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Pair of Ice Climbers Are First to Ascend Frozen Niagara Falls

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken climbed the world's most famous waterfall by following a 30-foot-wide (9-meter) strip of rotten spray ice that formed along the edge of a section known as Horseshoe Falls.

Can Simple Water and Shade Save Nicaragua's Sugarcane Workers?

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Filmmaker Ed Kashi traveled to Central America to document the toll of a deadly kidney disease for a nonprofit group that's working to fight it. The assignment became a passion project.

Poll Reveals Rift Between Scientists, Regular Folks

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Americans don't see eye to eye with experts on the safety of many science-driven advances, from vaccinations to genetically modified foods.

Could Drilling in the Atlantic Harm Fish, Whales, Turtles?

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
A proposal from President Barack Obama could open parts of the U.S. Atlantic coast to drilling for the first time. The area is home to hundreds of animal species.

Distant World Has Rings 200 Times Bigger Than the Rings of Saturn

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
A new analysis of a giant planet 430 light-years away reveals a ring system 200 times larger than Saturn's.

Venice Matters to History—Venetians Matter to Me

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Living in Venice isn't Carnival every day. It's a vocation that requires stamina and conviction.

Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Many dams in the United States have outlived their useful lives. A movement to remove them is gaining traction and growing in ambition.

How 40,000 Tons of Cosmic Dust Falling to Earth Affects You and Me

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Our bodies are made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, authors say.

See-Through Fish Discovered Under Antarctica's Ice

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Transparent fish and myriad microbes turn up deep below Antarctica's ice.

What’s Behind U.S. Plan to Open Atlantic to Offshore Drilling?

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
U.S. proposal could allow unprecedented oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast.

In Sierra Leone's Chaotic Capital, Ebola Found Fertile Ground

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
How poverty, density, and fragmentation in Sierra Leone's capital city fueled the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
As an ancient drought took hold, a water temple saw more offerings from desperate Maya, archaeologists report.

Giant Asteroid Sails Past Earth, Raising Safety Questions on Terra Firma

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
The space rock passed by Earth Monday at what sounds like a comfortable distance—about three times the distance of the moon from the Earth—but should we should be doing more to identify potentially dangerous asteroids?

Blizzard of Nor'Easters No Surprise, Thanks to Climate Change

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
The worst of the worst storms appear likely to hit the Northeast U.S. hardest, thanks to climate change.

Bones From Era of Alexander the Great Raise More Questions Than Answers

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
As speculation builds about a Greek tomb's potential connection to Alexander the Great, archaeologists are pushing back and urging patience.

Climate Forecast: More Southwest Droughts and Australian Floods

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
A new study says global warming will lead to more extreme swings of the El Niño-La Niña cycle.

5 Sky Events This Week: Blue Giant, Crab Nebula, and Jovian Shadows

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Io, Jupiter's vanishing moon, and Neptune, the solar system's most distant planet, challenge stargazers this week.

New Proposal to Protect Alaskan Wilderness Most Sweeping in Decades

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
President Obama's proposal to designate 12.3 million acres of oil-rich land as new wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is likely to stir an explosive federal debate over energy and conservation.

Slugs and Bugs: 6 Bizarre Animal Mascots in U.S. Sports

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
Mud hens, boll weevils, and banana slugs make for unlikely team symbols—but they're all tough in their own way.

Why Bill Nye Calls Evolution 'Undeniable' and Creationism 'Inane'

January 30, 2015 - 5:30am
The theory is central to life on Earth, says the Science Guy, and helps explain our place in the universe.