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Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead (Oso) Landslide in Washington

On March 22nd, a massive landslide buried a town in the state of Washington. It is the most deadly landslide within the United States in a decade, and we knew it could happen. Living in the path of impending catastrophe is a choice we all make daily, but that doesn't make it easy. » 3/26/14 1:59pm 3/26/14 1:59pm

Macrophotographs of insects to melt your face

Whether it's the claws of a carnivorous caterpillar or the clashing mandibles of warring ants, the most fascinating insect-parts are often the smallest – and we love getting a good look. Macrophotography is one of the best ways to do just that, and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab's collection offers some of… » 9/11/13 9:00am 9/11/13 9:00am

Watch intrepid scientists wrestle the biggest Burmese python ever found…

The US Geological Survey (USGS) is full of extremely adventurous scientists. They walk around on volcanoes, hunt down giant mud slides, and — who knew? — wrestle with pythons in the Florida Everglades. USGS communications coordinator Ben Young Landis just emailed io9 to tell us all about this enormous snake: » 8/14/12 4:24pm 8/14/12 4:24pm