Vanessa Carr

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Video: An ocean of plastic

Plastic from around the world converges in a whirling gyre known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Nowhere is the impact of this floating landfill clearer than on the Midway Atoll, where albatross go to nest.

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Audio: Finding a home for big solar

Many large-scale renewable energy projects are meeting unexpected opposition from environmentalists concerned about their impact on wildlife.

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Video: Pacifying Rio

In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Rio, Brazil has begun an aggressive program to reduce crime in Rio’s favelas. Officials call it ‚Äúpacification,” a full-scale military operation to run out the drug dealers and bring in more police, while other call it a superficial solution.

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The World Cup

Africa’s first-ever World Cup starts this week in South Africa. But can the games rejuvenate the Rainbow Nation’s economy and spirit?

Slideshow: Visualizing the memescape

A look inside Current, a new way to see what people want to know and how the press responds.

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New tool aims to help journalists get better bang for ‘fluff’ pieces

A new tool aims to help web journalists satiate the page-view beast with a smaller number of high-traffic stories.

Despite mounting evidence, BP doubts underwater oil plumes

Despite scientists’ observations, BP doubts the existence of underwater oil plumes, which would have a unique role in devastating marine life.

BP resumes ‘top kill’ procedure after failing to stop leak

Obama calls a moratorium on new drilling permits as hope that BP can plug the leak is renewed.

American granted parole after 15 years in Peruvian prison

Forty-year-old Lori Berenson was convicted of aiding Peruvian leftist rebel group in 1995 and may be released within 24 hours.