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  • Miami's seawall problem: It doesn't have one Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 2:27 PM ET
    Storm clouds are seen over the Miami skyline.

    On the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is far better protected now than it was then. The same can't be said about Miami.

  • Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium...

  • The nasty truth about stopping '100-year storms' Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    The reinforced levee stands in the Lower Ninth Ward, on July 22, 2015, in New Orleans.

    The New Orleans levees are better than they were when Katrina struck, but preparing for hurricanes is riddled with uncertainty.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said Monday it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm. The Department of Animal Science is minimizing traffic to the poultry farm on 11 acres 3 miles south of the main Iowa State campus in Ames amid...

  • Imagine getting a flu vaccine pill, in the mail Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 8:35 PM ET
    Flu vaccine

    A series of new studies out this week shows solid progress toward a flu vaccine in a pill and a so-called universal flu vaccine. NBC News reports.

  • These behaviors could up your risk of Alzheimer's Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    There are a number of diet and lifestyle choices that accompany Alzheimer's risk, according to a new study.

  • Early-stage breast cancer may not require surgery Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 12:48 PM ET
    Therese Taylor, who had a mastectomy four years ago after a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ, which she now believes it was unnecessary, at home in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 19, 2015.

    Patients with early-stage breast cancer may not require a lumpectomy or a mastectomy so early on, reports The New York Times.

  • July was Earth's hottest month on record Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    Children cool off as they play under a fountain on July 21, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

    July's average temperature was 61.86 degrees, beating the previous global mark set in 1998 and 2010 by about one-seventh of a degree.

  • Why drought-struck California is demolishing a dam Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Workmen stand at the base of the largest dam removal in California history: workers tearing down the San Clemente Dam in Monterey County.

    With California mired in drought, it might seem odd there's a dam demolition underway.

  • Could China’s CO2 emissions be less than we thought? Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 1:55 AM ET
    A cyclist wearing mask rides along a road in Nanjing, China.

    Scientists may have been overestimating China’s emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 10 percent, the New York Times reports.

  • China air pollution far worse than thought: Study Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 1:54 PM ET
    A couple wear face masks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

    Chinese pollution has become such a problem that it has actually become an unexpected moneymaker for some large companies.

  • Now you can speak like Stephen Hawking: Here's how Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 12:45 PM ET
    Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

    Now Intel is making Stephen Hawking's voice progam available to the public for free. NBC News reports.

  • This drink bought an ad on the surface of the moon Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 10:17 AM ET
    A Japanese drink company plans to put a can of Polcari Sweat on the moon.

    A Japanese sports drink will be the first product advertised on the surface of the moon. GlobalPost reports.

  • Bird flu to human jump a 'concern': CDC official Sunday, 16 Aug 2015 | 8:20 AM ET
    Chickens gather around a feeder at a farm in Osage, Iowa.

    The head of the Centers for Disease Control's Influenza Division says the agency is "concerned" that the bird flu virus may mutate.

  • The universe is dying—but you shouldn't panic yet Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Big Bang Theory

    A new study confirmed something researchers have suspected for decades: The stars that populate our universe are burning themselves out.

  • Coming to America: Chinese pollution Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 3:25 PM ET
    A thermal power plant discharging heavy smog into the air in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province.

    Drifting pollution has helped erase gains from stricter U.S. emissions rules. Reducing pollution may be an international problem.

  • 'Shade balls' are invading LA. We can explain Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Over 90 million plastic balls cover the Los Angeles reservoir in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 2015.

    'Shade balls' have been dumped into Los Angeles reservoirs to protect the region's water supply from contaminants and from evaporation.

  • Breast health stock on a tear Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 8:20 AM ET
    Breast health stock on a tear

    Medical diagnostics company Hologic CFO Robert McMahon, discusses growth opportunities underway, including in its mammogram technology.

  • The oil dispersant, Corexit EC9500A, was deployed during the deadly Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had concluded in a June 2010 report that Corexit 9500 A was "slightly toxic" to mysid shrimp found in the Gulf of Mexico. Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq proposed in July that energy...

  • Coca-Cola funds scientists who shift obesity blame Monday, 10 Aug 2015 | 7:47 AM ET
    A store owner stocks soft drinks in a shop in Miami Florida.

    Coca-Cola is backing a new "science-based" solution to obesity: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.