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California Storm Brings New Worries To Drought-Plagued Region

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By Nick Visser LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strong Pacific storm has brought rain and snow to much of California but so far no major problems have been reported. There have been numerous traffic accidents early Friday, but mudslides have not materialized in Southern California suburbs below fire-scarred hillsides. About 1,000 homes in the cities […]

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<em>Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster</em> Warns It Could Happen Here

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By Elliott Negin The U.S. nuclear industry’s prospects looked pretty rosy back in February 2011. Republicans had placed the nuclear “renaissance” at the top of their agenda and introduced legislation to streamline regulatory oversight at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Meanwhile, President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget request proposed adding an additional $36 billion in […]

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WATCH: What Happened When A Kid Asked Her, 'Are You A Boy Or A Girl?'

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By TEDTalks In this incredibly moving talk, waitress-turned-equal-rights-advocate Ash Beckham shares a story about how a little girl’s innocence stopped her in her tracks. See what this profound encounter reveals about finding the courage to be yourself and to say the things you never thought you could say. Ideas are not set in stone. When […]

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Now's Your Chance To Fly With A Pelican (VIDEO)

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By Isaac Saul Watching a pelican learn to fly on video would be magical enough, but imagine getting to experience the ride first-hand. Apparently, that’s exactly what a few folks at Greystoke Mahale in Tanzania had in mind when they attached a GoPro to this pelican’s beak. The bird, nicknamed Big Bird, spent months trying […]

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An Artist And A Hive Of Bees Collaborate On A Series Of Sculptures

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By Katherine Brooks Aganetha Dyck has become well known for her unusual sculptures, delicate artworks that depict mundane objects playfully obscured by mounds of honeycombs. But the Canadian artist can’t take all the credit. She shares the glory with her willing collaborators — honeybees. Dyck has been partnering with bees for the past 20 years. […]

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North Korean Zoo Gets Dogs And Guinea Pigs

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By Ed Mazza As a zoo in France unveils its latest addition, three Asiatic lion cubs, a zoo in North Korea is getting ready with a few new exhibitions of its own. But these animals are slightly less exotic. The Central Zoo in Pyongyang says it’s obtained 50 dogs of 21 species, including dalmatians, Irish […]

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Red, Blue, and Purple States Agree: Limit Carbon Pollution

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By Heather Taylor-Miesle Conventional wisdom can be a funny thing, especially in politics. It’s often based on anecdote rather than fact. Take the politics of climate, for instance. The fossil fuel industry, backed by the Koch brothers, have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into defeating environmental champions. That kind of cash can be scary […]