A pioneering climate scientists was hit by a truck while cycling to work Monday and pronounced dead at the scene. Katherine Giles, 35, was a top researcher at the Center for Polar Observation and Modeling at University College London (UCL).
Giles, who often chose to gather her own measurements rather than rely on satellite data, had studied sea ice thickness and the effect of winds on the newly exposed Arctic Ocean. She was being considered as a possible successor to Seymour Laxon, the cente... Read More
Photographer: Courtesy of Kennebec County Sheriff's Office
It's been a tough week to be a mountain man. Following the arrest of Troy James Knapp, another notorious hermit suspected in over 1,000 burglaries over 27 years fell into the law's clutches last week after a game warden caught him breaking into a lakeside camp, police said Wednesday.
Christopher Knight, known as "the North Pond Hermit", said he had had contact with only one person in his nearly three decades of solitary living.
"He just decided to take off into the woods," state trooper Dian... Read More
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Before putting off in kayaks on the morning of April 3, husband and wife Dave and Amy Freeman rolled up their sleeping bags, jammed their extra clothes and gear into stuff sacks, and savored every last detail of the chores associated with packing up their campsite on the Florida coast. Advisable or not, Dave took a moment to inhale the fumes of the camp stove as he took it apart. "Usually we don’t even really think about it because it is part of our daily routine," he wrote o... Read More
Rangers in Gunnison National Park have recovered what they believe to be the body of a hiker missing since Sunday. The unidentified hiker obtained a permit indicating he’d leave the park on Saturday. When rangers found his car at the trailhead Sunday morning, they began a search of his intended route.
The body was located Tuesday in the park’s Black Canyon, 1,000 feet below the canyon’s southern rim. The hiker is believed to have fallen to his death. Rangers are currently at... Read More
Climate change could make that bottle of French Bordeaux even pricier, forcing you to switch to a vintage from Montana or even China. A recent study from Conservation International indicates that shifts in temperature and moisture may render some traditional wine regions unsuitable for growing notoriously picky grapes.
Popular wine regions could see a decrease production of up to 70 percent by 2050. But other places, especially those in higher latitudes, may find themselves the new premier a... Read More