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Scientists Discover Star Trek-Like Invisible Shield Protects Earth from ‘Killer Electrons’

Scientists Discover Star Trek-Like Invisible Shield Protects Earth from ‘Killer Electrons’

Shields up! A team from the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered an "invisible shield" approximately 7,200 miles above Earth. The shield reportedly blocks so-called “killer

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EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

This week the EPA announced a proposal for a drastic cut in ground-level ozone standards in the U.S. in a bid to prevent air-quality-related health issues and reduce environmental impacts. Currently, the

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UK’s Chief Scientist Compares Fracking to Thalidomide and Asbestos

UK’s Chief Scientist Compares Fracking to Thalidomide and Asbestos

The U.K. government's chief scientific adviser, Mark Walport, argues in his flagship annual report that there are many examples throughout history where the hasty adoption of new technology has had

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Will You Celebrate Buy Nothing Day or Black Friday?

Will You Celebrate Buy Nothing Day or Black Friday?

Thanksgiving is coming up quick this Thursday, and it's immediately followed by Black Friday - the infamous consumer holiday that drew 138 million shoppers into stores last year. That's a lot of

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Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country's new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an early stand

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Vladimir Putin’s Tiger Blamed For Killing Goats in Northeast China

Vladimir Putin’s Tiger Blamed For Killing Goats in Northeast China

Vladimir Putin loves nature. Well, according to his well publicized and orchestrated photo shoots, he does. Over the years Putin has been photographed leading crane migrations, tranquilizing polar bears,

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Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

An estimated 4.3 billion people around the world don't have internet access. In times of natural disasters, internet and phone connections also frequently fail. Lantern is a pocket-sized device designed

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The Glaciers of Glacier National Park May All Disappear by 2030

The Glaciers of Glacier National Park May All Disappear by 2030

Glacier National Park, which was dedicated in 1910, occupies a dramatically beautiful span of the Rocky Mountains at the Montana-Canadian border, which has been covered in ice since time immemorial. 150

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Don’t Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

Don’t Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and heaps of vegetables, sharing the things that you are thankful for, don’t forget to thank the insects

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The Harvester is a High-Tech Composter that Converts Retail Food Waste Onsite

The Harvester is a High-Tech Composter that Converts Retail Food Waste Onsite

Seattle-based startup WISErg puts its founders' software development backgrounds to innovative use, addressing the massive issue of food waste with the production of the Harvester. A commercial-grade,

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Recycled Blu-ray Discs Can Help Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Recycled Blu-ray Discs Can Help Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

It looks like Blu-ray discs are good for more than just entertainment, as a new study shows they can be recycled to improve the performance of solar cells. Research published by Northwestern University in

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The Google of China is Launching a Smart Bike

The Google of China is Launching a Smart Bike

Forget your Nike Plus, the most exciting fitness tracker these days could soon be a bike. Baidu, the equivalent of Google in China, has announced that it will soon release an e-bike called Dubike. The

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The World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery is Coming to Southern California Edison

The World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery is Coming to Southern California Edison

Battery developer AES Southland just announced that it will deliver the world's largest lithium ion battery to Southern California Edison. The massive 400MW battery can provide 100MW of power for a total

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Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey results published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week have proven dumbfounding, to say the least. The results suggested that for Americans "personal experience with weather or

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Audi Urban Future Initiative: How Will Cars and the City Become Connected in 2050?

Audi Urban Future Initiative: How Will Cars and the City Become Connected in 2050?

The Audi Urban Future Initiative, a global platform for dialog between the city and the automobile, is meant to discover innovative ideas for tomorrow's mobility. Today cities are plagued with traffic

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Skanska and Foster + Partners are Creating the World’s First 3D Printing Robot

Skanska and Foster + Partners are Creating the World’s First 3D Printing Robot

Swedish concrete manufacturer Skansa and architecture firm Foster + Partners have teamed up to create the first 3D-printing concrete robot. The team is using the technology to print high-performance

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Roaming Charlie Cart Brings Healthy Cooking Lessons to Classrooms

Roaming Charlie Cart Brings Healthy Cooking Lessons to Classrooms

Teaching children about nutrition and eating well may be a logistical nightmare for some schools, but with a new concept called The Charlie Cart it doesn't have to be. Inspired by the chuck wagons of

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Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

Japanese hunters at the infamous Taiji Cove captured a pod of Risso's dolphins over the weekend -- the fifteenth pod of Risso's caught this season. Sea Shepherd reports that within the pod was a rare

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The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running

The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running

The largest solar plant in the United States is officially fully operational. The Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County, California completed its final 40-megawatt phase last month, making it the

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Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

The designers at toilet empire Kohler want to make your poop smell like… avocados. In addition to an entire toilet system, Kohler has come up with a smart seat that can be bought piece meal to transform

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Grow Food at Home with Lettuce Evolve’s Compact Aquaponic Garden

Grow Food at Home with Lettuce Evolve’s Compact Aquaponic Garden

Would you love to grow your own vegetables but think it's too much hassle? Well, a company in Dallas may have a solution that’s just perfect for you. A new aquaponic planter created by Lettuce Evolve

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Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design recent design submission of a regenerative walkway and public display system to the Taipei International Design Competition 2014 (TIDC 2014) has some serious potential. The walkway

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Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

Have you ever noticed that U.S. gas prices are cheaper on average in wintertime than summertime? Have you got a pet theory as to why that might be? It turns out it's not a case of market forces trying

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6 Steps Global Leaders Must Take to Tackle Climate Change

6 Steps Global Leaders Must Take to Tackle Climate Change

International talks due to take place in Paris in 2015 have sparked debate over how we can save the earth from irreparable damage. The goal of the talks is to limit global warming by two degrees, and

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Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and wind energy have long struggled to compete with conventional energy sources on two fronts: dispatch and cost. However, new U.S. industry data outlined in the New York Times reveals the cost of

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MINI Unveils Tiny Electric ‘Citysurfer’ Scooter That Folds to Fit in Your Trunk

MINI Unveils Tiny Electric ‘Citysurfer’ Scooter That Folds to Fit in Your Trunk

With traffic congestion in urban areas growing at an alarming rate, it's only a matter of time until some cities start banning cars. To address the changing needs of urban mobility MINI just unveiled the

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VIDEO: World’s Longest Zipline is Part Roller Coaster, Part Zipline and All White-Knuckle Fun

VIDEO: World’s Longest Zipline is Part Roller Coaster, Part Zipline and All White-Knuckle Fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8MMRWtbmDY&feature=youtu.be Ziplines are great - but for the most part, if you’ve done one you‘ve done them all. Unless, of course, the zipline also happens to

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Toronto’s Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

Toronto’s Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

A new mobile organic food market is making its way around Toronto, bringing fresh fruit and veggies to areas considered to be food deserts. Designed by LGA Architectural Planners, the mobile farmer’s

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Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter

Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter

The Rosetta/Philae probe landing on a comet last week has reignited in earthlings a passion for space exploration. But now that NASA's shuttle fleet is grounded and most spacecrafts belong to private

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Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

The University of Notre Dame recently released the 2014 installment of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN.) ND-GAIN shows "which countries are best prepared to deal with the national

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