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Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy

Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy

A team from the University of New South Wales, Australia, just set a new world record for solar energy efficiency by successfully converting 40.4% of available sunlight into electricity. And what's even

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Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

This past week may have brought a much-needed dose of rain to southern California, but the region still continues to suffer under devastating drought conditions. These conditions are so bad, according to

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United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

According to new temperature data analyzed by the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization, 2014 is currently tied with 2010 for the hottest year on record—suggesting that there has been no

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Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden is installing a permanent hydrogen fuel filling station in the city of Gothenburg. The new station will make it possible to travel by hydrogen-fueled vehicle the whole length of the roughly

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Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed in an interview with the BBC that he believes, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Since Professor Hawking is in

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Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever

Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever

It’s one thing to use a bunch of heavy, petroleum-fueled equipment to make a massive structure – but doing it by hand, the old fashioned way, is truly a feat. And archeologists recently discovered a

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell's facility at Bonny Island in

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VIDEO: Watch Sriracha and beer glide off the world’s first stain-proof shirt!

VIDEO: Watch Sriracha and beer glide off the world’s first stain-proof shirt!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLR9ZVxsowY Could this be the last white t-shirt you ever need? It's water-repellent, dirt-repellent… virtually everything-repellent - and once you see it you'll never

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Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost the EU €592 million each year

Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost the EU €592 million each year

Hormone-mimicking endocrine disruptor compounds (EDCs) are commonly used in toiletries, cosmetics and medications around the globe. However, alarm has been growing for some time now that these EDCs come

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Audi confirms Tesla-rivaling electric sedan will be released in 2017

Audi confirms Tesla-rivaling electric sedan will be released in 2017

Next year Audi's A3 e-tron will arrive with an electric driving range of around 31 miles. However, Audi has just confirmed that it is working on another electric vehicle with a much longer range.

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Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S

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Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power - hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The

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Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

2015 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Serpentine Pavilion commission; one of the most famous architectural and design honors on the planet. Many of the world's most renowned architects have created a

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New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

The world is rapidly reaching global water crisis mode with nearly one billion people lacking access to clean potable water. But a new solar-powered invention by award-winning British company Desolenator

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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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