August 3, 2013 In 2008, bats split into pieces once a game on average, posing injury risks to players, umpires and even fans. The issue coincided with a rapid rise in the popularity of maple bats. So Major League Baseball called in a pinch-hitter: the U.S. Forest Service.
August 3, 2013 Researchers are getting clues about the human life cycle from studying the death of tiny worms, which internally release a blue fluorescent dye in the waning hours of their lives. The glowing chemical travels from one end of the creature to the other. One researcher calls it "reminiscent of the soul departing the worm."
August 3, 2013 Mugabe's opponent, outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, is likely to appeal the official outcome.
August 3, 2013 The international police agency says that it's important to determine if jailbreaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan were linked, and to capture the escapees.
August 3, 2013 Several are dead in the botched attack involving three men with suicide vests. The Taliban has denied responsibility.
August 3, 2013 Democratic senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin went to Republican Rep. Steve King's Iowa district on Friday to refute his statement about "Dreamers" — young people brought to the U.S. by undocumented parents — that even some top Republicans called outrageous.
August 3, 2013 President Obama has always been reluctant to talk about the role of race in his life and in American society. Aside from one famous 2008 speech, he had largely avoided the subject. But events this summer have pushed the nation's first black president to open up. And some expect that dialogue to continue.
August 3, 2013 The Mangalitsa pig was born out of a 19th-century Austro-Hungarian experiment in cross breeding, with a wild boar and a lard pig. In the past few years the succulent pork has gained devotees in the U.S., too.
August 3, 2013 Bhutan's Gross National Happiness index has gained currency at home and abroad since in recent years, but the new premier signals there are more pressing problems.
August 3, 2013 A long-term photography project of images from Daytona Beach teaches the age-old idea that you get out what you put in, regardless of the subject matter.