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Stealth GPS in fake elephant tusks maps illegal smuggling routes

Stealth GPS in fake elephant tusks maps illegal smuggling routes

Using GPS tracking devices, a journalist has mapped the smuggling route of elephant tusks out of Congo's Garamba National Park. The devices, installed into a pair of fake ivory tusks, helped investigative

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Deadly sodium cyanide pollution discovered after Tianjin explosion in China

Deadly sodium cyanide pollution discovered after Tianjin explosion in China

Last Wednesday, a series of explosions caused massive destruction in Tianjin, China, and left over a hundred dead. Now, days later, levels of deadly cyanide pollution are sky-high and many have been

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Disneyland unveils plans for epic new Star Wars parks

Disneyland unveils plans for epic new Star Wars parks

What Star Wars fan hasn't fantasized about sidling up to the bar in the Mos Eisley cantina, ordering a throat-burning drink, and maybe starting some shizzle with a nasty-looking alien? Here's the best

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BIG launches Kickstarter for a steam ring generator atop the world’s cleanest power plant

BIG launches Kickstarter for a steam ring generator atop the world’s cleanest power plant

Back in 2013, the Bjarke Ingels Group broke ground on what is slated to become the world's cleanest power plant. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the 95,000 sq m Amagerforbrændingen Energy Plant will not

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Shell has been given approval to drill the Arctic for oil for the first time since 1991

Shell has been given approval to drill the Arctic for oil for the first time since 1991

The US government has just granted Royal Dutch Shell permission to drill into oil-bearing rock some 8,000 feet below the Arctic's sea floor, leading the way for the first such drilling in the area in 24

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China’s smog kills 4,000 people every day

China’s smog kills 4,000 people every day

We all know that pollution in China is bad, but we didn't know it was this bad. A new study has found that air pollution is killing about 4,000 people per day in China. Using newly available data,

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Researchers discover the world’s first venomous frog species in Brazil

Researchers discover the world’s first venomous frog species in Brazil

The Brazilian rainforest has offered up another hidden treasure—sort of. Two new frog species were recently discovered which, in itself, is a newsworthy event but these little amphibians are getting a

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Did the Guardian just prove Apple is working on a self-driving electric car?

Did the Guardian just prove Apple is working on a self-driving electric car?

Apple has been hush-hush about its rumored electric car project, but company execs may not be able to keep quiet much longer. The Guardian reports that documents obtained through a public record request

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This new material could efficiently turn greenhouse gases into fuel

This new material could efficiently turn greenhouse gases into fuel

Many scientists have been eager to explore the concept of carbon capture, and especially the concept of transforming greenhouse gases into methanol for several years. It's an encouraging concept for

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Increased demand for lion bones threatens endangered species more than ever

Increased demand for lion bones threatens endangered species more than ever

The king of the jungle is in more trouble than ever. Researchers are now warning that endangered lions could be targeted for their bones, in addition to all the other reasons hunters are already killing

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Thoth Technology patents 12-mile-high inflatable space elevator

Thoth Technology patents 12-mile-high inflatable space elevator

The hardest part about space travel is actually getting to space. Tearing through Earth's atmosphere and escaping its gravitational pull requires a huge amount of fuel – and money – to be

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Egyptian Teenager Creates Next-Generation Quantum Space Propulsion System

Egyptian Teenager Creates Next-Generation Quantum Space Propulsion System

An Egyptain teenager has patented a next-generation propulsion system that could send spacecraft to other solar systems—without using a single drop of fuel. While it is not quite warp-drive technology,

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400-Year-Old Arctic Plants Frozen by Glaciers Come Back From the Dead

400-Year-Old Arctic Plants Frozen by Glaciers Come Back From the Dead

A crop of 400-year-old plants that were wiped out by glaciers have come back from the dead, BBC News reports. Researchers exploring the Teardrop Glacier high up in the Canadian Arctic say that the ice has

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Tokyo subways sprout underground farms

Tokyo subways sprout underground farms

Under the streets of Tokyo, there is a hidden secret that most people would never imagine - and it’s delicious. It’s not an off-the-map soba shop, but a farm. Tokyo Salad is the new underground

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20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

When Jordan Blackwell and DaVontae Garner hit the studio to polish their latest rap composition, the Homewood teenagers were faced with the challenge of trying to rhyme “kilowatt-hour.” The duo

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Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

They call him P-32, but it’s not a stage name. Unlike many residents of Los Angeles, the male cougar known to the public since kittenhood tried his best to stick to his true nature - and it cost him his

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Can solar power pull Greece out of debt?

