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Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes Indonesia's Sumatra island-USGS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude struck the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Full story

Indonesia agrees to expedite meeting on haze

Indonesia agreed Thursday to move up a regional meeting on forest fires on Sumatra island that have caused record-setting pollution in the country and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Full story

Indonesia arrests 8 in fires causing choking haze

Indonesian authorities have arrested eight farmers for setting illegal fires on Sumatra island to clear land after numerous blazes created a thick haze choking parts of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, police said Tuesday. Full story

66 Ancient Skeletons Found in Indonesian Cave

Talk about your archaeological jackpots: Researchers in Indonesia have reportedly discovered the 3,000-year-old remains of 66 people in a cave in Sumatra. Full story

Want a pet? Adopt an endangered elephant

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Anna, Bella, Cinta, Dadang and Elena are five Indonesian elephants available for "adoption" as part of a conservation project to save endangered Asian elephants and allow them to remain living in the wild. Full story

Potential for 'superquakes' underestimated

The earthquakes that rocked Tohoku, Japan in 2011, Sumatra in 2004 and Chile in 1960 — all of magnitude 9.0 or greater — should not have happened, according to seismologist's theories of earthquake cycles. And that might mean earthquake prediction needs an overhaul, some researchers say. Full story

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Titan Arum Or "Corpse Plant" Blooms At US Botanic Garden
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: Vistiors to the U.S. Botanic Garden view the large rainforest plant known as Titan Arum, or "corpse flower" July 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. The corpse flower native to Sumatra, Indonesia is known for its unpleasant aroma and usually blooms for only one or two days.

Public program manager Ari Novy measures the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington
Public program manager Ari Novy measures the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington

Public program manager Ari Novy measures the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington July 19, 2013. The flower, which is native to Sumatra and blossoms as infrequently as once every several years or even several decades, is one of fourteen being rai

Visitors look at the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington
Visitors look at the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington

Visitors look at the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington July 19, 2013. The flower, which is native to Sumatra and blossoms as infrequently as once every several years or even several decades, is one of fourteen being raised in the Botanic Garde

Visitor takes a picture of the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington
Visitor takes a picture of the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington

A visitor takes a picture of the 91-inch giant Titan Arum which is about to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington July 19, 2013. The flower, which is native to Sumatra and blossoms as infrequently as once every several years or even several decades, is one of fourteen being raised in the B