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NY’s Perch apartment complex sheds 90% of energy burden

NY’s Perch apartment complex sheds 90% of energy burden

In New York, in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood, there’s an apartment complex in the works called Perch that is the first of its kind. Built to “Passive House” standards, the complex is being designed to use between 80% and 90% less energy than the same sort of structure built to common standards. It will do this while providing the same sort of urban living structure city dwellers have come to expect, however.

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Researchers: ‘lost’ lions aren’t lost, just hiding

Researchers: ‘lost’ lions aren’t lost, just hiding

African lions are, unfortunately, a ‘vulnerable’ species, with the number of members decreasing over the past few decades due in part to poaching. Since the 1980s, the population has been, at minimum, cut in half; furthermore, it was believed the lions were extinct in Sudan. Researchers have reported good news, though, having successfully found these 'lost' lions near the Ethiopia-Sudan border.

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GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE has decided it is time to part ways with compact fluorescent lamp production, the company announced in a statement today. This year, GE plans to cease production of CFL light bulbs and switch its focus over to LED bulb production instead; CFL bulbs have been on the downswing, and says GE, they “were never really beloved.” Now that LED prices are coming down, consumers are increasingly turning their attention to the more efficient bulb technology.

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FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky will soon be home to a large indoor vertical garden installed in part of a 24 acre campus, FarmedHere has announced. This indoor vertical garden, like others, will maximum how every inch of space is used and will offer several benefits over traditional gardens, including being able to grow food all year rather than just during summer months. This vertical garden will be at the West Louisville FoodPort.

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White giraffe in Tanzania is one of a kind

White giraffe in Tanzania is one of a kind

The Tarangire National Park in Tanzania is home to a white giraffe with a red mane, something described as being “extremely rare.” The calf was born last year and was recently spotted with some other (regular) giraffes — her name is Omo, something derived from the name of a detergent brand. Omo is a Masai giraffe, and she has leucism, a condition where small amounts of pigment exist in some parts of the body.

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Report: many U.S. cities could have lead-contaminated water

Report: many U.S. cities could have lead-contaminated water

The scandal surrounding Flint, Michigan's contaminated drinking water has fully caught the public's attention, but it might turn out to be merely the worst of many cities when it comes to contamination. According to a source who has cropped up, “every major US city east of the Mississippi” is distorting the levels of lead and copper in their drinking water, meaning more places than just Flint could be putting their residents at risk.

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NASA: we’re probably at peak El Niño

NASA: we’re probably at peak El Niño

According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, we’ve “probably reached the peak” of El Niño, though how the coming months will play out isn’t certain. The space agency says it is possible that tropical Pacific waters will be back to neutral by this upcoming summer, or it could play out that we get a La Nina instead, which has happened in the past.

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First Zika virus brain damage case in U.S. identified

First Zika virus brain damage case in U.S. identified

In a first for the U.S., a case brain damage caused by the Zika virus has been identified, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health. A baby in Oahu was born with microcephaly, confirmed to be caused by the Zika virus, which has unfortunately afflicted thousands of babies in Brazil with the same condition. In this latest case, the baby’s mother had been in Brazil in May 2015.

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Next Ice Age postponed thanks to global warming

Next Ice Age postponed thanks to global warming

No, we're not talking about what might be a sequel to a full feature 3D animated film. We are talking about what could have been an imminent natural event that would have brought all life as we know it to its knees. The next ice age, the well known term referring to an extremely long period of bitter cold, is going to be delayed by as much as 100,000 years. Ironically, the Earth has been spared from that fate by global warming, which is also warned to bring a different kind of doom to the planet.

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Volkswagen’s recall plan rejected in California

Volkswagen’s recall plan rejected in California

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen’s proposal for how it will deal with the recall of its vehicles in the state. In addition, CARB has also made public its formal Notice of Violation regarding the auto maker’s violation of state air quality regulations. Says the California EPA, “Today’s actions do not preclude a recall, but allow for a broader array of potential remedies.”

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Giant tortoise fossils hint at Andes Mountains’ history

Giant tortoise fossils hint at Andes Mountains’ history

Case Western Reserve University researcher Darin Croft discovered fossilized tortoise remains in the Andes Mountains, more specifically in what is described as an “arid plateau,” hinting at the state of the landscape as it existed millions of years ago. The discovery was made in southern Bolivia, and is joined by similar discoveries of turtle shell fossil fragments from a nearby location.

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Another contagious Tasmanian devil cancer found

Another contagious Tasmanian devil cancer found

Researchers have discovered a new form of contagious cancer that is transmitted among Tasmanian devils, shaking long-held beliefs that transmittable cancers are a rarity. This is the second type of contagious cancer discovered that affects Tasmanian devils, and it represents itself with physical symptoms and lesions indistinguishable from the other cancer type's lesions. Contagious cancers have also been found among soft-shelled clams and dogs.

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