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First vertical farm to boost supply of local greens

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First vertical farm to boost supply of local greens

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Land-scarce Singapore has its first vertical farm on a plot of land in Lim Chu Kang the size of about five football fields. Vegetables – Chinese cabbage, nai bai and xiao bai cai – grow on 120 towers and th...

Solar islands floated as clean energy source for crowded continents

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Solar islands floated as clean energy source for crowded continents

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There are no palm trees to be found on this sunny island, which could generate enough electricity for 30,000 people. Global consultancy and certification firm DNV has unveiled designs for floating solar arrays that...

Antarctic Ozone Hole 2nd Smallest in 20 Years

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Antarctic Ozone Hole 2nd Smallest in 20 Years

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The ozone hole above the Antarctic has hit its maximum extent for the year. Due to warm temperatures, the opening in the protective atmospheric layer was the second smallest it has been for 20 years, scientists...

UN conference to save earth’s biodiversity kicks off in India

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UN conference to save earth’s biodiversity kicks off in India

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DELHI — For the next two years, India will steer efforts to save the earth’s biodiversity during a time when our “natural capital” is being lost at an unprecedented rate. India is hosting the UN Conference on...

Recycled tire powder saves energy, reduce costs, makes quieter cars

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Recycled tire powder saves energy, reduce costs, makes quieter cars

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Incineration is still widely used to dispose of discarded tires. A green materials company is providing an alternative that monetizes waste rubber, saving significant energy and lowering the cost of making new tire...

Tesla museum campaign exceeds fund-raising target

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Tesla museum campaign exceeds fund-raising target

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A museum dedicated to electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla is set to be built, after The Oatmeal website exceeded a target of raising $850,000. Launched less than a week ago, the campaign was set up to buy Tesla's old ...

Urban beekeeping keeps cities healthy

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Urban beekeeping keeps cities healthy

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“We need bees for the future of our cities and urban living,” Noah Wilson-Rich said at TEDxBoston. Wilson-Rich completed his Ph.D. in honeybee health in 2005. In 2006, honeybees started disappearing. “We don’t e...

Played music as a child? Enjoy a cognitive boost into old age

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Played music as a child? Enjoy a cognitive boost into old age

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We take it as a given that as we grow older, our cognitive abilities will decline. But that mental deterioration might be a little slower or a little less than it would have been for one group of people: those who...

Millions of Chinese to benefit from Southampton University hearing test

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Millions of Chinese to benefit from Southampton University hearing test

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A new hearing screening test developed by the University of Southampton could help the estimated 100 million people suffering from hearing loss in China. The test was developed by the university's Institute of So...

Japan to set clean-energy subsidies matching panel’s proposals

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Japan to set clean-energy subsidies matching panel’s proposals

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Japan is set to announce incentives for renewable-energy generation on June 18 and will endorse the rates proposed by a government panel, an official said today. Trade Minister Yukio Edano will confirm the subsidiz...

Turning Saltwater From Earth and Sea Into Water Fit to Drink

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Turning Saltwater From Earth and Sea Into Water Fit to Drink

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SAN ANTONIO — Drilling rigs in the midst of cow pastures are hardly a novelty for Texans. But on a warm May day at a site about 30 miles south of San Antonio, a rig was not trying to reach oil or fresh water, but rath...

Venus to put on Sun spectacular

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Venus to put on Sun spectacular

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Planet Venus is set to move across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth. The more than six-and-a-half-hour transit, which starts just after 22:00 GMT (23:00 BST) on Tuesday is a very rare astronomical phenomeno...

New York to London in an hour – by train

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New York to London in an hour – by train

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You could call it a pipe dream. That’s how the BBC refers to it on its website, where a feature story reports that one day soon, trains traveling through vacuum tunnels could whisk passengers from New York to Lon...

Pill Could Reverse Effects of a Stroke Long After It Hits

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Pill Could Reverse Effects of a Stroke Long After It Hits

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For the 800,000 people in the United States who suffer a stroke each year, the window for drug therapy closes in the first few hours after the attack. That leaves some seven million stroke survivors in this country...

Flight Soars from Europe to Africa

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Flight Soars from Europe to Africa

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An experimental solar-powered airplane is headed from Europe toward the African continent in a historic flight. Noted Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard took off from Madrid, Spain early Tuesday morning aboard the ...

Long-Term Fishery Investments Starting To Pay Off

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Long-Term Fishery Investments Starting To Pay Off

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by Michael Conathan Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual “Status of Stocks” report to Congress outlining the overall health of our nation’s fisheries. To t...

New biomass-powered train to travel at 130 m.p.h.

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New biomass-powered train to travel at 130 m.p.h.

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If the Twin Cities-based Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) has anything to do with it, trains will soon run carbon-neutral. This week, the Coalition, a project of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Envir...

‘Solar Suitcase’ Aids Doctors in Developing World

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‘Solar Suitcase’ Aids Doctors in Developing World

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KANO, Nigeria - The World Health Organization says the number of women who die from pregnancy and childbirth has been cut in half over the last 20 years.  While that is an encouraging development, about half a milli...

Floating city for startups makes waves among entrepreneurs

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Floating city for startups makes waves among entrepreneurs

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Blueseed, the startup ship that will bring Silicon Valley to the open waters, is quickly gaining steam among entrepreneurs. The company recently released a report announcing that it already has 133 startup firms inter...

World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

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World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

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Five nations in Africa have come together to create the world’s largest conservation area for wildlife. Elephants have no respect for lines on a map, especially the artificial national boundaries established by E...