Brightly dyed baby chicks sold in suffocating plastic bags on Thai beaches

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Tourists on the Koh Lanta island of Thailand made a disturbing discovery while walking along the beach recently: baby chicks dyed bright colors and many lumped into sealed plastic bags on a sweltering 95 degree F (35 C) day. The tourists say it was a “very upsetting experience” to think of the fate of said chicks. While this story is shocking, would you be surprised to know this happens to millions of chicks every year, right here on American soil?

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Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

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Massive 95 year old, 23 pound rescued lobster gets to live out his days in an aquarium

by , 08/04/15
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Recently, a Long Island restaurant worker discovered a lobster the size of a small child in a shipping crate. The crustacean weighs in at 23 pounds and, judging by its size, could be as old as 95 years. Luckily for him, he will be sent off to live out the remainder of his golden years in an aquarium, instead of succumbing to the taste buds of all the hungry press and customers who have swarmed to catch a glimpse.

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100% effective Ebola vaccine could end the deadly epidemic

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The west African Ebola epidemic may soon be fizzling out, thanks to the speedy development of a vaccine that has shown 100% effectiveness against the virus in clinical trials. Normal vaccine trials can take decades to produce results, but thanks to 4,000 people in Guinea who volunteered for the trials, along with a combined effort by multiple countries and organizations, the life-saving vaccine will be saving lives right away.

 

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100,000 LEED-certified ceramic tiles clad Milan’s restored Rainbow Tower

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Shigeru Ban Architects' Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

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Obama's Climate Action Plan is the strongest in US history

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Today President Obama unveiled the strongest climate action plan in US history, and the first to set Federal limits on carbon emissions from power plants. Under the new Clean Power Plan—which will undoubtedly face legal challenges from the coal industry—power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 to help curb climate change. States can also avail themselves of new initiatives to increase renewable energy generation. The plan amounts to the equivalent of taking 166 million cars off the road and could reduce premature deaths due to power plant emissions by 90 percent.

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Massive wildfire threatens 6,300 properties north of San Francisco

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The largest of 23 major wildfires currently burning in drought-stricken California has destroyed two dozen houses and 26 outbuildings, while over 12,000 people have been advised to flee their homes in the Lower Lake region. Called the Rocky Fire, the blaze is burning less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, and over 3,000 firefighters are working to contain the fast-moving blaze, which has so far consumed 93 square miles.

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Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

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World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

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In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss. Smartwatches, although not so pervasive, essentially help people do the same things. But you never see a blind person transfixed to their iPhone or honed in on their smartwatch, because the technology simply isn’t compatible with the vision-impaired way of life. Enter the Dot—the world’s first Braille smartwatch—which could close the gap that precludes many blind people from interacting with information the way sighted folks can.

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Tesla's updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

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As if the Tesla Model ‘S’ wasn’t already cool enough with its semiautonomous autopilot mode, now it’s even cooler. The vehicle’s ultrasonic radar system can already sense obstacles, change lanes for you, and avoid vehicles and pedestrians – and Elon Musk just announced that the car will also be able to steer for you on the highway and parallel park.

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Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya's oldest national park

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A $13.8 bn railway project, linking Nairobi to Mombasa, will cut right through Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The Chinese-funded railway line is set to replace the colonial-era Lunatic Express, so-named for the dangerous building process that exposed workers to disease, drought, and man-eating lions. Though the park and the wildlife within it attracts tourists from all over the world, the government has said this should not keep Kenya from building much-needed infrastructure.

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Double domed Copagri Pavilion in Milan can be reassembled again and again

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Eco-conscious GreenAdvisor app is the TripAdvisor for the environment

by , 08/03/15

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What would happen if a multitude of voices, voices like yours, started to demand a greener tomorrow? The GREENWILL organization has launched a campaign to develop GreenAdvisor, a TripAdvisor-inspired app that would allow consumers to rate the eco-friendliness of the companies and stores they frequent. Those ratings can be shared online and can empower consumers to pressure businesses and institutions into greener decisions. You can help support the app by backing the project on the GreenAdvisor Kickstarter.

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Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects' striking Marseille Architecture School extension

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Grow your own cocktails: drink recipes from the garden

Grow your own cocktails: drink recipes from the garden

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Homeless folks help feed their entire shelter with this flourishing rooftop garden

Homeless folks help feed their entire shelter with this flourishing…

Metro Atlanta Task Force For The Homeless, homeless shelters, homeless planted garden, rooftop garden, urban gardening, healthy eating, healthy food, organically grown produce, green…

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Waterfront streetcar connecting Queens and Brooklyn could actually happen

Waterfront streetcar connecting Queens and Brooklyn could actually…

Commuting from Queens to Brooklyn has always been a frustration for straphangers, with few options other than the G train or making your way by several busses. With the booming…

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