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Beyond magnitude: A shallow earthquake hammered Turkey

Earthquakes can originate at various depths beneath the Earth’s surface — even hundreds of miles deep — but shallower earthquakes can be more destructive. 
Men search for survivors in the debris in Adana, Turkey, on Feb. 6, 2023.
Men search for survivors in the debris in Adana, Turkey, on Feb. 6, 2023.

Aftershocks as strong as Turkey's 2nd quake are rare, experts say

Typically, aftershocks are a full magnitude unit lower than the initial quake, according to seismologists. Not this time.
A man stands next to the rubble of a building in Zardana, Syria
A man stands next to the rubble of a building in Zardana, Syria

The U.S. has a long history of environmental protests. Police had never killed an activist — until now.

Police have often been important intermediaries in environmental protests. In a forest outside Atlanta, they were opponents.
Vienna holds a photo of her slain partner, Tortuguita, in Atlanta on Jan. 26, 2023.
Vienna holds a photo of her slain partner, Tortuguita, in Atlanta on Jan. 26, 2023.
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Bigger, faster, farther: A batch of new rockets is set to blast into space this year

From new boosters to replacing old workhorses to the first flight of a rocket billed as the tallest and most powerful ever built, here’s what is on the horizon.
Rockets set to launch into space in 2023.
Rockets set to launch into space in 2023.

Arctic blast could trigger a rare weather phenomenon: Frost quakes

Also known as ice quakes or cryoseisms, the seismic events are caused by a sudden fracturing or cracking action in frozen ground, soil or rock that is saturated with water or ice.
A woman walks along the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 3, 2023.
A woman walks along the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 3, 2023.
5d ago

How do you make a mummy? Ancient Egyptians’ surprising formula revealed

A new study sheds light on the embalming process — and the ancient trade links that made it all possible.
 For thousands of years, ancient Egyptians mummified their dead to help them reach eternal life. According to study published Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in the journal Nature, researchers have used chemistry and an unusual collection of jars to figure out how they did it.
 For thousands of years, ancient Egyptians mummified their dead to help them reach eternal life. According to study published Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in the journal Nature, researchers have used chemistry and an unusual collection of jars to figure out how they did it.

Biden administration recommends major Alaska oil project

The move — which isn’t final — drew immediate anger from environmentalists who saw it as a betrayal of the president’s pledges to reduce carbon emissions.
An exploratory drilling camp at the proposed site of the Willow oil project on Alaska's North Slope in 2019.
An exploratory drilling camp at the proposed site of the Willow oil project on Alaska's North Slope in 2019.
6d ago

Yale honors Black girl who police were called on for spraying lantern flies

The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale accepted Bobbi Wilson’s donation of her lantern fly collection.
Bobbi Wilson holds up her collection of spotted lanternflies as she was honored at the Yale School of Public Health for her efforts in eradicating the invasive species in her hometown of Caldwell, N.J.
Bobbi Wilson holds up her collection of spotted lanternflies as she was honored at the Yale School of Public Health for her efforts in eradicating the invasive species in her hometown of Caldwell, N.J.
6d ago

'Live fast, die young': An endangered marsupial may be mating itself to death

The male northern quoll can walk more than 6 miles in a single night in the search of a mate, leading to exhaustion that can prove fatal, according to a new study.
Northern Quoll - The Kimberley, Western Australia
Northern Quoll - The Kimberley, Western Australia

U.S. takes aim at global shark fin trade

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is currently reviewing the funding and implementation of a long-awaited ban on the trafficking of shark fins through U.S. ports, a move that could disrupt their broader global trade.
A shark finning camp on a beach of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
A shark finning camp on a beach of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico.