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Photo Gallery: The Aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

March 26th, 2019

Via: The Atlantic: Ten days ago, Cyclone Idai, one of the most devastating storms to hit Africa in decades, made landfall in Mozambique with sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph), damaging or destroying thousands of structures. The tropical storm then moved inland, bringing heavy rain and flooding to more parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and […]

Is This the End of Recycling?

March 9th, 2019

Via: The Atlantic: For decades, we were sending the bulk of our recycling to China—tons and tons of it, sent over on ships to be made into goods such as shoes and bags and new plastic products. But last year, the country restricted imports of certain recyclables, including mixed paper—magazines, office paper, junk mail—and most […]

Minnesota: Extreme Cold Straining Xcel Energy’s Natural Gas System, Residents Urged To Turn Down Thermostat

January 31st, 2019

Via: WCCO: Xcel Energy is advising residents in parts of central Minnesota north of the metro to turn down their thermostats and reduce their natural gas use. According to the energy provider, the extreme weather conditions have resulted in a “significant” strain on Xcel Energy’s natural gas system. “We need those in Becker, Big Lake, […]

100% Pure? New Zealand’s Deteriorating Water Raises a Stink

January 18th, 2019

Via: Reuters: New Zealand’s clean, green image took a beating this summer as tourists traveling through the countryside posted pictures of lakes and rivers off limits due to contamination by farm effluent, garbage and human faeces. A booming dairy farming industry, along with a surge in tourists seeking unspoiled natural attractions, has taken its toll […]

Erratic Motion of North Magnetic Pole

January 11th, 2019

Via: Nature: Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move. On […]

Industrial Hemp Legalized

December 23rd, 2018

Via: Boston Globe: President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalizes industrial hemp after decades of the crop being caught up in broader cannabis prohibition, into law on Thursday. The signing ceremony represents the culmination of a months-long debate over various provisions of the wide-ranging agriculture legislation. But after the House and Senate Agriculture […]

The US Military Is Genetically Engineering New Life Forms To Detect Enemy Subs

December 3rd, 2018

Via: Defense One: How do you detect submarines in an expanse as large as the ocean? The U.S. military hopes that common marine microorganisms might be genetically engineered into living tripwires to signal the passage of enemy subs, underwater vessels, or even divers. It’s one of many potential military applications for so-called engineered organisms, a […]

Old Coal Mines Can be ‘Perfect’ Underground Food Farms

December 3rd, 2018

Via: BBC: Abandoned coal mines across the UK could be brought back to life as huge underground farms, according to academics. Mine shafts and tunnels are seen as “the perfect environment” for growing food such as vegetables and herbs. The initiative is seen as a way of providing large-scale crop production for a growing global […]

China ‘Is the Only One in the Race’ to Make Electric Buses, Taxis and Trucks

December 3rd, 2018

“Chinese makers produced 99% of electric buses deployed globally from 2014 to 2017.” Via: Wall Street Journal: A national project to replace millions of gasoline-fueled taxis, buses and trucks with new electric models is boosting China’s ambitions to lead the global shift to battery-powered transportation. Signs of progress can already be found on American, as […]

Strange Seismic Waves That Rippled Around World Leave Scientists Bewildered

November 29th, 2018

Via: Independent: Just before 9.30am on Sunday 11 November, a series of unusual seismic pulses rippled around the world almost undetected. The waves rang for over 20 minutes, emanating about 15 miles off the shores of Mayotte – a tiny island in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Africa. From here, they reverberated across Africa, […]

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