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Climate Scientists Warn That “The Polar Bear is Us” When it Comes to Global Warming

Climate Scientists Warn That “The Polar Bear is Us” When it Comes to Global Warming

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned the world that the effects of climate change won't just affect 'far-off' species such as the polar bear. At a gathering of scientists in

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How Your Love for Burgers is Driving Wildlife to Extinction

How Your Love for Burgers is Driving Wildlife to Extinction

A new campaign launched by the Center for Biological Diversity hopes to make people aware of the connection between eating meat and the endangered status of animals like wolves and bears. The

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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of a simple

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Over 168,000 Gallons of Oil Spills into Ecologically Sensitive Galveston Bay

Over 168,000 Gallons of Oil Spills into Ecologically Sensitive Galveston Bay

A barge moving through Galveston Bay collided with another ship Saturday afternoon, spilling over 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil. The spill is particularly devastating, even though it isn’t the

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UK Parliament Floats Plans to Put Solar Panels on Big Ben’s Face

UK Parliament Floats Plans to Put Solar Panels on Big Ben’s Face

London’s iconic Big Ben clock tower might be getting a solar facelift. The Guardian reports that the House of Commons is looking into plans that would add solar panels to the landmark’s clock face.

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Wealthy Toyota Prius Owners are Switching to Tesla’s All-Electric Model S

Wealthy Toyota Prius Owners are Switching to Tesla’s All-Electric Model S

A recent Polk Automotive study reveals that many Model S owners traded in the cheaper Prius for Tesla's all-electric sedan. At first it may not make sense that Prius owners would switch to a vehicle that

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Engineer Makes World’s First 3D-Printed Kayak for Just $500 with a Homemade 3D Printer

Engineer Makes World’s First 3D-Printed Kayak for Just $500 with a Homemade 3D Printer

An engineer for leading 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems, Jim Smith decided to build his own large scale 3D printer at home and then used it to produce the world's first 3D-printed kayak. To print the

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Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Have you heard of Edith Macefield? This old lady turned down a million dollar offer to sell her home to make way for a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington. Without Edith's land, the developer had to

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Typing and Swiping Could be the New Energy-Efficient Way to Charge Your Smartphone

Typing and Swiping Could be the New Energy-Efficient Way to Charge Your Smartphone

Zhong Lin Wang and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology have come up with a generator that powers your smartphone with nothing more than typing and swiping. The idea is based on

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Philip Johnson’s Iconic World’s Fair Pavilion to Open to the Public for a Limited Time in April

Philip Johnson’s Iconic World’s Fair Pavilion to Open to the Public for a Limited Time in April

Attention history buffs and World's Fair aficionados - the iconic New York State Pavilion will be opening to the public for just a few hours next month for the 50th anniversary of the celebrated 1964

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New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

For years, scientists and social activists have warned that income inequality, resource depletion, and unchecked population growth could lead to the collapse of civilization. However policy makers have so

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Spectacular Wood Skyscraper That Can be Built Without a Single Nail Wins 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Spectacular Wood Skyscraper That Can be Built Without a Single Nail Wins 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Architect Yong Ju Lee drew inspiration from traditional Korean houses and the versatility of vernacular architecture while designing Hanok Tower. The exposed wooden structural system, generally used for

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Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's famous ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953, the mountain has seen a flood of climbers looking to follow in their icy tracks. While the influx of foreigners has led

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil

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Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

Photo from Shutterstock A few years ago, when the economy took a nosedive, a majority of Americans decided for the first time since the 1980s that the economy was more important to protect than the

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Propagate Skyscraper Converts Air Pollution into a Usable Building Material

Propagate Skyscraper Converts Air Pollution into a Usable Building Material

Propagate Skyscraper converts harmful greenhouse gases into usable building materials! It is a self-propagating structure whose growth is dependant only on the weather conditions and the quality of air

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Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

On April 19th, restoration work will begin on the world’s first geodesic dome home in Carbondale, Illinois. The house was built in 1960 by the inventor Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in

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United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

The United States Navy Research Laboratory has unveiled two modules they are testing to capture solar energy from space and divert its power to earth. The two designs would use reflectors to concentrate

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New Super-Efficient 2D LEDs Are 10,000 Times Thinner Than a Human Hair!

New Super-Efficient 2D LEDs Are 10,000 Times Thinner Than a Human Hair!

We live in three dimensions, and we sometimes think we might add more dimensions to that list as we advance. Scientists at the University of Washington may have just leap-frogged us into the future by

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British Researchers Revive Frozen 1,500-Year-Old Moss Encased in Solid Ice

British Researchers Revive Frozen 1,500-Year-Old Moss Encased in Solid Ice

A team of researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Reading recently managed to revive an ancient patch of moss that was covered by Antarctic ice for 1,500 years! Working on the

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Crop-Ravaging Worm Evolves to Eat Bioengineered Corn

Crop-Ravaging Worm Evolves to Eat Bioengineered Corn

In a giant case of "we told you so", a group of scientists from Iowa State University published a report this week citing evidence that corn rootworms have evolved to become resistant to genetically

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Officials in Western U.S. Brace for Fire Season After Drought and a Hot Winter

Officials in Western U.S. Brace for Fire Season After Drought and a Hot Winter

It may seem like just yesterday that the wildfires in California finally died down, but experts in the state are already worried about the coming fire season after a long, hot winter comes to a close. If

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UPM’s Biofore Concept is a More Sustainable Car Made From Wood and Biocomposites

UPM’s Biofore Concept is a More Sustainable Car Made From Wood and Biocomposites

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong UPM recently teamed up with students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences to create the

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Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

A Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy - all that’s needed is a light source, carbon dioxide, water, and, of course, a field or

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White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

President Obama said he wouldn't wait for an intransigent Congress to take action on climate change - and the White House is following up on this promise by launching the Climate Data Initiative. The

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Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

The Solar Sinter is made up of seven stations: a photovoltaic panel, the focal point for drawing the sun’s rays, a sun tracker, fresnel lens (for magnifying the rays), a battery, controlling

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Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Here's some good news for both the safety of New Yorkers and landlords looking to save some cash: Con Ed has announced that it will be significantly increasing the energy savings incentives it offers in

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Baby Gorilla Born by Rare Emergency C-Section Fights for Life at the San Diego Zoo

Baby Gorilla Born by Rare Emergency C-Section Fights for Life at the San Diego Zoo

As our closest genetic relatives, it's no wonder that humans are fascinated by gorillas. Last week, we were captivated by the news that a baby girl gorilla was born at the San Diego Zoo. The infant

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Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Researchers at the University of Colorado designed a new toilet called the Sol-Char that zaps poop into biochar using nothing but the sun. Led by Karl Linden, the team installed fiber-optic cables that

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‘Urban Jungle’ Google Street View Hack Shows Cities in a Post Apocalyptic World

‘Urban Jungle’ Google Street View Hack Shows Cities in a Post Apocalyptic World

If you can’t wait to see what the post-apocalyptic future will look like, a Swedish developer has created a Google Street View hack that will make your day. Einar Odberg used Google's street view data

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