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As Earth Warms, West Nile Spreads

The virus took the U.S. by surprise. Thanks to climate change, it’s here to stay.<p>The day that everything changed was a broiling Thursday in July—95 degrees, the kind of dry heat that Sacramento Valley residents are used to. If you have to work outside, you do it before noon, swathed in long sleeves …

This Is How Polar Bears Can Eat So Much Fat Without Having Heart Attacks

By Will Dunham<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - How do they do it? How do polar bears have such an incredibly high fat diet and get so fat - munching as they do on blubbery seals - without clogging their arteries and becoming a big furry heart attack waiting to happen?<p>The answer: "bear necessities," …

Octopus unscrews jar from inside

This video does exactly what it says in the jar, and demonstrates, once again, the preternatural cleverness of our future octopus overlords. (<i>via</i> …

Solar Panels Could Replace Roads

Back when the concept of global warming was still nascent—only eight years ago, mind you—Scott and Julie Brusaw of Sagle, Idaho, began heavily contemplating an idea that Scott, an electrical engineer, had toyed with as a child: solar panel roads.<p>After years of figuring out many ways <i>not</i> to make a …

Roads

Spectacular Photos of Geysers in Northern Chile

Found amongst the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, El Tatio is the biggest geyser field in the southern hemisphere in addition to being the third …

Visual Art

Earth From Above - Live From Space Gallery

Space

Fields of Old

Photos

Solar Roadways wants $1 million to turn the US' roads into an energy farm

At some point, you've probably sat back and said "Couldn't we solve climate change and the broader energy crisis just by sticking solar panels to everything?" It's not a bad idea, mind, but the cost and resistance to such a scheme would make it a nightmare to implement. But what about if we turned …

FCC's Wheeler Denies Trying to Divide Internet Into "Haves" and "Have Nots"

"I will not allow some companies to force Internet users into a slow lane so that others with special privileges can have superior service," says Wheeler.<p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler denied that he’s trying to divide the Internet into fast and slow lanes in response to a letter sent earlier this week …