Can solar power pull Greece out of debt?

There are little signs for relief for Greece, as their government agrees to yet more harsh austerity terms in exchange for another bailout international creditors. The debt crisis began in 2009, and as

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MIT’s groundbreaking mini fusion reactor could power the world within 10 years

MIT’s groundbreaking mini fusion reactor could power the world within 10 years

Engineers at MIT spend a lot of time figuring out how to make things better, faster, and often smaller. Now, powerful new magnet technology has led the way to a groundbreaking design for a small, modular

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Sierra Club is pushing to kill 450,000 trees in the San Francisco Bay Area – SIGN this petition to stop the madness

Sierra Club is pushing to kill 450,000 trees in the San Francisco Bay Area – SIGN this petition to stop the madness

Before Europeans moved into the San Francisco Bay area, the region was mostly grasslands and scrub, with very few trees. Through the generations, trees were brought in from other parts of California and

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The world’s first 3D-printed violin sounds like the real thing

The world’s first 3D-printed violin sounds like the real thing

3-D printing is the biggest game-changer for all sorts of products and now it’s taking the music world by storm. The first ever 3-D printed electric violin is here and it plays like a dream. Named the

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Kengo Kuma’s twisting green-roofed Rolex Building breaks ground in Texas

Kengo Kuma’s twisting green-roofed Rolex Building breaks ground in Texas

The twisting Rolex Building, designed by Kengo Kuma, broke ground in Dallas, Texas, and is expected to open in late 2016. The nine-storey structure-Kuma's first commission in Dallas-features stacked

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Researchers have successfully 3D-printed brain tissue for the first time

Researchers have successfully 3D-printed brain tissue for the first time

Studying the brain is, as one might imagine, a fairly complex task—and it's not tremendously often that scientists get to study the brain in all its three-dimensional glory. Instead, neuroscientists

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The UK is rolling out electric highways that wirelessly charge EVs

The UK is rolling out electric highways that wirelessly charge EVs

Wi-Fi is so 2010. In the not so distant future, wireless charging for electric vehicles may be coming to a highway near you. Highways England, the government company that manages England’s major roads,

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This sexy showerhead uses 70% less water than standard fixtures

This sexy showerhead uses 70% less water than standard fixtures

We've long been told that showers are far better for the environment than baths, and that shorter showers save water, so the inevitable next step is for household shower fixtures to be designed

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The world’s population is set to surpass 11 billion people by the end of the century

The world’s population is set to surpass 11 billion people by the end of the century

The world’s population has been steadily on the rise and is projected to hit between 9.5 and 13.3 billion people by 2100. High fertility rates and the rising of the median age in each country are

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The UK is building the world’s largest biomass plant – and it will be fed by US forests

The UK is building the world’s largest biomass plant – and it will be fed by US forests

Plans have been announced for a construction project that will result in the world’s largest biomass plant to produce both electricity and heat. The Tees Renewable Energy Plant (REP) will be located in

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No, Tesla doesn’t lose $4,000 every time they sell a Model S

No, Tesla doesn’t lose $4,000 every time they sell a Model S

Since Tesla's second quarter earnings report, catchy headlines have been popping up saying the company is losing $4,000 for every car sold. That figure has been arrived at by some simple math: Tesla

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Scotland to ban genetically modified crops

Scotland to ban genetically modified crops

The Scottish government is planning to ban the growing of GM crops in Scotland, using a new EU rule that allows countries to opt-out of GM. The move will widen the political gap between Scotland and the

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Japan just restarted its first nuclear reactor since the post-Fukushima shutdown

Japan just restarted its first nuclear reactor since the post-Fukushima shutdown

The catastrophe wrecked by the Fukushina Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, forcing 160,000 people from their homes, left many in Japan highly wary of atomic

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Shell tells U.S. it’s ready to begin drilling 8,000 feet below Arctic seabed

Shell tells U.S. it’s ready to begin drilling 8,000 feet below Arctic seabed

Last month, Royal Dutch Shell, were given approval to drill at two sites in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea, but were informed by the Federal government that they lacked the appropriate equipment to 'safely'

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