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In a big eruption, Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. Illustrates YELLOWSTONE (category a), by Joel Achenbach (c) 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Thursday, April 23, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: “Windows Into the Earth,” Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel.)

The Giant Volcano Is Alive

Monday, April 27, 2015

Yellowstone National Park is the home of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, one that is quiescent for the moment but is capable of erupting with catastrophic violence at a scale never before witnessed by human beings. In a big eruption, Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. This would be a …

Aftershocks Terrify Survivors

Monday, April 27, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal — Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalis braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors of the massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation a day earlier, killing more than 2,500 people. Acrid, white smoke rose above Nepal’s most revered Hindu temple, where dozens …

Iraqi Army Claims Progress in Anbar Province

Monday, April 27, 2015

Baghdad — Iraq’s army announced it was making progress in the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province Sunday even as it struggled to retake territory lost over the weekend and a string of bombings rocked the capital. After driving militants out of the northern city of Tikrit earlier this month, Iraqi …

Europe’s Cultural Powerhouse

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vienna — It takes an empire to build a city like this. Like an immaculately tailored suit fresh from the dry cleaner, the historic core of Vienna suggests easy elegance and decorum. The cavernous palaces, treasure-stuffed museums, towering …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’sTV Picks for April 26-May 2

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Don’t Miss Last Days in Vietnam — The American Experience series brings this gripping, Oscar-nominated documentary to television. Directed by Rory Kennedy, the film marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Via powerful interviews and wrenching footage, it recalls how, with the clock ticking and the …

Plenty of Nature, History In Tuscon

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Golf courses, cheap trolley access, day-tripping distance to Mexico and the beginnings of a serious beer scene are just a few of the reasons travelers trek to Tucson, Ariz., on a regular basis. Such an abundance of urban amenities can cause many vacationers to overlook the city’s nature …

Fresh Local Produce From a Shipping Container

Sunday, April 26, 2015

An ambitious attempt to change the way we eat is playing out in a shipping container plopped in a parking lot in Minneapolis. Ryan Sweeney, who owns the container, isn’t your typical farmer. He relies on LED lights, …

Critics Claim ‘Food Babe’ Is Often Wrong

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — As truth wars go, Vani Hari of the Food Babe blog has produced a doozy. The former management consultant turned healthy-living activist has a best-selling book and an army of supporters. And with the help …

Dream of Paperless Society Remains Just That, a Dream

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The dream of a paperless society may need to be crumpled and tossed out due to the realities of American life. Last month, Adobe announced that it’s turning its document-creation software into an Internet service. Consumers and business people will now more easily be able to view, edit, …

A Cameras-Everywhere Culture

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Science fiction writer David Brin calls it “a tsunami of lights” — a future where tiny cameras are everywhere, lighting up everything we do, and even predicting what we’ll do next. Unlike George Orwell’s novel “1984,” where only …

Pick-Your-Own at Urban Fruit Farm

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chicago — Breanne Heath started with a patch of dirt on the South Side and a simple idea: a farm where visitors can pick their own fruit. Now the nearly half-acre site in the Back of the Yards …

Individuality in the Mainstream

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It’s been four years since Fiat re-entered the U.S. market. Yet despite new showrooms and provocative advertising campaigns, Fiat’s brand awareness seems as small as the diminutive 500 it sells, which is nicknamed “Topolino,” or little mouse, in …

Cloud-Computing at Amazon Shows Growth

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — Amazon’s profitable cloud-computing services business is growing by leaps and bounds. That growth helped the e-commerce company Thursday post a 15 percent first-quarter revenue jump and a smaller-than-expected loss. The results sent Amazon’s shares up 6 percent in aftermarket trading. Investors have been growing restless …