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Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have made an alarming discovery: After surveying parks across seven Chinese cities, they found that those watered with recycled waste water had

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

There exists a fabulous symbiosis in nature between a healthy ecosystem and the diversity of life that flourishes in its vicinity. From microbes and mycelium to insects and birds, through to plants and

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth's history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most

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Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

There are some phenomena in nature that inspire tears of joy, some that spark a sense of awe, and then there are those that send chills up your spine. The Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, which was

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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based

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Brown University Identifies Hungry Microbe That Could be Key to Turning Biomass Into Biofuel

Brown University Identifies Hungry Microbe That Could be Key to Turning Biomass Into Biofuel

The quick rise and depressing downward spiral of the ethanol industry proved that using food to make biofuel is both wasteful and costly. Non food-based biofuels, such as those derived from grasses,

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Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock For this year's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the ball won't be the only thing being passed. Three thousand dairy cows from Green Meadows Farm in Michigan will do what they do

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Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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Yale Students Discover Rare Plastic-Eating Fungus in the Ecuadorian Rainforest

Yale Students Discover Rare Plastic-Eating Fungus in the Ecuadorian Rainforest

Plastics represent one of the biggest waste problems in the world because they take a really, really long time to break down. But a recent discovery by a group of Yale students could help speed the

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Microbes in the Gulf May Eat More Gas Than Previously Thought

Microbes in the Gulf May Eat More Gas Than Previously Thought

Six months ago -- just before the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill -- a team of researchers studied the methane consuming microbes that live deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and found that they consume

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Scientists Say Hungry Microbes Ate Giant BP Gulf Oil Plume

Scientists Say Hungry Microbes Ate Giant BP Gulf Oil Plume

Microbes "eating" oil. Source: Reuters/Yahoo!Green Recently, we reported on evidence of a precarious Manhattan-sized oil plume resulting from the BP spill, but new findings show that the plume has been

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Oil-Eating Microbes Successfully Clean Up Mumbai Oil Spill

Oil-Eating Microbes Successfully Clean Up Mumbai Oil Spill

Need proof that oil-eating microbes actually work? Look no further than Mumbai, where scientists recently used the Oilzapper (a mixture of five bacterial strains and corn cobs) to munch on oil spilled on

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Colorado Startup Uses Coal-Eating Bacteria to “Grow” Natural Gas

Colorado Startup Uses Coal-Eating Bacteria to “Grow” Natural Gas

Who needs to drill more holes to get more natural gas when you can just “grow” it in existing ones? Luca Technologies, a Colorado-based startup, has devised a way to generate and extract more

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