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Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys

Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys

Smithfield is one of the biggest meat production companies in the world, and in the U.S. it feeds pigs, cattle and turkeys the growth-promoting drug ractopamine. However, ractopamine is not used in 160

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World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

A new report reveals most consumers aren't aware that the meat and livestock industry is a bigger source of global carbon emissions than transport -- and that's even when air travel and shipping are

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Kenyan student convert’s school’s poop into safe, clean fuel

Kenyan student convert’s school’s poop into safe, clean fuel

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system

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How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) just released a preliminary, technical report that shows how the United States can cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050 -

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Keeping Austin weird: 100 brains go missing from the University of Texas

Keeping Austin weird: 100 brains go missing from the University of Texas

In what sounds like a plot to a shlocky horror film, 100 brains have gone missing from the University of Texas at Austin. The brains, one of which belong to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman, make up

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TransCanada Stops Pipeline Terminal Construction After Belugas Declared Endangered

TransCanada Stops Pipeline Terminal Construction After Belugas Declared Endangered

Finally some good news on the pipeline beat. Phys.org reports that Canadian energy infrastructure company TransCanada recently decided to suspend construction of a major pipeline terminal on the St.

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New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes

New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes

Remember the horse meat scandal that rocked the UK last year? Well, it might never happen again thanks to a new device designed by UK-based Oxford Instruments The new Pulsar device can distinguish between

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Tar Sands Development Financially Unsustainable, Report Shows

Tar Sands Development Financially Unsustainable, Report Shows

We’ve known for a long time that the Canada’s Tar Sands represent an environmental disaster, both in the present and future, but with a recent drop in North American oil prices it’s looking like

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NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA plans to launch the first Orion spacecraft this Thursday, in an uncrewed test flight that is the next step on its journey towards a fully fledged mission to Mars. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew

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Scientists Create the World’s First Enzymes Using Synthetic Biology

Scientists Create the World’s First Enzymes Using Synthetic Biology

Life as we know it is a series of chemical reactions. Whether we are digesting food or making DNA, everything depends on those reactions. Scientists have managed to harness that process by creating

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New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

Three years of research have led a team of French engineers to produce their interpretation of wind energy for urban locations. The Wind Tree stands at 26 feet tall, and its branches adorn the

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First Vegan Butcher Shop in the U.S. Set to Open in Minneapolis

First Vegan Butcher Shop in the U.S. Set to Open in Minneapolis

The first vegan butcher shop in the U.S. has just been successfully funded through Kickstarter. The brainchild of dynamic brother-and-sister duo Aubry and Kale Walch, The Herbivorous Butcher will be

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World’s Biggest LEGO Christmas Tree Shines in Sydney

World’s Biggest LEGO Christmas Tree Shines in Sydney

While everyone else was stringing lights and hanging tinsel on their own Christmas trees, a group of Australian LEGO geniuses were putting together the world’s tallest and largest LEGO tree. At

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Afghan Police Shoot Endangered Bird They Thought Was Wearing a Bomb

Afghan Police Shoot Endangered Bird They Thought Was Wearing a Bomb

On a weekend in America dedicated to eating dead birds, an innocent and endangered bird became the most recent victim of Afghanistan’s fight against the Taliban. Motherboard reports that on Saturday

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Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

The lack of water many communities face is staggering on so many levels. However, one innovative product, Vestergaard Frandsen’s LifeStraw, is bringing clean drinking water to isolated communities in

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MIT’s Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Outdoors!

MIT’s Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Outdoors!

We've reported before on the robotic cheetah developed by MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Lab, and the team just unleashed it from the lab treadmill and let it run around campus. The team demonstrated that

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Dubai Drives Cost of Solar Down to Record Low

Dubai Drives Cost of Solar Down to Record Low

The race to bring cheap solar energy to the marketplace has become Dubai’s triumph this month, as its state utility company, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), has promised solar

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Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland’s Top Power Source in 2014

Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland’s Top Power Source in 2014

For the first time in Scotland’s history, renewables outpaced other power sources to become the country's largest source of energy for the first half of 2014. An analysis done by the Scottish Renewables

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Albatern’s WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

Albatern’s WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AaSq3Ux_-Q Since 2007 Albatern, one of Scotland’s most radical wave energy companies, has been working on a new approach to wave energy harvesting. Their new WaveNET

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Building Inspectors Deem Tilting Shanghai Towers Safe to Live In

Building Inspectors Deem Tilting Shanghai Towers Safe to Live In

A little bit of tilting is no big deal, right? Just ask the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At least, that’s what officials in Shanghai declared last week after a pair of 15-story high leaning buildings were

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it's letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil

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Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

UN climate change talks begin today in Lima, Peru, with national representatives meeting to hash out a draft agreement to present at the UN's Paris Summit in December, 2015. As you may recall, the 2009

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Made in Space: NASA Creates First-Ever 3D-Printed Object in Space

Made in Space: NASA Creates First-Ever 3D-Printed Object in Space

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station have created the first-ever object to be 3D printed in space. The 3D printer, which was developed by Made in Space, was delivered to the ISS by a

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Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Triclosan Shown to Cause Liver Cancer in Mice

Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Triclosan Shown to Cause Liver Cancer in Mice

"Antibacterial" has become a trusted catchword in recent years, synonymous with cleanliness and immaculate hygiene—but studies are showing that these products are doing more harm than good. Triclosan,

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The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town

The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town

Burj Khalifa photo from Shutterstock You'd think that the world's tallest building - a structure that requires amazingly complex engineering and technology to reach its heights - would have an equally

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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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