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Don’t worry, when we move off of Earth we can grow plants in space

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So you all know we're moving to space soon, right? First of all, there are no melting glaciers on the moon. Second of all Newt Gingrich said we are. So it's on. Now, one of the things we are really going to need on the moon is plants, so bees and vegetarians will have something to eat. And a recent study from researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville suggests that growing plants on the moon just might be a completely successful endeavor.

Read more: Climate & Energy

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Greenpeace has pressured Levi’s into making its jeans less toxic

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Making clothes is a dirty business, but Levi's, one of America's oldest clothing brands, has bowed to an international campaign from Greenpeace and is now committed to changing its filthy ways. By the middle of 2013, the company is requiring its 15 largest manufacturers -- mostly in China, Mexico, and South America -- to disclose their pollution output. And by 2020, the idea is have its entire operation free of hazardous chemicals. So we only have seven more years of the world's largest jeans company pumping scary acronyms like APEOs and PFCs into the ground and water supply.

Read more: Living

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Apocalypse-ready German designer makes tiny houses from dumpsters

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German designer Philipp Stingl has fashioned homes for the homeless out of dumpsters. They're actually pretty nifty, too. They have locks, trash disposal systems, even a little sewage system. Sure, they're not spacious, but if they're your only alternative -- if you're homeless, but also if you're just trying to hide from marauders after the coming ecopocalypse -- they seem reasonably cozy.

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Lizard named after Obama was wiped out by climate change

The little thing to the left in the front is the lizard in question
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The little thing to the left in the front is the lizard in question.

Well it was just a matter of time before some commie scientists named an extinct animal after the 44th president of the United States. Obamadon gracilis is the name, and the foot-long creature -- which was discovered in a fossil bed in Montana -- has been extinct for about 65 million years. And ironically, its extinction may indicate that paleolithic changes in climate affected animals differently than previously believed.

Read more: Climate & Energy

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You can now donate to the homeless through a parking meter

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A new program in Los Angeles, based on an existing program in Denver, aims to give the humble parking meter the power to truly heal. It will do so by turning the city's 1,140 sad, outdated meters (they are switching from coin to card-operated) into donation centers for the homeless.

Read more: Cities

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Giving cars their own version of the internet could reduce crashes by 80 percent

We are vehicles and we are all one through the Internet ommmmm
We are vehicles and we are all one through the internet ommmmm

People are, theoretically, all connected to each other through the internet and, again theoretically, it helps us to relate better and more efficiently. So the people who think about vehicles, and more specifically about vehicle crashes, started thinking and presumably emailing each other questions: What if cars and buses were connected to each other? Might this perhaps cut down on the number of accidents?

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How did Newark Mayor Cory Booker do on his food stamp challenge?

"I just want to say being on Food Stamps sucks."
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"I just want to say being on food stamps sucks."

Several weeks back, Newark Mayor Cory "I let people charge their cells in my house" Booker got in a fight with a guy about food stamps on Twitter. And Booker, who is a pretty rad, money-where-your-mouth-is politician, said to the dude, OK, you think people on food stamps are just evil people sponging off the government? Let's both go on food stamps for a little while and see how fun it is, shall we?

Read more: Food, Politics

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World’s most famous wolf shot near Yellowstone

I am not the wolf that died but I probably have her autograph.
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I am not the wolf that died but I probably have her autograph.

Wolf hunting is a complicated issue -- the people who are against it say we need more wolves, and people who are for it say we need fewer, but sometimes both claim it's for the wolves' own good. (Although one side is probably wrong.) All I know for sure is that when I look at photos of a wolf referred to as 832F, who was studied by researchers and beloved by tourists but then shot dead by hunters last Thursday, I feel really sad. She was one hell of a nice-looking and mighty-looking creature. And she has been called not only the most famous wolf in Yellowstone, but the most famous in the world.

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This office building is made entirely out of recycled paper

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This roughly 2,000-square-foot office building was built by two German architects who are brothers out of compressed recycled paper. That's not surprising. After all, if anyone is going to build something out of paper that kind of looks like a late modernist painting it's going to be two German brothers named Dratz.

So obviously this thing is cool-looking. And here's the inside, also cool-looking:

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