Environment

UAE manipulates weather to trigger huge rainstorms in hot coastal cities

UAE manipulates weather to trigger huge rainstorms in hot coastal cities

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a region that's home to hot temperatures and three deserts, has experienced heavy rainfall in multiple places over recent hours due to deliberate manipulation of the weather. The effort involved drones and a technology called cloud seeding, which disperses substances in the air that alter clouds' properties, increasing the likelihood of rain.

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Impossible Foods preps plant-based chicken nuggets with first taste next week

Impossible Foods preps plant-based chicken nuggets with first taste next week

Next week, Impossible Foods -- the company behind the 'bleeding' plant-based burger -- will introduce its next big product: faux chicken nuggets. The unveiling will take place at a trade show next week, according to a new report, though the wider premiere won't happen until later this year. The company promises a plant-based nugget product with the same texture as actual chicken.

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Antarctica’s highest-ever temperature confirmed, beating 2015 record

Antarctica’s highest-ever temperature confirmed, beating 2015 record

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed a new highest-ever recorded temperature that occurred in Antarctica back in February 2020, one that slightly eclipsed the previous record recorded in 2015. Though that temperature was confirmed and accepted, the organization rejected an even higher temperature that was reported a couple of days later.

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New gold found in pyrite

New gold found in pyrite

It would appear that fool's gold isn't done revealing its many secrets just yet. Over the past several decades, pyrite (fool's gold) has been subject to advanced testing and deep-dive investigations. This week's discovery of "a third, previously unrecognized way that real gold can lurk inside pyrite" may change the way (some) gold is mined.

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Researchers say Thwaites Glacier may be more stable than expected

Researchers say Thwaites Glacier may be more stable than expected

Thwaites Glacier is one of the largest ice sheets globally, and in the past, researchers said that it was in imminent danger of a sudden collapse. However, it turns out those researchers may not have been correct. According to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan, the glacier may be more stable and in less danger of sudden collapse than previously predicted.

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Thousands of desperate spiders made a massive rolling web in Australia

Thousands of desperate spiders made a massive rolling web in Australia

A spider web so large that it rolls like grass in the wind has popped up in Victoria, Australia, and thousands of busy spiders are to blame. The scene, which will send a chill down the spine of even the mildest arachnophobe, was recently showcased in a new video of the ensnared grasslands. The spider web spans from the ground all the way to the top of nearby trees.

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Finless Foods promises realistic plant-based tuna with 2022 rollout

Finless Foods promises realistic plant-based tuna with 2022 rollout

A company called Finless Foods plans to launch a plant-based raw tuna product next year that it claims offers a realistic texture and flavor. The food product will join the largely beef- and sausage-flavored plant-based meat products currently on the market, offering consumers who have seafood allergies, vegetarians, and others the option to enjoy tuna meals without contributing to overfishing.

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Scientists are trying to make plant-based ‘meat’ taste better

Scientists are trying to make plant-based ‘meat’ taste better

Plant-based foods are more popular than ever, but they still have a long way to go. The healthier plant-based protein options tend to lack when it comes to flavor, while the more tasty meat alternatives have been criticized as heavily processed and full of unhealthy ingredients like saturated fats and sodium. Given the environment and possible health benefits that come with plant-based proteins, scientists are working to make them both tasty and healthier.

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Torched Earth Ale reveals what beer will taste like amid climate disaster

Torched Earth Ale reveals what beer will taste like amid climate disaster

Scientists have been warning for years now that unmitigated climate change will result in vast changes to the Earth, including scarcity among certain crops that play a key role in the food chain. The beer company New Belgium has made an activist version of its popular Fat Tire ale called 'Torched Earth' that gives the public a real-world experience of what beer would taste like in a planet ravaged by climate change.

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Goodwill asks pandemic spring cleaners to stop donating old junk

Goodwill asks pandemic spring cleaners to stop donating old junk

Many people have spent the pandemic largely at home, and that has resulted in many bored individuals deep cleaning the parts of their houses and apartments they'd ordinarily put off as a chore for a different day. This same habit seems to have put Goodwill in the awkward position of thanking the public for their donations, but also asking them to stop dropping off their trash.

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Google Maps can show eco-friendly locations and businesses

Google Maps can show eco-friendly locations and businesses

Living an eco-friendly life shouldn't be hard but the reality is that it's difficult to sustain a green lifestyle the moment you leave your abode. It might be easy to aware of how your choices can affect the environment but it's not always that easy to find places that share that mindset. Fortunately, Google Maps just got a bit greener and can now show you the nearest recycling drop-off point or which businesses use recycled materials so that you can show your support to establishments that take sustainability seriously.

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Razer Sneki Snek uses cuteness to save trees: The origin and what’s next

Razer Sneki Snek uses cuteness to save trees: The origin and what’s next

This might be the first time you've heard of Razer's own Sneki Snek. It's a logo, it's a branding mark, it's a character. It's a very cute little creature. Sneki Snek first appeared at RazerCon in October of 2020, after which Razer met their goal to "save" 100,000 trees within two months. They did this by selling Sneki Snek merchandise.

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