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World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

While still in his teens, Dutch inventor Boyan Slat conceived of an Ocean Cleanup Array that he believed could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste currently polluting waters around the globe. Now just

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Bill Gates warns that the world must prepare now for a Spanish Flu-like pandemic

Bill Gates warns that the world must prepare now for a Spanish Flu-like pandemic

You might think that the richest man in the world would sleep pretty easy, but billionaire Bill Gates recently told Ezra Klein at Vox about the one big fear that keeps him up at night. According to

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IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to fight climate change

IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to fight climate change

Swedish mega design retailer, IKEA is proving their allegiance to their eco-consciousness, but pledging 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) toward slowing climate change. Announced by Chief Executive Peter

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Bizarre clumps of worms gather on Texas highway after floods

Bizarre clumps of worms gather on Texas highway after floods

Officials from Eisenhower State Park in Denison, Texas were surprised to find clumps of worms on the center line of a highway after recent floods swept the state. From a distance the worms look like

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SpaceX close to launching internet-beaming satellites

SpaceX close to launching internet-beaming satellites

Things are about to get really interesting in space. On the heels of the news that SpaceX was awarded certification to bid for Pentagon satellite contracts, Elon Musk’s rocket company has asked the

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If you want to avoid BPA, avoid these brands like the plague..

If you want to avoid BPA, avoid these brands like the plague..

Since I lead a fairly mobile life, I'm often on the lookout for healthy food that travels well, but I'm terrified of canned foods that contain the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A. Clearly I'm not

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California oil spill pipeline had corroded all the way through

California oil spill pipeline had corroded all the way through

An investigation by federal regulators has shown that the ruptured petroleum pipeline that recently spilled 101,000 gallons of crude oil near Santa Barbara was allowed by its owner to corrode to just a

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Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states

Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states

China's massive dog meat festival is a annual source of international outrage, and the Humane Society has recently announced extraordinary successes in helping curb the farming of dogs for human

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Chimps will cook their food if they have a chance, says new study

Chimps will cook their food if they have a chance, says new study

As if we needed even more evidence that chimpanzees should be invited to sit at the proverbial dinner table with us mere humans, it would appear, from a new study that chimps like to cook. In fact, they

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

The team at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, has raised the bar for environmentalists and fighting deforestation across the globe, planting a whopping 202,331 trees in just one hour! The

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Amazon just opened a dedicated solar power store in India

Amazon just opened a dedicated solar power store in India

Amazon in India has opened a store devoted to solar-powered products. The Indian government has announced a variety of initiatives to increase its share of renewable energy, including plans to install

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UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a ready-made machine for making compostable furniture. Called Dupe, the machine converts sand, urine and bacteria into a new biomaterial similar to

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Architects and artists sling harsh criticism at Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge project

Architects and artists sling harsh criticism at Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge project

When someone says “Everyone is a critic,” they’re typically exaggerating. If architect Thomas Heatherwick is saying it now, it might actually seem true. A host of prominent British architects,

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Airbnb and other rentals linked to more frequent evictions in San Francisco neighborhoods

Airbnb and other rentals linked to more frequent evictions in San Francisco neighborhoods

According to a report released by Budget Analyst Harvey Rose, between 950 and 1,960 units in San Francisco have been removed from the housing market by hosts like AirBnB and VRBO renting out entire units

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Google announces new site for Mountain View HQ by Heatherwick and BIG

Google announces new site for Mountain View HQ by Heatherwick and BIG

Earlier this week we saw the design for Google's new sprawling headquarters in Mountain View, California, but the plans for the new Googleplex were thrown into jeopardy after the company lost its original

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Elon Musk defends $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Elon Musk defends $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Elon Musk’s has built an empire through innovation in electric car, solar and space technology, but it now looks like his success has been supported by roughly $4.9 billion in government subsidies.

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Hyperloop CEO says the 700mph ride could be free for passengers

Hyperloop CEO says the 700mph ride could be free for passengers

The Hyperloop track proposed to offer super-speed travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles has to be one of the most exciting projects slated for the coming decade. In concept, the ultra-high-speed

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Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Over the weekend, Solar Impulse finally departed from China to begin its five-day, five-night solar-powered journey across the Pacific Ocean. This leg of the round-the-world expedition had been delayed

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Texas upholds ban on Tesla’s direct car sales model

Texas upholds ban on Tesla’s direct car sales model

  In many states, Tesla’s direct sales model has brought on legal challenges. Most recently, the electric car company has been doing battle in Texas, where existing laws prohibit direct sales.

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Jeb Bush meets with coal industry barons in private, press-free forum

Jeb Bush meets with coal industry barons in private, press-free forum

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will deliver the keynote speech and meet with potential donors at the upcoming Coal & Investment Leadership Forum. Off limits to the press, the

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China pledges to stop domestic ivory trade and protect elephants

China pledges to stop domestic ivory trade and protect elephants

For the first time ever, China has committed to phasing out the legal manufacture and sale of ivory. Conservation groups have applauded the measure as the single greatest effort in the fight to “save

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How sustainable is wood?

How sustainable is wood?

The human race has caused irreversible devastation this planet, but perhaps one of the most immediately visible is deforestation. Deforestation threatens countless animals and plants every year, both

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New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen

New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen

We have all heard or read the evidence that the pills or cleaners you rinse down the drain goes into the water. But that stuff all gets filtered out at the water treatment plant, doesn’t it? Not

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Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

The Plains All American Pipeline that burst on May 19 and spilled oil into the Pacific Ocean is the only pipeline of its kind in the United States that was not required to have an auto shut off valve,

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight

Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight

Solar Impulse 2, solar-powered aircraft with room for only one person, lifted off from China at 2:39am local time May 31, beginning the five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. This news comes

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The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists access data from spy satellites and subs to study global warming. The program, called MEDEA -- Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis

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Taco Bell and Pizza Hut removing artificial ingredients, pledge to use real food

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut removing artificial ingredients, pledge to use real food

It’s hard to praise fast food companies for not using something like black pepper “flavor” instead of just plain old pepper, and yet, when such items have become ubiquitous in our food, it’s

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Tesla’s new pop-up shipping container store fits on a flatbed truck

Tesla’s new pop-up shipping container store fits on a flatbed truck

Tesla has had a bit of a rough road when it has come to selling its own electric cars. But they have come up with a new idea that is almost as inventive as their cars and batteries. The new store, called

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Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans

Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans

There are many plausible reasons to believe that self-driving cars are safer than those operated exclusively by humans—Google's recent announcement that the 11 incidents its autonomous autos have been

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India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

India is a country known for its sweltering heat, but this spring has brought unprecedented (and early) high temperatures to the region, with a deadly outcome. Early Thursday morning reports estimate that

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