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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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NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

From giant mechanical jellyfish and manta rays to birds, the field of robotics is quickly moving up the evolutionary chain. In response to DARPA's Robotics Challenge, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has

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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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NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA's autonomous polar rover, the GROVER, has completed its initial tests in Greenland, coping with some of the harshest environments on the planet. GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and

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House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

Interplanetary exploration is certainly a noble endeavor, but when it comes to caring for a planet, politicians should begin by rooting for the home team. A recently introduced bill in the House of

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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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New Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World’s Vegetation

New Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World’s Vegetation

Just how much greenery covers the Earth? Now we have an answer, thanks to a new interactive map produced by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that shows how much of

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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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NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

There are no two greater names in the worlds of adventure and imagination than NASA and LEGO. Now the famous toy-maker and space agency have teamed up to launch a design competition to help inspire the

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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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NASA Backs Star Trek-Style Replicator That Could 3D Print Pizza In Space!

NASA Backs Star Trek-Style Replicator That Could 3D Print Pizza In Space!

In preparation for Star Trek: Into Darkness, we have been rewatching all of the old Next Generation episodes. One of the series' most memorable moments is when a crew member casually walks over to a

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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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NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA Sends ‘Grover’ Solar-Powered Rover Right Over Greenland’s Shrinking Arctic Ice Sheet

NASA's Mars Rover might have captured headlines, but a new bot deployed in Greenland might be doing even more important work. NASA's newest scientific rover, a robot known as GROVER, is on its

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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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