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Struggle against evil sparks China ritual
Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Villagers in eastern China have a unique way of washing away the taint of evil spirits -- by bathing in a shower of scorching sparks. The ritual takes place in the city of Putian in Fujian province, where China's Hakka people are concentrated and hold extended celebrations for the annual Lantern Festival, which officially fell on February 11. The ceremony in the village of Fangshan begins when eight local men selected by village elders don ancient-style Chinese dress to pray in a temple for protection from the Buddha.

It just got a whole lot harder for you to contact Energy Department employees
It just got a whole lot harder for you to contact Energy Department employees

The Department of Energy has taken down its public-facing employee directory, making it far more difficult for journalists and members of the public to locate email addresses and phone numbers for agency personnel.  The move, which was announced to agency contractors on Wednesday and implemented Thursday morning, was confirmed in an internal email shared with Mashable .  Making federal scientists and policy makers harder to contact isn't a trivial matter. These kinds of moves toward opacity wall off employees from the outside world and make it more likely that they won't experience public pressure related to their taxpayer-funded work.  SEE ALSO: Rick Perry regrets calling for abolishment...

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Google's future plans for Android might be truly exciting

Imagine an Android operating system of the future that would work seamlessly across devices, offering similar experiences across screens and realities. Imagine an Android operating system that would receive regular updates just like the iPhone does. Google might be working on something like that. Only it's not going to be Android. Android will be a part of that. A few months ago, word got out that Google is developing an Andromeda operating system  for laptops, which would combine the best of its two worlds, including Android and Chrome OS. Google was even supposed to announce Andromeda, but that never happened. The project, however, was not canned, and it's still in development. Google...

Fake news: Trump met Putin in Switzerland before the election
Fake news: Trump met Putin in Switzerland before the election

You may have seen news stories earlier this week saying that Trump and Putin were seen together in Switzerland before the election. That would not bode well for a Trump administration that's already perceived as being closer to Russia than you'd expect. However, before you spread the nonsense yourself, you should know that this is a classic case of fake news. It's been confirmed to be fake, and it's all part of a massive plot to promote a movie. Ironically, this particular piece of fake news was conceived by the same company that Trump trusts most when it comes to the news. Initially discovered by BuzzFeed , the fake news campaign was supposed to promote 20th Century Fox film A Cure for...

Lenovo third-quarter net profit falls 67 percent, blames weak macroeconomic environment
Lenovo third-quarter net profit falls 67 percent, blames weak macroeconomic environment

By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd , the world's largest personal computer (PC) maker, on Thursday posted a 67 percent slide in third-quarter net profit, lagging analyst estimates, as supply constraints and a weak macroeconomic environment weighed. Profit fell to $98 million over the three months through December, from $300 million in the same period a year earlier. That compared with the $159.53 million average of 14 analyst estimates in a Thomson Reuters poll. Revenue fell 6 percent to $12.2 billion. ...

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' said to feature the home planet of the First Order

Disney keeps information close to the chest when it comes to Star Wars movies, but every once in a while, an interesting tidbit makes its way out into the world. That appears to be the case with a new report from Making Star Wars , in which Editor-in-Chief Jason Ward claims that sources have described to him a new planet that will appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that might serve as the home base for the First Order. "In  Star Wars: Episode VIII  we should see the greens of Ahch-To, a Dubrovnik/casino planet, a planet described to us as "Mars with snow on it," and the interiors and exteriors of spaceships," says Ward. "Those are the locations we have had confirmed filming for and there...

Focus on LeEco, China
Focus on LeEco, China's most ambitious electronics group

Chinese manufacturer LeEco sold more than 25 million smartphones worldwide in 2016 -- mainly in China -- five times as many as in 2015 when the firm launched into the mobile phone market. Smartphones are one of many strings to this group's bow, since LeEco works in several fields of consumer electronics, from electric cars and virtual reality headsets to TVs, smart bikes and online video streaming.

'Fire Emblem Heroes' adds new heroes, new story maps in first major update

Fire Emblem Heroes received its most significant update since launch on Wednesday, bringing four new heroes to the game along with three more Story Maps to battle your way through. Whether you have been playing Nintendo's latest mobile game obsessively over the past two weeks or put it down after just a few hours, this should give you a reason to jump back in and start collecting orbs once again. As part of the Family Bonds summoning event, the following 5-star focus heroes have been added: Eirika: Restoration Lady - Red Seliph: Heir of Light - Red Ephraim: Restoration Lord - Blue Julia: Naga's Blood - Green In order to introduce you to the new heroes, Nintendo has also added three new...

This rocket just launched a record-number of satellites to space
This rocket just launched a record-number of satellites to space

A rocket loaded down with a record number of satellites just launched on its way to orbit.  The Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off on Tuesday at 10:58 p.m. ET to bring 104 satellites to space, the largest clutch of spacecraft ever launched by one rocket. SEE ALSO: 88 satellites will launch on Valentine's Day to image the entire Earth every day This launch beats out the previously record set by a Russian rocket that brought 37 satellites to orbit in 2014. The PSLV's main payload is an Earth-mapping satellite for India, but its largest haul is the 88 small Dove satellites for the Earth-observing company Planet.  Those...

No one actually reads it for the articles, so Playboy is porn again
No one actually reads it for the articles, so Playboy is porn again

Last year, Playboy decided to stop doing what made it great in the first place: it stopped publishing nude photos and instead focused on other ways of attracting readers. That experiment is now over, however, and Playboy will return to the soft-porn roots you expect from Hugh Hefner's magazine. "That battle has been fought and won," Playboy CEO Scott Flanders said last year when the magazine decided to stop publishing nudes. He explained that there's already so much free porn online that it made him consider a radical redesign for Playboy . Was that a smart decision? It certainly was daring for Playboy to go nude-free for a year. But now the magazine will once again start doing what it...

French pedestrians see green light, even when it
French pedestrians see green light, even when it's red: study

French pedestrians have the reputation of being a law unto themselves -- but an unusual study has provided some scientific backing for the stereotype. Four times out of 10, French pedestrians cross the road when the lights are against them, according to a paper published on Wednesday. In disciplined Japan, though, the rate is 20 times lower.

The next iPhone
The next iPhone's fingerprint sensor could be like nothing you've ever seen

The iPhone might get a display like no other smartphone out there, and it's all starting with the iPhone 8. The device is rumored to have an all-screen front-side featuring minimal bezels and no home button. The fingerprint sensor should be embedded in the screen, and there's indirect evidence that Apple might also include other front-facing sensors in the display. That's something that nobody has pulled off so far, not even the upcoming Galaxy S8. Due in mid-April, the Galaxy S8's top bezel is supposed to house various sensors, including the front camera and iris scanner. Even if Apple doesn't ditch iPhone bezels completely this year, the iPhone will still have amazing display technology...

Parade of storms threatens to prolong California dam crisis
Parade of storms threatens to prolong California dam crisis

Right now in California, the nation's tallest dam is facing its toughest test yet - holding back about 1.1 trillion gallons of water while one of its auxiliary spillways, which acts as a relief valve, threatens to collapse.  The Oroville Dam crisis has forced nearly 200,000 people located downstream to evacuate, and it's not likely to be resolved quickly, based on the latest forecasts.   Another parade of Pacific weather systems is slated to begin hitting the state again late Wednesday, lasting on and off for about the next week.  SEE ALSO: From drought to flood, nation's biggest dam topped for first time in 50 years Some of these storms will have more of a direct...

Climate change impact on animals
Climate change impact on animals 'under-appreciated': study

Nearly half of endangered land mammals and a quarter of birds are already harmed by climate change -- a much higher segment than previously thought, researchers have found. Endangered primates and elephants are among the groups squeezed hardest by global warming, partly because they reproduce slowly and take longer to adapt to rapid environmental changes, they reported. While most studies seek to predict global warming's future impact on animal survival, the new analysis found that for "large numbers" of threatened species, the damage was already being done.

Daimler strikes electric vehicle agreement with workers at German plant
Daimler strikes electric vehicle agreement with workers at German plant

Daimler has struck an agreement with workers at Mercedes-Benz's biggest transmission factory in Germany, under which work on electric vehicles (EVs) will be based at the plant near the carmaker's home town of Stuttgart. German carmakers are investing heavily in EVs but their engines require fewer workers to build than more complex combustion motors, and labor bosses have been pushing for Daimler to produce more EV parts itself to safeguard jobs. The Untertuerkheim transmission site, which employs 19,000 people, would be particularly hard hit by the shift to electric cars.

