How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled

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Plastic was invented in the late nineteenth century to replace materials derived from nature, like ivory from elephant tusks. For this reason, plastics were celebrated. They could protect the natural world from the destructive needs of human beings – it turns out, big oil misled us. After World War Two, the plastics industry began booming….

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World’s first living coffin made of mushroom mycelium gives human nutrients back to nature

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Rituals surrounding death are deeply ingrained into our religious and cultural past. Throughout history, humans have gone to great lengths to preserve those traditions, and in almost every culture there is great ceremony surrounding the passing of a loved one. In many societies, burying the deceased is the traditional way of handling the passing of…

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Hungry Polar Bears Chew On Plastic Bag In Heartbreaking Photos

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Devastating photos have emerged of two polar bear cubs eating a plastic bag they dug up on the shore. Hungry polar bears aren’t the only ones who unintentionally eat plastic waste in the arctic, and this leftover trash is a big problem. Hungry Polar Bears Eat Plastic Bag Jens Wikström is an Arctic Expeditions leader…

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Storm Francis Reveals an Ancient Underground Forest That Was Hidden for Thousands of Years

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There are not many happy results from dangerous weather. However, this one is downright mesmerizing. As Storm Francis raged across the United Kingdom, the rain and winds revealed a petrified Welsh woodland area. A forest that has been hiding underwater for thousands of years. Its photos are like something out of a fairy tale.  Revealing…

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A Single Opossum Can Kill 5,000 Ticks In One Season, Which Spread Lyme Disease

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately thirty thousand cases of Lyme disease are reported by state health departments every year. This number, however, does not reflect every case of Lyme disease in the US. More recent estimates believe that number may be closer to three hundred thousand [1]. Lyme disease…

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Guy Saved Elephants From Poachers, They Mourned His Death Outside His Home

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Empathy is one of the more complex and integral emotions that humans experience. The question is, are animals capable of experiencing it too? The idea that animals are capable of experiencing a full range of human emotion is not new. Early scientists believed that it was possible. Charles Darwin even once wrote that there is…

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“Glass Gem” Rainbow Corn Exists and Its Conception is Incredible

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“Glass Gem” corn went viral in 2012 when a photo of the rainbow-colored kernels was posted on Facebook. Imagine the excitement of peeling the husk of a corn of the cob to find the purple, pink, blue, red, and yellow of a kaleidoscope. You may not find rainbow corn at a farmer’s stand by the side…

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Solar-Powered Panels Pull Water Out of Thin Air for Families Who Have None

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Imagine how different your life would be if you didn’t have access to clean drinking water? This nightmare is a reality for the Navajo people, and has been for many years. A new type of solar panels, however, might just be the solution they’ve always needed. These solar panels are able to pull water right…

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Warning: A ‘Robust’ Explosion Of Stink Bugs Could Be Headed Your Way

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Every year as the temperatures begin to drop, we start to take many of our activities indoors. Unfortunately, humans are not the only ones who prefer the warmth of central heating. Bugs, too, find their way into our homes in search of warmer conditions – including stink bugs. This year, scientists are expecting the “great…

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32 Comedy Wildlife Photos That Will Brighten Up Your 2020

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Nature is an awe-inspiring force, as are the creatures in it. Many photography competitions work to capture these stunning moments and show how magnificent our world really is. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards take another approach. Instead of focusing on how breath-taking, fearsome, or unreal nature is, they find the humanity in it.   The competition…

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Explore Ruins and Hike Through the Walnut Canyon National Monument

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As lockdowns are let up, people are itching to get out of the house and see the world. Of course, it’s imperative to stay safe — the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over. For people setting out on day trips, be aware that, when it comes to crowded spaces, it’s safer to stay outdoors than indoors as…

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The Himalayan invention powered by pine needles

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So much of green energy is all about using the resources that are abundant locally. Most often people think of things like wind, water, and solar power. This new Himalayan invention, however, is using something far less “conventional”: Pine needles. Himalayan Invention Uses Pine Needles for Power A large portion of the Indian state of…

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Birds Mysteriously Dropping Dead Across Southwestern U.S.

