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New study: Microplastics found in all beached dolphins, whales, and seals

"Our findings are not good news," says Brendan Godley, of the University of Exeter.

6 great inventions from the Civil War

The massive number of casualties and injuries created during these battles necessitated some quick, creative ideas... some of which we still have today.

In one coal state, renewable energy is set to win by 2028

Indiana ranks 3rd in coal consumption, but a primary energy utility there just declared the end of coal by 2028

MIT scientists propose giant laser beacon to attract alien attention

The concept was likened to a porch light in our little neighborhood of the galaxy.

NASA scientists are developing rocket fuel made from Martian soil

Scientists at NASA are currently developing methane-creating robots to overcome this challenge.

200 Google workers will walk out on Thursday over sexual misconduct handling

The "Women's Walk" (as Google has named it) will occur in response to how the company handled sexual misconduct claims against one of its executives.

NASA spots perfectly rectangular icebergs in Antarctica

Geometric or tabular icebergs are a thing, and they're kinda beautiful.

Raising minimum wage to $15 an hour reduces costly turnovers, new study finds

As it turns out, the effects of the minimum wage increase are more nuanced than previously espoused.

The original 'Big Bird' puppeteer is leaving Sesame Street

He was recruited by Jim Henson himself in 1969.

Canada has legalized marijuana. Here's why they did it.

The tax coffers for the entire country will be growing rapidly, and citizens of Canada will be able to access what they need.

Jeff Bezos defends spending billions on rockets over, say, poverty

At what point does spending billions on rocket technology seem irresponsible to those suffering on Earth?

Retail apocalypse continues as Sears files for bankruptcy

142 more stores to close, but that might be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

9 heartbreaking Hurricane Michael photos remind us of nature's power

It's the first time a Category 4 hit this region. Ever.

Mount Vesuvius eruption boiled people's blood, made skulls explode

The eruption quickly killed those caught in its intense wake.

The Pine Island Glacier is about to calve another monster iceberg

This is doubly worrisome on the heels of the recent UN climate change report, which gave humanity an urgent deadline to cut carbon emissions: just 12 years.

On global warming, we have 12 years left until the point of no return

Most of us will still be alive then. Maybe.

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

It had a role in that old farmhouse...

Amazon dumps "stealth tax" on unsuspecting warehouse workers

Amazon raised its minimum wage for US workers to $15 per hour. Then, it took a bunch of other benefits away in what's being called a "stealth tax."

Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all U.S. workers

Political pressure works, y'all!

Scientists blow up their lab after creating strongest magnet ever

It's a record magnetic field, but... yeah. That didn't last long.

Read: Christine Blasey Ford's opening statement to Senate

Here's the link to watch it live.

Found: edited draft of Galileo's argument for a heliocentric model

At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?

Major study: Drug overdoses over a 38-year period reveal hidden trends

It's just the current cycle that involves opiates, but methamphetamine, cocaine, and others have caused the trajectory of overdoses to head the same direction

Early Halloween in this Greek town: 1,000-foot spiderweb

It happens every few years. Not just in Greece, but also parts of the United States.

British Satellite, RemoveDEBRIS, to clean up space junk

It deploys nets to capture useless space junk.

An aspirin a day keeps the heart attack away? Not so much.

It's been de rigueur for at least 50 years that a daily, small dose of aspirin helps prevent heart attacks. However...

What is the 'pure carnivore diet'?

It's all the rage right now after the Paleo and keto diet sensations took the world by storm. But is it healthy?

In Turkey, Darwin is being removed from textbooks

Some parts of the world are going backward right now. Where will it leave us?

Behold, a rocket launch seen from space

The perspective on this is quite novel.

The Sahara Desert might become a place where solar and wind power can change the world

A new study asks the question: can a massive solar and wind farm be implemented in the Sahara? According to at least one of the authors, it's possible to create these solar and wind farms with technology available right now.

Bernie Sanders' BEZOS Act will make mega corporations pay fair wages

Bernie Sanders introduces an act to Congress named for the uber-wealthy head of Amazon aiming to make wealthy companies pay for any employees receiving public assistance.

LEGO builds life-size, drivable Bugatti Chiron. Watch it go!

LEGO folks built an actual, full-sized replica of the Bugatti Chiron—and drove it. What's next, a Mars rover?

Remember Windows 95? Now you can download it on most OS systems, for free.

Microsoft Windows 95 was launched exactly 23 years ago today, selling for the tidy sum of $209.95. Now you can download it for free on almost any device. Go ahead. You know you want to.

Microsoft detects and disables 6 new Russian attacks ahead of U.S. midterm elections

A group affiliated with the Russian government has been found by Microsoft to have created at least six 'spear phishing' websites targeting U.S elections, and it's certain there there will be more before November.

NYU School of Medicine: 'Free tuition for all students.'

Citing increasing student debt and the desire to see more family and pediatric physicians, the school might have started a trend.

Scientists have created a carbon-trapping mineral in a lab

It’s still only in the lab at this stage, and then there’s the problem of where, exactly, to store the carbon-impregnated magnesite.

‘Buddy, can you spare $70,000?’ Great Recession cost us all that much over a lifetime.

A publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco says that the Great Recession that happened 10 years ago will cost us all $70K over a lifetime because of lost GDP.

Australians discover evidence of 25-million-year-old mega shark

This is an extremely rare find; only three similar fossils have been found in the world.

YouTube now displays facts below conspiracy theory videos

Global warming, the MMR vaccine, UFOs, and more are in the spotlight so far. But will it work?

A new study claims ‘Medicare For all’ would ruin the USA financially. It's not true.

'Medicare for all', also known as Single Payer Health Care, will be hotly debated this year, and more and more U.S. voters support the idea.

Study: When Trump tweets about Muslims, hate crimes increase

"We find that Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets are highly correlated with the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes, particularly where Twitter usage is high, but only after the start of his presidential campaign."

Is the USA the best place to work in the world? OECD study says …

The 2018 OECD Employment Outlook of 2018, released on July 4, has some alarming news for residents of some of the key countries involved—especially for the good ol’ U. S. of A.

Electrical brain stimulation can reduce violent impulses by more than 50%

In a fascinating and somewhat unexpected result, mild electrical stimulation of the prefrontal cortex part of the brain can reduce violent urges and even raise moral awareness.

New study: Wind power will work on Mars. This is a game-changer.

Wind power on Mars makes it possible for any rover or other craft to collect power at the poles or other areas on the planet that don't get constant sunlight.

Scientists study tattooed corpses, find pigment in lymph nodes

It turns out, that tattoo ink can travel throughout your body and settle in lymph nodes.

Supreme Court ruling upholds Trump's travel ban

"We express no view on the soundness of the policy," Justice Roberts wrote in the Trump v. Hawaii Supreme Court ruling.

Survey: Millennials tip the least of any generation

Millennials are the first generation on track to make less than their parents. Of course, there was that whole Great Recession starting in 2008...

How Buzz Aldrin took the first selfie in space

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin captured the first selfie in space, and he doesn't want kids these days to forget it.

NASA unveils 3 ways it will defend Earth from catastrophic asteroids

The chances of an asteroid large enough to be a threat to areas where human beings are concentrated are small. Still, it's what's known as a "high impact" result.

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