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  • Don't worry, your cereal probably won't poison you with pesticides

    It may seem like an alarmist local news story to declare your breakfast could kill you, but a new independent study claims that some of your favorite cereals could contain unsafe levels of a chemical used in a popular weed killer. The report, from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), was published online Wednesday and outlines the levels of the chemical glyphosate they found in various breakfast cereals and snacks.  Glyphosate is the major ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp and one at the...

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  • We have some bad news about the future of the terrible wildfires in the Western U.S.

    The flames scorching the Western U.S. aren't expected to relent anytime soon.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gave its monthly U.S. climate report on Thursday, and they used the opportunity to show that the next couple of months are ripe for an enhanced fire risk out West. SEE ALSO: The baking Pacific Ocean is changing the weather on the Southern California coast After noting the exceptionally hot and dry conditions that stoked destructive wildfires so far this...

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  • Someone grabbed a pelican GPS tracker in SC. Where did it end up? 1,100 miles away

    A Clemson researcher tracking a brown pelican got a surprise when he looked at his data. The GPS device was picked up off a Hilton Head, South Carolina, beach Aug. 2 and carried to Oklahoma.

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  • Massive waves of garbage wash ashore in Philippines

    Literal garbage crashed ashore in the Philippines capital's waterfront as a result of heavy rain and flooding from over the weekendOcean Conservancy reports that China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam dump more plastic into the sea than the rest of the world combined. Read more... More about Mashable Video, Oceans, Philippines, Pollution, and Pollution And Environment

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  • Refugee who earned rocket science degree from UCL stood in Canary Wharf with sign asking for job

    Mohamed Elbarkey had sent out 70 job applications but wasn't offered any interviews. He then got the idea for the stunt after it was successful for David, in Silicon Valley last year.

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  • Please don't eat the world's oldest cheese

    Read more... More about Egypt, Cheese, Tomb, Mummy, and Science

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  • Wildfire smoke engulfing a storm in the Atlantic is an ideal metaphor for 2018

    Smoke produced by fires thousands of miles away is now choking a storm swirling in the Atlantic Ocean. Welcome to weather in 2018. Thursday morning, Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman found that smoke from California and Canada's record-breaking wildfires has nearly engulfed subtropical storm Ernesto. SEE ALSO: How long does it take for today's violent wildfires to go out? Previously, the wildfire smoke had shut down Yosemite National Park, and the National Weather Service watched...

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  • Pelican tracker lost on Hilton Head takes a 1,100-mile road trip — without its pelican

    A Clemson researcher tracking a brown pelican got a surprise when he looked at his data. The GPS device was picked up off a Hilton Head, South Carolina, beach Aug. 2 and carried to Oklahoma.

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  • Scientists develop system for trapping carbon dioxide

    Mankind might be slowly destroying planet Earth, but there’s also a chance we could be the ones to save it from ourselves. A group of scientists led by Ian Power of Trent University in Canada have announced the development of a system that can trap CO2 in a naturally occurring mineral at a much faster...

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  • This tricked-out SpaceX helmet is nearly all 3D printed

    The majority of the minimally designed, sleek helmet has been 3D printed. It's capable of performing cooling functions, retracting the visor, and more. Read more... More about Space, Elon Musk, Spacex, 3d Printing, and Helmet

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  • How people and pets can stay safe around red tide

    Florida's Gulf Coast is battling the worst red tide in more than 10 years, pushing Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency this week. But all over the world, red tides that grow out of control, kill fish, and take all of the oxygen from coastal waters are lasting longer and longer....

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  • How long does it take for today's violent wildfires to go out?

    When a massive wildfire erupts in the United States today, it can leap over formidable rivers, produce whirling tornados of flame, and cause tens of thousands of people to flee.  These modern infernos — enhanced by a warming climate that makes for profoundly parched land — are burning over twice as much land than they were in the early 1980s, breaking all-time records.  After it spreads to tens or hundreds of thousands of acres, it can take quite a bit of time for the fire to finally go out. How...