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Currently, in the southwestern United States, there are hundreds of thousands of migratory birds dying, and biologists can’t figure out the reason. This is what we know so far. Hundreds of Thousands of Birds Dying in the Midwest Researchers from New Mexico State University’s department of fish, wildlife, and conservation ecology have a growing concern…

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This ‘male’ octopus surprised its keepers with a cloud of 10,000 babies

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Evidently, determining whether an octopus is a male or female is hard to even those whose career revolves around these interesting creatures. In 2018, when this male octopus had babies at the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium, the curators were surprised, to say the least. ‘Male’ Octopus Has Babies When the aquarium…

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Wild Mouse Goes Through “Rehab” After Eating Cannabis Plant

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Rodents and ‘creepy crawlies’ are always a concern for farmers. The unwanted visitors tend to eat the produce and potentially leave disease behind. Yet a field of cannabis fought back against a little intruder.  In New Brunswick, Canada, where cannabis is legal, a mouse was found among the plants. It was laying on its back,…

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Washington becomes seventh U.S. state to outlaw wildlife killing contests

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Dogfighting and cockfighting have been largely condemned across most of the United States. They are cruel and inhumane and are now illegal in all fifty states.  Wildlife killing contests are a lesser-known but equally barbaric blood sport. Sadly, this sport is still legal in 45 states across the country. In September 2020, Washington became the…

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A pod of killer ‘crazy’ killer whales launched coordinated attacks on boats, terrifying the sailors and baffling scientists

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In an uncharacteristic pattern of behavior, there seems to be a pod of orcas attacking boats off the coast of Spain and Portugal. The killer whale attacks are absolutely terrifying and appear as though they are orchestrated. Killer Whale Attacks on Boats Scientists are stunned at the recent attacks by pods of orcas on boats…

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World’s Largest Garbage Dump Turned Into A Green Oasis of Native Grasses That Also Powers Homes

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In just a few months, the residents of Staten Island will have a new park to visit instead of a landfill wafting undesirable smells into their backyards. Fresh Kills Landfill has been transformed into a park three times the size of central park, and the results are stunning. Fresh Kills Landfill Greenspace Fresh Kills Landfill…

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A Mysterious Crater Suddenly Opened Up in the Arctic Tundra

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A 50 meters-deep arctic crater has suddenly opened up in the Arctic tundra. The potential cause behind it is both mysterious and fascinating. A Sudden, Massive Arctic Crater Since 2014, scientists have been discovering craters in the Arctic tundra. The most recent of these is an arctic crater reported by Siberian media that has suddenly…

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A Gender Reveal Party Sparked Wildfire In California That’s Gutted Over 7,000 Acres

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Gender reveal parties are meant to be a fun way for a couple to announce to their friends and family the biological sex of their unborn child. They are not meant to cause mass destruction of the natural landscape and force hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. This wildfire, or “gender reveal wildfire”, did…

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This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood

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In Detroit, Michigan, “the first sustainable urban agrihood” in the U.S. centers around an edible garden, with easily accessible, affordable produce offered to neighborhood residents and the community. Each year, this urban farm provides fresh, free produce to 2,000 households within two square miles of the farm. They also supply food to local markets, restaurants, and…

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Amazon tragedy repeats itself as Brazil rainforest goes up in smoke

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Last year, the world watched in horror as “the Earth’s Lungs”- the Amazon Rainforest- went up in flames. More than 72 thousand fires ripped through the region, an 84 percent increase from the year prior [1]. Public outcry from around the world demanded for changes to be made in order to prevent such a tragedy…

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Ancient Forestry Technique Produces Lumber Without Cutting Down Trees

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You have likely heard the term “bonsai”, which is a Japanese term that, when literally translated, means “planted in a container”. It is a horticultural technique that creates miniature versions of regularly-sized trees for ornamental purposes [1]. There is, however, another similar technique used in Japan that is much less-commonly known around the world. Daisugi…

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Yellowstone’s Giantess Geyser erupts for first time in 6 years, roars ‘back to life’

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A massive geyser, which was known for how often it erupted each year, went mysteriously silent for six years. However, on Tuesday the Giantess Geyser in Yellowstone National Park finally erupted again after being dormant for six years, shocking and amazing the lucky park-goers. Yellowstone’s Giantess Geyser Erupts After Six Years According to Yellowstone’s website,…

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NASA Is Tracking a Vast, Growing Anomaly in Earth’s Magnetic Field

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The South Atlantic Anomaly is one of those pieces of space that are shrouded in mystery, and it has both intrigued and concerned scientists for years. When it comes to outer space, it seems that the more we learn the less we know. Despite how far we’ve come, and the incredible advancements the scientific community…

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Tennessee’s Treetop Skywalk is the Longest Tree-Based Bridge in North America!