Good one, humans. You
Good one, humans. You've polluted even the deepest trenches of the sea.

Even the deepest most remote parts of the ocean can't escape our foolishness. Scientist have found a large amount of banned chemicals in the fatty tissue of crustaceans that live in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana and Kermadec trenches.  Though the locations are 10 kilometres (six miles) deep and far from land, researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. identified traces of prohibited chemicals once used as fire retardants in the tiny amphipods. SEE ALSO: Why drones are a game-changer for animal research Using deep sea landers to recover the samples, one of the chemicals scientists found were polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were banned in the U.S. in 1979 and no longer...

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

We closed out last week with a fantastic list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Well guess what: we're picking up right where we left off. Monday's post covering the day's best premium iOS apps on sale for free includes several sweet offerings like one of the best iOS games of all time (Infinity Blade II), an app that transforms any iPhone into an accurate heart rate monitor, and plenty more. But as always, these sales could end at any time so be sure to check them out as soon as you can. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end...

Why Google
Why Google's Valentine's Day game is a lot darker than you think

Hop over to Google.com, and you'll see a pair of enamored pangolins prepping for Valentine's Day this week. Press play, and you can help the cute scaly mammals fall in love. Perhaps you'll feel whimsical, or even a little happy. Consider this your dose of cold, hard reality: The pangolin - a nocturnal, cat-sized anteater - is rolling toward extinction.  SEE ALSO: Giant rats could help fight wildlife smuggling in Africa Put another way, pangolins are "literally being eaten out of existence," according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Native to Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, the termite-eating pangolins are thought to be the most...

Toxins found in creatures even in deepest part of oceans: study
Toxins found in creatures even in deepest part of oceans: study

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Shrimp-like creatures living in the deepest parts of the oceans contain high levels of man-made toxins, scientists said on Monday. Tiny crustaceans, such as yellowish Hirondellea gigas living in darkness about 10,000 meters (33,000 ft) down in the Pacific Ocean, are polluted by PCBs, used in electric transformers or paints, and PBDE chemicals used as flame retardants. "Pollutants were there in every single sample, regardless of depth, regardless of species," said Alan Jamieson, lead author of a report in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution by a team mainly from the University of Aberdeen.

Grammys 2017: Complete list of winners (and losers)
Grammys 2017: Complete list of winners (and losers)

Another weekend, another awards show. This time around, musicians were in focus as the 2017 Grammy Awards rolled around on Sunday night. We're not usually big on awards shows, but we really did appreciate the Grammys last night - mainly because all of the Grammys chatter around the web helped distract us from thinking about how terrible this season of The Walking Dead has been, and how uninterested we were in the mid-season premiere on Sunday night. If you decided to punish yourself by watching  TWD for some reason, or if you were doing something else other than watching the Grammys, you're undoubtedly wondering what everyone was buzzing about. Don't worry, we'll bring you up to speed....

No fresh whale strandings seen in New Zealand
No fresh whale strandings seen in New Zealand

Rescuers found no newly stranded whales Monday on a notorious stretch of New Zealand's coastline where hundreds of marine mammals died after beaching themselves last week, conservation officials said. In good news for volunteers who worked to save nearly 700 pilot whales that swam ashore, the Department of Conservation said a pod of about 240 were seen heading out to open sea late Sunday. "Rangers this morning searched coastline on the western side of Golden Bay to as far along the inner side of Farewell Spit as it was possible to go and no stranded live whales were seen," the department said in a statement.

Scientists invented a battery that could work for a decade without degrading
Scientists invented a battery that could work for a decade without degrading

Energy storage degradation in rechargeable batteries is a pretty serious problem that many of us put up with on a regular basis. It's why your iPhone seems to last forever when it's brand new out of the box but seems like it dies by lunchtime after a couple of years of use. Now, researchers at Harvard have developed a new battery technology using a bit of chemistry magic to create a rechargeable power source that could be tapped for many years with very little in the way of maintenance. The newly developed power technology is used in what is called a "flow battery." Flow batteries utilize the ion exchange between two liquids to provide electric current. It's a flexible, adaptable system...

