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What Orion looks like as you get farther away from light pollution

What the constellation looks like in the darkest of places vs in cities.<p>Eighty percent of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way where they live.<p>Filmmaker Sriram Murali is here to show themwhat they’re missing.<p>In the following video — which you should do yourself a favor and watch in full screen …

Bullet fragments linked to lead poisoning, CDC study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the United States, routine screening for lead poisoning in adults is focused on jobs in which exposure to lead is likely.<p>Yet bullet fragments that remain lodged in the body can be an important cause of lead poisoning, according to a government report published online Thursday.<p>The Centers …

Lead Poisoning

Why we need to map all Earth’s critters, quick | Letters

This is the great age of cartography, says Lois Parshley’s timely reminder of the importance of understanding landscapes (The long read, 7 February), and mapping everything from sediment-laden ocean floors to patterns of disease outbreaks in earthquake-hit locations.

This Country Could Get Rid of Coal Entirely by 2050

The world’s fastest-growing emitter of carbon dioxide could wean itself off coal entirely by 2050, a new report suggests—if the right policies are …

'Dogs mirror owners' personalities'

<b>The idea that a dog takes on the personality of its owner has received scientific support.</b><p>Researchers in Austria say dogs can mirror the anxiety and negativity of owners.<p>And dogs that are relaxed and friendly can pass this on to humans, perhaps helping their owners cope with stress.<p>More than 100 …

Psychology

Germany largely bans fracking with new laws

Particularly risky fracking is now banned until at least 2021, and "conventional" fracking will be governed by much tighter rules. For …

Trump attacks on judiciary raise safety concerns for judges

SEATTLE (AP) — When a judge who helped derail President Donald Trump's travel ban was hit with online threats, the abuse raised safety concerns among …

Donald Trump

This organic farm in North Carolina could be yours for $300 and 200 words

Ever dreamed of owning a small organic farm and working in harmony with the land? You may soon be able to make that dream come true.<p>Norma Burns, …

North Carolina

Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year's recovery from …

Biodiversity

The definition of 'middle class' is changing, and everyone uses it to mean something different

But what exactly, <i>is</i> the middle class? Is it defined by wealth or values?<p>The truth is, the "middle class" is a squishy term. And, it seems, everyone has their own definition. So you'll need to be cautious about how the presidential hopefuls use it.<p>Even millionaires tend to think of themselves as …

Demographics

China’s middle class has overtaken the US’s to become the world’s largest

China has crossed another economic threshold. The country’s middle class reached 109 million this year, and overtook the US’s for the first time ever, according to a Credit Suisse report released Oct. 13.<p>Since 2000, China added 43.4 million middle class adults, while the US added just 22 million, …

Seattle's real fear of change: loss of the middle class

Seattle’s bedrock is slipping. No, it’s not a subduction zone, but perhaps a subtraction one.<p>Nationally, the middle-class is an endangered species. …

The world's inequality countdown | Politics

Welcome to the world's inequality countdown. In 2010, some 388 people owned as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. Jump to 2014 and that 388 is down to 85 people. In 2015 the figure was 80, and today Oxfam has revealed that 62 rich individuals own as much wealth as the …

Atlanta Rolls Up, Moves An Old Oil Painting — All 374 Feet And 12 Tons Of It

In the Grant Park neighborhood in southeast Atlanta stands an auditorium that, for more than a century, has housed the massive oil painting <i>Battle of Atlanta</i>. Of late, the venue has become a construction site.<p>Piles of rubble mount and scaffolding extends high into the air — surrounding the large, …

American Civil War

Ecuador presidential hopeful promises to evict Julian Assange from embassy

• Presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso says costly asylum no longer justified<br>• WikiLeaks founder has been living at London embassy for four and a half years<p>Julian Assange will be given a month’s notice to leave the Ecuadorian embassy if the country’s main opposition candidate wins the presidency in …

South Africa targets auto sector with fuel cell plant

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Africa’s first fuel cell component plant using platinum as a catalyst will start production by December aiming to take advantage of rising demand for clean energy cars, officials from Isondo Precious Metals said.<p>Isondo has secured a license from U.S-based Chemours Technology …

Energy

Droughts and flooding rains already more likely as climate change plays havoc with Pacific weather

Global warming has already increased the risk of major disruptions to Pacific rainfall, according to our research published today in Nature …

Philippine minister stands firm amid calls to review mine closures

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ environment minister vowed not to buckle to mounting pressure on Thursday from a mining sector reeling from her shutting more than half of the country’s mines on environmental protection grounds.<p>Philippines' Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary …

Environmentalism

Government accused of trying to kill off UK solar industry before it can become cheapest form of electricity

The Government has been accused of trying to kill off Britain’s solar energy industry just as it is about to become one of the cheapest suppliers of …

Warren says she won't be silent about Sessions' 'radical hatred'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Elizabeth Warren tore into Jeff Sessions Wednesday night, saying she and her colleagues would oppose the Alabama politician's "radical hatred" as he moved to lead President Donald Trump's Justice Department.<p>The Massachusetts Democrat galvanized her party Tuesday night when …

Chicken farmers say processors treat them like servants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former chicken farmers in five states have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a handful of giant poultry processing companies …

Agriculture

Australian man trapped for five hours with nose just above mud after digger fell into dam used 'yoga pose' to survive

An Australian man whose excavator fell into a dam was "extremely lucky to survive" after he was trapped underwater for hours, with just his nose and forehead above the surface.<p>Daniel Miller, 45, was driving the three-tonne vehicle at the remote property in Charlotte Bay, 180 miles north of Sydney, …

Dragonfly Wings Can Rip Apart Bacteria Without Antibiotics

We finally know why.<p>Special bacteria-killing surfaces constitute a highly active area of research and development. Strategies to construct them vary …

Tesla’s SolarCity expands in Florida through its partnership with Airbnb

Tesla and Airbnb, a home-sharing platform, have been getting closer through partnerships over the last year. First directly between the two companies when they announced a new program to install charging stations at Airbnb host homes and then through SolarCity after the announcement of the merger …

China orders provinces to draw up 'red lines' to curb development

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has ordered all its provinces and regions to establish “ecological red lines” that will put large parts of the country off-limits to development, state media has said, part of its efforts to conserve resources and improve the environment.<p>In a policy document published by …

China

House votes to kill BLM “Planning 2.0” rule aimed at giving residents of Colorado and the West greater control over public land

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to kill a federal rule that gives Americans more of a voice in large-scale planning for projects …

Forests

It’s official: The city of Seattle is divesting from Wells Fargo.

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to withdraw $3 billion from the bank, in part because it is funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, …

Hemp: how one little plant could boost America's economy

The plant is almost magical, advocates say, with a range of applications from paper to medicine. So why is it illegal to grow?<p>Imagine a plant that cuts cholesterol, reduces our exposure to toxins, can ease joint inflammation, proves more durable than concrete, and can provide the economy with …

Cannabis

Hedgehogs now a rare garden sight as British populations continue to decline

More than half of people surveyed had never seen a hedgehog, once common in UK gardens<p>The plight of the hedgehog in Britain appears to be worsening, with a new survey revealing a further decline in garden sightings.<p>The spiky creature was once a common sight, with the population estimated at 30 …

Australia reveals over 4,000 alleged incidents of abuse by Catholic priests

An inquiry in Sydney has found that one in 14 priests was accused of sexual misconduct between 1950 and 2010. The panel discovered a pattern of …