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Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

Cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm which hit the South Pacific over Friday and Saturday (March 13-14th), has been described as a worst case scenario storm for the archipelago of Vanuatu. The storm lingered

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Splinster and Vanmoof just unveiled the bike share of the future at SXSW

Splinster and Vanmoof just unveiled the bike share of the future at SXSW

Spinlister has just unveiled what they hope will be the future of bike share programs at SXSW in Austin. Rather than relying on clunky bikes that are stored at central locations and owned by a private

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Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

When you think of bald eagles, what comes to mind? More than likely it’s majestic birds, soaring aloft, diving swiftly to catch a fish – not animals contaminated with toxic chemicals. But it seems the

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How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

The Canadian city best known as the epicenter of dirty oil from the tar sands is trying to green up its image by turning trash into vegetables for local food banks and farmers markets. For McMurray, a

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Goodyear’s energy-generating tire could charge your electric car

Goodyear’s energy-generating tire could charge your electric car

Range anxiety persists as a fear among electric car drivers, as heavy batteries with limited capacity remain slow to charge. But a concept for a heat-gathering, electricity-generating tire release by

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Robert Downey Jr gives 3D-printed prosthetic ‘Iron Man’ arm to seven-year-old superhero fan

Robert Downey Jr gives 3D-printed prosthetic ‘Iron Man’ arm to seven-year-old superhero fan

One lucky little boy, born missing the lower portion of his right arm, received a brand-new 3D-printed bionic arm from Tony Stark himself. Robert Downey Jr met with seven-year-old Alex Pring to present

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Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

The collapse of a cement factory in Bangladesh has killed at least five people and may have trapped as many as 100 people, according to local police. Reuters reports that that factory, run by a subsidiary

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Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S.

Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S.

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has unveiled plans to build a 12 megawatt floating solar project in Sonoma County, that will not only be the biggest project of it's kind in the U.S. but will also be the second

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National Parks Service maps show noise levels across the US—with and without humans

National Parks Service maps show noise levels across the US—with and without humans

A recently published map by the National Parks Service (NPS) gives a snapshot of the average sound levels across the lower 48 U.S. states on a typical summer's day. While the map was produced as part of

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Foster + Partners debuts design for 80-story “The One” in Toronto

Foster + Partners debuts design for 80-story “The One” in Toronto

Foster + Partners has debuted the design for "The One" in downtown Toronto, which will be an 80-story mixed-use tower located at One Bloor West. The building will feature nine levels of retail space and

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Congressmen introduce bill to enact U.S-wide ban on microbeads

Congressmen introduce bill to enact U.S-wide ban on microbeads

Two congressmen have introduced a bipartisan bill that, if passed, could see a nationwide ban on the use of microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. The tiny balls of exfoliating plastic—commonly found in

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Chance of California megaquake within the next three decades increases

Chance of California megaquake within the next three decades increases

Related: Even recent technological advances in seizmology, the study of earthquakes, don't give scientists the ability to predict when or where an earthquake will actually occur. Although

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Solar Impulse 2 sets world record for longest solar-powered flight by landing in India

Solar Impulse 2 sets world record for longest solar-powered flight by landing in India

The world watched as Solar Impulse 2 (SI2) landed in India on March 10, marking the first time a solar-powered aircraft has landed in the Asian country, as well as setting the world record for the

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Frei Otto named 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate just one day after his death

Frei Otto named 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate just one day after his death

Frei Otto has been named the 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate, in an announcement made Tuesday just one day after the German architect's death. Otto is perhaps best known for the stunning canopies he designed

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Tesla’s 2,000 superchargers have powered over 86,000,000 electric miles!

Tesla’s 2,000 superchargers have powered over 86,000,000 electric miles!

Supercharging Tesla, the electric car company, now has 2,000 supercharger stations over 400 different stations. The chargers are solar-powered, free to use, and, as unveiled in 2012, part of a new

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World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

As reported by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger, Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) has just completed the world's tallest prefabricated building: a 57-storey tower in Changsha, China. The tower, which provides

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Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Areas popular with tourists and drinkers are often, pretty, well, smelly. Massive quantities of garbage, loud crowds and late-night acts of public urination can make party neighborhoods feel pretty

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Tesla inches closer to opening showrooms in New Jersey

Tesla inches closer to opening showrooms in New Jersey

Tesla celebrates a small win this week in New Jersey, where the Senate Commerce Commission voted unanimously (6-0) to approve a bill that would make an exception to the dealers-only car sales rule that

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Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

It seems the answer–to the world’s energy woes–truly is blowin’ in the wind, as worldwide wind power production nearly doubled last year. The year 2014 saw about 51,477 megawatts worth of wind

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Audi’s fully-electric SUV will be totally road trip worthy with a 300-mile driving range

Audi’s fully-electric SUV will be totally road trip worthy with a 300-mile driving range

Audi is about to add several new electrified models to its lineup and this week alone two new models were revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. In addition to the new R8 e-tron and Q7 e-tron electric models,

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Climate change identified as the root of California’s hot, dry winters

Climate change identified as the root of California’s hot, dry winters

As hot and dry weather continue to be the norm in California this winter, a recently published paper places the blame for the drought squarely on anthropogenic climate change. The study was

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Apple’s ResearchKit turns iPhones into powerful medical research tools

Apple’s ResearchKit turns iPhones into powerful medical research tools

This week, Apple released details of its new software platform ResearchKit, which was announced yesterday alongside the launch of the new Apple Watch and updated MacBook. ResearchKit was designed to

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Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

The experimental Solar Impulse 2 carries 17,000 solar cells that, coupled with onboard batteries, allow the plane to fly day and night. Despite its massive 72-meter-long (236 feet) wingspan, the

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Apple Watch is little more than a wearable extension of your iPhone

Apple Watch is little more than a wearable extension of your iPhone

Later today, Apple is set to launch their latest smart accessory: the Apple Watch. In a long-anticipated move, Apple steps into the wearable technology pool alongside other manufacturers like Samsung and

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Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Two new species of the strikingly-patterned peacock spider have been discovered in southeast Queensland by a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. One, nicknamed 'Sparklemuffin'

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Apple unveils its thinnest and lightest Macbook ever

Apple unveils its thinnest and lightest Macbook ever

While many people were focused on the Apple Watch reveal, one of the most exciting things to come out of today's Apple event was the newly-revamped Macbook. Rumors have been swirling for months about a

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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection bans term ‘climate change’

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection bans term ‘climate change’

Climate change is not so much a threat to parts of Florida, as much as it is a real and present problem; Miami already incurs regular street flooding at high tide, and parts of the state sit six feet

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3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water

3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water

Emerging Objects, frontrunners in the 3D printing industry, has developed a 3D printed ceramic “Cool Brick” that uses nothing but water to cool homes in hot, dry climates. This is the first project of

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New documents prove leading climate change denier was paid $1.2M by fossil fuel companies to fuel “debate” about global warming

New documents prove leading climate change denier was paid $1.2M by fossil fuel companies to fuel “debate” about global warming

In an effort to keep America believing that climate change is naturally caused by things like variations in the sun’s energy, politicians have, for years, cited scientists like Wei-Hock Soon who said he

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“Moneyless man” Mark Boyle builds the world’s first free pub

“Moneyless man” Mark Boyle builds the world’s first free pub

Mark Boyle, better known as the "Moneyless man" is bringing his message of unconditional giving to a permaculture project in Ireland called An Teach Saor, Gaellic for "the free house." When it's complete,

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