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Migrating Bats Are Basically Flying Weather Stations

Common noctule (Nyctalus noctula). (Image: MPI f. Ornithology/ K. Safi) Read More >>

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Thunderstorm Turns Into a Nuclear Reactor and Blasts Wind Turbine With Particles

Thunderclouds rolled into the Japanese beach town of Uchinada early one December morning in 2015. The scientists expected the storms; they’d staked out the location specifically for studying something normally only seen by satellites. Sometime after 5am, a flash of lightning struck a wind turbine. And along came a more perplexing weather phenomenon, too: The thunderstorm turned into a particle accelerator and blasted radiation at the ground. Read More >>

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Jerk Humans Immediately Shoot First Wild Bison Seen in Germany for Over 250 Years

The World Wildlife Fund said on Friday it will be pursuing charges against a local official who, upon receiving a report of the first sighting of a wild bison in Germany in over 250 years, promptly ordered hunters to shoot the animal dead. Read More >>

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Waters Exposed By Massive Antarctic Iceberg Now a Protected Area

Two months ago, an iceberg half the size of Jamaica tore itself loose from Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf. As it slowly drifts north, this massive berg is exposing an area that’s been covered in ice for the past 120,000 years. An international agreement has now been put in place to protect this emerging area and keep it in pristine condition. Read More >>

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Are Wolves Better Problem Solvers Than Dogs?

From a young age, human children learn that a rattle won’t make a noise until it’s shaken, and that placing fingers on a hot stove is a terrible idea. New research suggests that wolves, like humans, have a knack for identifying these kinds of cause-and-effect relationships, but that domesticated dogs do not. This finding suggests that domestication may have debilitated doggie brains, but there are other possible factors to consider as well. Read More >>

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Salmon Spill Sends Thousands of Invasive Fish Swimming Up and Down the Pacific Coast

Last month, a pen in Washington State holding hundreds of thousands of fish broke, sending swarms of silver Atlantic salmon swimming to the south and north. If you're up on your US geography, you may know that Washington State is not on the Atlantic. Now, these invasive fish have been reported as far as 150 miles away in Canada. Read More >>

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Newly Discovered London Fatberg Takes Record

Turns out we're still best at doing something as a nation. That thing is putting fat and wet wipes into the drains, as Thames Water has discovered what's presumed to be the largest known fatberg in the world beneath streets in Whitechapel. They should make putting things down the drain an Olympic sport. Read More >>

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China Wants to Ban Sales and Production of Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars

China announced plans to end sales of all fossil fuel-powered cars. Bloomberg reported over the weekend that Xin Guobin, vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, is finalising a timetable for ending production and sales of gas-powered cars while stepping up incentives for hybrid and electric cars, though no exact deadline has been announced. China has long pushed for electric cars (called ‘New Energy Vehicles’ in the country) introducing tax breaks for new buyers and planning 100,000 new charging stations in 2017 alone. Read More >>

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Hurricane Irma Is Now Heading Towards West Florida, and There’s No Time Left

Hurricane Irma is now expected to swing west, regain power and rake the state’s west coast on its way north, the National Hurricane Center said on Saturday. Read More >>

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240-Year-Old Nautical Maps Reveal How Different Florida’s Coral Reefs Used to Be

Old sailor’s tales about the seas being so full of fish you could walk on them, or oysters the size of frisbees, tend to inspire scepticism today, and for good reason—most of us have very little direct experience with the oceans, except for the occasional news article about how we’ve screwed it up beyond repair. But the oceans of yesteryear really were more plentiful than they are today, and a new analysis of 240-year-old nautical charts hints at just how dramatically things have changed. Read More >>

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Earth Is Running Out of Sand, Apparently

Summer is coming to an end, and you may be thinking fondly back to times spent lounging on a beach, soft white sand flowing between your fingers and toes as you napped under the Sun. Well, forget relaxing and start worrying, baby! Read More >>

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Storm Brian is Coming This Winter

It seems a bit silly to call the small windy evenings we are occasionally ruffled by "storms" given the crisis in the US at the moment, but that's what the Met Office calls them so who are we to argue? And the weather watchers have hit the news today by revealing the thrilling list of names our local storms are to be known by this winter. Read More >>

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France Wants to Ban All Fossil Fuel Production By 2040

In what would be a world first, the government of President Emmanuel Macron wants to phase out all oil and gas exploration and production in France and its overseas territories by 2040. Sounds dramatic, but the EU nation has very little to lose as it sets its sights on a greener future. Read More >>

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Met Police Tests Hydrogen Powered Scooters

Seven lucky mounted police in London have some new rides to play with, as the city's Met Police is trialling a hydrogen-powered scooter of (a) justice and (b) ecofriendliness. Read More >>

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The Radical Plan to Cool Down LA as the World Heats Up

It’s barely 10 a.m. on an August day in Hollywood, and the heat is already becoming oppressive. The temperature’s only 30℃, but in the direct sun it feels hotter—and it’s getting worse by the minute. Part of the reason is the ground. The black asphalt of this side street off Sunset Boulevard is sucking up the sun and radiating its heat back out. An infrared thermometer shows the surface temperature to be 44℃. By mid-day, it’ll rise above 65℃. Read More >>