Facts & Trends

Airlines And The Arctic

Minimum percentage of Arctic warming that has been caused by commercial airline emissions: 10 ...
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FISH MIGRATION

Fish flee existing habitats in search of better ones.  Atlantic sea bass, for example, are migrating north to cooler waters—but the heat will chase them there ...
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Too Much Brawn, Not Enough Brains

A gang of German bank robbers trying to blow open an ATM machine used too much explosive and destroyed the entire bank.  The blast reduced the bank building in the village of Malliss to rubble and damaged cars more than ...
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Joining Jihadist Groups

Young Muslims are still flocking to radical jihadist groups in record numbers. A United Nations study found that at least 25,000 people from more than 100 nations have left home to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and ...
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SEABED MINING

Fifteen years ago, there was little resource exploitation on the ocean floor.  Now 460,000 sq. mi. (1.2 million sq km) of sea bottom is under contract to mining operations ...
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Synchronicity

Twin sisters Erica and Tashina Ackley, 22, who found out they were pregnant on the same day, gave birth just hours apart in the same Maine hospital. “We thought it would be cool if we had our babies on the ...
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Herbivores At Risk Of Extinction

60% - Share of the planet’s largest herbivores, including elephants, gorillas and rhinos, at risk of extinction, according to a new study ...
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Marijuana Usage

College graduates account for only about 17 percent of marijuana use. About 76 percent is consumed by adults who never attended college or dropped out. "Most of the marijuana market is more Walmart than Whole Foods," says Carnegie Mellon University ...
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Stairway to heaven

A ladder might be installed near the peak of Mount Everest.  Authorities in Nepal say the ladder would provide a shortcut over a steep cliff, and thus ease congestion near the 29,035-foot-high summit of the world’s tallest mountain ...
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‘Emo’ youths murdered in Iraq

Shiite death squads have killed more than a dozen young Iraqis over the past month for wearing Western-style emo clothes.  The Interior Ministry singled out the emo subculture—made up of youths who listen to Western emo music and wear tight ...
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