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Five years ago: an aerial view of Minato, Japan, after the earthquake and tsunami. Lance Cpl. Ethan Johnson/U.S. Marine Corps

A new way to detect tsunamis: cargo ships

Reliably predicting whether a tsunami is large enough to require evacuations requires many more observations from the deep ocean than we now have.
Who will be the first to crack? Daniel Lobo

Air rage: bad behavior at 30,000 feet

People do disgusting and disruptive things on airplanes. They show little regard or patience for fellow passengers and their needs. Inconsiderate behavior on the part of passengers can make air travel…
Coral reef ecosystem off Palmyra Atoll part of newly expanded Marine National Monument. Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pacific Remote Islands protection not just a drop in the ocean

This fall, President Obama signed a proclamation that created the biggest marine reserve in the world. By extending the protective boundaries around Wake Island, Jarvis Island and Johnston Atoll from 50…
Piecing together a crumbling cultural history. AP/Hussein Malla

Torched library an irreparable blow to Lebanese culture

On January 4, Tripoli’s historic Al Sa’eh Library, one of Lebanon’s largest, burnt down. Two-thirds of its 80,000 books and manuscripts were lost in a fire that consumed the building. This is no anomaly…
Great White Sharks will be one of the species targeted under Western Australia’s new shark plan. Flickr/Mshai

Western Australia’s shark culls lack bite (and science)

After a spate of fatal shark attacks over the past two years, Western Australia has released a radical new shark plan that will see large sharks removed and destroyed from designated “safe zones”. The…

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