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    Other Just how bad is California's drought?

    California continues to dry up. The latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought. These are sobering numbers, to be sure, but for an even better perspective on the drought's unprecedented progression, check out this GIF, created by L.A...
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    Scientist Offers $10,000 To Anyone Who Can Disprove Climate Change

    Outraged by the unsavory tactics of climate change deniers, physicist Christopher Keating says he'll give $10,000 to anyone who can use the scientific method to prove that human-instigated climate change isn't real. Keating has been involved in one way or another with climate change for the...
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    Humans Are Driving Animals To Extinction At A Shocking Rate

    Fossil and genetic evidence tell us that animals have been going extinct since long before the existence of modern humans – but how might extinction rates differ if humans suddenly ceased to exist? A recently updated calculation suggests the rate of die-offs would be lower. Much, much lower...
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    Research center or weather weapon? US military is shutting down HAARP

    Adepts of conspiracy theories might well take a deep breath: the HAARP program could be dismantled as soon as this summer, so from now on a tornado destroying your house will be a mere whirlwind, not a DARPA prank. Or will it? The Air Force is said to be getting ready to wave their last...
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    NASA has released a free ebook about communicating with aliens.

    Titled Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication and edited by SETI Director of Interstellar Message Composition Douglas Vakoch, the document draws on "issues at the core of contemporary archaeology and anthropology" to prepare us "for contact with anextraterrestrial civilization...
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    Half Of The U.S. Is Now In A Drought

    It's now just as likely for an area of the U.S. to be in drought as not. This drought map showing which half of the country is currently in drought and by how much was put together by the U.S. National Drought Monitor, who points out that not only is the scale unusual, it's also the severity...