China ‘modified’ weather for Communist Party celebration

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China used cloud seeding to generate rain and clear pollution ahead of the Communist Party’s July 1 centenary celebration in Beijing, according to a new study.

‘Go be happy’: Thousands of baby river turtles released in Peruvian jungle

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Some 3,000 baby river turtles native to the Amazon rainforest were released into a Peruvian river on Thursday after hatching from eggs kept on artificial beaches as part of a conservation effort.

The river turtles are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and have for many years been killed for human consumption, or kept as pets.

How American shoppers broke the supply chain

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Usually consumer spending is good for the economy, but the bottlenecks created by America’s huge appetite are becoming a problem for economic growth. The U.S. economy grew at a rate of just 2% from July to September, the Commerce Department said last week, down significantly from the 6.7% it grew the quarter before, largely because of supply chain bottlenecks that have made it harder for consumers to buy all the things they want.

Thousands of old laptop batteries used to power coffee van

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A social enterprise in Queensland has recovered thousands of battery cells from discarded laptops to build a coffee van battery. The device is made from over 1000 recycled laptop cells and 13 solar panels and was built by volunteers at Substation 33.

Why is the North American fall so red, compared with Europe?

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Each fall, the leaves of almost half of North America’s species of trees and shrubs turn red. But why is bewitching autumn foliage — to borrow from Mark Twain — so common in New England, but not in Europe?

If you can fix it, why tear it down?

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Cities spend millions to raze vacant buildings. Why not use that money to repair them instead?

After pipeline fights, tribes get chance to tell different story with electric vehicles

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The U.S. Department of Energy this month awarded groups on the Standing Rock and Red Lake Indian reservations money for an inter-tribal electric vehicle charging network connecting communities in the Upper Midwest.

Company’s aerial photos, data helps farmers manage fields

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IntelinAir’s goal is to give farmers accurate and timely information that can help them quickly identify and address emerging problems, helping to increase crop yields and profitability.

How connecting with ag tech start-ups can shape the future of agriculture

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The rise of ag tech in recent years has introduced a host of new possibilities in agriculture. It also poses unique challenges and opportunities. By enhancing and deepening interactions with start-ups, major ag companies are elevating technologies that can truly add value for farmers. Their active involvement is defining the future of agriculture.

This new biodegradable glitter is made entirely from plants

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Almost all of the glitter you’ve ever used is still floating around the planet. This new formulation has just one ingredient, but it’s still as shimmery as the original.