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A Group of Powerful Telescopes Captures the First-Ever Image of a Black Hole

The first-ever recorded image of a black hole has just been released—and it doesn’t look like you might think. Though one might guess that a picture of a black hole would be not much to look at, the image shows a … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Aral Sea? | Travel to Uzbekistan’s Worst Disaster

What happened to the Aral Sea? Once the fourth largest inland body of water in the world, it’s now nearly gone, leaving shipwrecks in the desert, lives destroyed and poisonous dust clouds spreading across the globe. Join Alex the Vagabond … Continue reading

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The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.

Japan’s Shinkansen doesn’t look like your typical train. With its long and pointed nose, it can reach top speeds up to 150–200 miles per hour. It didn’t always look like this. Earlier models were rounder and louder, often suffering from … Continue reading

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How sustainable are bioplastics? – Physics World

At face value, taxing consumption of materials derived from petrochemicals and subsidizing production of bioplastics both sound like they’d encourage sustainable consumption. But applying these policies to meet a hypothetical 5% target for bioplastics use reveals a different story, according … Continue reading

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USDA Study Shows Significant Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Ethanol Compared with Gasoline – ScienceBlog.com

A new study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol are about 39 percent lower than gasoline. The study also states that when ethanol is refined at natural gas-powered refineries, the greenhouse gas … Continue reading

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Endocannibals of Yanomami tribe

Yanomami is an endocannibalistic tribe living in the rainforests of Brazil and Venezuela – they eat the flesh of their dead relative to preserve the tribe’s unity. Not being eaten after your death means that your soul will be trapped … Continue reading

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Architecture Firm NUDES Uses Corrugated Cardboard to Form the Furnishings and Walls of a Mumbai Cafe

In the new Mumbai-based cafe Cardboard Bombay, corrugated cardboard composes each chair, table, and light fixture, in addition to the sinuous walls which sweep across the space. The restaurant was designed with the biodegradable material by Nuru Karim, founder of Mumbai-based … Continue reading

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Tree Houses | PPA – Peter Pichler Architecture – Archilovers

Milan based studio Peter Pichler Architecture has developed a concept for sustainable tree houses in the forest of the Italian Dolomites. The tree houses are an addition to an existing hotel and should create a new experience to live in … Continue reading

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Why Amazon pilots have to lie about where they land

By Tim Whewell and Jéssica Cruz BBC World Service, Brazil Three months ago, eight people disappeared on a flight deep in the Amazon. Small planes are often the only way to get around – but because most landing strips are … Continue reading

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Earth at 2° hotter will be horrific. Now here’s what 4° will look like. | David Wallace-Wells

This is what the world will be like if we do not act on climate change. – The best-case scenario of climate change is that world gets just 2°C hotter, which scientists call the “threshold of catastrophe”. – Why is … Continue reading

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