Christopher JoyceChristopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.
Gray smoke rises from Unit No. 3 of the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant Monday. Though no country is more familiar with nuclear peril than Japan, many Japanese don't connect the nuclear bombings of World War II with the ongoing crisis at Fukushima, says Yale-trained nuclear physicist Sukeyasu Yamamoto, who teaches in Tokyo.
A fishing boat lies on its side in shallow water in the boat basin at Crescent City, Calif., after a tsunami surge withdrew March 11. The surges broke loose and damaged most of the 35 boats that remained in the harbor.
Rising crude oil prices and improved extraction methods have made exploitation of Canada's oil sands more economical. Here, a view of an oil sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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A production plant on the short of Mellitah, Libya, opened in 2004. Owned by Eni, the Italian oil and gas company, the facility is part of a pipeline that connects Libya to Sicily. Political unrest in the African nation is having effects in the worldwide oil market.
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Researchers aboard the Atlantis, a research vessel operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, examine core samples brought up from the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico by the deep-sea submersible Alvin on Nov. 24, 2010. The scientific community is conflicted about the lack of direction, coordination and funding in studying the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
This foot bone, the fourth metatarsal, connects the heel to the fourth toe. The 3 million-year-old fossil suggests that Australopithecus — Lucy and her kind — could have been the first upright walkers.
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Major droughts in 2005 and 2010 cut into the Amazon's ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Drought reduces carbon-absorbing tree growth, and opens the door to more forest fires, which release carbon into the air. Seen here, a Peruvian section of Amazonia.
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During the 1980s, wildlife managers said striped bass like this one were overfished. Now, it appears that a weather pattern known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation may have been a contributing factor to the declines.
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