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Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution

(Refiles this April 16 story to fix affiliation in 10th paragraph.)<p>(Reuters) - Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution.<p>The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a …

Pollution

Trump Orders State Dept. to Suspend Funds for Syria Recovery

WASHINGTON — President Trump, having this week signaled a possible withdrawal of American troops from Syria, has ordered the State Department to suspend more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts there while the administration reassesses its role in the conflict, administration officials …

Middle East

E.P.A. Prepares to Roll Back Rules Requiring Cars to Be Cleaner and More Efficient

The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort in coming days to weaken greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for automobiles, handing a victory to car manufacturers and giving them ammunition to potentially roll back industry standards worldwide.<p>The move — which undercuts …

Trump Administration

Scientists Detect Mysterious Radio Signals From Deep Space

Strange bursts are coming from 3 billion light years away.<p>An initiative set up to find signs of intelligent life in the universe has detected a series of mysterious radio signals from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light years away.<p>Scientists with Breakthrough Listen say they’ve found 15 fast radio …

Universe

Elon Musk: 100 Tesla Gigafactories Could Power the Entire World

The Gigafactory<p>The Tesla Gigafactory produces lithium ion batteries, supporting the Tesla vehicles and providing low-cost batteries using alternative …

Correction: SpaceX Launch story

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a story March 30 about a SpaceX launch, The Associated Press reported erroneously the height of the recycled booster …

Space Travel

3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works

The climate crisis is a problem caused by humans that can be solved by humans. These three cities are proving it.<p>While a lot of media coverage around …

Giant Arecibo telescope faces closure

It has helped guard our planet from the threat of wayward asteroids, studied some of the most remote bodies in the cosmos and been used to make countless invaluable astronomical discoveries. For good measure, the Arecibo radio telescope, one of the world’s largest observatories, provided the …

Universe

Bernie Sanders' Surprise Speech Outside the White House on Rejecting Dakota Pipeline & Trump

3D-printed turbine can power 10,000 homes using carbon dioxide

These days engineers are fervently working towards solving a pressing crisis--efficient energy. GE Global Research has developed an ingenious carbon …

Carbon Dioxide

5 Things You Can Do At Home To Improve Your Life At Work

Don’t underestimate the power of small things done at home to impact success on the job.<p>We all want to find happiness at work and at home, but 24% of U.S. employees say the balancing act is getting tougher to manage, according to a study by Ernst & Young (EY). That’s because work is spilling into …

Awesome Video Compares the Size of Different Planets and Stars in the Universe

If you want to feel small and get a sense for the awesomely overwhelming scale of the universe and all of its planets and stars and empty space, …

7 Motivating Michelle Obama Speeches That All Women Have to Watch

FLOTUS mic-dropped the DNC before it even started, and are we surprised? Our First Lady has been delivering beautiful, soaring speeches since her husband's first campaign trail, so we've come to expect greatness whenever she's concerned.<p>If you're craving more Michelle inspiration, we've got you …

4 Weeks to Health and Fitness for Yo-Yo Exercisers

Do you want to lose weight? Most of us would probably say, "Yes, I'd love to lose weight." When you embark on that kind of goal, you probably spend a …

Exercise

66 Things to Do and See in Paris

From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we've rounded up some of the most entertaining, most exquisite, and most quintessentially Parisian attractions and activities the city has to offer.<p>From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we've rounded up some of the most …

66 Things to Do and See in Paris

From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we've rounded up some of the most entertaining, most exquisite, and most quintessentially Parisian attractions and activities the city has to offer.<p>From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we've rounded up some of the most …

France

18 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

Some of these places are difficult to access, while others remain local secrets.<p>We've put together a list of 18 European destinations that you can enjoy without hordes of travelers, from one of France's most majestic villages to a breathtaking hiking trail in Sweden.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch wrote an</i> …

Your house plant could soon charge your phone

When Mother Nature came up with photosynthesis, she likely wasn’t expecting any USB cords to be involved. Alas, there’s no stopping progress.<p>Power …

Houseplants

Sorry, meat lovers: Cutting out meat from your diet would be great for the climate

The less meat people consume and the healthier their diet becomes, the more the climate benefits, Oxford University scientists said in a study …

Global Warming Could Yield Catastrophic Effects Sooner Than We Think

A group of leading climate scientists have warned that the effects of global warming could come quicker and at a far bigger impact than originally …

The system is just this rigged: Dark money, Citizens United and the secret story of how big money stole our democracy

<b>Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump (AP/Steve Helber/Reuters/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Congressmen beg for bucks. Super PACs run the show. Dark money flows into state legislatures. This is why we’re mad<p>Wendell Potter • Nick Penniman<p>March 20, 2016 10:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Nation on the Take: …

Government

No More Colonialism Disguised as Financial Assistance: The US Must Relinquish Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Congressional Delegate Pedro Pierluisi speaks during a National Day of Action for Puerto Rico during a news conference on Capitol Hill …

21 everyday phrases that come straight from Shakespeare's plays

William Shakespeare wrote a lot of great plays, but he also coined and popularized a lot of words and phrases that we still use to this day.<p>We put together a list of our 21 favorites. Check them out:

Around the World in 50 Amazing Gardens

From Austria to New Zealand, the globe is full of beautiful blooms and unique landscaping styles.<p>From Austria to New Zealand, the globe is full of beautiful blooms and unique landscaping styles.

Top 10 places to visit in Ireland

Scientists Have Discovered a Bacteria That Eats Plastic

Plastic can be biodegradable in the presence of a certain kind of bacteria.<p>Researchers found that a bacteria called Ideonella sakaiensis can use …

Vegan Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Kale Soup With Coconut Recipe

The version of West African groundnut soup I ate in my youth was a thick, peanut-packed broth made with chicken, spices, and tomatoes, but recipes for <i>maafe</i> (as it's called in Mali) vary hugely. I'm taking that as free license to stray as far from tradition as I'd like, so this recipe takes a quick …

Free Audio: Download the Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Before the days of <i>Harry Potter</i>, generations of young readers let their imaginations take flight with <i>The Chronicles of Narnia</i>, a series of seven …

Earth could be unique among 700 quintillion planets in the Universe

But what if - statistically speaking - the odds are stacked against us finding another planet even remotely like Earth?<p>That's the thinking behind a new study by an international team of researchers, which has taken what we know about the exoplanets that lie outside our Solar System and fed the data …

A polar bear killed and ate one of its own kind on video. Is climate change to blame?

Polar bears have shown remarkable resilience in the face of a warming climate. Researchers have seen them grow more opportunistic in their hunting and eating habits, suggesting that the species may adapt to the limited availability of traditional prey by finding other sources of food. But sometimes …

Global Warming