As many as 20 people are dead and dozens missing following the Southern California mudslides.
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A watershed scientist explains why post-wildfire landscapes are so susceptible to landslides – and why those risks are poised to rise.
Soybean crop on a family farm near Humboldt, Iowa, 2017.
Congress is drafting the 2018 farm bill, which will guide agriculture, nutrition, trade and rural development policy. A former agriculture secretary explains how this bill reaches far beyond farms.
Africa has the chance to innovate and grow, with the right policies and investment.
Calestous Juma believed that Africa needed an integrated science, technology and innovation framework. The continent can make this happen.
Most of the growing number of jobs in the solar industry have more to do with maintaining and installing panels than manufacturing them.
The Trump administration can boost domestic solar panel manufacturing without slapping duties on all imports.
A big part of that check is being drawn from middle-class accounts.
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The American middle class has been on a rocky ride during the 20th century, surging after World War II but falling since the 1980s. The Republican tax plan may be its death knell.
Not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
How do foods break into new niches and global markets? US cranberry growers, saddled with large surpluses and working to boost demand for their product, could take a lesson from soybeans.
Modern advances come with new liabilities.
Biologists' growing reliance on computers advances the field – but comes with new risks. The first step toward improved cyberbiosecurity is increasing awareness of possible threats.
Scientists call large marine protected areas effective tools for conserving sea life. But do they benefit countries that create them? Scholars explain how Palau's huge marine protected area seeks to protect resources for Palauans.
Who will be left holding the potato?
The House just passed its version of the tax plan, which includes about US$1 trillion in cuts for corporations. The question, who will be left holding the potato?
Headed for export?
The fate of turkey tails shows how Americans have shifted from eating whole animals to focusing on choice cuts – and the surprising places where unwanted parts end up.
Another day, another diet.
For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
Locking articles away behind a paywall stifles access.
In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something's got to give.
Hugh Hefner at a Playmate of the Year party in 2005.
Hefner's iconic Playmates, a scholar argues, need to be understood within their historical context, when men and especially women were expected to uphold strict standards of sexual propriety.
Physical activity has long been considered a way to lower risk for breast cancer.
Physical activity is considered an important way to lower risk for breast cancer. But what if your ability to be fit is influenced by genes you inherit? Would that raise your risk? In rats, it did.
Trump’s tax plan will cost trillions.
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President Trump released details of his tax plan, which would essentially benefit the wealthiest Americans by repealing the estate tax and other changes at the expense of the middle class.
A male boreal toad waits for opportunities to mate near a Colorado mountain lake.
Frogs and toads are declining around the world, with many species on the brink of extinction. Acting in time means trying strategies without complete information about how likely they are to work.
Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp rescues two dogs after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey reached the grounds of a shelter in Vidor, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017.
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During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some people died rather than evacuating without their pets. Now emergency managers are required to include animals in their response plans.
As many people have had to wade through floodwaters, they need to be aware of the risk of infection and disease from contaminated waters.
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As Houston continues to rescue residents whose homes were ruined, it also begins to deal with issues related to contaminated floodwaters and overflowing reservoirs. It won't be easy.
The rainfall from Harvey has now exceeded the amount from the previous record-bearer, Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978.
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An expert in extreme weather events explains why the rain – and thus flooding – associated with Hurricane Harvey has been 'unprecedented.'
Jimmy John’s tried to stop its workers from toiling for other sandwich makers.
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Nearly one in five employed Americans is bound by a contract restricting moves to rival companies. Here's one way to make those arrangements less common.