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Earthquakes May Contribute to Climate Change by Releasing Methane

Earthquakes May Contribute to Climate Change by Releasing Methane

Scientists studying massive earthquakes finally found evidence to confirm a link between earthquakes and bursts of underwater methane - a potent greenhouse gas. While studying the site of a huge 8.1

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Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost the World $70 Trillion

Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost the World $70 Trillion

Ice Melt photo from Shutterstock Arctic ice is melting at an alarming rate, and a new report by a group of economists and polar scientists published in Nature asserts that the thaw is an economic

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Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

For some areas of the world, climate change means hurricanes, tornadoes, or drought. In Ohio, alterations in temperature, wind patterns, and water circulation translate into tons of toxic algae floating

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Can Design and Technology Save Us from Wildfires Sparked by Climate Change?

Can Design and Technology Save Us from Wildfires Sparked by Climate Change?

The extended droughts driven by climate change in the western United States are leading to more, increasingly intense and larger average wildfires throughout western forests and shrublands. The climate

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CIA Sponsors $630,000 Geoengineering Study to Protect Us from Mad Scientists

CIA Sponsors $630,000 Geoengineering Study to Protect Us from Mad Scientists

Image via Shutterstock Think about it: a mad scientist reads the same alarming news about rising seas and dying bees and decides he/she is going to save us all with some crazy geoengineering scheme.

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Why the Farm Bill Fails: Congress Ignores Hungry Americans in Favor of Big-Agriculture

Why the Farm Bill Fails: Congress Ignores Hungry Americans in Favor of Big-Agriculture

How is it that in a country with a government elected to represent all of the people, we end up with legislation that favors the very tiny minority? The Farm Bill, which passed through the House last

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Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Some truly chilling news came from Antarctica this week as an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan broke off from the continent. In October 2011, NASA  scientists noticed that a crack was forming in

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Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

It's clear that global warming is going to require some serious adaptation. While some life on this planet digs in its heels, other lifeforms-- like trees -- are already adapting to climate change. A

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Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

It's been an epic journey for the Solar Impuse airplane and pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Two months ago, Piccard departed from the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, and

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One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

Image via Shutterstock One quarter of all the world's energy generation will be renewable by 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced on Wednesday. The news comes just days after President

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President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock In a landmark speech on climate change today, President Obama offered an insight into whether he'll approve the controversial 1,700-mile pipeline, explaining that he will only

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Post-Apocalyptic LEGO Ship Can Walk Around on Dry Land

Post-Apocalyptic LEGO Ship Can Walk Around on Dry Land

In a post-apocalyptic world a walking ship might appear commonplace - but for now, Jason Alleman's LEGO ship is a unique marvel. Alleman's steampunk-esque ship is modeled on Theo Jansen's gigantic

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16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

While other 16-year-olds were watching TV and hanging out with their friends, St. Petersburg, Florida-native Evie Sobczak was hard at work in her garage developing a device that turns algae into

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UC San Diego Develops a Firefighting Robot Capable of Creating 3D Images

UC San Diego Develops a Firefighting Robot Capable of Creating 3D Images

Summer is here, and for many parts of the western United States that means fire season has officially begun. Scores of firefighters have already been battling blazes across the country. First responders

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Thinker Thing Unveils First 3D Printed Object Created Using Brain Waves

Thinker Thing Unveils First 3D Printed Object Created Using Brain Waves

Chilean company Thinker Thing just created the world's first 3d printed object modeled using brain waves. The company's Emotiv EPOC brain-computer headset allowed CTO George Lakowsky to 3D print an object

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Scanadu Creates World’s First Star Trek-Style Medical Tricorder

Scanadu Creates World’s First Star Trek-Style Medical Tricorder

Scanadu, a startup based at the NASA Ames Research Center, has made the science-fiction of Star Trek a reality by creating a non-invasive tricorder that, within 10 seconds, can gather medical information

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Scientists See a Negative Outlook Despite a Recent Stabilization in Global Warming

