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The northern and southern lights are probably the eeriest cosmic views available to us here on Earth, and 150 people on a flight from New Zealand learned that first-hand this week. The Air New Zealand charter flight took off on March 23 to give passengers their best shot at seeing the cosmic lights thanks to […]

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German scientists have just switched on the world’s largest “artificial sun,” an instrument they say could be a game-changing technology in the fight against climate change. With 149 high-powered lamps, the Synlight system produces light about 10,000 times the intensity of natural sunlight on the Earth’s surface. When concentrated on a single spot, the lamps […]

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Republicans like to insist the war on women is nothing more than hysterical liberal outrage.  Sure, the left uses the phrase to occasionally score political points, but sometimes Republicans make it so easy. Like when they appear to be casting aside women’s needs without a second thought or even purposely targeting rights and policies that […]

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If you were waiting for the Indian government to slow down (or completely stop) with its push to bring Aadhaar biometric identity system into your lives, don’t hold your breath. SEE ALSO: India’s database with biometric details of its billion citizens ignites privacy debate Started as an optional program, in the recent years, the government […]

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Dinosaurs just can’t get a break. First, a comet slams into the Earth and renders them extinct. Now a group of scientists wants to dramatically shake-up the dino family tree.  A new study, published this week in the journal Nature, proposes a major reordering of dinosaurs’ evolutionary history.  The revised tree swaps around large subfamilies […]

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Well, this is a new one: A state lawmaker in Maine wants you to believe that climate change deniers deserve protection under anti-discrimination laws.  Maine Republican Rep. Larry Lockman says climate deniers are in danger of seeing their free speech threatened and need legal protections from anti-discrimination laws. Yes, the same laws that protect the […]

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This is a rarity. And it has happened twice within a week.  After New Zealand granted Whanganui River the status of a human being, India’s done it for two of its oldest, longest and most iconic rivers: Ganga and Yamuna. SEE ALSO: River receives the same rights as a human in ‘world first’ settlement In […]

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Dealers in India’s hill state of Himachal Pradesh have discovered a new way to sell their ‘stuff’ — the famed Himachali charas (cannabis). They hunt down travelers through geo-tagged photos and hashtags on Instagram and turn them into potential buyers, Hindustan Times reports.   SEE ALSO: The American History of Marijuana, Man The charas is […]

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American diners are eating fewer burgers, steaks and meatballs, and that’s making a noticeable dent in the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, a new study found. U.S. beef consumption fell by nearly one-fifth — or 19 percent — on a per capita basis from 2005 to 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said Wednesday in […]

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Manafort. Page. Gordon. Stone. Kislyak. Sater.  Trump’s connections to Russia appear to be so tangled and unwieldy, they’re almost impossible to unwind. Even after today’s bombshell report by The Associated Press, Democrats and maybe a handful of nice Republicans keep trying to map those relationships, to seemingly no avail. Until this illustration. SEE ALSO: What […]

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This might be the Trump administration’s first pro-environment move. The rusty patched bumblebee is now on the endangered species list, making it the first bee species in the continental United States to be considered endangered, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced this week. SEE ALSO: Not everyone’s thrilled Cheerios gave away 1.5 billion […]

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For two months out of every year, villagers in Adi Etot live comfortably. Crops flourish in the northern Ethiopian community, and natural springs teem with water. Though the water isn’t clean, it’s easy to collect. But for the remaining 10 months of the year, water is scarce. The ground and springs dry up, and families […]

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Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido, northern Japan, has announced it will officially recognise same-sex partnerships from June this year, according to the Japan Times. This makes it the largest city in Japan to do so, after the smaller districts of Shibuya and Setagaya in Tokyo legally recognised same-sex couples in 2015. SEE ALSO: Japan […]

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