About 200 beached whales refloat themselves in N. Zealand
About 200 beached whales refloat themselves in N. Zealand

Most of the more than 200 whales who became stranded on New Zealand's notorious Farewell Spit on the weekend have been able to refloat themselves, conservation officials said Sunday. About 17 other whales from the pod which beached themselves late Saturday remain on shore near the carcasses of hundreds of other pilot whales that died in mass strandings over the past three days. "The 240-odd whales that had stranded between Puponga and Pakawau late on Saturday have mostly refloated themselves on last night's high tide and are milling around in shallow water," Department of Conservation spokesman Herb Christophers said.

Trump
Trump's own fake news is actually working

According to a decently-sized poll published today , 51% of Trump voters believe that the Bowling Green Massacre is sufficient justification for Trump's executive order on immigration. Another 25% aren't sure, leaving less than a quarter disagreeing. This is a problem for anyone who used to like facts or news or information, because you'll probably know that the Bowling Green Massacre didn't exist and can't be the justification for anything except dank memes. Ever since the Trump administration took power, it's been ridiculed for spreading "alternative facts" while lambasting the media for publishing fake news. The irony is starting to wear down commentators , but unfortunately it seems...

Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach
Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach

Rescuers defied a shark threat to form a human chain in a New Zealand bay on Saturday in a bid to keep a further 200 whales from becoming stranded a day after hundreds died in a mass beaching. About 150 people in the human wall were also attempting to prevent some 100 survivors from Friday's beaching from returning to the shore. Department of Conservation ranger Mike Ogle told Radio New Zealand the whales could have been frightened into the shallows by a shark.

This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet
This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet

This weekend is set to start off with a cosmic bang. On Friday night, the full moon will be  eclipsed by the shadow of the Earth, and in the darkness of Saturday morning, just hours after the eclipse, a green-tinted comet will make its closest flyby of Earth.  SEE ALSO: Here's the biggest cosmic event that will captivate America in 2017 This skywatching coincidence should make for an interesting start to the weekend for people around the world who are able to see both the comet and the eclipse. First, an eclipse The shadow of the Earth should start encroaching on the face of the moon's surface starting at around 5:30 p.m. ET and lasting for 4.5 hours as the moon dips deep into...

Why drones are the one of the best things to happen to animal research
Why drones are the one of the best things to happen to animal research

Over the Southern Ocean and remote Australian grasslands, there are flying robots - drones, actually, but they're not for purposes of counterterrorism or Amazon deliveries. Rather, these unmanned aerial vehicles are being used by research scientists to sidestep time-consuming, labor-intensive work that was once done by foot, boat, or via expensive plane flights: tracking animal behavior. SEE ALSO: This robot may have just ruined your sick day While humans have always been curious to learn about the habits of animals, such research is more pressing than ever. Habitat loss and climate change are having dramatic impact on almost all species - estimates suggest as many as 1 in 6 species...

Elon Musk discredits Tesla employee who recently criticized company
Elon Musk discredits Tesla employee who recently criticized company's working conditions

There's some interesting drama swirling around Tesla today. A short while ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to a somewhat balanced critique of the company levied by someone claiming to be a current production line employee. In case you missed it, a Tesla employee named Jose Moran published an article on Medium  airing a number of grievance about the work environment at Tesla's main plant in Fremont, California. "Preventable injuries happen often," Moran writes. "In addition to long working hours, machinery is often not ergonomically compatible with our bodies. There is too much twisting and turning and extra physical movement to do jobs that could be simplified if workers' input were...

Review: Samsung
Review: Samsung's Chromebook Pro will change the way you look at Chrome

Taking over the world isn't easy, but Google is well on its way. The company's Android platform is still in its infancy in the grand scheme of things, and yet smart thinking on Google's part caused adoption to skyrocket in no time at all. By making Android open source and offering it to hardware vendors for free (with important strings attached), Google made the decision all too easy for companies like Samsung, HTC and Motorola, which all needed a fresh new platform to enter the smartphone market. After all, it was becoming increasingly obvious that industry leaders like Nokia and BlackBerry were doomed. And why build your own platform when you can use Android for free? The goal for...

Fate of Africa
Fate of Africa's newest, rarest crocodile tied to once endangered zoo

By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - When conservation biologist Matt Shirley discovered the world's newest crocodile species after years of sloshing through mangroves and swamps from Senegal to Uganda, the elation was tempered by the knowledge that it was on a path to extinction. Now, in its struggle to survive, the West African Slender-snouted Crocodile's fate is tied to a zoo in the heart of Ivory Coast's traffic-choked main city, Abidjan, that itself faced an uncertain future not long ago. "This species in particular, it's my baby." Until just a few years ago, the West African Slender-snouted Crocodile was hiding in plain sight.

