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Can Artificial Meat Save The World?

Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.<p>On an ordinary spring morning in Columbia, Missouri, Ethan Brown stands in the middle of an ordinary kitchen tearing apart a chicken fajita strip. “Look at this,” he says. “It’s …

Green Living

Arctic algae 'tree rings' reveal record of climate change

Algae fills an important gap in the climate record as sediment and ice cores may only provide a record for every 100 years.<p>Bright pink algae that …

Global Warming

Fukushima nuclear disaster is warning to the world, says power company boss

The catastrophic triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011 was "a warning to the world" about the hazards of nuclear power and contained lessons for the British government as it plans a new generation of nuclear power stations, the man with overall responsibility for the …

Australia Authorizing Destruction of Great Barrier Reef

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown<p>When Captain Cook almost literally stumbled upon Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—it reached upward and clenched his ship—its size awed him. When the first orbiting astronauts looked down on their home planet, the Great Barrier Reef’s size awed them too. Australia’s …

The Largest Snake In The World Has Invaded The United States

Like any good gladesman, Shealy has a substantial portion of his brain wired to recognize snakes in places where the rest of us would see only leaves and shadows. He skidded to a stop at the sight of a serpentine form stretched out in the sun.<p>This particular snake was not especially large — only …

Zoology

Silicon Valley Tech Award Winner Talks Water Filter That Could Help Millions

Lieselotte Heederik will use the $75,000 she won in the health category of the Silicon Valley Tech Awards last week to help 150 to 250 million …

New documents detail NSA privacy violations

WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency acknowledged that it repeatedly violated its own privacy guidelines in a now-defunct program to collect "to and from" data in American email, according to newly released documents that paint a picture of incompetence but offer no evidence that the agency …

Surveillance

Venezuela seizes more stores ahead of local elections

Thousands of people have lined up in front of electronics stores and hardware stores that have been ordered by President Nicola Maduro to empty their inventories at cut-rate prices.<p>La VICTORIA, Venezuela — Forcing stores to sell their merchandise for a price that the owners say will put them out of …