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10,500-year-old extinct Great Irish Elk skull and antlers found in lake

10,500-year-old extinct Great Irish Elk skull and antlers found in lake

A fisherman in Ardboe, a small village in Ireland, discovered the skull and antler remains of an extinct Great Irish Elk, a creature that hasn't roamed the Irish landscape in thousands of years. Though this isn't the oldest Great Irish Elk discovery -- that distinction goes to one dated around 14,000-years-old -- it is far more notable: the massive skull and antlers are completely intact.

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Carlsberg Snap Pack replaces 6-pack plastic rings with glue

Carlsberg Snap Pack replaces 6-pack plastic rings with glue

Carlsberg Group has introduced a new way to package cans called "Snap Pack." Instead of connecting six cans into a pack using plastic rings, which often end up in landfills and oceans, the Snap Pack utilizes a type of glue that attaches the cans to each other. With this, Carlsberg says the plastic waste is reduced by up to 76-percent compared to traditional packaging.

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Harvard, Google AI predicts earthquake aftershocks up to a year later

Harvard, Google AI predicts earthquake aftershocks up to a year later

Google and researchers with Harvard University have teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence model capable of predicting aftershocks that may happen up to a year after the earthquake took place. The AI was trained using a database containing info on more than 118 big earthquakes, that helping researchers predict where an aftershock is likely to happen.

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The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to enact rules that would essentially hobble the agency's own ability to protect the environment. Rules were first proposed on April 30th, 2018, under now-resigned and disgraced Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt. The public comment portion of this situation is over tomorrow.

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Beetle in 99-million-year-old amber found with ancient cycad pollen

Beetle in 99-million-year-old amber found with ancient cycad pollen

Cycads, a type of seed plant with evergreen leaves and a woody trunk, are highly present in the fossil record, which reveals that they were once more abundant on Earth than they are today. According to a study newly published in Current Biology, the earliest cycads were pollinated by a lowly beetle, that discovery having been made from a small piece of amber.

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Lab-grown meat market launch may happen in 2021

Lab-grown meat market launch may happen in 2021

Food technology company Mosa Meat is hoping to bring its lab-grown meat to the market in 2021, it has announced. The company, which is located in the Netherlands, has raised about $8.7 million dollars to help fund its goal, which will involve developing a way to produce the meat at a much lower cost than existing methods. The goal highlights rapid growth in the budding market, coming only a handful of years after the first lab-grown burger was produced in 2013.

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11-million-ton iceberg forces evacuation in tiny Greenland town

11-million-ton iceberg forces evacuation in tiny Greenland town

Bobbing near a tiny Greenland village is a huge iceberg estimated to weigh around 11 million tons. The chunk of ice is only a few hundred feet from the shore, looming behind buildings and roads as an ominous threat while experts monitor the situation. The village has evacuated people from its lowest regions, also pulling fishing vessels and other boats that could be damaged.

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Apple, suppliers invest in China Clean Energy Fund

Apple, suppliers invest in China Clean Energy Fund

China is home to majority of the world’s manufacturing and assembling plants. It is also the most populated country in the world. These two factors together mean that China’s energy requirements and pollution output is higher than any other country and it’s not a sustainable situation, especially for those invested in China’s products. That’s why Apple and some of its suppliers are creating a fund that will help those suppliers switch over to renewable energy in the long run.

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Starbucks 2020 single-use straw ban targets plastic waste

Starbucks 2020 single-use straw ban targets plastic waste

Starbucks has announced plans to phase out single-use straws, helping address the issue of plastic waste impacting the environment. The ban won't take place until 2020, after which point Starbucks stores will switch to a type of plastic lid that has a built-in spout. The new straw-less lids are recyclable and will contribute to the elimination of more than a billion plastic straws annually.

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Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans to build the world's largest vertical farm, a growing method that reduces water usage, among other things. These vertical farms have cropped up in various cities, primarily in repurposed old warehouses and industrial buildings, enabling communities to grow their own local produce. Soon, Dubai will be home to a 130,000sqft facility that grows thousands of pounds of leafy goods.

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Sunday meteor fireball was visible over 10 US states

Sunday meteor fireball was visible over 10 US states

If you live in or near the Midwestern United States, you may have noticed a streaking fireball yesterday evening. The blazing line was spotted streaking across the sky by people in ten states, according to witness reports. The brief event was caused by a meteor blasting past a little before sunset, etching a bright line in the dim evening sky.

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Sunscreens that kill coral: Hawaii’s chem-ban now law

Sunscreens that kill coral: Hawaii’s chem-ban now law

When last we spoke about Hawaii and their plans to ban some sunscreens, proposed law SB 2471 wasn't yet live. As of this week, and thanks to Governor David Ige's final signature, that law is in full effect. The law's writing says that there's a layover until January 1st, 2021*, at which point none of a certain set of sunscreens can be sold in or transported to Hawaii's chain of islands - the entire state, that is.

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