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Scientists and science fans around the world will take to the streets on Saturday in a show of support for facts and reason.  And like the myriad reasons people go into the sciences themselves, marchers planning to head to the main March for Science event in Washington, D.C. or satellite marches around the world have […]

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Please clap.  Apple wants to stop mining for rare Earth metals and other components that help its technologies work. The company announced this through its recently-released 2016 environmental responsibility report, and via a nice little rollout with the help of Vice.  Everything Apple builds, they say, will one day be made from recyclable materials such […]

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Every week, a little league team in El Paso, Texas, practices late at night under piercing lights. In the distance looms a large, illuminated red “X,” marking the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border.  The team is made up of 11-year-old boys, all of whom have grown up within a stone’s throw of the border. […]

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A record warm Arctic winter has spawned a tourism boom in a tiny Canadian town. Sightseers and selfie-snappers are flocking to Ferryland, Newfoundland, to watch enormous icebergs drift off the Southern Shore.  The town of 500 residents has seen bumper-to-bumper traffic in recent days. Its two lone restaurants would theoretically be packed — that is, […]

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Two women suddenly ambushed a college basketball game this week with a long banner bearing a homophobic message. But a group of mothers have risen up to fight against the hatred. SEE ALSO: China releases surprisingly progressive sex education textbook supporting same-sex couples The initial banner in the now-viral image, was unfurled by two graduate […]

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India has banned its most prominent display of VIP culture — the red beacon light atop cars of ministers, government officials and bureaucrats. PM Narendra Modi has said, “Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP.”  The ban, effective from May 1, doesn’t exempt even vehicles of the President, Prime Minister and the Chief […]

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North Korea’s military has been spotted seemingly playing a game of volleyball at the main Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Satellite images of the site appear to show two six-player teams facing each other, with a net between them. Joseph Bermudez, an analyst for non-profit 38 North, which first noticed the pictures, said multiple games were […]

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This year is the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  UN World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Taleb Rifai declared it gave “… a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability — economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a […]

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Flu virus, meet frog slime. A component of mucus — yum — from the skin of South Indian frogs can destroy the H1 variety of influenza viruses, a new study found. Defensive compounds in frogs’ skins were already known to protect the amphibians against bacteria. But those same compounds can also neutralize dozens of flu […]

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The Times of London is wasting absolutely no time with this year’s 420 holiday, blasting out a tweet about elephants being astronauts that’s got the internet pretty confused. Here’s the missive in all its glory: If elephants were astronauts, colonising Mars would be more feasible as they’re far less likely to get cancer https://t.co/FrrhbZzQJy pic.twitter.com/uvoGVAPpwc […]

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With the U.S. backsliding on climate progress under President Donald Trump, and scientists issuing increasingly dire warnings about the quickening pace and sweeping impacts of global warming, the possibility that we can somehow engineer our way out of the climate crisis is becoming a more attractive option.  Geoengineering, which refers to taking steps to deliberately […]

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Our plastic waste doesn’t just stay put when it hits the oceans. Currents sweep it into the deep blue abyss, spreading the garbage far and wide. And much of that debris apparently winds up in the Arctic Ocean, a new study found. Plastics are “abundant and widespread” in the seas east of Greenland and north […]

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California is the land of sunshine, if you can see it through the smog. The state owns the majority of the United States’s top 10 most polluted cities, no matter how you slice the data.  SEE ALSO: ‘Blood on the Mountain’ exposes the human costs of coal mining The American Lung Association measures pollution in […]

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