Tonight's NASA Rocket Launch Will Create a Psychedelic Cloud

The spectacle may be visible as far north as Long Island and south as North Carolina.


Whatever Hurricane Joaquin's Track, We're Still Getting Flooded

No matter which path the hurricane ends up taking, the Mid-Atlantic is in for an absolute rain bomb.

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

The Hidden Health Dangers of Buried Urban Rivers

Cities have been paving over streams since the 19th century, but scientists are only now learning of potential harms to water quality.

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The Chesapeake Bay Is Turning Into Plastic Soup

Microplastics contaminate the water on a massive scale.

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A Better Way to Do Restaurant Week: Philanthropy, Not Prix Fixe

One Baltimore restaurant is giving away free meals to homeless guests.

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To Fix Baltimore, Start With the Kids

Mental health resources, affordable child care, and better police relations would go a long way toward improving the lives of disadvantaged youths.

Reuters/Lucas Jackson

The Jail Cell or the Ambulance?

In a three-year stretch, Baltimore central booking turned away 2,600 people arrested by police, but found by corrections officers to have serious injuries or illnesses.

Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

'We Disagree With Any Implication That Freddie Gray Severed His Own Spinal Cord'

A leaked police report suggests that the Baltimore man tried to injure himself, a notion that his family and supporters angrily reject.

Reuters/Eric Thayer

Baltimore's Day Off

The city's schools may have been closed, but Tuesday was still full of learning opportunities.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van.

AP/Patrick Semansky

The Mysterious Death of Freddie Gray

When the Baltimore man was arrested, he was alive and well. By the time he reached a police station, he couldn't breathe or talk. What happened?

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A Subway-Style Map of San Francisco's Historical Trains

It was created using a collection of 1937 railway timetables.


Every UFO Sighting Since 1933, Mapped

This animated data viz reveals that aliens don't shy away from cities.

AP Photo/Lisa Billings

How Black-Owned Businesses Help Reduce Youth Violence

A new study links growth in African American entrepreneurship to a decline in black youth violence between 1990 and 2000.


NASA Builds a Nightmare Room of Solar Fire

A new exhibit throws viewers into the boiling plasma and eerie soundscape of the sun.

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New England Could Get Yet Another Snowstorm This Week

An impressive-looking system might dump even more snow Thursday into Friday.


The New England Blizzard's Winds Will Be 'Just as Bad' as the Snow

Expect downed trees, massive waves, and widespread, lasting power outages.

Predict Your Own Thanksgiving-Snowstorm Travel Misery

The National Weather Service has an experimental new tool that shows the weather hazards along your journey, including predicted snow accumulations.