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New York just banned fracking!

New York just banned fracking!

New York just became the first state with sizable shale gas reserves in the United States to ban fracking. In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York cited health and safety

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Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

Almost everyone has heard that there was once water on Mars, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not there is or was life there. But new information from NASA’s Curiosity rover might

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species' latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house!

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BMW’s i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

BMW’s i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the car while it parks

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Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland's ice sheet is melting at a much faster rate than expected according to a new study released Monday in Nature Climate Change. Data from satellites led the study to conclude that Greenland is

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The new male birth control pill could be up to 99% effective!

The new male birth control pill could be up to 99% effective!

Men! The responsibility for whether you have children or not could soon be completely upon you. According to scientists from Airlangga University in Indonesia, a male contraceptive pill derived from the

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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next "Big One" - a massive earthquake that could open California's San

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes

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How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

It's one thing to make the decision to go solar, but depending on where in the U.S. you live, the ease with which one connects a household rooftop array to the grid—i.e., actually gets it up and

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Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero gravity cup

Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero gravity cup

Astronauts have a pretty rough time living in a microgravity environment. Sure, at first there's exhilaration at the whole floating experience, but then one has to learn to pee into a vacuum cleaner and

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World’s rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal gillnetting

World’s rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal gillnetting

The vaquita is the rarest, smallest and most endangered cetacean in the world. It's estimated that fewer than 100 of the small porpoises remain in their wild habitat in Mexico's northern Gulf of

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Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

A story circulating on the internet claims that Pope Francis recently said that animal companions can go to heaven. According to reports, while speaking to a boy grieving for a dog who had passed, Pope

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Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

A 44-year-old Northern White Rhino died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo safari park. His death means there are only five of the species left in the world. Known as Angalifu, the rhino came to the park

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Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

  The main idea of the masterplan is to provide more connectivity within the area and improve transport facilities like the local metro, bus and tram routes and cycling and walking

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Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

Ford already uses plants like tomatoes to make several parts for the interiors of its vehicles and now Mazda has announced that it has furthered the technology to produce exterior car parts. Mazda's new

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The Hemingwrite digital typewriter lets you write your masterpiece – distraction free

The Hemingwrite digital typewriter lets you write your masterpiece – distraction free

Ever wanted to write like Hemingway but find there’s just too much distraction in the digital world? A new Kickstarter project could provide the answer to your literary prayers. Hemingwrite is a

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Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s

Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s

McDonald's recently reported that their same-store sales (at stores open at least 13 months) fell a whopping 4.6% month-on-month. That's coming on the heels of a brutal fall in sales overall since early

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Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Early this Sunday, UN representatives from around the world reached the first-ever climate change agreement that commits all 196 nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented in its inclusion of

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would

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1,300 MPG Student-Designed Ultra-Light Car Runs on a Tiny Lawnmower Engine

1,300 MPG Student-Designed Ultra-Light Car Runs on a Tiny Lawnmower Engine

Students at Brigham Young University in Utah have designed a car that can travel the distance from Utah to Michigan on a single gallon of fuel. The fish-shaped car—which weighs less than 100 pounds and

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Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

Greenpeace activists have been known to take strong steps to get their message across, but this latest stunt—aimed at garnering attention during the UN climate talks in Lima—may have caused

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23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

It would appear that pollinators in Britain have been declining for a lot longer than researchers realized. Contrary to the belief that local bees and wasps only began to go extinct after World War II,

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Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Here's good news for tackling climate change: the Green Climate Fund has announced it will only invest in energy projects that depart from “business as usual” and have a major impact to

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Massive oil spill in fragile Israeli desert nature reserve could take years to clean up

Massive oil spill in fragile Israeli desert nature reserve could take years to clean up

A major oil spill in an Israeli nature reserve could take years to clean up, according to ecologists with Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority. About three to five million liters of crude spilled from

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in

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Were comets the source of Earth’s water? Rosetta spacecraft says “no”

Were comets the source of Earth’s water? Rosetta spacecraft says “no”

The Rosetta spacecraft is currently orbiting and exploring comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—a large mass of rock and ice that it landed the Philae probe on in November—and its newest discovery might

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Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

In a massive show of solidarity towards solutions for climate change, thousands of people from all walks of life paraded through the streets of Lima, Peru on Wednesday, as world leaders talk at United

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India’s air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal’s iconic dome

India’s air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal’s iconic dome

  India's airborne pollution has always been a problem for the rapidly developing country, but now it could severely impact one of its most famous structures - the Taj Mahal. According to a

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Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Continuing his recent efforts to reach out to young Americans in non-traditional and innovative ways—including an appearance on Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" and a blog post on Medium—Barack

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