Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) at the Houston Zoo.
The fossa, Madagascar's largest predator, is a cat-like carnivore that eats everything from insects to lemurs. Because they are rare and elusive, scientists know very little about them, including how many there are.
President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
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Young people of color are disproportionately affected by the lifelong consequences of having a criminal record.
Rising tides move closer to the dunes in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast.
AP Photo/Gerry Broome
Don't believe the skeptics or the conspiracy theorists: Weather forecasters can't slant hurricane warnings to make political points.
A Texas school’s tribute to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
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The Department of Education says there were 240 school shootings during a recent school year. Another database only counts 29. How could the numbers be so different -- and who is right?
Has the cost of higher education in the U.S. put college out of financial reach?
As students head back to campus, the ever higher cost of a college education is once again top of mind. The presidents of Colorado College, Penn State and Xavier University weigh in on what's to be done.
A Northern Spotted Owl in Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest.
AP Photo/Don Ryan, File
The Trump administration wants to step up logging, saying it will benefit wildlife by reducing forest fire risks. But wildfires create habitat for threatened Spotted Owls and many other species.
Technicians prepare Swift’s UVOT for vibration testing on Aug. 1, 2002, more than two years before launch, in the High Bay Clean Room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
The Swift Observatory passed a milestone: 1 million snapshots of the universe. These exquisite and revealing pictures have captured the births and deaths of stars, gravitational waves and comets.
More than 3.9 billion people live in regions where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is present. This species transmits Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.
For several billion people mosquitoes are more than a nuisance -- they transmit deadly diseases. Now genetic modification may prove the most effective defense against the mosquito, preventing disease.
Aretha Franklin actúa en el Radio City Music Hall de Nueva York. 1989.
AP Photo/Mario Suriani
Cuando los ejecutivos discográficos intentaron moldear el sonido de la cantante a su gusto, su carrera se apagó. Entonces apareció el productor Jerry Wexler. ¿Su enfoque? Mantenerse fuera de su camino.
Aretha Franklin performs at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 1989.
AP Photo/Mario Suriani
When record executives tried to mold Franklin's sound to their liking, her career sputtered. Then legendary producer Jerry Wexler came along. His approach? Stay out of her way.
The bad old days of gas lines in the 1970s and shortages led to the creation of fuel economy rules.
The Trump administration's move to freeze fuel economy standards reflects a sea change in American energy policy first born during an era of oil shortages and environmental crises.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation seal.
An American pilot. A German aide on Capitol Hill. In the first and second world wars, the FBI effectively uprooted foreign influence campaigns. Today, the agency faces an uphill battle.
A detector buried under more than a mile of ice in Antarctica has detected a high-energy subatomic neutrino and traced it to its origin, a blazar – a gargantuan black hole more than a billion times more massive than the sun.
There’s a strong correlation between happiness and innovation.
Societies that are happier than others would be reflecting more confidence and trust in their institutions and economic systems.
Ceremonia de naturalización en diciembre de 2015.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
El Departamento de Justicia ha agregado una pregunta sobre la ciudadanía en el próximo censo de EEUU. Podría arruinar los datos de la Oficina del Censo e impactar la confianza pública en el sistema.
Clostridium difficile bacteria causes diarrhea and inflammation of the colon.
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A new type of antibiotic uses DNA to fight a common deadly microbe, Clostridium difficile. These new drugs are inexpensive and adaptable and can be modified to target any bacterium, lowering the chance of drug resistance.
The tricky math behind your bus route.
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It's annoying when your bus route gets off schedule or when buses bunch together. Why has it taken engineers so long to fix the problem?
States, casinos and leagues could all cash in. Will sports media get a cut of the action too?
With bettors clamoring for an edge, legacy media outlets could add a gambling beat to their daily sports coverage – or risk losing out.
Soybean seeds treated with neonicotinoids (blue) and treated corn seeds (red) versus untreated seeds.
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US farmers are planting more and more acres with seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides. An ecologist explains why this approach is overkill and may be doing more harm than good.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, front, after she signed a law that allows pay-for-success funding for projects aiming to reduce female incarceration rates.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
These partnerships between investors, governments and nonprofits are a new way to pay for programs and services that help people in need and address intractable problems like mass incarceration.