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Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google has announced a new Google Earth Timeplapse feature, created in partnership with Time, that presents satellite imagery from 32 years of the Earth's surface in animations to show in detail how our planet is changing. Google Earth has added an additional four years of maps to what was available before, and now makes use of higher-resolution images that offer greater surface details, as well as animations with consistent color and quality.

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Climate change hits Arctic hard as Trump set to drop NASA funding

Climate change hits Arctic hard as Trump set to drop NASA funding

President-elect Trump may cut NASA's climate research funding despite a pair of new reports highlighting unexpected spikes in Arctic temperatures. According to a recent report from Stanford, quickly rising temperatures in the Arctic have affected ecology and industries around the world, and things are set to get worse if 'we lose too much more ice.' Despite this, Trump is set to wipe out NASA’s climate research in favor of deep space exploration.

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Confederate time capsule found, contents mostly destroyed

Confederate time capsule found, contents mostly destroyed

An unexpected Confederate time capsule was found beneath the Confederate monument near the University of Louisville, but unfortunately it doesn’t hold any well-preserved treasure. The contents in the box are probably destroyed, according to the city mayor, as the capsule itself was waterlogged. The time capsule is made of brass, per initial reports, and was only half a foot beneath the monument. The discovery was made yesterday during construction work.

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Tesla and SolarCity revolutionize island with solar and battery tech

Tesla and SolarCity revolutionize island with solar and battery tech

Tesla and SolarCity have revolutionized life on one small island using solar and battery technology. According to SolarCity, life on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa — located 4,000 plus miles from the US’s west coast — was made difficult due to the diesel and generators residents were forced to use. Power outages and the need to ration fuel were common, but thanks to more than five thousand solar panels and dozens of Tesla Powerpacks, all of that is a thing of the past.

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Chernobyl exclusion zone slated for solar power plant construction in 2017

Chernobyl exclusion zone slated for solar power plant construction in 2017

Part of the Chernobyl exclusion zone will soon be home to a Chinese solar power plant. The region in which the solar plant will be constructed has not been revealed, however, one source claims it has already been inspected for suitability. If all goes as planned, GCL System Integration Technology will work with China National Complete Engineering Corp to start the plant's construction in 2017.

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Mexico’s Kukulkan pyramid has two more pyramids hidden inside it

Mexico’s Kukulkan pyramid has two more pyramids hidden inside it

Eastern Mexico’s Kukulkan pyramid is full of surprises. Previously, researchers discovered a pyramid inside of the pyramid, that interior one dating back to between 800 and 1000. Now yet another pyramid has been discovered, this one inside of the pyramid that is inside of the main pyramid — making for a total of three pyramids in a nested arrangement. The newly discovered pyramid dates back to between the years 550 and 800.

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Massive space junk with Chinese writing crashes in Myanmar

Massive space junk with Chinese writing crashes in Myanmar

Space junk makes a surprise appearance over some random city every so often, and sometimes it doesn’t all burn up in time to avoid a crash landing. That’s what happened recently in Myanmar, where some space junk reportedly containing Chinese writing crashed in a couple locations. Early reports suggest the debris originates from a Chinese satellite, though it doesn’t seem anyone has an official answer at this time. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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Plants are taking in carbon at faster rates, CO2 levels hold steady

Plants are taking in carbon at faster rates, CO2 levels hold steady

According to a study newly published in Nature, plants are slowing the rate at which CO2 collects in the atmosphere, doing so at rates that have increased over past decades. This doesn’t mean the levels have stopped increasing or are reversing, keep in mind. Rather, CO2 continues to rise but at rates that are now more or less holding steady while emissions resulting from human activities have slowly decreased. Overall, atmospheric CO2 levels are still increasing, but much more slowly due to these plants.

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Ross Sea will soon be the world’s largest marine protected area

Ross Sea will soon be the world’s largest marine protected area

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources — known as CCAMLR — has announced that the Antarctic’s Ross Sea will soon be the largest marine conservation in the world. The marine protected area (MPA) at Ross Sea will cover 1.55 million square kilometers from certain human activities in order to help researchers meet specific goals, including things like fisheries management and conservation. Most of the regions will ban fishing, though exceptions will be made for scientific endeavors.

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VW emissions saga expands as Audi gas and diesel cars implicated

VW emissions saga expands as Audi gas and diesel cars implicated

Just when it seemed that Volkswagen was on the road to putting its emissions-cheating scandal in the past, new reports have pulled it back in. According to The Wall Street Journal, which spoke to sources close to the matter, California regulators have found software installed on some Audi models meant to cheat emissions tests. Should these reports turn out to be true, it could be the beginning of new headache for consumers.

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Tesla Powerwall 2 can power a 2-bedroom home for a full day

Tesla Powerwall 2 can power a 2-bedroom home for a full day

In addition to the new Solar Roof, Elon Musk has announced the arrival of the Powerwall 2, an update to Tesla's original Powerwall offering. The Powerwall 2 is a vital component for powering your home using the sun, particularly with one of the new solar roofs. This residential home battery will power a two bedroom home, including its lights and appliances, for a full day.

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Tesla and SolarCity’s Solar Roof aims to transform residential power

Tesla and SolarCity’s Solar Roof aims to transform residential power

Tesla has taken the wraps off the new ‘Solar Roof,’ an offering that is tougher, costs less, and is arguably more attractive than a conventional roof. Rather than having large solar panels mounted on a roof, the Solar Roof looks completely ordinary, only each ‘shingle’ is actually a glass slate with a small solar cell within. This solar roof would work alongside the newly unveiled Powerwall 2 to power someone's entire home, ushering in our green future.

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