The Rockaway section of Queens, in New York City, was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Many people in the neighborhood, shown here on October 30, 2012, lost power. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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In Sandy's Wake, Flood Zones And Insurance Rates Re-Examined

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Researchers excavated the remains of five creatures who lived 1.8 million years ago, including this adult male skull. The excavation site, in Georgia in the former Soviet Union, was home to a remarkable cache of bones. Courtesy of Georgian National Museum hide caption

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Fossil Find Points To A Streamlined Human Lineage

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A very old squished mosquito found in fossilized rock from Montana. Analysis of the insect's gut revealed telltale chemicals found in blood. PNAS hide caption

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Trapped In A Fossil: Remnants Of A 46-Million-Year-Old Meal

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Flooding brought down a house in Jamestown, Colo., on Sept. 18. Matthew Staver/Landov hide caption

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Flood Forensics: Why Colorado's Floods Were So Destructive

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A Thai medic checks bodies for forensic identity in Phang Nga province in southern of Thailand on Jan. 11, 2005. Thousands of people were killed in Thailand after a massive tsunami struck on Dec. 26, 2004. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Disasters, DNA Science Is Helpful, But Often Too Pricey

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Gwynns Falls runs beneath Interstate 95 at Carroll Park in Baltimore. The chemistry of this river, like many across the country, is changing. Courtesy of Sujay Kaushal hide caption

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'Rivers On Rolaids': How Acid Rain Is Changing Waterways

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Immense Underwater Volcano Is The Biggest On Earth

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This young whooping crane is on its first fall migration, guided by an Operation Migration ultralight aircraft. Each whooper in this population wears an identification band, and many carry tracking devices that record their movements in detail. Joe Duff/Operation Migration USA Inc. hide caption

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Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track

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Kesennuma, in the Tohoku region of Japan, was devastated in a March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. A researcher studying recent mega-quakes says this one, centered some 300 miles from Tokyo, could actually mean an increased risk of a quake hitting Japan's capital, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Suzanne Mooney/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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Can A Big Earthquake Trigger Another One?

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A whale shark dives near the surface in waters off the coast of Mexico. Marj Awai/Georgia Aquarium hide caption

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Where The Whale Sharks Go

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Colorful covers of menus from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (left) and the Monarch Room Royal Hawaiian Hotel. New York Public Library hide caption

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Old Hawaiian Menus Tell Story Of Local Fish And Their Demise

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Earth Scientists Pin Climate Change Squarely On 'Humanity'

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A side view of the new ant species Eurhopalothrix zipacna. Mounting glue and paper appear beneath the ant, one of 33 new species discovered in Central America by Jack Longino, a biologist at the University of Utah. John T. Longino/University of Utah hide caption

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Jack Longino, 'The Astonishing Ant Man,' Finds 33 New Species

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The remains of a tree are seen in front of a boulder in the Dome Wilderness area of New Mexico in August 2012. The Las Conchas Fire torched the land in 2011, burning through more than 150,000 acres of forest. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Once Resilient, Trees In The West Now More Vulnerable To Fires

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An out-of-control natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico continued to burn Wednesday after it blew out and caught fire. Beams supporting some of the "Hercules 265 jack-up rig" have collapsed. U.S. Coast Guard via AP hide caption

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