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Sunday’s Fat Bear Week face off pits two fat favorites against each other

Welcome to Fat Bear Week at Mashable! Each fall, Katmai National Park holds a competition as Alaska’s brown bears finish fattening up for their long winter hibernation. This year, Mashable is getting in on the salmon-munching action. Check back with us all week as we follow the fat bear face-offs each day, and remember to...CONTINUE READING
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Large chunk of beach gets eaten up by the ocean in ‘nearshore landslip’ event

A large chunk of an Australian beach has fallen into the ocean, in another incident of its kind in recent years. On Monday morning, approximately 200 to 300 metres (218 to 328 yards) of beach at south-east Queensland’s Inskip Point eroded into the ocean, leaving a gap in the coast which reaches to the tree...CONTINUE READING
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Fueling the future: The rise of wind tech careers

Ad Content from AT&T Driving through the rural landscape of South Texas, wind turbines dot the topography like stoic guardians of the open expanses. Perhaps there is no more powerful metaphor for progress — and for the future — than these majestic structures. Beto Gonzalez, the superintendent of Webb Consolidated Independent School District, calls the...CONTINUE READING
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NASA aerosol map shows the beauty of nature’s fury amidst fires and storms

From a ground-level perspective, blazing wildfires and different varieties of storm are terrifying displays of nature’s might. But viewed from space, through the right (computer-enhanced) eyes, they’re all things of beauty. On Friday, NASA released a visualization of Earth showing the aerosols that were swirling through our planet’s atmosphere on Aug. 23. It was a...CONTINUE READING
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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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