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Sponge Can Soak Up Oil Spills [video]

Weird Effects of California Drought

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From LiveScience –

Brown lawns, fallow fields and higher water bills are all the predictable outcomes of the California drought. The Golden State is in the midst of its driest period on record. But all that warm, dry weather affects more than just lake levels and snowpack — it has some downright weird effects, too. From pipe-eating poop to more roadkill, here are some of the strangest results of the California drought.

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Long View – Zoomed Out Look At Famous Landmarks

zoomed-outFrom PolicyMic –

We’ve seen them in pictures and in guidebooks. The world’s most famous landmarks live in popular imagination in their idealized form, but it can be surprising to see them in person. While some landmarks can be even more awe-inspiring when you take in their natural surroundings, others have been swallowed up by sprawling cityscapes. In our perfection-obsessed society, it’s tempting to crop out distractions and focus on the main subject. But as these images show, it can be just as enlightening to see how a landmark fits into an environment, and how a tourist attraction sticks out from a natural landscape. Here are 15 zoomed-out photos of famous landmarks around the world:

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Artist Creates Real Clouds Indoors

Mashable reports –

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create clouds indoors by carefully regulating the space’s humidity, temperature and light. This intersection of science and art was recently named one of TIME magazine’sBest Inventions of the Year 2012.” The fluffy white clouds are summoned up temporarily using a fog machine, creating a surreal experience in the middle of a room. Smilde has created his clouds inside different types of locations, ranging from corridors and hallways, to bedrooms and common spaces.

31,000 Year Old Seeds Blossom In Russia

According to Discover Magazine –

After more than 30,000 years, and some care from Russian scientists, some ancient fruits have produced this delicate white flower. These regenerated plants, rising like wintry Phoenixes from the Russian ice, are still viable. They produce their own seeds and, after a 30,000-year hiatus, can continue their family line. The plant owes its miraculous resurrection to a team of scientists led by David Gilichinsky, and an enterprising ground squirrel. Back in the Upper Pleistocene, the squirrel buried the plant’s fruit in the banks of the Kolyma River. They froze. Over millennia, the squirrel’s burrow fossilised and was buried under increasing layers of ice. The plants within were kept at a nippy -7 degrees Celsius, surrounded by permanently frozen soil and the petrifying bones of mammoths and woolly rhinos. They never thawed. They weren’t disturbed. By the time they were found and defrosted by scientists, they had been buried to a depth of 38 metres, and frozen for around 31,800 years.

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Scientists Investigate ‘Pee Power’

The Guardian reports –

We each produce 2.5 litres of the stuff a day and a total of 6.4 trillion litres globally, but until now it has been widely regarded as a rather unpleasant waste product. However, a team of UK scientists reckon they may have found an extremely useful application for urine by turning it into electricity. The initial tests confirmed that urine-powered fuel cells are technically feasible, and the team now hopes to scale up a prototype system capable of powering homes, businesses or even a small village. The researchers are particularly interested in using the 38 billion litres of urine produced each day by farm animals, which can have an adverse effect on the environment if not properly managed.

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Are Plastic Bags The Greener Option?

Cnet reports –

I find certainty a little dubious. Somehow, nothing has ever seemed that certain on this earth, so when people–especially scientists or green activists–claim they know everything, my skeptical muscle goes all Cirque du Soleil. So please raise an eyebrow with me to a stimulating article in the Independent newspaper. It reveals the existence of a report, commissioned by the U.K. government, that concludes that plastic bags are actually less harmful to the environment than either paper or cotton versions.

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Hungary’s Red Flood on The Big Picture [pics]

On Monday, October 4th, a large reservoir filled with toxic red sludge in western Hungary ruptured, releasing approximately 700,000 cubic meters (185 million gallons) of stinking caustic mud, which killed many animals, at least four people, and injured over 120 – many with chemical burns. The 12-foot-high flood of sludge inundated several towns, sweeping cars off the road as it flowed into the nearby Marcal River. Emergency workers rushed to pour 1,000 tons of plaster into the Marcal River in an attempt to bind the sludge and keep it from flowing on to the Danube some 45 miles away. The red sludge in the reservoir is a byproduct of refining bauxite into alumina, which took place at an alumina plant run by the Hungarian Alumina Production and Trading Company. A criminal probe has just been opened by Hungarian authorities.

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Here We Go Again! Another BP Oil Rig In The Gulf Explodes

Yahoo reports –

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site off an offshore petroleum platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. The site of the explosion is west of where BP’s massive spill occurred. The Coast Guard said no one was killed Thursday in the explosion. The blast was spotted by a commercial helicopter flying over the site. All 13 people aboard the rig were found floating in the water in survival gear.

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Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival – Sept. 2-6, 2010

According to the festival’s official website –

Deep in the heart of Cajun Country, every Labor Day Weekend, tens of thousands of people celebrate at Louisiana’s oldest chartered harvest festival.
The festival has been honoring those who have worked tirelessly through rain and shine…and sometimes even hurricanes, to provide the area’s economic lifeblood for over half a century.  The festival also emphasizes the unique way in which these two seemingly different industries work hand-in-hand culturally and environmentally in this area of the “Cajun Coast.”  The event is free and has grown to become one of the country’s premiere festivals.  There’s plenty of fun for “kids” of all ages and lots to see, hear, do and eat!  The festival is truly a feast for ALL senses and according to Time Magazine, “…one of the best, most unusual, the most down-home, the most moving and the most fun the Country has to offer…” The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival, the state’s oldest chartered harvest festival…

Visit the festival’s official website.

Going Green – The Onion [pic]

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