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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

It's a quandary of food production: The same drive for efficiency that lowers the cost of eating also can damage our soil and water.<p>Take the case of one simple, essential chemical element: phosphorus.<p>Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers …

Tour One of Iceland's Incredible Geothermal Plants

The Svartsengi geothermal power plant produces 75 Mw of energy, provides thousands of homes with hot water, and created a hot lagoon that became a tourist attraction.<p>The Svartsengi geothermal power plant produces 75 Mw of energy, provides thousands of homes with hot water, and created a hot lagoon …

TOMS Shoes rethinks its 'buy one, give one' model of helping the needy

The "buy one, give one" business model of TOMS Shoes - buy a pair and the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need - has spawned many copy-cats.<p>These days, you can buy an array of products - from solar panels, to baby goods, to soccer balls - and the manufacturer will give a …

Apple to Power Reno Data Center With Solar Energy

Apple is planning on constructing a huge solar farm alongside its Reno, Nev. data center in a bid to ultimately power the location using 100% …

Super-large-scale solar installations are surging in the US

Don’t write Big Solar off yet. With the plunge in photovoltaic panel prices, US utilities that once enthusiastically signed deals for massive solar power plants to be built in the desert began to favor small installations deployed near cities that don’t require the construction of …

Renewable Energy

Winery plans to chop down California redwoods to make room for vineyards

Global warming and the growing global appetite for wine have vineyards on the march.<p>As the climate in southern England warms to resemble that of …

The Heat Is On: Which Animals Will Win or Lose in Climate Change?

Wildlife<p><b>It’s hard to miss a moose.</b><p>Moose weigh in at up to 1,800 pounds with antlers that can span 6.5 feet across, yet it’s harder to spot one in North America these days. From British Columbia to New Hampshire, moose populations are in decline and, the <i>New York Times</i> reports, climate change widely …

First-ever condor cam now live in Big Sur; this ain't no panda cam

The first California condor cam took flight in Big Sur Monday, allowing the public and scientists a glimpse of the endangered bird in the wild.<p>The solar-powered webcam, installed by the Oakland Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society, is the first to monitor the largest North American land bird in the …

Birds

Environment: News & features

X Prize Foundation to Add 3 New Ocean Competitions

The X Prize Foundation is crowdsourcing ideas for the competitions, and plans to announce all three by 2020. The organization has already awarded one ocean X Prize, for oil-spill cleanup, and it launched a second ocean challenge in September.<p><b>Today the X Prize Foundation, which drives</b> innovation by …

29 million people enslaved, says first global index on slavery

More than 29 million people are living in slavery, according to the first index to attempt to measure the scale of modern-day slavery on a country-by-country basis.<p>The index, published by the Walk Free Foundation on Thursday, ranks 162 countries and identifies risk factors for enslavement and the …

Oil companies, environmentalists oppose fed rules for removing sunken oil rigs

Oil companies and environmental groups may spar over off-shore drilling, but there's one thing they can agree on: Leaving scuttled rigs on the ocean floor creates a rich environment for coral, endangered species and other marine life.<p>The Gulf of Mexico – home to approximately 3,600 offshore oil and …

Top Ten Climate Change Threats being ignored by your Television News

Since many mainstream media outlets in the US are burying the dramatic climate change stories from all around the world, either by not reporting them …

As 'Unparalleled' Bushfires Ravage Australia, Calls to 'Connect the Dots'

A state of emergency has been declared in the eastern Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) as the worst bushfires in decades have destroyed …

Unfavourable results from medical trials are being withheld, MPs warn

Drug companies and medical researchers are putting patients' lives in danger by failing to publish unfavourable results from clinical trials, MPs have warned.<p>The lack of transparency means many trials are not registered before they are done, while results are held as private documents that cannot …

Washington state alfalfa crop may be contaminated with genetic modification

Farmer in Washington state reports his alfalfa shipment was rejected after testing positive for genetic modification<p>Authorities were investigating a new suspected case of crop contamination on Thursday – the second in the Pacific north-west in five months – after samples of hay tested positive for …

Tech and Science

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How The World's Religious Landscape Has Changed Since 1960 [Infographic]

A detailed look at religion in every country, then and now<p>Even if religious doctrine hasn't changed all that much in thousands of years, the number of people practicing religion, and the places they worship, can look completely different in only a few short years.<p>This ambitious infographic from …

From Birth, Our Microbes Become As Personal As A Fingerprint

Look in the mirror and you won't see your microbiome. But it's there with you from the day you are born. Over time, those bacteria, viruses and fungi multiply until they outnumber your own cells 10 to 1.<p>As babies, the microbes may teach our immune systems how to fight off bad bugs that make us sick …

It's OK To Protest In China, Just Don't March

Thousands of messages posted on the Internet every day in China get censored. Until now, little has been known about how the Chinese censorship machine works — except that it is comprehensive.<p>"It probably is the largest effort ever to selectively censor human expression," says Harvard University …

UPDATED: Costa Rica wants to close its zoos and free all captive animals

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>Costa Rica announced in 2013 that it will become the first country in the world to close down its zoos and free all captive …

Costa Rica

Smart glass may mean it is curtains for window blinds

A 'smart' window that can block out sunlight or heat at the flick of a switch may make blinds and curtains redundant.<p>Scientists have created a material that can selectively block out visible light or heat when an electric voltage is applied across it.<p>By mixing the tiny crystals of the material with …

Near-Infrared

Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.<p>Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar …

What Pangaea Would Look Like With Today's Political Boundaries [Infographic]

Goodbye, East Coast.<p>About 300 million years ago, the supercontinent of Pangaea started to break apart into the continents we live on today. An Italian designer who goes by the name Massimo put Pangaea back together, then added on modern political boundaries, creating the map you see here. Brazil …

Dolphins Know Other Dolphins By Name Even After Decades Apart

Even humans have trouble remembering the names of people they met 20 years ago. But not dolphins!<p>Last month, a study indicated that dolphins call each other by names, of a sort: they have a particular whistle unique to each dolphin, and when a dolphin hears its own whistle-name called, it responds. …

Breast cancer drug works for high-risk women - Futurity

U. MELBOURNE (AUS) — For women with a high risk of breast cancer, taking tamoxifen …

Breast Cancer