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Threatened species live in every Australian city - Conservation

The average Australian city is home to 32 threatened species, according to a study recently published in the journal <i>Global Ecology and …

African Lion Listed Under the Endangered Species Act

On March 1, 2011, Born Free USA, along with partner organizations including the Humane Society of the United States and International Fund for Animal Welfare, petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list the African lion as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). …

Endangered Turtles Face New Threat in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Green sea turtles remain a rare sight in many parts of the world, but one Indonesian island tasked with protecting them is being …

Turtles

The Promise of 3-D Printing Body Parts

Cheap, easy-made prosthetics could address a major need in developing nations.<p>He was barely a teenager when he was grabbed by a Sudanese guerrilla army and forced to become a child soldier. He was made to endure weeks of walking with so little food and water that some of his fellow captives died. …

This Bionic Lens Could Give You Superhuman Vision

There are plenty of ways to fix imperfect vision, but none of them last. Even LASIK, the most popular long-term solution, leaves your eyes at risk of …

Scientists built an external womb to help premature infants survive. But first, they tested it on baby lambs

For expecting parents, 24 weeks is an important milestone. It’s a little more than halfway through pregnancy, and it’s at this age that the fetus has at least a fighting chance of surviving outside its mother’s body. The odds of survival aren’t great—only about half of babies birthed at this age …

Pregnancy

Robot Performs First-Ever Surgery Inside Human Eye

In a medical first, surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the human eye, greatly improving the accuracy of a delicate surgery to remove fine membrane growth on the retina. Such growth distorts vision and, if left unchecked, can lead to blindness in the affected eye.<p>Currently, doctors perform …

University of Oxford

To Simulate Climate Change, Scientists Build Miniature Worlds

Climate change will alter the ecosystems that humanity depends upon in the coming century. But given the complexity of the living world, how can you learn what may happen?<p>A team of Australian scientists has an answer: miniature ecosystems designed to simulate the impact of climate change. The …

Climate Change

Eighth-graders help create 3D prosthetic hand for farmer

Thanks to a group of middle school students, an Illinois farmer who lost his hand in a 2013 machinery accident will have a new prosthesis to show off …

School district warns about ‘dangerous’ game that may not exist

An Alabama school district sent a warning to parents about a supposedly “dangerous” online game — even though no injuries or deaths have been …

Turning pollution into power

Scientists in Belgium have come up with a way of capturing polluted air and converting it into power in the form of hydrogen gas, a technology that …

Wind turbines are neither clean nor green and they provide zero global energy

We urgently need to stop the ecological posturing and invest in gas and nuclear<p>The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the global power market continues at a furious pace, after it was revealed that more than …

Renewable Energy

California set an ambitious goal for fighting global warming. Now comes the hard part

When Stanford University energy economist Danny Cullenward looks at California's policies on climate change, he sees a potential time bomb.<p>The state wants to slash greenhouse gas emissions so deeply in the coming years that oil refineries and other industries could face skyrocketing costs to comply …

Natural Gas

America’s first offshore wind farm just shut down a diesel plant

Block Island officials on Monday switched on a connection between the island and a cable linking the wind farm to Rhode Island's mainland power grid. The connection allowed the island's only electricity source — a small diesel-fueled power plant — to shut down. The island's 2,000 residents burned …

5 cool inventions that could save the planet

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've heard about the impact that our technology-driven population is having on the planet -- from cars, to energy factories, to the over-consumption of the earth's resources.<p>It's causing a lot of problems.<p>Yet, inventors are also using this technology to improve lives across the planet. …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

The World’s Most Dangerous Trail Is Open for Business

The Caminito del Rey footpath in southern Spain near Malaga was closed indefinitely in 2001 after five people attempting to cross the dicey wooden …

Hiker Lost in Montana Wilderness for Six Days Found Alive with Her Dog: It Was 'Just a Huge Mistake'

A 23-year-old Illinois native and her dog were found alive in a heavily wooded area in Montana on Wednesday after she went missing nearly a week …

Forests

Three skiers killed near mountain pass in French Alps avalanche

The late-season avalanche hit the cross-country skiers as they walked up towards a summit. It is unclear how the snow became dislodged and swept them …

3 skiers dead in French Alps following avalanche

On Tuesday, per a report by Daily Mail, three cross-country skiers died after being swept up in an avalanche that struck the resort of …

Skiing

The owners of a wildlife sanctuary claimed their animals were in danger — so they killed all 11 of them

The owners of Lion’s Gate Sanctuary said they faced a dire situation.<p>Heavy rains had flooded their 42-acre wildlife sanctuary, about 90 miles west of Denver, on several occasions in recent years, endangering the three lions, three tigers and five bears that lived at the facility.<p>Joan Laub and her …

Wildlife

The 15 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day

ADVERTISEMENT<p>Millions of people unknowingly consume harmful foods every day. What’s worse is that many of us have some potentially cancer causing …

The 5 Worst Sweeteners You Should Avoid—And 5 Safe Alternatives To Try Instead

Which artificial or natural sweetener is best for you? A close look at how stevia, agave, aspartame, and others stack up<p>At this point, it's common …

11 TED Talks that will teach you how be happier

The ideal approach, however, is far more of a mystery.<p>Thankfully, several TED speakers have researched how humans can achieve ultimate happiness and shared their findings with us.<p>Some of their tactics are surprising, and some are surprisingly simple, but regardless, each of these talks will bring …

TED Talks

TED: Smart machines to recover lost memories, mind your children

Amigo, a white robot the size of a person, uses information gathered by other robots to move towards a table to pick up a carton of milk and deliver …

Artificial Intelligence

Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba

After former President Obama reopened America's diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiFi and broadband access there. Cuba's national …

The Scary Consequences of Old Electronics

Have you ever thought about what happens when you get rid of your old phone? Electronic waste may not be a splashy cause, but it's a necessary one. …

E-waste

Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue — that beats

If an overhyped vegetable existed before marketers coined the term superfood — and long before Oprah Winfrey chatted up acai berries with Dr. Oz — look no further than spinach. (Here’s to Popeye, eating the stuff by the can to inflate his biceps.) Spinach alone, of course, won’t pump anyone up. But …

Oprah Winfrey

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

Building Resiliency<p>The encouraging news is that young people have the innate capacity to bounce back from adversity. You can create an environment …

The 10 Worst Packaged Foods According To Nutritionists—And How To Make Them Healthier

Easy fixes that make terrible food a little less bad for you.<p>No matter how <b>healthy we try and eat</b>, there are days when, instead of a <b>roasted butternut</b> …

Pros and Cons of Home Solar Power System

Solar Power: What to Know Before You Install Your System<p>What to know before you install your own PV solar system<p>Updated February 20, 2018<p>The most …