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Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.
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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.
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Making Math And Microscopes More Accessible

From popularizing a feared subject to scaling down high-tech tools, here are two examples of experts solving complicated problems with simplicity.
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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.
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Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

The lunar eclipse peaks late Monday or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone. It begins a so-called tetrad of four eclipses occurring roughly six months apart.
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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.
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South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.
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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.
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This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster

When it comes to resetting your biological clock, calculus can help. Mathematicians say they've found a faster way to adjust to time zone changes, and they've used it to drive a smartphone app.
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What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."

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