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  • Scientists made an awesome error that could save our planet from plastic hell

    A team of researchers from Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory made an enzyme that can eat up plastic bottles. They were playing around with a known enzyme made by a bacteria that can break down plastic, and just so happened to make the enzyme even better. Read more... More about Mashable Video, Bacteria, Plastic Waste, Plastic, and Plastic Pollution

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  • Children Give in to Robot Peer Pressure

    Children give in to robot peer pressure... (Third column, 6th story, link) Related stories:Director Casts ROBOT As Lead Actor...PHOTOS: World Droid Conference...Presence of threatening humanoid improves performance... Advertise here

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  • ANALYSIS-Monsanto Roundup appeal has uphill climb on 'junk science'...

    By Tina BellonNEW YORK, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Bayer AG unit Monsanto faces long odds on an appeal blaming an "inflamed" jury and "junk science" for a verdict...

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  • The baking Pacific Ocean is changing the weather on the Southern California coast

    Ocean temperatures off the Southern California coast have been profoundly warm in August, with a number of all-time high temperatures recorded in San Diego's almost bath-like waters. These extreme marine temperatures — created by weather patterns and boosted by climate change — have a sphere of influence beyond the oceans, as this heat has contributed to unusual heat and mugginess on the heavily-populated coast.  This is not the norm for seaside San Diego, which is famous for its sunny, though...

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  • How a science program teaches girls to stop doubting themselves

    This post is part of Mashable's ongoing series The Women Fixing STEM, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as well as initiatives and organizations working to close the industries' gender gaps. With patience, Emily Cruz detangled a vine with Dorito-shaped leaves from a fallen branch, unwinding it slowly and then pulling it out from the roots. The 12-year-old and 40 other middle-school girls were working to remove what’s known as mile-a-minute vines...

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  • Can't get out of bed? NASA picked the perfect songs to wake up its Mars rover.

    Having trouble getting up in the morning? Crank up a playlist inspired to wake up a robot on Mars. NASA engineers have picked songs to greet their sleeping Opportunity rover on Mars, which survived a Martian dust storm in June but is yet to switch back on. SEE ALSO: Curiosity rover celebrates six cold, lonely years on Mars with a tweet The storm caused Opportunity's battery power to drop so low that it's now in a sleep mode and not yet able to call home to Earth. So, according to Space.com,...

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  • Monsanto Roundup appeal has uphill climb on 'junk science' grounds...

    By Tina BellonNEW YORK, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Bayer AG unit Monsanto faces long odds on an appeal blaming an "inflamed" jury and "junk science" for a verdict...

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  • A dead baby orca and the intense grief of animals

    For 17 days, the killer whale Tahlequah kept her decomposing calf afloat in ocean waters north of Seattle. Sometimes, the lifeless calf would sink, and Tahlequah would dive down and push it back up to the surface. But after 400 hours of this trying effort, Tahlequah apparently accepted fate on August 11, and let her deceased young fall to the depths of the Salish Sea. This grim event has been widely viewed as a show of intense grieving for the loss of a young calf, perpetuating an unsettling...

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  • State of emergency declared in Florida amid toxic red tide outbreak on Gulf coast

    The Governor of Florida issued a state of emergency in response to this year’s excessive red tide, the toxic algae bloom spreading across the West Coast of the state.

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  • Scientists fear for Mars Opportunity rover’s life

    NASA’s Opportunity rover has had an incredible career already, spending years upon years studying the Martian surface and proving to be an incredibly reliable and hardy piece of hardware. Unfortunately, a NASA dust storm that began kicking up in May may have abruptly ended its historic run. In mid-June, the solar-powered Opportunity ran out of...

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  • Wearable 'microbreweries' can track dangerous radiation exposure

    Researchers at Purdue University developed a disposable patch that can track radiation levels in an instant with the help of yeast. Experts think this tool will be valuable to hospital lab workers, and perhaps nuclear disaster victims one day.  Read more... More about Mashable Video, Hospital, Healthcare, Radiation, and Yeast

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  • A Community-Run ISP Is the Highest Rated Broadband Company in America

    A Consumer Reports survey of 176,000 Americans finds that small, locally owned ISPs are routinely ranked higher than big telecom companies.

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