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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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September 2016 marked 11 straight months of record-breaking warmth

September 2016 marked 11 straight months of record-breaking warmth

September 2016 set a new warmest-month record, bringing us to 11 consecutive months of increasing warmth since October 2015. NASA announced the news on Monday, saying last month was the warmest September observed in the last 136 years of record keeping. The month won its designation by what NASA calls a ‘razor-thin’ edge of only 0.004 degrees Celsius over the then-warmest September back in 2014.

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US bee species placed on endangered list for first time

US bee species placed on endangered list for first time

While some might consider bees a nuisance with a nasty sting, in reality they are vital to humans' survival around the globe, as their pollination process results in the growth of plants that we rely on for food. This is why it's so alarming that seven types of bees in the US were put under the protection of the Endangered Species Act for the first time. On Friday the US Fish and Wildlife Service said the species, found in Hawaii, are now threatened by extinction.

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Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Nazi time capsule with historical ‘treasures’ found in Poland

Last week, a small town in Poland unearthed an old time capsule in hopes of finding historical footage about their town concealed within. Instead, they discovered a bunch of well preserved items from the Nazi era, including a couple copies of ‘Mein Kampf’ and some coins. According to officials from Zlocieniec, the Polish town, the copper cylinder container (a time capsule, essentially) didn’t contain the film they were hoping for, but did turn up a bunch of historically significant items instead.

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Microsoft aims to use 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft aims to use 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft has some ambitious goals to decrease its impact on the environment, and chief among them is the plan to utilize 50-percent renewable energy by 2018. This renewable energy will come from a mixture of solar power, wind, and hydro power, which the company says it buys through the grid and directly. The 2018 goal is only the start: Microsoft wants to see the percentage increase to 60-percent by the next upcoming decade, and to keep increasing upward from there.

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Germany will soon have a quieter, hydrogen-powered train

Germany will soon have a quieter, hydrogen-powered train

“Environment-friendly trains” is probably a bit of an oxymoron, unless you’re talking about electric-powered ones. Ever since their first incarnations, trains have been synonymous not just with the consumption of massive amounts of diesel but also of CO2 emission. But as they are an integral part of public transportation, especially in European countries, they can’t be simply removed. In Germany, however, a solution is already being tested in the form of the Coradia iLint, billed as the world’s first clean and green train fit for public use.

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