Highly flammable and explosive crude oil from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota is shipped by rail, much of it by BNSF Railways. An investigation by Oregon Public Broadcasting unearthed charges that the railroad carrier mishandles safety issues for its trains.
Tangier Island off the coast of Virginia seems on a march toward oblivion — in some areas, 15 to 16 feet of land are disappearing each year. Only 470 people live there now, but they have an old English dialect — marked by "backwards talk" — and a history of being home to freed slaves.
Offshore wind power has huge potential in the United States, but few wind farm projects are being approved. Now, a project on Lake Erie that once looked promising has lost federal grant money and may also be in jeopardy.
When a language goes extinct, it takes a wealth of knowledge about its local environment along with it. A new reports says that may be why languages and biodiversity are declining at similar rates around the world.
A Sri Lankan paper recently tried a new way to fight disease: printing the news using mosquito-repelling ink. But no one knows for sure if such moves are effective — or just a creative advertising stunt.
A new website called WildLeaks is hoping to do for poaching and wildlife crimes what WikiLeaks did for national security. And after just four months, the portal for anonymous information is already producing results.