There is an almost haunting beauty to the barren fields of snow and ice that stretch for miles across the arctic, but scientists say the picture there is changing.
The landscape is slowly, but steadily, melting away.
Google's original mission was to organize all the data in the world. Lately, the company's Maps unit has been very busy, seemingly mapping out just about every corner of the world.
The latest: Ski slopes.
The Philippines waited in darkness late Monday for the arrival of a menacing typhoon that grew even stronger as it closed in, heightening fears that it could be even worse than a 2011 storm that killed more than 1,200 people.
As Hurricane Sandy approached landfall along the coast of the northeastern U.S. in late October, the National Hurricane Center declined to issue hurricane watches and warnings for the New York and New Jersey coasts.
Today marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number of named storms is well above the average of 12.
The outward signs of recovery were everywhere Monday across the Northeast nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy struck: Power restored to tens of thousands, bridges and tunnels reopened, and limited train and ferry service up and running.