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Potentially harmful chemicals found in oil field water used for irrigation

Testing of recycled oil field wastewater used on about 45,000 acres of farmland in the Central Valley shows the water contains small amounts of potentially harmful chemicals, including oil, benzene and acetone.<p>Local water regulators in April ordered comprehensive testing of the irrigation water to …

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Administration Proposes New Truck Emissions Rules To Reduce CO2

The Obama administration announced new rules today that would require tighter emissions guidelines for medium and heavy-duty trucks in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases.<p>The rules, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic …


SOROS: The US needs to befriend China or all hell is going to break loose

"Both the US and China have a vital interest in reaching an understanding because the alternative is so unpalatable. The benefits of an eventual agreement between China and the US could be equally far-reaching," he writes.<p>"The US government has little to gain and much to lose by treating the …


Etihad and Qatar Airways Report Earnings, So to Speak -- But Are They for Real?

Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have reported profits for 2014, but it’s a challenge to determine whether the profits are real.<p>“These carriers don’t release financial statements the way the U.S. carriers do and their past financial reporting practices leave a lot to be desired,” said Jill Zuckman, …

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The world’s most beautiful volcanoes

Whether they’re long dormant or spewing lava to this day, these eight stunning volcanoes attract sightseers from all over the world.<p>With fiery molten channels that stretch far below the surface, volcanoes connect us to the very core of the Earth. Active or dormant – they resonate with an energy and …

We now have a spacecraft that is propelled by sunlight alone

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has been successfully deployed above Earth. On June 11, the LightSail satellite overcame a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.<p>The prototype …

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Inside The Bizarre World Of Scientific Research

Not all brilliant discoveries happen in MIT’s cutting-edge labs or Google’s over-the-top offices. In his new series <i>Ways of Knowing</i>, photographer Daniel Stier documents a less-glamorous setting for innovation: the scientific research institute. What he found tucked away in basement laboratories and …


Historic photographs transformed into surreal animated GIFs by Nicolas Monterrat

The GIF works of Nicolas Monterrat, who uses vintage photographs as a base for his unsettling, trippy, subtle little animations.<p>[thisiscollosal via …

The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

Dinosaurs on screen: fact or fantasy?

Critics of new film Jurassic World say that the prehistoric creatures look wrong. But how much do we really know about dinosaurs – and when it comes to portraying them on screen, does it matter anyway?<p>If you ever feel the urge to see well-intentioned dinosaur wrongness in all its glory, take a trip …


The massively popular Instagrammer who follows his girlfriend around the world just got married, and the pictures are stunning

<b>In 2012, the world fell in love with the Instagram account of a woman leading her photographer boyfriend around the world.</b><p><b>Moscow-based Murad Osmann and his girlfriend, Natalia Zakharova, filled their Instagram accounts with gorgeous travel photos of rice fields in Bali, the streets of Barcelona,</b> …


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10 of the world's best dinosaur museums | CNN Travel


Feeling sad and tired? Watch Grumpy Cat, say scientists

Watching cat videos boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, scientists found<p>If you get that warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cat videos online, the effect may be more important than you think.<p>The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to …

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …


The dazzling GIF art of SPYROGIF

One of the great GIF maestros of our time.<p>More at spyrogif.tumblr.com, or you can follow him on Twitter.

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10 independent bookshops you should visit worldwide: our readers recommend

From a bohemian Parisian temple of reading to a bookshop with hidden animals: to mark Independent Bookshop Week, here are 10 of the best around the world – compiled with the help of our readers<p>See our entire bookshop bucket list here Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide – in pictures<p>Wherever you …


Uncharted Waters: Drone Used to Spot Sharks Off California Coast

A drone sent up over the ocean off the California coast is providing more than scenic views: It's giving lifeguards startling insight into just how many sharks circle only feet away from their beach.<p>A month ago, looking for a more efficient way to detect sharks, Seal Beach in Orange County decided …

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A Facebook trick to prevent embarrassment

How long have you been using Facebook? A year? Five years? Ten years? Even if it's been only a few months, you might have some embarrassing information lurking in your history that you don't even remember posting. Do you want your new squeeze, a co-worker, a family member or a potential employer …