environment

See Google Maps show natural gas leaks around your city

See Google Maps show natural gas leaks around your city

Supposing you live in one of the very few cities Google and the EDF have mapped natural gas leaks in so far, you may be super relieved or super baffled by the results you’re about to see. Boston, Indianapolis, and Staten Island, New York have been mapped so far. Boston, we’ve got some bad news. Indianapolis, turn your smiles on.

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Smart cities: present tech efforts hint at our collective future

Smart cities: present tech efforts hint at our collective future

The tech industry is scrambling to make us all smarter. Electrode-laden headsets have been crafted promising boosts in brain power. Homes are being connected to the wireless hivemind one accessory at a time. Cars are being taught to drive themselves. And amongst it all is the bigger picture as a whole, one that has received comparably less attention but that will affect us all together, for better or worse.

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Climate change raises dead as mass graves disturbed

Climate change raises dead as mass graves disturbed

Global warming has disturbed Japanese war graves, with rising Pacific ocean levels blamed for the gruesome resurfacing of 26 skeletons as attention again turns to the cost of rising temperatures. The remains, believed to be a mass grave of Japanese soldiers from World War Two, were found at the Marshall Islands, it was revealed at UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany this week.

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Researcher makes new plastics in lab faux paus

Researcher makes new plastics in lab faux paus

We all have the occasional oopsie, but rarely does that result in an unexpected creation. IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose hit a pocket of luck, however, accidentally creating the first recyclable durable thermoset plastic in a moment of absent-mindedness. The discovery could result in improved plastics in automobiles and more.

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It’s too late: No stopping melting glaciers says NASA

It’s too late: No stopping melting glaciers says NASA

Glacial melting in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is past the point of no return, NASA has revealed, with research spanning forty years indicating there's now nothing we can do to prevent their demise. The study, carried out in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, makes ominous predictions about just how significantly the water currently frozen in the ice sheets will contribute to rising sea levels: enough in total, NASA says, to bring the global sea level up by four feet.

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