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Are you in need of a relaxing walk in the woods, or are looking to gain a new perspective on things? Well, then this treetop skywalk in Tennessee is just what you’ve been searching for to help you unwind and reconnect with nature and yourself. Anakeesta’s Treetop Skywalk Anakeesta, a Cherokee word meaning “place of…

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The Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Warmer Temps And Fewer Snowstorms This Winter

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Most of us in the Northern Hemisphere are still experiencing warm, sunny, summer days. However, this is the time of year when we all start about to think about what’s looming just around the corner: Winter. The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020, however, is telling us that this year in the U.S. we maybe don’t have…

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The rare plants that ‘bleed’ nickel

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Though necessary for many of the products we use on a daily basis, traditional nickel mining is not very environmentally-friendly. This soil biologist has been working tirelessly since 2004 to find these special plants that naturally “mine” nickel to work on an alternative called phytomining. So far, the results are promising. (1) The Search for…

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This Virtual Globe Can Show You How the Earth Looked Millions of Years Ago

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The Earth has changed a lot. This interactive globe displays the world as it has been from today to 750 million years ago. It displays the continental drift that occurred as land formed into the map we are familiar with today. To add a personal touch to this journey of the ages, the map allows the user…

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These Tiny Squirrels That Look Like Pokémon Can Only Be Found On Remote Japanese Islands

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Squirrels are the cutest, and even more so when they look like one of our favorite animé characters – Pokémon! The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel, Pteromys momonga, is one of the cutest species of tiny squirrels in the world, native to Japan, and is endemic to the remote Islands of Honshu and Kyushu [1]. They…

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A 16-Million-Year-Old Tree Tells a Deep Story of the Passage of Time

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As humans, we use a variety of means to give us clues about our past in order to answer questions like where we came from, and how we got here. Written records, ancient ruins, and unearthed remains of people and places have provided us with an immense amount of information to help answer some of…

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Painting Eyes On The Butts Of Cattle Surprisingly Effective At Scaring Off Would-Be Predators

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In Botswana in Southern Africa, there are plenty of predators that threaten the livelihood of livestock producers. This requires them to come up with creative ways to protect their animals from these natural hunters. Their latest trick? Painting eyes on cattle – specifically, on their behinds. Botswana Farmers are Painting Eyes on Cattle to Deter…

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California looks like a nightmare from space right now

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In 2018, California experienced the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on state record, with over 7500 fires burning over 1.5 million acres of land. Thousands of people lost their homes, and dozens lost their lives [1]. A little over a year later, Australia experienced a series of massive bushfires across the country, burning more…

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Big Basin, Home To Majestic Coast Redwoods, Is ‘Gone’

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A combination of dry lightning and gusty winds in Central and Northern California sparked extensive wildfires throughout the region that have destroyed more than twelve hundred buildings and burned more than 1.2 million acres (1 875 square miles) of land [1]. The state has seen more than thirteen thousand lightning strikes since mid-August, and more…

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Big Basin, Home To Majestic Coast Redwoods, Is ‘Gone’

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A combination of dry lightning and gusty winds in Central and Northern California sparked extensive wildfires throughout the region that have destroyed more than twelve hundred buildings and burned more than 1.2 million acres (1 875 square miles) of land [1]. The state has seen more than thirteen thousand lightning strikes since mid-August, and more…

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Stunning Iridescent Clouds Snapped Above Skies of Siberia’s Belukha Mountain

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Earlier this year, a photographer in Siberia was having the time of her life at the peak of the Belukha Mountain when an amazing phenomenon played out before her eyes. Thankfully, her camera was nearby and she took some stunning shots for the rest of the world to see [1]. Svetlana Kazina from Russia had…

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Watch a diver swim right next to a 12-foot giant squid in Japan

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Giant Squid are so elusive, you may almost assume that they aren’t even real. In 2012, however, a group of Japanese scientists recorded an incredible video of one. Last June, researchers also finally recorded one in American waters. First Recording from 2006 Most of what marine biologists know of giant squids come from the large…

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Photographer Captures Stunning “Jellyfish” Glowing Red in the Sky during a Thunderstorm

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On the night of July 2nd, 2020, a dark-skies expert took on the challenge to capture a rare phenomenon in the form of red jellyfish lightning. Electricity does truly magical things to the sky – as long as you’re not anywhere near its playground when it’s time to shine. Have you ever looked up at…

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Thanks To Rainfall and Reduced Tourism, There’s An Elephant Baby Boom in Kenya, Including Rare Twins

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On August 12, the Worlds Elephants Day, the Amboseli National Park in Kenya announced that it has welcomed 140 new baby elephants since the start of 2020 [1]. Known for its amazing views of the Kilimanjaro and incredible savannah, the park has experienced reduced tourist interruptions and increased rainfall all year due to COVID-19, enabling the…

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