Cooling Pacific has dampened global warming, research shows
Sep03

Cooling Pacific has dampened global warming, research shows

Scientists say changes in tropical waters could be responsible for the recent “pause” in rising temperatures. MODIS/Terra/NASA View of Pacific Ocean from outer space. Cooling waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean appear to be a major factor in dampening global warming in recent years, scientists said on Wednesday. Their work is a big step forward in helping to solve the greatest puzzle of current climate change research...

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Levitating train breaks speed record in Japan
Sep03

Levitating train breaks speed record in Japan

Japan is building a maglev train that moves fast — it just tested at more than 310 miles per hour. But construction is moving slowly. P.S. Lu This train goes fast. It sounds like something from a Japanamated techno-fantasy. But a real-life maglev train in Japan just passed its latest real-life test, levitating using magnets as it surpassed speeds of 310 miles per hour — faster than any other train in the world. Journalists...

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Safety inspectors target oil-hauling trains
Sep03

Safety inspectors target oil-hauling trains

U.S. safety officials have launched a Bakken Blitz to keep closer watch on trains carrying fracked oil out of North Dakota. Shutterstock Federal officials are trying to keep railway safety on track amidst a boom in oil hauling. All that combustible fuel being produced by America’s fracking boom has federal transportation safety officials on edge. Inspectors have started scrutinizing train manifests and tank car placards on...

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Crop-munching pests are traveling north as the climate changes
Sep03

Crop-munching pests are traveling north as the climate changes

The beetles, moths, and fungi that chomp on crops and devastate forests are moving toward the North Pole at an average of 24 feet per day. Sergey Yeliseev Gypsy moth larva, a pest in America’s forests, is even more pesky these days. Pests are packing their metaphorical bags and heading for fresh starts nearer the North Pole as the climate warms around them. Beetles, moths, fungi, and other pests that afflict forests and crops in...

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Has the world reached peak chicken?
Sep03

Has the world reached peak chicken?

You won’t believe how many chickens live on this planet. Shutterstock On Wednesday, the Northern California animal sanctuary Animal Place will airlift — yes, you read that right: airlift — 1,150 elderly laying hens from Hayward, Calif., to Elmira, N.Y., in an Embraer 120 turbo-prop. The price? $50,000. Right. So obviously, this isn’t the most efficient way to spend your chicken-helping money. It didn’t...

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Vegan M&Ms promise to leech the joy out of your life
Sep03

Vegan M&Ms promise to leech the joy out of your life

We all have the same complaint when eating M&Ms: They’re too meaty. Thankfully, with your donation, one company will set things right. Melt in your mouth, not in your soul. We all have the same complaint when eating M&Ms: They’re too meaty. They have a chickenlike mouthfeel and a liverwurst aftertaste. Thankfully, with your sizable donation, one company will set things right. With a name that says you don’t have to deny...

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