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California lawmakers pass first U.S. plastic bag ban

California could soon be the first state to ban single-use plastic bags.<p>Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill, SB270, which cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday.<p>The bill would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and at convenience stores in …

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Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

Anonymity: it’s all the rage–Whisper, Secret–and it’s rage-inducing. A Brazilian court has ruled that Secret must be removed from app stores there, and existing installs must be remotely wiped. The UK’s House of Lords has essentially recommended the extinction of online anonymity.<p>As usual, judges …

A Tanker Carrying $100 Million of Disputed Oil Was Traveling Off the Texas Coast — and It Just Mysteriously Disappeared From Radar

An oil tanker traveling off the Texas coast with $100 million of disputed Kurdish oil has gone missing.<p>According to Reuters, the vessel completely disappeared from satellite tracking Thursday, showing no position on the AIS tracking system used by the U.S. Coat Guard.<p>Image source: U.S. Coast Guard …

The Most Incredible Use Of 425 Square Feet You've Ever Seen

It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this once awkward New York City …

New York City

'Holy Grail' Battery Scientist Explains Incredible Breakthrough

Yi Cui might just change the world. Last month the Stanford University professor of material science and his 50 strong team of researchers published a paper on the biggest battery breakthrough in decades – a self proclaimed ‘Holy Grail’. Now I speak to Cui to discover the real world practicalities …

Solved: Mystery of Moving Stones in Death Valley

So-called sailing stones in California’s Death Valley National Park have perplexed tourists and scientists alike for their apparent ability to move …

Death Valley

Real Life Story of Friends Who Discovered a Beautiful Message in a Bottle

These days, finding a message in a bottle seems like something out of a storybook. But this heartwarming tale is a real life experience that took place just recently along the shores of California. While some friends were fishing, they came upon a glass bottle that had washed up on the sand. Upon …

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