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U.S. Military Combats Climate Change

  A 2010 Defense Department review cut through political rhetoric and stated that climate change and energy security are “prominent military vulnerabilities”.  Climate change in particular is an “accelerant of instability and conflict,” the report noted. In a recent article, Scientific ...

Giant Butter Sculpture Powers Farm for Three Days

The Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show is host to a thousand-pound work of art – a butter sculpture of a fair queen and a boy leading his calf through a country fair. All that butter will not go to waste ...

A Gorilla Walks Into a Room . . .

    Since 1989 more than 250 convicted criminals have been exonerated based on DNA evidence.  About 75% of those exonerations came in cases where eyewitnesses had misidentified the subject or the events.  This Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments questioning the validity ...

Climate Refugees: Where Will They Go?

  Countries must begin to plan for climate change refugees, urges a report published in Science magazine. Refugees are not an issue of the future. Some 10 million people a year are being resettled already – in Vietnam, Mozambique, Alaska, China and ...

A Scary Arrival on Halloween: the 7 Billionth Human

    According to calculations by the United Nations, the earth will gain its 7 billionth inhabitant on October 31st*. The earth has doubled its population since 1967 and will reach 8 billion by 2025.   Because high fertility is linked with poverty, most of ...

How Tall Is Mt. Everest?

No one can agree. The exact height of Mt. Everest has been disputed since the first measurements of the peak were made. The broadly-accepted height of 8,848 meters was first recorded by an Indian survey in 1955 – but there is disagreement on ...