, not just in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

 

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Will Seltzer Hydrate Me?

An in-depth investigation into the replenishing powers of carbonated water.

 

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How NASA Hopes to Better Monitor and Control Our Water Supply in the West

Flying high with the new Airborne Snow Observatory.

Features

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The New Bronze Age

Worries about oil and gas hog the airwaves. But copper is also essential to keep the world running: It threads through your house, your computer, your eco-correct hybrid car. And it’s getting just as difficult, expensive, and environmentally menacing as oil to extract. We have entered the era of tough ore.

 

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The City of the Future: Can Los Angeles Reinvent Itself All Over Again?

Three bold plans to turn L.A. into a better, more sustainable version of itself, one that will be able to meet the formidable water, air, and climate challenges of the 21st century.

 

Consider the Crawdad

What lessons can we learn from an enterprising decapod?

 

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Texas, Tom and Jerry, and a Thirsty Planet

How scientists at Austin’s Center for Space Research are measuring the loss of water around the world with a pair of aging satellites.

 

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Could Water Bring Jobs Back to the U.S.?

There is a coming jobs exodus from China, and back to the Rust Belt and other water rich regions. Or so says one principal at a water hedge fund.

 

California Farms Get Testy Over Water Quality

Update: California Central Coast row-crop farmers are now required to test their private wells for nitrate, a widespread groundwater contaminant linked to over-fertilization.

 

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How Rube Goldberg Would Have Watered the West

Who needs pipelines when massive hydro-cannons could blast water across California’s deserts?

 

San Francisco Bay Model Is Flush With Life

After being retired in 2009, the scientific San Francisco Bay Model that replicates the nearby estuary has water flowing through it once again.

 

The Fitness of Physical Models

How a 1950s-era, 1.5-acre mock-up of the hydrology of the Bay Area might still be able to complement real science in the age of computer modeling.

 

Texas’ Thirst for Dams Bucks National Trend

North Texas, the fastest-growing region in the fastest-growing state in the nation, has a growing demand for water. While the rest of the U.S. is tearing down decaying dams, Texas wants some dam water.

 

Solutions to Water Supply Issues Surface in the West

In the quarter-century since Marc Reisner issued a grim prognosis for water in the American West, various entities have made efforts to reverse what once seemed inevitable.

 

Water Shortages Threaten the American West Lifestyle

While not every dire prediction has come true, amid swimming pools and thirsty crops, the hard truth remains that the American West cannot maintain its spendthrift ways of using fresh water.

 

Greening the Desert? Not So Fast!

On The 25th anniversary of the book “Cadillac Desert,” we look at the work of an earlier Cassandra of Western water shortages, explorer John Wesley Powell.

 

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Bacteria Working in the Shadows: Bdellovibrio

 

Rocky Mountain Dust-up: Runoff’s Dirty Secret

The dust on high peaks, blown in from Southwestern pastures, farms, mining roads and off-road vehicle parks, is hastening snowmelt and reducing the runoff into the Colorado River, scientists say.

 

The Real Revenge of Montezuma: Voyage Conclusions

Our blogger looks back at his voyage through coastal Mexico and sees that the problems, and solutions, there are mirrored throughout the globe.

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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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