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February 20, 2019
Researchers say man-made climate change caused Australian rodent extinction
February 20, 2019 - 2:55pm
Neptune as seen by Voyager 2 during its flyby in 1989.
Tiny new moon discovered around Neptune
February 20, 2019 - 2:39pm
February 17, 2019
Alexandria Villasenor, 13, skips school to strike in front of the United Nations, with signs reading: "School Strike 4 Climate" and "Cop24 Failed Us." Photo for The Washington Post by Sarah Blesener
How a 7th grader's strike against climate change exploded into a movement
February 17, 2019 - 10:19am
February 13, 2019
Opportunity's heat shield impact site is seen on Mars in an approximately true-color mosaic of panoramic camera images taken Dec. 28, 2004. On the left, the main heat shield piece is inverted and its metallic insulation layer glints in the sunlight. Handout courtesy of NASA/JPL/Cornell
NASA says goodbye to record-setting Mars rover Opportunity
February 13, 2019 - 3:40pm
February 12, 2019
The sun sets on the Mojave National Preserve in Kelso, Calif., on Feb. 5. The public lands bill passed by the Senate Tuesday would connect the preserve with Death Valley National Park. Photo for The Washington Post by Jenna Schoenefeld
Senate passes the decade's biggest public lands package
February 12, 2019 - 5:59pm
The level of Lake Superior is excepted to remain above normal through most of 2019, but probably won't hit any record levels, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydrologists say.  Forum News Service file photo
Lake Superior dropped in January but remains above normal levels
February 12, 2019 - 9:37am
February 8, 2019
The Sailorettes, a group of Grand Forks-area women who ditch their husbands and significant others every year to go ice fishing, had another successful excursion to Lake of the Woods. Pictured with an eelpout they caught during this year's trip are Erin Snyder (from left), Trish Winter, Stacey Flesche and Kelsey Schemionek.
Sailorettes launch ice fishing tradition
February 8, 2019 - 5:53pm
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler at the White House on July 18, 2018. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford.
Under Trump, EPA inspections fall to a 10-year low
February 8, 2019 - 5:32pm
February 6, 2019
File photo of damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Oct. 13, 2018. (Chang W. Lee/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)
Wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the nation 247 lives, nearly $100 billion in damage during 2018
February 6, 2019 - 1:08pm
February 2, 2019
Brad Olson (left) of Grand Forks and Nate Ewert of New Hopes, Minn., promoted their Northern Lights Plastics fishing tackle in November at the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo in Blaine, Minn.
Making a splash: Upstart company lighting up the soft plastics line of fishing tackle
February 2, 2019 - 3:03pm
January 30, 2019
The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia that is about 1/2 inch long and 1/8 inch wide. Special to The Forum
A benefit of extreme cold: It kills the dreaded emerald ash borer
January 30, 2019 - 6:55pm
January 29, 2019
A shot of the brambling at the Shroyer family home earlier this week. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Perala)
Rare bird repeatedly spotted near Richwood, Minn.
January 29, 2019 - 6:47pm
January 15, 2019
Blood moon
Total lunar eclipse will produce a rare Blood Moon on Sunday
January 15, 2019 - 9:20am
January 14, 2019
An aerial view of the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, in Antarctica, in 2017. Scientists are racing to understand what is happening to the ice shelf as the planet warms around it. They are also trying to measure the role of human-caused climate change in weakening other parts of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and to fathom how damaging warming seas and changing wind patterns might ultimately prove to be. (Jonathan Corum/The New York Times)
Ice loss from Antarctica has increased sixfold since the 1970s, research finds
January 14, 2019 - 3:40pm
Bob, a triceratops that was displayed for a time at the Barnes County Historical Society in Valley City, was discovered in the far southwestern corner of North Dakota in 2003. It took more than a decade to free the skeleton from the rock in which it was embedded. Submitted photo
Bob the dinosaur, spared from becoming a waiting room spectacle, is back on the market for a home
January 14, 2019 - 7:00am