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Last winter, El Nino-driven storms dumped much-needed snow and rain over California, boosting reservoir levels and fueling hopes the parched state's four-year drought might end.
 
The lives of millions of women and children can be saved every year with an investment of under US$5 per person on basic healthcare and contraception, a study into pregnancy-related deaths showed Saturday.
 
American doctors have made a new esophagus for a young man, using donated skin tissue and metal stents, in the latest example of scientists creating body parts in the lab to help patients with few other options.
 
SpaceX lands rocket upright on ocean platform
After four failed bids SpaceX finally stuck the landing Friday, powering the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket onto an ocean platform where it touched down upright after launching cargo to space.
 
'Hafu' model Melody Yoko is in tune with a changing Japan
In ultra-conservative Japan, where change often happens at a snail's pace, top catwalk model Melody Yoko Reilly believes fashion has a role to play in shifting society's attitude to race and identity.
 
Taiwan-born fashion designer Jason Wu, the famous couturier behind the dresses of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, R.O.C. first lady Christine Chow and many other celebrities, tied the knot with his longtime partner Gustavo Rangel in Tulum, Mexico on Friday.
 
As a consequence of the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011, the cores of the first to third nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant underwent meltdowns as external power for the cooling pumps was lost. As a result, a huge amount of radioactive particles was released into the air. These particles were carried by southeasterly winds to Iitate Village, Fukushima City, and Nakadori, a central region of Fukushima Prefecture, leaving high levels of radioactive contamination in their wake. The particles were further carried along multiple routes creating radioactively contaminated areas in regions from Ibaraki to Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture, as well as in Northern Kanto and the Tohoku Region (Northeastern Japan).
 
Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds.
 
Global warming could make the planet far hotter than currently projected because today's scientific models do not correctly account for the influence of clouds, researchers said this week.
 
Scientists blame El Nino, warming for coral death
The coral on the sea floor around the Pacific island of Kiritimati looked like a boneyard in November -- stark, white and lifeless. But there was still some hope.
 
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