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Trump administration changes EPA website to be kinder to fracking

At the beginning of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made changes to its website pages on fracking.  A watchdog group known as the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative tracked those changes across the EPA’s site and just released a report documenting the group’s findings. The result of the changes has left an official...CONTINUE READING
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How the eerie drone of a ‘Star Trek’ spaceship’s engine lulls people to sleep

When a crew member aboard Star Trek’s USS Enterprise is accused of sabotaging the futuristic ship, a noble Captain Jean-Luc Picard comes the accused traitor’s defense, delivering a grave message to his exploration corps:    “Have we become so fearful, have we become so cowardly, that we must extinguish a man because he carries the...CONTINUE READING
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California cities now have the worst air pollution on Earth as smoke blows into town

Oakland, a Northern California city with a population of over 425,000, had the worst air quality in the world Saturday morning. Wildfire smoke wafting over from the still-growing Camp Fire — by far the deadliest wildfire in state history — had inundated many heavily-populated California cities and towns with small bits of pollution thinner than...CONTINUE READING
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The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here’s how to see it.

Bundle up and head outside in the wee hours of the morning this weekend to check out some shooting stars.  The Leonid meteor shower peaks early on Saturday morning. If estimates hold, people in rural areas with little light pollution should be able to see about 15 meteors per hour under good weather conditions.  The...CONTINUE READING
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For eco-conscious city dwellers, urban agriculture is one road to real impact

Eco-consciousness is a hot trend. It’s become common occurrence to see shoppers with reusable grocery totes at the supermarket. Bamboo straws are flying off shelves as people opt for eco-friendly products. Urban gardening and composting, too, has taken root as consumers try to minimize their carbon footprints. These small actions are encouraging first steps, but...CONTINUE READING
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See SpaceX blast a satellite into orbit, nail rocket landing on a drone ship

For the 18th time this year, SpaceX has successfully launched to space. After lifting off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center along the Florida coast at 3:46 p.m. on Thursday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket delivered a communications satellite, Es’hail-2, into orbit for its latest customer, the nation of Qatar.  About 10 minutes later, the rocket booster...CONTINUE READING
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Before and after photos show the devastation of the California wildfires

As wildfires continue to rage across California, a set of before and after photos brings into focus the utter devastation wrought by the blazes, particularly in the northern California town of Paradise Pines which has essentially been incinerated by the fires. As of Thursday morning, the Camp Fire has burned over 140,000 acres and is...CONTINUE READING
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A super-Earth orbits a famous star not far from our sun

Since the 1960s, scientists and exoplanet hunters have searched for evidence of planets orbiting one particular star. It’s called Barnard’s star and it’s only six light-years from our sun — a stone’s throw in a cosmic sense.  Now, an international team of astronomers has managed to discover a possible planet, known as a super-Earth, orbiting...CONTINUE READING
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Watch California’s powerful, relentless winds stoke the state’s fires

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