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E.ON is building two 9.9MW battery storage facilities near Texas wind farms

E.ON is building two 9.9MW battery storage facilities near Texas wind farms

E.ON North America has announced that it will be building a pair of 9.9MW battery storage facilities in Texas, with one in the Pyron wind farm in Hermleigh, TX and another in the Inadale wind farm near Roscoe. These wind farms have been in place for several years now, and are in possession of 249MW and 197MWs of battery storage at the present, numbers that will both grow when these new facilities go live later on this year.

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Svalbard doomsday seed vault gets huge (and critical) seed deposit

Svalbard doomsday seed vault gets huge (and critical) seed deposit

The so-called ‘doomsday’ seed vault located in the Arctic on the small, cold nation of Svalbard has received what is described as a large and major deposit of seeds. According to The Crop Trust, which oversees the vault, the deposit was made on February 22, and is a necessary part in ‘ensuring global food security.’ Almost 50,000 seeds from countries all around the world were added.

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EPA workers use encrypted messaging to discuss Trump contingency plan

EPA workers use encrypted messaging to discuss Trump contingency plan

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has some issues with the Environmental Protection Agency, and that has raised ample concerns both among the public and within the EPA itself. We’ve already seen alterations surface on the EPA’s climate change site, and critics have expressed worry that bigger, more harmful things may follow. Now, according to a new report, at least half a dozen EPA employees have started using an encrypted messaging app to discuss amongst themselves plans for handling the administration’s possible future undermining of the agency.

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Large amounts of toxic pollution found in deepest trenches

Large amounts of toxic pollution found in deepest trenches

It’s mankind’s dirty secret that its garbage eventually find their way to the open seas. Given the vastness and almost unimaginable depths of the world’s oceans, man might assume that some parts of the ocean remain safe from human indifference. Scientists are proving, however, that it is sadly not the case. By studying amphipods leaving at the world’s deepest trenches, scientists discovered worrying levels of “persistent organic pollutants” inside the crustaceans’ bodies. This means that our toxic waste has already reached places where man itself has barely set foot. To add insult to injury, these are pollutants that have been banned for decades already.

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“Into the Wild” hands-on: AR serving a higher purpose

“Into the Wild” hands-on: AR serving a higher purpose

Tech companies are pushing virtual reality as the next wave of computing, but, as cool as it is, VR as we currenly know it has innate limitations that doesn’t make it suitable for many cases. Like being able to move around the real world with less fear of bumping into things, or being able to interact with said real world as well as a virtual one at the same time. That’s why when there was a need for an immersive and hi-tech experience, a group of organizations and companies turned to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Google’s Tango augmented reality platform to create “Into the Wild”, an experience that aims to not only delight the eyes but also touch the heart.

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Researchers discover ancient undersea landslide near Australia

Researchers discover ancient undersea landslide near Australia

Researchers have discovered a huge undersea landslide located on the Great Barrier Reef, one said to have formed about 300,000 years ago. The region has been dubbed the Gloria Knolls Slide, and it is said to be about 47 miles from Queensland, Australia. The slip was formed by a large scale collapse of sediment in the region, something to the tune of 32 cubic kilometers' worth.

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Salmon sea lice epidemic is fueled by climate change

Salmon sea lice epidemic is fueled by climate change

Salmon suppliers have been hard hit by an epidemic of sorts, one involving sea lice and their pervasiveness among the salmon population. Sea lice are a type of parasite that feed on a fish’s blood and flesh, rendering them in some cases unsuitable for human consumption. Salmon numbers from the world’s largest suppliers are down, and the resulting shortage has caused a major uptick in wholesale prices, which are ultimately passed on to the average consumer.

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Many primates face impending extinction, and humans are to blame

Many primates face impending extinction, and humans are to blame

We're learning today that things are looking grim for many species of nonhuman primates. A new report published in Science Advances says that more than half of primate species are facing extinction, and even more are experiencing declining populations. The report also pegs humans as the cause of the troubles our closest biological relatives are facing, which at this point may not come as much of a surprise.

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Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

The UK-based Antarctic research project MIDAS has issued an update about the Larsen C ice shelf rift, saying it grew by 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) over the course of January. The expansion was determined using the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellites, and it brings the total rift size up to a scary 175 kilometers. Only 20 kilometers of ice connect the iceberg with the ice shelf’s edge.

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2016 was the warmest year on record… again

2016 was the warmest year on record… again

This won't come as much of a shocker to most of you, but NASA and NOAA have announced that 2016 was the warmest year on record. Those of you who follow such news will know that 2016 is breaking a record set by 2015, which itself broke a record set by 2014. In other words, 2016 was the third year in a row to set surface temperature records.

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China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China, in order to meet its stated Five Year Plan coal capacity goal, has stopped the development of 85 coal power projects across 13 different provinces. The news was recently announced by China’s National Energy Board’s Electricity Division, which says the projects would have totaled more than 100 million kilowatts of power. The notice says these projects were “ceased or postponed,” making it unclear whether any will be resumed in the future.

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A supervolcano is rumbling in Naples

A supervolcano is rumbling in Naples

Campi Flegrei, a volcano that has long been dormant, could be heating up once again. Located near Naples, this super volcano made quite an impression back in the early 1500s — it erupted, and then continued to erupt for the better part of 8 days. That was only the most recent of many past eruptions, though, which date back thousands of years. In fact, the eruption that happened 35,000 years ago left a 7-mile-wide crater…and now researchers think Campi Flegrei may be gearing up for another super-eruption.

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