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Brace yourself for tomorrow’s supermoon

Photo by Marianne Klock.

Saturday is the night to engage in your moon-related activities -- blow it up, write your name on it, release your singing marmoset creatures, whatever -- because you’ll have a pretty good view. It's a “supermoon,” where the moon is closer to earth in its orbit than normally -- and it's going to be the biggest, brightest full moon of 2012.

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BLM announces draft of ‘common sense’ rules for fracking

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just released a draft [PDF] of its new rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. These rules were last revised in 1988, and they're being updated to deal with the current fracking boom (the BLM says 90 percent of new wells going in on public land are using fracking). The rule update is also meant to show some smidgen of federal leadership on questions like "Should natural gas companies reveal what's in fracking fluid?" and "How are we going to at least try and prevent this stuff from contaminating the water?"

The BLM's answers right now are:

  • Yes, companies have to share what's in fracking fluid, but only after they pour it into the ground.
  • We're going to require some tests to make sure the well is pretty solid. But not any tests the industry wasn't using already.

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Giant plant tags tell you how to care for streetlights, hydrants, and mailboxes

It's all very well to talk about the urban jungle, but how often are you supposed to water it? Carmichael Collective's tongue-in-cheek urban plant tags offer care instructions for metropolitan flora like benches, fire hydrants, stop signs, and mailboxes.

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More pictures of dogs on bikes than you ever knew you wanted

We thought that one dog on a bike was exciting. But Keenan Roberts at Buzzfeed knows better. What's more exciting than one dog on a bike? TWENTY DOGS ON TWENTY BIKES.

These two are my favorites:

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Critical List: Fracking fluids reach aquifers in only a few years; Heartland’s weird campaign

According to a new study, it only takes a few years for fracking fluids to migrate from deep in the ground into aquifers.

We know we should ignore this sort of campaign from Heartland, but seriously? Climate change advocates are like the Unabomber??

Could senior BP officials get caught in the Justice Department's criminal probe?

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30,000 bees found in New Jersey attic

Turns out the honeybee colonies we've all been so concerned about didn't collapse after all -- they just moved to New Jersey. Specifically, they went to stay at a former bed and breakfast in Cape May, where 30,000 bees were just taken out of the attic.

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Video game based on Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ promises to be extremely ironic

Thoreau went to the woods because he wished to live deliberately and suck all the marrow out of life. But if you don't want to go outside to do that, don't worry: The Walden experience now comes in video game form!

The digital Walden Pond will showcase a first-person point-of-view where you can wander through the lush New England foliage, stop to examine a bush and pick some fruit, cast a fishing rod, return to a spartan cabin modeled after Thoreau’s and just roam around the woods, grappling with life’s unknowable questions.

Oh yes, this is going to be the next Mass Effect for sure. As Erik Hayden at Time says, "A video game about a 19th-century philosopher living in a shack, where there’s only one character and nothing happens? Sign us up!"

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It’s almost impossible for Pa. landowners to find out about fracking violations

Fracking companies might be violating drilling rules all over the place, but in Pennsylvania, landowners who leased their property to gas companies likely have no idea. CNN Money reports:

That's because the state agency charged with regulating the wells -- the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) -- does not have to notify landowners if a violation is discovered. Even if landowners inquire about safety violations, DEP records are often too technical for the average person and incomplete.

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The coolest church you’ve ever seen is inside an 800-year-old tree

This oak tree in Allouville-Bellefosse, France, up near the country’s north coast, has been alive for at least 800 years. In the late 1600s, a bolt of lightening hollowed out the center, but the tree survived and kept putting out leaves and acorns. And when they see something like that, 17th-century Frenchmen think about the same thing as the Insane Clown Posse: MIRACLES.

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Critical List: Other countries manage to pass climate change laws; Greenpeace is busy

Plants are freaking out about climate change: Their timing for flowering and leafing is even more off than climate models predicted.

Also, species extinction could be a major driver of climate change and keep the environment from producing awesome resources like ... food.

South Korea's parliament approved a cap-and-trade plan. Kenya and Peru are also working on climate change laws.

A judge granted BP preliminary approval of its plan to settle Deepwater Horizon claims. The company could pay out nearly $8 billion to settle private claims for injury or economic loss from the spill.

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