The accompanying images were taken by NASA satellites and a joint NASA/U.S. Geological Survey satellite, which orbits about 440 miles above Earth collecting data that are used to study changes in land cover, forest growth, water resources and the atmosphere.
Irrigation systems near Garden City, Kansas: Light colors are harvested fields; red are still growing.
Rare rock and ice are bright red in this image of eastern Russia's dormant Anyuyskiy volcano.
The Empty Quarter, in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, is a huge sand desert.
Lake Disappointment, amid sand dunes in western Australia, has salty deposits that look white.
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Experts say preventative maintenance on your air conditioner can save you hundreds of dollars.
Google shuts down SMS search, angers people who had forgotten it existed
Instead of texting back search results, Google responds with a short message noting that the service "has been shutdown" (sic) and that you can continue to search the Web by visiting google.com (duh).
'Ghost ship' offered to highest bidder
The mysterious death of the owner of a sailboat, found without anyone on board last fall, has not deterred the coastal city of Newburyport, Mass., from offering the sloop for sale on a municipal auctiion website.
Millersville players help couple resuscitate ailing child
The Millersville University baseball team came up with a great save this week, but it had nothing to do with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament being played at Point Stadium.
Bodily waste can help solve the energy crisis, author says
Bodily waste is widely considered a topic not to be discussed in polite company; it's something to be flushed and forgotten. But a new book argues that waste, in all its human and animal forms, is worth getting to know intimately.
VIDEO: One by one, homes in Calif. subdivision sinking
Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March. Within two weeks their property dropped 10 feet below the street.
What if you could pay for cable channels a la carté?
It's time to let television viewers buy individual channels, rather than being required to pay for bundles of programming, Sen. John McCain told a Senate panel Tuesday.
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VIDEO: Brothers of Ariel Castro speak out
Ariel Castro's two brothers speak to CNN's Martin Savidge for the first time since their arrest and release.
VIDEO: Student's rant admonishing teacher goes viral
Watch this viral video of a student being kicked out of class and chastising his teacher for her usage of "packets."
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