Florida National Guardsmen keep people in line at a food distribution center in Florida City, Fla., on Aug. 27, 1992. Many residents of the Dade County farming community lost their homes to Hurricane Andrew.
Florida National Guardsman Sgt. Jim Urbanik of Tampa holds out his gun to keep people in line as they wait for food at a distribution center in Florida City. Many residents of the south Dade County farming community lost their homes.
Members of the Florida National Guard subdue a man outside the Cutler Ridge shoe store. The unidentified man, carrying a firearm, was wrestled to the ground after guard members thought he was looting the store.
A resident of Homestead, Fla., asks for help on Aug. 26, 1992, two days after the area was ravaged by Hurricane Andrew. The sign on the roof reads, "Help please! The block needs H20, can food, ice, gas, building supplies." Homestead was one of the hardest hit areas.
On the subway, in doctor's waiting rooms and during college lectures, millions of Japanese can be found glued to their smartphones. But they're not texting or making phone calls — they're playing video games.
In the U.S., video games are usually played on computers and consoles, like the PlayStation or Wii, but in Japan, gaming has migrated to smartphones.
With an ice coffee in one hand and an iPhone in the other, grad student Yoshiro Hinoki is fixated on slaying tiny cartoon monsters.
Swetnam leaves his laboratory for the evening. Fires in the Southwest have been getting bigger and bigger over the past two decades. The Wallow fire in Arizona, Swetnam says, was "a tornado of fire." "It burned more than 40,000 acres in the first eight hours," he says.
A tree's rings are marked on graph paper. Experts use this technique, called skeleton plotting, to help them cross-date tree-ring samples. This sample evinces no fire scars in the latest years of the tree's life.
University of Arizona professor Tom Swetnam examines a tree sample at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research in Tucson, Ariz. Swetnam's research focuses on understanding how forest fires are influenced by climate change.
Tree-ring samples are collected from every corner of the world and meticulously studied and stored in Swetnam's lab. The thick, dark rings on these samples are fire scars. Last year, more than 74,000 wildfires burned over 8.7 million acres in the U.S.
It’s a commonplace that high profile shootings like the ones in Colorado and Wisconsin can drive gun sales up. Campaign politics have an effect too. This week we’ll take a look at the gun industry and find out just what influences gun sales in Missouri.
At a recent gun show in St. Louis, there are about 30 or so tables crammed into the hotel conference room. That’s 30 different vendors all competing with each other to sell guns, knives and accessories. If you’re a buyer looking for a deal, there’s no better place to be.
Republican Rep. Todd Akin's decision to stay in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri is likely to leave him with support from the state's evangelical community, but not much more, says a political scientist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
As cases of West Nile virus continue to increase, authorities warned today that this could turn out to be the worst outbreak since the virus first showed up in the United States in 1999.
The New York Times reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still unsure about "where and how far" the disease will spread, but so far there have been 1,118 cases and 41 deaths reported.