Scientists See a Negative Outlook Despite a Recent Stabilization in Global Warming

When it comes to global warming, things may not be quite as bad as we thought. According to a recent study in Nature Geoscience, global warming seems to have leveled off over the past decade, meaning that

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Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Every year since 2005, the North Pole has shifted several centimeters, and researchers have now attributed those rapid changes to climate change. While the location of each pole is always in seasonal

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Google’s New Timelapse Shows How Much Our Planet Has Changed in Past 30 Years

Google’s New Timelapse Shows How Much Our Planet Has Changed in Past 30 Years

Google’s amazing new Timelapse may be the closest thing to a time machine that we’ve seen yet. Forget waiting for Doc to fix the time-traveling Delorean, Timelapse has the capability of showing some

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CO2 Levels Pass 400 Parts Per Million for First Time in Human History

CO2 Levels Pass 400 Parts Per Million for First Time in Human History

Photo via Shutterstock We broke a record this week -- but not the good kind. On Thursday, scientists at a research facility on top of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii reported that average daily

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Europe’s New Biomass Satellite Will Map Earth’s Forests And Calculate Carbon Stores

Europe’s New Biomass Satellite Will Map Earth’s Forests And Calculate Carbon Stores

Photo via Shutterstock Though they cover 30 percent of Earth's total land area, we know remarkably little about how much biomass and carbon are contained in the planet's forests. A new satellite will

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Super Hurricane Spotted on Saturn has a 1,250 Mile-Wide Eye

Super Hurricane Spotted on Saturn has a 1,250 Mile-Wide Eye

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has taken astounding photos of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole. According to NASA, the hurricane, which has been nicknamed 'The Rose', has an eye

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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Photo via Shutterstock For the first time in up to five million years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is about to reach 400 parts per million (ppm). Former NASA scientist James

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Uritonnoir: Straw Bale Urinal Turns Festival Goers’ Pee into Compost

Uritonnoir: Straw Bale Urinal Turns Festival Goers’ Pee into Compost

Festivals and beer go hand in hand - and the wait in line for the nearest port-o-potty is usually a long one. To address the issue, French design firm Faltazi has created the Uritonnoir - a straw

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Deadly Air Pollution Makes Playing Outside a Nightmare For Children in China

Deadly Air Pollution Makes Playing Outside a Nightmare For Children in China

Photo via Shutterstock It's been a bad year for air quality in China. Rampant industrial pollution has caused cities like Beijing and Shanghai to be shrouded in a cloud of toxic emissions, and now

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Indian Man Announces Plans to Plant Second 1,300 Acre Forest by Hand

Indian Man Announces Plans to Plant Second 1,300 Acre Forest by Hand

Jadav “Molai” Payeng, the man who spent 30 years planting a 1,360 acre forest in India, is at it again. Now that the forest is complete, the Indian farmer plans to spend the next 30 years planting

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New Ultra-Light Nanotube Aerogels Could Clean Up Oil Spills

New Ultra-Light Nanotube Aerogels Could Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created low-density, super-strong aerogels made of carbon nanotubes that could be key to cleaning up oil spills. The new material is lighter than air but

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For Earth Day, Tell President Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

For Earth Day, Tell President Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

There is no bigger issue for the environmental movement right now than the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 3,400-mile pipe that would transport oil extracted from the tar sands in northern Alberta to the

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Scientists Predict the Arctic Will Be Without Summer Ice by 2050

Scientists Predict the Arctic Will Be Without Summer Ice by 2050

Every year there is a little less summer sea ice in the Arctic, which begs then question: when will the sea ice be gone? It may be sooner than we thought. A recent study published in the Geophysical

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MIT Developing Ionic Wind Thrusters as Efficient Alternative to Jet Engines

MIT Developing Ionic Wind Thrusters as Efficient Alternative to Jet Engines

Ion thruster photo from NASA A team from MIT is working on developing ionic wind thrusters as an energy-efficient, low-emission alternative to conventional propulsion technologies like jet engines.

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