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Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Escalates, Helicopters Dump Water on Crippled Fukushima Plant

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Escalates, Helicopters Dump Water on Crippled Fukushima Plant

Military helicopters drop water on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in hopes of cooling the troubled reactors.

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First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles

First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles

  Los Angeles just got a lot more diverse – not from an influx of new immigrants, but via the discovery of 30 new insect species that live in the City of Angels. A new paper recently

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Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that wiped out much of

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Japan can now beam solar energy from space

Japan can now beam solar energy from space

If you think the idea of powering the world with solar power is still many years away, prepare to be amazed. The inspired minds at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has succeeded in transmitting energy - solar

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Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

The designers of the 137-square-foot space took advantage of the sharp angles and used them to divide the hair salon into areas with different functions. They kept the existing steel frame and

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California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

U.S. consumers love their strawberries, and demand for the charming little red fruits just keeps on growing. In California, strawberry production is a $2.6 billion industry that provides around 90 percent

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Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa's Western black rhino was officially declared extinct in 2011, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006. The Northern white

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Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

If you are like most Americans, the thought of biting into a nice, juicy cricket probably doesn’t hold much appeal. But many countries around the world consider insects to be a real treat. So how can we

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Lockheed Martin Announces a Major Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion

Lockheed Martin Announces a Major Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, with secret laboratories and futuristic technologies, but it's real - Lockheed Martin’s stealthy Skunk Works division just announced that it has

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian, Japan’s nuclear

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Amazing Exoskeleton Gives Shipyard Workers Superhuman Strength

Amazing Exoskeleton Gives Shipyard Workers Superhuman Strength

Iron Man, step aside - there’s a new superhuman in town. Dock workers in South Korea recently received a set of robotic exoskeleton suits that enable them to lift heavy equipment without breaking a

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Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

Long-revered and much-climbed, Japan’s Mount Fuji looks like it’s ready to blow it’s top after more than 300 years of dormancy. A new study by a team of French and Japanese researchers reveals that

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The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., partnered with GE

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Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

When it comes to radiation, fearsome disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl capture the headlines. But for most people, the real radiation risk comes from the sun - and global warming could make the

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Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

The first supertyphoon of 2014 is sweeping across Japan, bringing violent waves and devastating 150 mph winds. Areas have been evacuated and airports closed as the storm landed on the southern islands of

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Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

The renewable energy race is heating up with three new floating wind farm technologies squaring off for top spot. The challenge for floating wind farm engineering is to create a system that can be

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Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Energy companies may shoulder a large portion of the blame for the warming planet - after all, they are responsible for around 40% of global emissions - but a new study shows that they will also suffer a

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World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and his team from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory have

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UK Nuclear Dump Could Be Swept Out to Sea Due to Planning Error

UK Nuclear Dump Could Be Swept Out to Sea Due to Planning Error

An internal document released by the UK Environment Agency (EA) reveals that the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) on the Cumbrian coast is under threat from rising sea levels. If overwhelmed, which

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MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

MIT has unveiled designs for an earthquake and tsunami-proof nuclear power plant. Similar in design to platforms used for offshore oil drilling, the floating power plant would use the surrounding water

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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Modular Pocket Houses Provide Emergency Housing in Natural Disasters

Modular Pocket Houses Provide Emergency Housing in Natural Disasters

Wouldn't it be helpful to have 'emergency kits' already spread over an endangered area if a natural catastrophe happens? This is the story of 'Pocket House' - a Regeneration Project in Tohoku Region in

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Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

As Mr. Robinson watched the day-to-day coverage of the catastrophic event, he began to formulate a resilient design that would be able to withstand the strong forces of a tsunami. After sketching his

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Radioactive “Undead” Forests Won’t Decay in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

Radioactive “Undead” Forests Won’t Decay in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

It would be logical to think that after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forests around the site would slowly rot. But the terrible radiation blast in 1986 has left dead trees and leaf litter unable to

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant consists

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Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

As if the company wasn’t already in enough hot water, a new report released this week reveals that Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the massive chemical leak in West Virginia, failed to

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation's environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new

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Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Over a quarter million people in West Virginia found themselves without access to clean water in their own homes today because of a chemical spill that contaminated local water sources. The spill was

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Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years Strike Midwest and Northeastern US

Coldest Temperatures in 20 Years Strike Midwest and Northeastern US

Over 140 million Americans are bracing this week for the coldest temperatures in nearly 20 years. A “polar vortex” of cold, dense air has the National Weather Service predicting weather 30 to 50

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iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

3D printing is great for homes because it can let you print just about any plastic object you crave. But in Haiti, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake, the technology has a more urgent

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