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California’s Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S.

California’s Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S.

Oakland's Cat Town, a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization, is set to open the first permanent cat café in the U.S. this month. Following the hugely popular Japanese cat café model,

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Is Istanbul’s Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

Is Istanbul’s Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

We are all aware of humanity's impact on climate change, but are meteorological researchers taking the idea too far by blaming Istanbul’s rapid urbanization for a series of “freak mini-tornadoes”

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The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

The UK's first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200kW. The project cost £250,000 ($405,400) and has been

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Burlington, Vermont Now Runs on 100% Renewable Energy

Burlington, Vermont Now Runs on 100% Renewable Energy

Burlington, Vermont, a city of 42,000 people, is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources – most of the time, at least. The city set itself this target around a decade ago, and recently

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Europeans Snub America’s ‘Chlorinated Chicken’

Europeans Snub America’s ‘Chlorinated Chicken’

The US industrial farming system is proving to be a stumbling block in the negotiation of a major free trade agreement between the United States and the EU. As negotiators from the two sides meet in

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California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation's first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery bags, but this is the

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Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

The World Wildlife Fund's annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows

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Meet Nixie, the World’s First Wearable Drone

Meet Nixie, the World’s First Wearable Drone

The selfie just went airborne thanks to Nixie, a drone you can wear on your wrist like a watch! According to the inventor, with just a simple gesture, the drone takes off, turns its camera to you to snap

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Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

Canada's Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oil sands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 18-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won a $25,000

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Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

It’s widely known that sitting is bad for your health, but a new study of elementary school students reveals that standing desks can actually reduce obesity in children while improving their attention

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train - and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the first public test

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How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

Monsanto is conquering one of the world’s most stunning utopias - and it's happening right under our noses. The company is turning the picturesque island of Molokai into a GMO laboratory, and it's

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At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption

At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption

At least 36 people are now feared dead in the aftermath of Saturday's Mount Ontake volcanic eruption in Japan. Toxic gases are still spewing from the volcano, causing search and rescue efforts to be

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President Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

President Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Last week President Obama signed a proclamation to expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument by six times its previous size. The Monument Expansion designates the largest

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The Netherlands Says “No” to Monsanto, Bans RoundUp Herbicide

The Netherlands Says “No” to Monsanto, Bans RoundUp Herbicide

The Netherlands is the latest country—after Russia, and Mexico—to say no to Monsanto. The Dutch Parliament recently decided that the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to private parties will be

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Man Arrested Attempting to Cross the Border with 51 Turtles Stuffed in His Pants

Man Arrested Attempting to Cross the Border with 51 Turtles Stuffed in His Pants

Is that a turtle in your pants or are you just happy to see me? Canadian Kai Xu was caught last month while attempting to smuggle 51 turtles across the border by stuffing and taping the turtles down his

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US Forest Service to Demand up to $1,500 for Commercial Photography Permits in Wilderness Areas

US Forest Service to Demand up to $1,500 for Commercial Photography Permits in Wilderness Areas

The U.S. Forest Service just announced plans to finalize fees for commercial photography and filming in wilderness areas. Under the regulations, which are already in place on a temporary basis, amateur

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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Drug Cartels are Laundering Money Using Fast Fashion

Drug Cartels are Laundering Money Using Fast Fashion

Fast fashion isn’t just terrible for the environment.; new evidence shows that it is also enabling drug cartels to launder money. Police recently seized $100 million from businesses in the LA Fashion

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Google Dumps ALEC: They Are ‘Literally Lying’ About Climate Change

Google Dumps ALEC: They Are ‘Literally Lying’ About Climate Change

Google just officially ended its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -- a shadowy right-wing organization that writes industry-friendly bills for conservative legislators to

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VIDEO: Japan’s Mount Ontake Erupts, Killing One and Injuring Dozens More

VIDEO: Japan’s Mount Ontake Erupts, Killing One and Injuring Dozens More

A volcano erupted in Japan today, killing at least one person, injuring dozens of others and stranding over 40 people on the mountain. Hikers on Japan’s Mount Ontake were enjoying the changing fall

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This Heart-Shaped Solar Farm is the World’s Most Beautiful Photovoltaic Plant!

This Heart-Shaped Solar Farm is the World’s Most Beautiful Photovoltaic Plant!

Who says solar power can’t be gorgeous? The people of New Caledonia are out to prove the naysayers wrong with what may be the most beautiful solar farm on the planet. The heart-shaped solar farm will

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This Livestream of Japan’s Brutal Taiji Cove Dolphin Slaughter Will Horrify You

This Livestream of Japan’s Brutal Taiji Cove Dolphin Slaughter Will Horrify You

The waters around Taiji Cove have been stained red since the beginning of September due to Japan's annual dolphin slaughter - and the blood continues to flow as we bear witness to a pod of 20-25 pilot

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IBM’s New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM’s New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy just unveiled a cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower! The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT)

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New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

Hang on to your chair and prepare to have your mind blown. That water in the glass bottle on your desk is old, and I mean unfathomably ancient – even older than the Sun, according to new research.

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MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT researchers have found a way to produce “greener” cement with half the emissions of standard concrete. Through detailed molecular analysis of the structure of concrete, the team found that

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Is Your House Trying to Kill You?

Is Your House Trying to Kill You?

If you live in a house built before 1978, there’s a good chance it’s secretly plotting to kill you. According to a recent survey, Homes built before this time were commonly coated in lead-based paint

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Facebook Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Internet Drones as Big as 747s

Facebook Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Internet Drones as Big as 747s

Yael Maguire, the engineering director at Facebook's Connectivity Lab, has revealed further details about the social media giant's plans to expand internet access to communities worldwide. In order to

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16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global Food Crisis, aims to provide a solution to low crop

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Are You Ready to Share the Road with Driverless Trucks?

Are You Ready to Share the Road with Driverless Trucks?

Self-driving vehicles are expected to arrive within the next decade, but one type of driver desperately needs the technology now. Truck drivers spend countless hours on the road transporting goods, and

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