Nature

The Big-Shake, Big-Wave Theory

A. MINUTE 0:00. The North American plate slides 57 feet west over the heavier Juan de Fuca plate, which moves east about an inch per year. The quake’s...

Blood in the Water

AT 11:25 A.M. ON DECEMBER 24, 2009, Estefanía Luis Rodriguez’s cell phone rang. Rodriguez, 25, is an earnest, friendly young woman who works as a pharmacy technician near the...

Burned

On Sunday, citizens of Los Alamos, New Mexico, got some good news: efforts to contain the 123,000-acre Las Conchas fire had progressed sufficiently that officials were able to lift a mandatory...

Feeling the Burn

LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I’ll rubberneck at a house fire if I happen to be passing by. Wildfires, though, can pull me in from the next county. I spent five years during my late teens and early...

Shark Bait

THE GENTLY CURVING COAST of False Bay, just south of Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, a 24-mile sweep of sandy beaches framed by the aquamarine...

57 Feet & Rising

“WHAT'S WRONG?” I asked John Ruskey. He slowly closed his cell phone. Glancing toward photographer Chris LaMarca to see if he was in earshot, he gazed at the churning Mississippi.

Beached Whales

Q. What's the story with the whales washing up on shore before the New Zealand and Japan earthquakes? Are they bellwethers of seismic activity?A. Strange...

Get Your Mind Dirty

PERHAPS YOU RECALL A TIME when you took in more of the world. You were new and the world was new. As a boy, I would go out in the woods and sit under a tree, then lick my thumb...

Fair Chase

THROUGH THE BINOCULARS I see them: nine tiny men in bright jerseys running in formation across the vast short-grass prairie of eastern New Mexico. They're chasing a tawny...

The Pulse

LIFELINE One more reason to eat your carrots. According to a paper to be published in the March issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, people with high blood...

Moments of Truth

The Sundance Film Festival, January 20–30 in Park City, Utah, gets back to its indy roots this year with 40 of 115 features by rookie directors. Some of our favorite films of late—Riding...

The Wild File: Rabies Outbreak

Q. Should I worry about visiting Bali, given the rabies outbreak?A. In a word, yes. The virus, which is spread through saliva and is fatal, was likely...

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