From Spain, skyward: The 25th Human Tower Competition
More breathtaking photos: http://usat.ly/1uQOnwJ
(Photo by Josep Lago, AFP/Getty)

From Spain, skyward: The 25th Human Tower Competition

More breathtaking photos: http://usat.ly/1uQOnwJ

(Photo by Josep Lago, AFP/Getty)

Central Asia’s Aral Sea, a lake that used to be the fourth-largest in the world, is nearly dried up. Here, it’s shown between 2000 and 2014, in a series of images from NASA. 

Central Asia’s Aral Sea, a lake that used to be the fourth-largest in the world, is nearly dried up. Here, it’s shown between 2000 and 2014, in a series of images from NASA. 

The competing forces in the three-year civil war in Syria have ground each other into a stalemate for now. Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime controls the most territory but has been unable to take from rebels and al-Qaida affiliates total control of rural areas and cities. 

The competing forces in the three-year civil war in Syria have ground each other into a stalemate for now. Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime controls the most territory but has been unable to take from rebels and al-Qaida affiliates total control of rural areas and cities. 

These are among 2014’s top space photos, as picked in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest: http://usat.ly/1ChKz8B

If the world doesn’t get the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control quickly, the disease could become a permanent fixture in the region, spreading as routinely as malaria or the flu, the World Health Organization warns Tuesday in a new report.
In the worst-case scenario – if nothing is done to effectively control the outbreak — there could be 1.4 million Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone by Jan. 20, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If the world doesn’t get the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control quickly, the disease could become a permanent fixture in the region, spreading as routinely as malaria or the flu, the World Health Organization warns Tuesday in a new report.

In the worst-case scenario – if nothing is done to effectively control the outbreak — there could be 1.4 million Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone by Jan. 20, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Break out your coziest sweater — fall has arrived!

Break out your coziest sweater — fall has arrived!