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19 Lazy But Brilliant Recipes That Won't Let You Down

You don't need to spend hours in the kitchen to enjoy a great homemade meal.

Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K

The architecture students at Auburn University's Rural Studio prove that well-designed homes can still be affordable, thanks to their initiative called the 20K Project. The undergraduate program advocates for social justice through architecture, and to demonstrate this, students have created …

Architecture

Germany is turning on its monster stellarator

For more than 60 years, scientists have dreamed of a clean, inexhaustible energy source in the form of nuclear fusion.<p>And they're still dreaming.<p>But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might soon change.<p>Last year, after 1.1 million construction …

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’<p>On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the …

Cannabis

Study Notes ‘Extensive Environmental Damage’ From Solar Power Operations Because of Where They’re Being Located

A new study has found that large-scale solar power, in its current state, in California might have some unintended operational consequences because it’s not necessarily in the right location.<p>Researchers from the Universities of California, Riverside and Berkeley, and Stanford University found that …

11 Benghazi takeaways: One for each hour

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The House Benghazi committee took its best swings at Hillary Clinton in a day-long hearing Thursday -- but the former secretary of state remained mostly calm throughout the hearing, save for a few animated moments in which she struggled to mask her contempt for her Republican …

Government

Obama in Africa: 12 things we learned from his historic trip

Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP<p>A mural of President Barack Obama by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/30/1438246674338/e7b46a43-bbdd-4920-8a8c-0655caf092c7-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Ben …

3 Startups Racing to Disrupt the Bicycle Industry

These fast-growing e-commerce companies are gaining traction with bike lovers.<p>The leisure bike market is leaving high-speed bikes in the dust.<p>Total U.S. sales of leisure bikes shot up nearly 20 percent during the 12 months ending March 31, 2014, while racing bike sales fell 3 percent during the …

Startups

How A Small-Time Drug Dealer Rescued Dozens During Katrina

To the cops, Jabbar Gibson was just a low-level drug pusher. But to the residents of a New Orleans public housing complex, he’s the man who rescued them from Hurricane Katrina when no one else would.<p><b>NEW ORLEANS —</b> As Hurricane Katrina barreled toward the coast, small-time drug dealer Jabbar Gibson …

This Is How Many Animals Were Killed in Zimbabwe in the Last 20 Years

The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of pilloried dentist Walter Palmer has sparked worldwide outrage, with virtual mobs tanking Palmer’s Yelp …

Extinction

Worse than '97-98?! New El Niño growing into monster

See what happened during the last major El Niño event in Bay Area<p>New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could become the strongest in recorded history.<p>The broad swath of warmer-than-usual seawater is spreading and deepening. The two largest …

States cut CO2 emissions before Clean Power Plan takes effect

Next month, the Obama administration is set to finalize its climate ultimatum to states: Control carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants …

Startups have figured out how to remove carbon from the air. Will anyone pay them to do it?

Three startups, Carbon Engineering, Global Thermostat and Climeworks, are making strides with technology that can directly remove carbon dioxide from the air. What they need now is a viable business model<p>In Squamish, British Columbia, a Canadian town halfway between Vancouver and Whistler where the …

Exxon’s lies go even deeper: How the oil giant broke its promise and spent millions supporting climate denial

<b>(Amy Johansson/Shutterstock)</b><p>Eight years after pledging to stop funding climate deniers, Exxon is still at it<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>July 15, 2015 6:26pm (UTC)<p>Even for a fossil fuel company, ExxonMobil's looking dirty.<p>Just last week, it earned the distinction of being the fossil fuel giant with the longest …

Climate

Get up to speed on the Iran nuclear talks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Until word slipped out Monday that talks had hit a snag, all indications were that Iran and world powers negotiating to crimp the country's nuclear program might reach a deal any time.<p>If they do, it's huge news. If they don't? Maybe even bigger news.<p>But what is the deal? Who wants it? Who …

South Asia

More than 4 million refugees have now fled Syria, UN says

ISTANBUL (AP) — More than 4 million Syrians have fled abroad since the 2011 outbreak of civil war, the largest number from any crisis in almost 25 …

Syria: ISIS destroys ancient Muslim shrines in Palmyra

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS fighters have destroyed two ancient Muslim shrines in the oasis city of Palmyra, the Syrian government confirmed Wednesday, the latest act of cultural vandalism by the Sunni extremists.<p>ISIS seized control of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 2,000 years, last month, …

Pacific Island Chain Gets Renewable Energy Makeover Including Sideways-Hourglass Wind Turbine

Protecting critical habitats is one thing; providing the power they need to maintain scientific and conservation-based operations in a renewable …

Conservation

The crippling contradiction in Obama's ISIS strategy is growing

"Our training efforts in Iraq have thus far been slowed by a lack of trainees," Carter said a week after President Barack Obama announced that he'd be sending more advisers there to train forces to fight Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh).<p>"We simply haven't received enough …

Fracking might not be Cause of Those Earthquakes After All

One of the favorite stories trotted out by the media and opponents of fracking is that the process causes earthquakes. Unsurprisingly, it looks like …

Oil & Gas Industry

A Stronger Way to Connect.

Connect your company.<p>Trove can turn your company email into a searchable, data driven network.<p>Select your company’s provider to get everyone set up …

Are We Totally Screwed? What Antarctica's 'Collapsing' Ice Sheet Means for Us

The past two weeks have brought one disturbing story after another about the future of the largest ice sheet on the planet — the vast frozen expanse …

Dangerous Rising Water Level Threaten Historic Landmarks in Charleston

Some of the most iconic streets on the east coast are now in danger of rising sea levels. According to a report that was just released by the ‘Union …

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Elastic Beanstalk

What's Next?<p>AWS X-Ray<p>AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug distributed applications. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and …

EU foreign ministers agree sanctions against Ukrainian officials

The international community stepped up the pressure on Ukraine's government on Thursday as Kiev witnessed one of the most violent days in its history. While the EU agreed on individual sanctions against Ukrainian officials and the US government announced further punitive actions, the foreign …

What Putin Fears Will Happen in Ukraine

As the threat of mil­it­ary con­flict builds in East­ern Europe, Ukraine has asked NATO for help.<p>Spe­cific­ally, Ukraine wants the mil­it­ary …

Russia and US meet over crisis in Ukraine

The top diplomats of Russia and the US have met for the first time over the crisis in Ukraine, a meeting that coincided with a US announcement it was increasing military support for Eastern European allies.<p>The US secretary of state, John Kerry, met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday …

EU offers Ukraine €15bn

The EU had been expected to come up with a package of short-term assistance worth around €1bn or €2bn<p>The European Union has offered a larger than expected package of aid to Ukraine, saying it was willing to provide $15bn in loans and grants over the next several years to help get the shattered …

Here’s why Russia won’t let go of Crimea

Let's be clear — we don't know what Moscow is thinking for Ukraine.<p>On the one hand, Russia's leaders might see the Ukrainian Revolution as an existential threat. It's a revolution against tyranny and corruption, and the Kremlin does not want to see that spreading. And if that's the case, the worst …