Heartbreaking images emerge of mass stranding of over 400 whales
Heartbreaking images emerge of mass stranding of over 400 whales

416 pilot whales have been stranded on a New Zealand beach Friday morning, in one of the worst incidences of its kind in the country's history. The whales are located at Farewell Spit near the city of Nelson, with volunteers doing what they can to help save the surviving 100 whales. 250 to 300 are already dead, according to the Department of Conservation. SEE ALSO: Something is very, very wrong with the Arctic climate "It can be really quite distressing seeing so many dead whales," Kath Inwood, a ranger with the Department of Conservation, told AP. "People need to be resilient and handle that and then get on with what needs to be done." There are 300 volunteers...

Meet the architect behind China
Meet the architect behind China's smog-sucking 'vertical forests'

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has a plan to steer the world away from glistening glass skyscrapers: Cover them with trees. Boeri's Vertical Forests reimagine buildings as enormous air purifiers for smoggy cities. The trees, plants and shrubs also offer shade on sunny days and act as cozy blankets during winter, allowing tenants to reduce their electricity use. Also, they're really pretty. SEE ALSO: China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog Boeri's architecture firm unveiled plans this week for two Vertical Forests in Nanjing, China. The buildings will follow the prototype of two existing tree-covered towers in Boeri's...

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators: study
Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators: study

Small drones coated with horsehair and a sticky gel could one day help pollinate crops and help offset the costly loss of bee populations worldwide, researchers in Japan said Thursday. The miniature robots described in the journal Chem are a long way from being deployed in the field, but researchers say they may offer a partial solution to the loss of bees due to disease and climate change. "The findings, which will have applications for agriculture and robotics, among others, could lead to the development of artificial pollinators and help counter the problems caused by declining honeybee populations," said lead author Eijiro Miyako, a chemist at the National Institute of...

Wind power is now the top clean energy source in the U.S.
Wind power is now the top clean energy source in the U.S.

Wind power now claims the top spot on America's clean energy ladder. Turbines have overtaken hydropower dams as the largest single source of U.S. renewable electric capacity for the first time, new data shows. At the end of 2016, the U.S. wind sector had nearly 82,200 megawatts in installed capacity, the American Wind Energy Associated (AWEA) announced on Thursday. SEE ALSO: Coal-fired electricity is at its lowest since officials started keeping track Hydropower, by contrast, had roughly 80,000 megawatts in installed capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). "American wind power is now the #1 source of renewable capacity, thanks to more than...

Climate change adds to pressures on endangered African penguins: study
Climate change adds to pressures on endangered African penguins: study

Climate change and overfishing have left already endangered young penguins in Africa confused about where to find food, and they are dying in high numbers as a result, researchers said Thursday. The report in the journal Current Biology describes a dire predicament for African penguins, whose young population is projected to be down 50 percent in some of the most affected areas of coastal Namibia and South Africa. "Our results show that juvenile African penguins are stuck foraging for food in the wrong places due to fishing and climate change," said lead author Richard Sherley of the University of Exeter and University of Cape Town.

Blizzard has millions asking: What the hell is thundersnow?
Blizzard has millions asking: What the hell is thundersnow?

For fans of snowstorms, thundersnow is the holy grail of winter weather phenomena. And Thursday's blizzard that struck areas from Philadelphia to southern Maine has featured this relatively rare phenomena in unusual abundance.  Numerous lightning strikes were detected in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and in other states as intense snow bands with characteristics of thunderstorms - think of them as winter's version of summertime downpours - rotated through. SEE ALSO: Ferocious blizzard smacks New York, but it'll be over sooner than you think On Twitter, #thundersnow has been a trending hashtag, with users sharing videos showing heavy snow accompanied by the long...

Ferocious blizzard smacks New York, but it
Ferocious blizzard smacks New York, but it'll be over sooner than you think

New Yorkers woke up to near-blizzard conditions as wind-driven snow reduced visibility, made streets nearly impassible and morning commutes a challenge at best.  By the evening commute, however, it's likely that the storm will be winding down, if not completely over, from the city to points west and north of town. Even in the Boston area, where the storm is starting later, snowfall is likely to come to an end before midnight tonight.  SEE ALSO: Something is very, very wrong with the Arctic climate It's rare for a snowstorm to hit so intensely, dumping up to a foot or more of snow, yet only last about 6 to 8 hours, and is a testament to the impressive atmospheric dynamics...

EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study

The European Union must close all 315 of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, a research institute said Thursday. The goal set at the December 2015 Paris conference to maintain average temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels requires the gradual closure of EU coal plants, Climate Analytics said. "The long-term temperature goal adopted under the Paris agreement... requires a rapid decarbonisation of the global power sector and the phaseout of the last unabated coal-fired power plant in the EU by around 2030," the report said.

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg's plan to cure 'all diseases' gets off the ground

Following in the footsteps of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg is using his tremendous wealth and clout to help improve the quality of life for individuals across the globe. In late 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a corporation designed to "advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research and energy." On top of that, Zuckerberg and Chan have also set up the non-profit Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a medical research initiative with the incredibly noble and ambitious goal: to cure all diseases, or at the very least, more ably prevent and manage especially deadly diseases such as heart disease and...

Baby turtle found near lumps of coal sparks fears for Great Barrier Reef
Baby turtle found near lumps of coal sparks fears for Great Barrier Reef

Scientists and environmental advocates are up in arms after lumps of coal were found washed up on beaches around Australia's Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Showing what's at stake for vulnerable marine life, a local found a turtle hatchling next to a lump of coal on East Point Beach in Mackay, Queensland and shared the pictures. SEE ALSO: Something is very, very wrong with the Arctic climate Lance Payne spotted the hatchling while wandering the beach early this week. Though he's not part of any environmental group, he felt compelled to share what he saw with authorities. He says the beach is covered in bits of coal and what he believes to be fine black coal dust....

Something is very, very wrong with the Arctic climate
Something is very, very wrong with the Arctic climate

This Arctic winter has startled even the most even-keeled scientists, with records set for low sea ice extent, high temperatures and other indicators of a climate gone awry.  Sea ice has plummeted to record lows and stayed there as pulses of unusually warm air have swept across the region, with the latest one set to reach the North Pole on Thursday. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), sea ice extent hit record lows for the months of November, December and January.  SEE ALSO: Fierce North Atlantic storm to send temperatures soaring at North Pole (again) This comes on the heels of a year in which sea ice extent hit its second-lowest level on record at the end of the...

To hunt in the dark, these fish bring their own
To hunt in the dark, these fish bring their own 'flashlights'

If you're hunting for food on a pitch-black night, it helps to bring a flashlight. That's exactly how reef-dwelling Anomalops katoptron fish find and gobble up their planktonic prey, German scientists found. SEE ALSO: Video of elusive ghost shark is both majestic and creepy Splitfin flashlight fish have bean-shaped organs beneath their eyes that host light-producing bacteria. The fish can turn this light on and off by blinking, sending Morse code-like signals into the deep abyss.  While many other ocean creatures are bioluminescent, relatively little is known about reason for this particular fish's blinking patterns.  The scientists, who published their findings this week...

Bill Nye reveals his new Netflix series with a mic-dropping trailer
Bill Nye reveals his new Netflix series with a mic-dropping trailer

It's happening. Bill Nye (THE SCIENCE GUY) is back. And he's here to save the world (not literally, unfortunately). Bill Nye Saves the World comes to Netflix on April 21, 2017. That's the day before Earth Day, folks. Maybe Bill will save us all. The series, which Nye will host alongside a gang of correspondents - including Karlie Kloss, Derek Muller, Nazeem Hussain, and Emily Calandrelli - will cover a range of topics, from climate change to video games. There are also a bunch of celebrity guests lined up, as you can see in the trailer. "What we found was people really want to be involved," Nye said of his guest cast during a Feb. 8 Netflix press day....

People can
People can't believe a supermarket is selling a single boxed strawberry for $22

As far as fruit packaging goes, this is perhaps the least Earth-friendly one by far. A Hong Kong supermarket has come under fire from shoppers for carrying an elaborately packed single strawberry from Japan. The strawberry, sold by the upscale CitySuper, is packaged in a box, nestled in a straw nest and fruit sock within. Its price tag? HKD $168 ($21.60). SEE ALSO: Canadian grocery store is in hot water over pre-peeled avocados The uproar started over the weekend, when a picture of the fruit was posted on Facebook. It soon started making its way round social media. People are starving all over the world but a supermarket in Hong Kong is selling a single strawberry for £17...

