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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...CONTINUE READING
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4 things we learned about plastic straw bans from people with disabilities

There is a debate taking place online in reaction to the plastic straw bans spreading across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. As various cities and companies ban plastic straws, advocates for people with disabilities have taken to social media to voice their opposition. First Vancouver in May, then Seattle earlier this month, and now Starbucks,...CONTINUE READING
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This “horror” was spotted off the coast of the Carolinas

Researchers from NOAA took a deep sea dive off the coast of the Carolinas and discovered some “unidentified” creatures. The team also caught a glimpse of the rarely-seen deepsea lizardfish. The creepy fish can grow to be more than 2 feet long and has some razor sharp teeth on him.  Read more…More about Science, Mashable...CONTINUE READING
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Animals are becoming nocturnal to avoid humans, and that could mean trouble

Animals that live near human activity are becoming nocturnal just to avoid us, and the implications for ecosystems around the world could be huge.  A team of researchers conducted a meta-analysis which included data about 62 species across six continents and found an overwhelming trend: To avoid encountering humans, animals are becoming nocturnal at the...CONTINUE READING
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Fine, volcanic glass called ‘Pele’s hair’ has been raining on Hawaii

The eruption from Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea has seen lava oozing from the volcano in stunning, frightening pictures, but it’s also brought about quite the oddity: Falling glass. It’s called Pele’s hair, and they’re light strands of volcanic glass that have been falling downwind from the fissure.  SEE ALSO: Don’t let lava stop you from visiting...CONTINUE READING
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People are mesmerised by the return of this disappearing lake

Nestled deep in the mountains of southern Tasmania in Australia, the Disappearing Tarn is sought after by photographers and intrepid hikers. As the name suggests, the tarn isn’t always there, but recent heavy rainfall in the region has given it new life. SEE ALSO: Hungry, hungry black hole would take only two days to eat...CONTINUE READING
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Spraying this material on desert sand will turn it into green, fertile land

For the past ten years, Desert Control has been testing a land treatment that promises to transform non-productive land into fertile soil. The material they have invented is called Liquid NanoClay and it’s a mixture of clay and water, mixed using a special patented method. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Environment, Egypt, Desert, and Sand...CONTINUE READING
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