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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.

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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.

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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.

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Consider the Crawdad

What lessons can we learn from an enterprising decapod?

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.

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Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

Bringing a Therapy Dog Into a Children’s Hospital Might Be a Terrible Idea

Despite the popularity of animal therapy in American pediatric hospitals, a new research review reveals that there's little support for its health benefits.

You Feel Closer to Your Destination Even When You’re Not

Simply moving toward or away from something alters the way you think about it, according to a new study.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014