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Bright Idea or Shady Scheme? Cosmetic Company Wants to Lighten Moon
The dazzling full moon sets behind the Very Large Telescope in Chile's Atacama Desert in this photo released June 7, 2010 by the European Southern Observatory. The moon appears larger than normal due to an optical illusion of perspective.
April 18th, 2014
A think-tank associated with a cosmetics company has a plan to brighten the surface of the moon in an effort to lighten up the night sky and reducing the need for electricity to run street lights. Scientists are skeptical.
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Salamanders Shrink as Climate Heats Up
An image of a salamander
April 11th, 2014
Rising temperatures are affecting the size of salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains.
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Is Global Warming a Giant Natural Fluctuation? (Op-Ed)
climate change, global warming, lightning, CA, Alabama HIlls
April 18th, 2014
Natural fluctuations have driven Earth's climate for millennia, but they are not the cause of modern warming.
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Old as Dirt: 2.7-Million-Year-Old Soil Found Under Ice
Greenland glacier
April 17th, 2014
More than 10,000 feet below Summit, the highest point of Greenland's Ice Sheet, is a soil born before humanity's ancestors ever walked on Earth.
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Panda Sutra – the Ups and Downs of Getting Grumpy Bears to Have Sex
pandas, mating, habitat
April 9th, 2014
The reason why pandas are going extinct is nothing to do with their cycles. It is because so much of their natural environment has been destroyed.
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With Less Snow, Endurance Racers Set Record
: Kaltag, Alaska, an Iditarod checkpoint
April 1st, 2014
Extreme bicycle racers have set a new record on the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a frigid, 1,000-mile endurance race in the Alaskan tundra. But record low snowfall this year may have played a role in the record.
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With Climate Change, Wildfires Getting Worse in the West
Las Conchas Fire
April 18th, 2014
Across the West, wildfires grew bigger and more frequent in the past 30 years, according to a new study that blames climate change and drought for the worsening flames.
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Frigid Winter? Blame 4,000 Years of Wild Jet Streams
Jet stream
April 16th, 2014
The jet stream's plunging pattern is a long-standing natural phenomenon. However, new findings also suggest that global warming may boost the frequency or intensity of the curves, which would mean more extreme winter weather in the United States and Canad
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Arctic Sea Ice Peak Is 5th Lowest on Record
Arctic sea ice
April 7th, 2014
Arctic sea ice hit its annual peak on March 21. It was the fifth-lowest maximum extent since 1979.
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