Our picks for the week of July 18-24:
• Our business blogger thumbs through the Fiske Guide to Colleges and shares the top 10 environmental studies programs for 2011.
• See the baby bird running across the top of this page? That's one of the animals at risk of extinction from the Gulf oil spill.
• "Inside the Outbreaks": MNN interviews Mark Pendergrast about his suspenseful new book about the epidemic intelligence service.
• In this week's Planet Pundit column, Ken Edelstein examines the dark side of electronic efficiency and our electricity-gobbling ways.
• This week's green destination is more exotic than usual. Josh Lew says the secret to enjoying Tahiti is to travel inland.
• Usually, it's our auto blogger who does the test driving, but this week it's our lifestyles blogger — a self-described reluctant and infrequent driver — who test drives the Nissan Leaf. Find out what she thought.
• What causes hurricanes? Just as Bonnie bears down on Florida, Translating Uncle Sam gives you the where, when and how of hurricane season.
• A simple computer program has decoded a lost Biblical language — using the computing power of a laptop.
• You may not agree with their tactics, but you have to admit, PETA comes up with some memorable ads. Here are 10 PETA ads you should see.
• Pet owners know that summer is flea and tick season. Are there natural products that can control them? Our advice team is on the case.
Plus: Don't miss the week in photos, and find out why these kids in Algeria (pictured above) are having so much fun.