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Reclaimed Wood Clads This Japanese Izakaya's Origami-Like Interior in Montreal

If you've ever wanted to know what the inside of a piece of origami looks like, a visit to this stunning Japanese pub in the heart of Montreal will …

Design

Cows -- Not Coal -- Are the Real Climate Change Culprits

President Obama recently likened denying climate change to believing the moon is made of cheese. As it turns out, ignoring this particular food's role in climate change is just as irresponsible. Getting serious about climate change would mean finally addressing the gorilla - or, more appropriately, …

Agriculture

Argentina's "Methane Backpacks" Turn Cow Farts into Green Energy

Cows farts, albeit stinky, are rich in methane gas, a greenhouse gas and a fuel source. Trapping those cow farts though is like trying to catch a …

Can coral save our oceans? Researchers discover soft coral tissue may help protect reefs

Acidification is caused by increased carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere due to global change, fossil fuel burning, and other pollution. These …

Tropical trees absorb 2 billion tons of carbon yearly - Futurity

Saving tropical trees would cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by as much as one-fifth.

While you were sleeping … Milky Way over Scotland

The Milky Way rises high above the horizon. Taken on May 3, at 3:30 a.m., by B&B Photography.<p>B&B Photography’s description:<p>The Milky Way rises high …

Fujitsu is selling lettuce grown in a computerized clean room

Being obsessive about food just got that little bit more interesting thanks to Fujitsu. Last year, the Japanese semiconductor company repurposed one of its factories to the production of lettuce, and this month it's begun selling the special produce for around ¥500 ($4.90) per 90 grams. That's a …

Coral reefs protect 200 million people from crashing waves - Futurity

Coral reefs protect an estimated 200 million people from natural disasters and rising sea levels by breaking up damaging waves, research shows.

Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

There are two key factors that affect solar cell performance: high optical transparency for good light transmission, and high optical haze for …

The Silver Bullet Of Climate Change Policy

Whenever the conversation turns to climate change, someone is sure to opine that <i>there’s no silver bullet</i>. The issue is simply too complex to have one solution. When you focus on all the changes that need to occur to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally it seems like a multifaceted approach is …

4 time lapse videos that will open your eyes to our changing planet

I recently had the pleasure and privilege of attending Google’s Geo for Good User Summit, where a smattering of geography and mapping professionals …

Ninety Companies Responsible For Two-Thirds Of Global Warming Emissions

According to a new report by the Climate Accountability Institute in Colorado, just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming …

Livermore Scientists Announce Critical Milestone for Nuclear Fusion Power

Researchers at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California just made a major breakthrough for nuclear fusion by focusing 192 beams from …

Infographic: The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling With Pallets

With a little bit of ingenuity, simple shipping pallets can be transformed into an amazing array of things – from furniture and housewares to entire …

Patagonia Wants to Promote a "Responsible Economy"

Patagonia wants to usher in a more “responsible economy,” and it’s willing to sacrifice its bottom line to do so. The outdoor-apparel firm, which has …

ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Exploration Is Root Cause of Whale Deaths in Madagascar

Imagine you're relaxing in your living room, reading or listening to music, and you hear a dynamite blast exploding in your house. Not just one, but repeated blasts every ten seconds, and they don't stop. Surely, you're not going to finish your book, you're more likely to run from your home to a …

Associated Press News

Putin Needs a Less Cynical Syria Policy

His op-ed was full of half-truths and lies of omission, but here are the real ways Russia can help end the conflict.<p>Let's face it: Few international miscreants reform themselves without the threat of being ousted by domestic foes or weakened by external military force. Assad's promise to surrender …

Massive underground water reserve discovered in drought-stricken Kenya

Experts say the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer could meet Kenya's water needs for the next 70 years — if it's managed properly<p>Scientists in Kenya have discovered a massive underground reserve that could allow the drought-ravaged country to meet its water needs for the next 70 years. Discovered in the …

Scientists Weigh Climate Change Role in 2012 Weather

Scientists studied global warming's role in a dozen extreme weather events.<p><b>A sprawling global team of meteorologists who examined the marquee extreme weather events of 2012—including Hurricane Sandy, drought in the U.S. Midwest, and melting Arctic ice—found that human-induced climate change was a</b> …

Associated Press News

California ban on foie gras to remain, court rules

Court upholds ban on selling foie gras but producers argue that the law illegally interferes with commerce<p>A federal appeals court has ruled California can keep in place its ban on selling foie gras.<p>A Los Angeles court will still hear the case against the ban, but in its decision Friday, the ninth …

Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage

In July 2010, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured, spilling some 843,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. Today the spill is still being cleaned up. And it is by no means the country's only big pipeline spill taking its toll on the environment and surrounding communities. (EPA)<p>Could …

10 Year-Old Boy Launches His Own Recycling Business, Donates 25% Of Profits To Homeless Children

“It’s so easy to do nothing. But it’s really good to do something!” This is the philosophy of wise beyond his years Vanis Buckholz, a 10 year-old boy …

New IPCC Report: Climatologists More Certain Global Warming Is Caused By Humans, Impacts Are Speeding Up

The Fifth — and hopefully final — Assessment Report (AR5) from the UN Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) is due next month. The leaks …

Major Airline Climate Decision Flying Under the Radar

Early this fall, a relatively unknown agency of the United Nations will be deciding on what to do about the massive amounts of climate pollution produced by the global airline industry.<p>The global aviation sector, mainly made up of commercial passenger airlines, is responsible for a whopping …

Solar Powered Augmented Contact Lenses Cover Your Eye with 100s of LEDs

Want eyesight that would make the Terminator jealous? Well, in a few years, you might be able to say hasta la vista to your normal old contact lenses …

3D-printed 'Final Fantasy VII' figurines are polygon-perfect

Although 3D printers are proliferating to the point where NASA plans to bring them into space, consumer-level machines still produce fairly crude results. Joaquin Baldwin has played that to his own advantage, however, by using the technology to recreate an equally crude subject — the cast of …