The Internet, Depression, and Older Americans

Old people and computers

Frequent Internet and computer use can be unhealthy for youth – but what about older Americans? New finds show the web warding off depression in old age.

M6.6 Earthquake off Vancouver Island: 23 April 2014

Location of the 23 April Vancouver Island earthquake. Image credit: USGS

A major earthquake has occurred off Vancouver Island – but is this associated with the potentially devastating Cascadia subduction zone?

Western Pacific Earthquakes Dominate: 17-23 April 2014

The subduction zone off the Sunda Trench. Image credit: USGS

An Easter Sunday earthquake off Easter Island was among many tremors this week – with most quakes in the Western Pacific.

Weather Around The World This Week: All (Mostly) Clear On The Western Front

Precipitation forecast for the next week. Heavy rain on the Pacific coast and rain connected with thunderstorms in the heartland where tornadoes are possible. Forecast courtesy of NOAA

Air pollution in China, a continuation of the unusual warmth in Europe, a single tropical system, and some actual signs of spring in the United States are prominent in this week’s weather. Plus: Defining Tropical Storm Terms

The Truth about Spanking: We Hit More – and Its Less Effective – Than You Think


A new study suggests parents use physical punishment more frequently than they admit, and hit in anger – but kids don’t stop misbehaving despite the swats.