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Reagan denied disaster funds for cleaning up teenager’s room

The fabulous blog Letters of Note has been delving into the letters of Ronald Reagan, and posted this gem on Twitter. Just look at that disregard for the environment, denying federal relief funds for what is clearly a disaster area!

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We’ve lost 30 to 70 percent of our wildlife since 1970

We love wildlife! We love watching it in high definition on our TV screens while David Attenborough says something droll to ease the trauma of looking at a whale penis. (SO FLEXIBLE.) But apparently we don’t love it so much that we're dedicated to keeping it around.

A new report [PDF] from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) found that in the past few decades, wildlife populations have declined by about 30 percent:

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Critical List: Last 60 years were Australia’s hottest in a millennium; anti-whaling captain detained

Australia just experienced the 60 hottest years in the past millennium, according to a new report. And natural causes don't explain the shift.

China's grid is not set up to deal with renewables.

Anti-whaling captain Paul Watson, president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was detained in Germany for a decades-old violation of navigational regulations.

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Puppy rescued after escaping hawk and falling from sky

OK, this is the kind of extreme weather I can get behind -- the kind where every time it rains, it rains puppies from heaven.

I actually have a rough time with sad dog stories, even ones with happy endings; I tend to get all weepy because I can't have all the dogs in bow ties on a rainbow. But for you sane people who actually find heartwarming stories heartwarming, this is the heartwarmingest: This pup squirmed out of a hawk's talons midair, fell 30 feet, survived, and is now being happily bottle-fed by a wholesome seven-year-old and his family. Ugh, excuse me a minute, I've got something in my eye. It's a bunch of tears.

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Solar eclipse this weekend!

Photo by NASA.

The Western U.S. is getting an annular eclipse this weekend, which is an eclipse where the moon's shadow turns the sun into a "ring of fire." A swath of the country from Oregon down to Texas will see the whole enchilada, and most other Westerners will get to see at least a partial eclipse. Those of us on the East Coast are SOL until 2017.

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‘F*ck You Pizza’ is the logical endpoint of current junk food trends

Humanity has apparently given up on inventing new forms of junk food, and is instead nesting existing forms inside one another like some kind of hideous fast food Turducken. I was on vacation when the mini-cheeseburger crust pizza happened, so I was blissfully spared awareness of that until today, but I did not miss the hot dog stuffed pizza or the Double Down or the "everything KFC makes layered into in a sort of nightmare lasagna" ... thing. This trend was always bound to end in greasy, greasy tears, and thanks to this video, we know that those tears will fall upon cinnamon buns topped with mashed potatoes, gravy, cheeseburgers, and taco shells.

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Origami furniture made from recycled cardboard

Recession got you living in a cardboard box? Take heart: That doesn't  have to mean missing out on stylish furniture. Karton's modular, foldable furniture is sturdy (the bed can support almost 2,000 pounds), assembles in minutes, and is made entirely out of cardboard.

Read more: Green Home, Living

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Creepy-cool village where every house is a musical instrument

Photo by Dithyrambalina.com.

The Music Box is a New Orleans art installation that makes regular artist's colonies look like Camazotz. In this tiny shantytown, every building is also a musical instrument, and the entire town can be played in a beautiful, spooky symphony that looks and sounds like something out of Coraline.

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Sugar might make you stupid

At this point, the message about eating too much processed sugar is clear: That stuff screws up your body in serious ways. But a new study suggests that too much sugar could do more than that. It could mess up your brain, as well.

Technically, what this study found is that too much sugar can screw up rats' brains. The study let rats OD on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and found that it disrupted their ability to learn, think, and remember. Here's what Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, the UCLA neurosurgery professor who led the study, had to say about it:

Read more: Food