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U.S. Products Made In China Cause An Extra Full Day Of Smog A Year In Los Angeles

The consumer demand that goes around comes around–in the form of pollution carried on the wind.<p>There’s a certain sense of poetic justice, maybe, to the fact that all of the manufacturing we’ve outsourced has somehow come back to bite us in the butt. Much of the pollution created in manufacturing …

Zombie moss: Plant revives after 1,500 frozen years

Scientists pull a sample of moss out of an ancient deep-freeze and discover it was just waiting for a chance to grow again.<p>It sounds like the next purposefully bad SyFy channel production: "Zombie moss! It came from beneath the Antarctic!" Researchers pulled up a sample of moss that had been …

Ice Age

Deadly chemical weapons, buried and lost, lurk under U.S. soil

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Yanking aside a tree branch, Jason Watson peered into a waterlogged trench. He pointed out discolored metal drums sunk halfway in the water.<p>"Blister agents, choking agents, blood agents," Watson said, listing the array of chemical weapons inside thousands of metal …

Report: Low Income, Rural Drivers are Disproportionate Polluters

The 'No Californian Left Behind' report set forth by the Next Generation 'think tank' concludes low-income residents in rural areas, including Solano …

Electric Vehicles

How Car-Dependent Towns are Adapting Compact Living Strategies

The challenge of converting a sea of parking lots, that so often riddles auto-dependent suburbs, is in densification. Architects are introducing …

Zoning

How To Get More Out Of Google

Free Stuff | Freebies Online - Consumer Reports News

The Internet is filled with coupons, free product samples, and other giveaways that let you nab all kinds of goodies without spending a penny. But, …

How Cement Mixers Work

All mixers leverage power, torque and weight distribution to get the concrete to the site, but getting it out of the truck is where you'll see …

Quake danger: List of at-risk buildings withheld from L.A., officials say

A team of scientists has declined to give the city a list of older concrete buildings that may collapse during a major earthquake, the mayor's office said.<p>Los Angeles city officials said this week that they requested the data from the researchers, who, as the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday, …

The Most Important Population Statistic That Hardly Ever Gets Talked About

Antireality: Antivaxxers, global warming denial, and religious oppression.

<i>“Against unreason, the gods themselves contend in vain.” —with apologies to Friedrich Schiller</i><p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an …

Jeju Loveland: World's Kinkiest Theme Park? (NSFW PHOTOS)

A theme park erected on the South Korean island of Jeju is a leading candidate for the world's kinkiest theme park.<p>Ever since its debut in 2004, Jeju Loveland has been arousing the interest of tourists because of its collection of more than 140 salacious statues and erotic exhibitions that …

'The Language Of Love': Kim Ho, 17-Year-Old, Creates Amazing Video About Falling In Love With Your Best Friend (VIDEO)

If you watch one thing today, let it be this beautiful, teen-written short film.<p>The project started when a high schooler from Australia named Kim Ho wrote a monologue about a character who falls in love with his male best friend. Ho entered it into a contest sponsored by Fresh Ink, a program for …

Your Price of Gasoline Is Going Up! How Sweet It Is!

Over the past weeks there has been a dramatic, near inexplicable rise in the price of crude oil with direct impact on what you are paying for gasoline. The price of oil has increased over 10 percent -- that is over $10 per barrel. Considering U.S. consumption of near 20 million BBLs oil/day, it is …

A Revolutionary Solution to Student Debt

On July 1, the Oregon legislature unanimously passed a plan to allow students to attend public colleges and universities tuition free and without incurring college loans.<p>The plan is revolutionary, and long overdue. It could change the politics of student debt nationally. The program permits an …

College & University

Master Planning Writ Large: The Campus and the Community

There are excellent philosophical arguments about why universities are expressions of the public good. They are accurate, time-honored and true. But the best demonstration -- and the most closely watched -- is how a university responds to its environment.<p>Before local budgets tightened in the 1990s, …

Why Violent Right-wing Extremism Doesn’t Scare Americans

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The biggest secret trade deal you've never heard of, explained

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>The Obama administration is nearing the end of negotiations on one of the most …

Burning Trees for Energy and Capturing CO2 Could Reverse Global Warming