Sir David Attenborough is very stoked to get a new snail named after him
Sir David Attenborough is very stoked to get a new snail named after him

Sir David Attenborough has had numerous species named after him, but now he can add another one to his resumé. And it pleases him. The legendary nature filmmaker has had a newly-discovered snail named after him, which is only found in a small area in the south-east of Tasmania, Australia.  SEE ALSO: This terrifying sea creature could be one of our earliest ancestors It's called Attenborougharion rubicundus, which was discovered in Dec 2016 by scientists from the Australian Museum Research Institute.  It measures 35-45 millimetres (1.3-1.7 inches) long, with a thin, reduced shell and a brightly coloured red and green body. Image: Australian museum Attenborough was bestowed with the...

Coal-fired electricity is at its lowest since officials started keeping track
Coal-fired electricity is at its lowest since officials started keeping track

President Donald Trump has vowed to restore the long-struggling U.S. coal sector. The only problem? America's power plants have already moved on. Natural gas and renewable energy together produced half of U.S. electricity supplies in 2016, while coal made up just 30 percent - its smallest share since officials started keeping track 70 years ago. SEE ALSO: No, U.S. climate scientists didn't trick the world into adopting the Paris deal Thanks to that shift, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions plunged to a 25-year low last year, putting the nation on track to meet emissions reductions targets set by former President Barack Obama. That's all according to the 2017 Sustainable...

Bystander sees Tesla owner loading kids into trunk seats, immediately reports abduction
Bystander sees Tesla owner loading kids into trunk seats, immediately reports abduction

It must be pretty rough owning a Tesla Model S owner these days. Sure, the car is gorgeous, extremely fast, and doesn't have to pull into a smelly gas station every three days, but imagine all the questions from onlookers. Every day it's a chorus of "Is that a Tesla?" "How fast is it really?" and "Why are you kidnapping that child?!" Okay so that last one is a bit odd, but it's exactly what one Tesla driver in California had to endure when a bystander saw him loading a youngster into the trunk of his speedy green machine and promptly alerted authorities. The Model S actually has quite a bit of room for passengers, seating the driver and four others comfortable, but a pair of rear-facing...

Watch Microsoft
Watch Microsoft's HoloLens bring 'Portal' to life in the real world

Last summer, the world lost its collective mind over Pokemon Go . Thanks to augmented reality, smartphone owners were able to find and catch Pokemon in the real world for the very first time. Many speculated that  Pokemon Go would kick off a new wave of AR entertainment , but seven months later, Pikachu, Charizard and company are still the only ones riding that wave. At least, they were, until the following video appeared online over the weekend. What you're about to see is a "fun side project" from Toronto developer Kenny Wang that uses Microsoft's HoloLens mixed reality headset to bring the famed portal gun from Portal to the real world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWRSCABrdR8 In...

The well-paying job of the future will be solar-powered
The well-paying job of the future will be solar-powered

The Trump administration may be trying to revive the moribund coal sector in the U.S., but new figures released Tuesday show that it will be hard to catch up to the galloping solar sector.  The annual National Solar Jobs Census, published by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Solar Foundation, found that 1-in-50 new jobs created in the U.S. in 2016 were in the solar industry.  The report, which is the seventh annual look at the solar power workforce in the country, found that solar industry employment outpaced U.S. economic growth by 17 times, with an addition of 51,000 jobs during the year.  SEE ALSO: No, U.S. climate scientists didn't trick the world into adopting the Paris deal There is...

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China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog

Those aren't just towers-they're enormous, verdant air filters for smog-choked cities. Vertical Forests blanket buildings with trees and plants, to soak up urban air pollution, produce clean oxygen, and boost local biodiversity. Now China-a nation grappling with dangerous smog from coal plants, factories, and vehicles-will get green buildings of its own.  SEE ALSO: Tower in China is turning smog into jewelry This week, Italian architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti unveiled its designs for the Nanjing Green Towers, a pair of multi-use buildings planned for the Pukou District of Nanjing, the capital of China's southern Jiangsu province. Rendering of planned Nanjing Green...

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