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New Maps Show the Price World Oceans Pay for Sucking Up Our CO2

New Maps Show the Price World Oceans Pay for Sucking Up Our CO2

We should be thankful for our oceans. In addition to providing us with food and recreation and a host of other services, they absorb up to one quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. As a result, climate

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USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

Last week, the USDA approved a genetically engineered potato, known as the Innate Potato. Created and trademarked by Simplot, the new potato "has 40% less bruise" than regular potatoes and doesn't turn

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AOL is the Latest Company to Abandon ALEC

AOL is the Latest Company to Abandon ALEC

The ALEC exodus keeps on gaining momentum and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. The most recent company to jump ship is internet giant AOL, which announced on Monday that it had decided not to

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Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics

Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics

For the roughly 10 percent of the world's population who have dyslexia, reading can be a real chore. Standard fonts are deliberately made to look alike -- the 'b' flips around as a 'd' and 'n' becomes

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Swiss Man Breaks Bicycle Speed Record with Insane 207-MPH Rocket Bike

Swiss Man Breaks Bicycle Speed Record with Insane 207-MPH Rocket Bike

Imagine reaching 207 mph in just 4.8 seconds - that’s a pretty impressive feat for any vehicle. Now imagine traveling that fast on a bicycle with a rocket strapped to it. Daredevil Francois Gissy just

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Planning Inspector Nixes Plans for the UK’s First Frank Lloyd Wright House

Planning Inspector Nixes Plans for the UK’s First Frank Lloyd Wright House

Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast Dr. Hugh Petter wants to build a Wright-designed home in Tyntesfield Springs near Bristol in the UK. The house was originally designed in 1947 for the O'Keefe family in

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NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener

NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener

Air travel produces roughly 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, edging us closer to an era of runaway climate change. As part of an ongoing effort to develop greener planes and reduce the aviation

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UW Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans

UW Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans

University of Washington researchers have successfully confirmed an earlier experiment and demonstrated that a direct brain-to-brain connection via a computer interface is possible between two people.

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Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

A team in China led by researchers from the University of California, Davis have discovered the first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur. Ichthyosaurs were dolphin-like marine reptiles that thrived

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The Netherlands Unveils the World’s First Solar Bike Path

The Netherlands Unveils the World’s First Solar Bike Path

The Netherlands has an international reputation as a bike-friendly nation; it's home to some 18 million bicycles and 21,748 miles of bike lanes. Now, an innovative project—SolaRoad—aims to make even

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France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent on the

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World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

Ebola has been ravaging parts of Africa, and the deadly virus shows no signs of stopping. Now a new needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100% effective at stopping the transmission of ebola in monkeys,

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Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

While the cathedral's design is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral, Don Justo has created no formal drawings or engineering plans. His background in farming did not stop him from taking on such a

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year's Intel Science

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

One of the quieter surprises of this week's elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells within it's

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23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

James Roberts, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K., has just been announced as the international winner of  the 2014 James Dyson Award. His winning project was truly

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Berkeley Passes the First Soda Tax in the United States

Berkeley Passes the First Soda Tax in the United States

Voters in Berkeley, California passed a historical measure earlier this week when they voted in favor of the first-ever soda tax in America, which will see sugary soft drinks taxed in response to their

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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

LA Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti called the approval "a milestone day in our goal to bring 'America’s Last Great Train Station' into the 21st century," adding that "Metro is now on the move

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Watch a 3-Mile-Wide Glacier Crash into the Sea (VIDEO)

Watch a 3-Mile-Wide Glacier Crash into the Sea (VIDEO)

As part of his documentary film Chasing Ice, National Geographic photographer James Balog travelled around the world using time-lapse cameras to show how the planet's glaciers are changing in the face of

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New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is set to become much more efficient - a team of researchers at UC San Diego just developed a new nanomaterial that could enable CSP plants to absorb and convert more than

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Mercedes Benz Unveils Hybrid Car Powered by Solar Paint

Mercedes Benz Unveils Hybrid Car Powered by Solar Paint

We've seen vehicles with solar roofs that provide an extra boost of power, but the gorgeous Mercedes Benz Vision G-Code takes energy generation to a whole new level. The secret is the car’s paint, which

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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park. Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest

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Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland’s Household Energy Needs Last Month

Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland’s Household Energy Needs Last Month

According to new statistics released by the World Wildlife Fund Scotland, Scottish renewable energy had a "bumper month" in October, 2014, with wind power alone generating an estimated 982,842 MWh of

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Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Swiss non-profit tech company CSEM has developed a new type of solar panel that can be seamlessly integrated into the walls of buildings. The photovoltaic panels are available in different colors and have

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The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

Data from NASA shows that this year's hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica remains largely unchanged. On September 9, 2014, it measured 24.1m square km, which is roughly the size of North America;

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2016 Chevy Volt Gets a New Powertrain and a Longer EV Range

2016 Chevy Volt Gets a New Powertrain and a Longer EV Range

General Motors is set to officially unveil the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January, but GM has decided to give the world a few teasers now. In addition to a few photos of the

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Yesterday's Republican Party gains in the Senate put the passing of legislation that would give the go ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline within the party's reach. After six years of debate on the

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107 Million Spiders Found in 4-Acre Nest at Baltimore Wastewater Plant

107 Million Spiders Found in 4-Acre Nest at Baltimore Wastewater Plant

If you're afraid of spiders, avert your eyes - a nightmare straight out of Arachnophobia was just discovered in Baltimore's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Researchers found spiderwebs covering 95% of the

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California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

Proposition 1 has passed, spelling at least some good news for Californians who faced one of the worst droughts in the state’s history this summer, and the fourth drought year in a row. Also known as

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Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

In Malaysia, a rare form of malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi has leapfrogged other sources of the disease to cause 68 percent of the country's malaria cases in 2013. While causality has

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