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50 Billionaires Receive Unnecessary Farm Subsidies

Using the Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the U.S., the Environmental Working Group today announced that 50 billionaires also received $11.3 million in farm subsidies since 1995.<p>And while a billionaire making on average a little more than $13,000 over 17 years might not sound like news, …

Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Japan’s floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima has begun to produce clean, renewable energy for the national grid. The project, a …

Video: Diseases from farmed salmon threaten wild Pacific salmon stocks

<b>A provocative documentary shows how diseases from farmed salmon based in Canada can threaten wild salmon along the Pacific Coast.</b> The video, posted by Twyla Roscovich in April on Vimeo.com, has shocked both anglers, conservationists and about anybody who takes the time to watch it.<p>The reason farmed …

Best Space Photos of the Week: Blue Fire, Raindrop Dunes

The Truth About Doing Good

A plethora of recently published articles have panned “voluntourism” as little more than salve for bleeding-heart rich folks (here’s one example, and another). The problem is, it’s rarely that simple.<p>Most volunteers <i>want</i> to do good, but whether or not “good” results from their efforts is up for …

Why Leaves Change Color

Charles Rennie Mackintosh observed that, “Art is the flower, Life is the Green Leaf,” but I would very humbly add that after the green leaf dies, all those red, orange, and yellow leaves become nature’s most magnificent work of art.<p>For the past two weeks I’ve enjoyed autumn’s splendor, from the …

New Law of Urination: Mammals Take 20 Seconds to Pee

<b>Call it the other Golden Rule: Scientists have found that all mammals weighing more than 2.2 pounds (a kilogram) empty their full bladders in about 20 seconds.</b><p>Like many new parents, David Hu, a mechanical engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has changed a lot of diapers. Unlike many new …

Daylight Saving Time 2013: When Does It End? And Why?

Here's why we get an extra hour of sleep and an earlier sunset this weekend.<p><b>With an extra hour of sleep and an earlier sunset, daylight saving time (also called daylight savings time) ends this weekend.</b><p>That means clock confusion is once again ticking away, giving rise to hotly debated questions: …

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #52

Streamertails, kingfishers, lovebirds, boobies, todies, peacocks and pigeons! Please visit the new Wild Bird Trust website (www.wildbirdtrust.com) and become part of a journey that will change your life! You do not need to donate. You do not need to sign up for the newsletter. All you need to do is …

North Dakota's Salty Fracked Wells Drink More Water to Keep Oil Flowing

North Dakota's shale oil wells may consume more water for long-term salt removal and maintenance than they required for their initial fracking, state officials say.<p><b>It's well known that water has been key to the shale oil and gas rush in the United States. But in one center of the hydraulic</b> …

Why Are Men's Noses Bigger Than Women's? Mystery Solved

Larger schnozzes help men take in more oxygen to fuel their muscles.<p>Men, your noses are indeed growing—but not from telling tall tales.<p>In a new study, researchers at the University of Iowa report that male noses are about 10 percent larger than female noses, on average, for a given body size.<p>The …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #18

Africa is our closest representation of the “Pleistocene megafauna”, the massive land animals considered archetypical of the last ice age, the mammoths and mastodons, sabre-toothed cats, and giant sloths, horses, bears, tortoises, and much else that disappeared with the subsequent rise of …

Travel Writing Tips: Don George on Self Editing

I sat down with <b>Don George</b>, editor at large at <i>National Geographic Traveler</i> and author of <i>Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing</i>, and asked him to don (no pun intended) his editor’s cap and dispense some pearls of wisdom about what budding travel writers can do to make their work sing.<p>This is what he …

The Moment Steve Ballmer Broke Up with Microsoft

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After thirty long years, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally stepped down this year, signalling the …

YouTube Is Now Much Safer for Brands

Google’s recent effort to silence trolls with a new YouTube commenting policy might actually be a boon to brands.<p>YouTube in September began directing …

Oxford Word Of The Year 2013

Oxford Dictionaries just announced that their Word of the Year for 2013 is <i>selfie,</i> which means "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."<p>According to Oxford research, the use of the word <i>selfie</i> has increased by …

Dropbox Could Be A Bargain At An $8 Billion Valuation

According to BloombergBusinessWeek, cloud file storage firm Dropbox is looking to raise an additional $250 million at a valuation of around $8 billion.<p>The news comes on the heels of Pinterest’s massive $225 million round that valued it at $3.8 billion, and endless hype that Snapchat is raising some …

Facebook Launches New Privacy Policies And You Still Can Be Used For Ads

Are you sitting down? Doesn't matter, this isn't going to surprise you.<p>Facebook reaffirmed its position on Friday that it's able to use the postings and personal information of 1.2 billion accounts on the service for advertising purposes. The social media website announced the new privacy policies …

This startup’s tech verifies your identity by scanning your eye with your smartphone

Eye scanner identification systems are the stuff of spy movies, but EyeVerify is bringing them to the mainstream.<p>The startup took home the first prize at the Kauffman Foundations’s Get in the Ring startup clash yesterday, beating out hundreds of applicants for the award.<p>EyeVerify’s biometric …

Evena's smart glasses offer nurses a through-the-skin view of patients' veins (video)

It's not always easy for nurses to find the right vein for an intravenous drip -- the target vessels are sometimes hidden below the skin. Evena Medical's new Eyes-On smart glasses may make those injections a little easier. The Moverio-based eyewear overlays a 3D blood vessel map on the patient, …

Can Bitcoin catch on with consumers? Gift card site says 3% reward will help

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Guardian/Guy Grandjean, James Ball<p>Bitcoin is getting more buzz than ever thanks to an apparent thumbs-up in Washington …

TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie On Turning The One-For-One Charity Model Into A Platform

Given the near ubiquity of its simply designed shoes, it’s almost hard to believe that TOMS, the company that’s known for donating one pair of shoes or eyewear to an impoverished child for every pair that it sells, was founded just seven years ago. But it turns out TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie has …

Pinterest needs growth badly, so it is pinning places

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>When you raise $225 million and are being valued at $3.8 billion, then you as a company have to scramble and find ways to not …