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Climate Change

The highest low temperature ever recorded: 107 degrees

Not that I was under any illusions that Death Valley, Calif., is a temperate place to live, but this is nuts: The overnight LOW on July 11-12 was 107 degrees F. That ties for highest-recorded …

Climate & Energy

Watch the formation of an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan

These images from NASA’s Earth Observatory show Greenland’s Petermann Glacier calving an iceberg — watch the lower right quadrant of the image to see the split go from a hairline crack to a visible break. …

Business & Technology

Reusable coffee cup collapses to fit in your pocket

Switching from disposable to reusable coffee cups lets you avoid a ton of trash — but it often means you’re left carrying an empty reusable coffee cup, which can’t be thrown away and is cumbersome …

Business & Technology

Boy, I sure could go for some battery-powered air conditioner pants

Is that a tiny air conditioner in your pants, or do you just feel lukewarm about me? These cargo pants from Japan have a built-in battery-powered fan that sits in an exterior pocket, blowing cold …

Cities

City takes your collected trash, gives you fresh food in return

A growing number of cities in Central and South America are giving residents what may be the best deal ever made: You give us trash, and we give you food.

Cities

Bus driver catches 7-year-old girl when she falls from a window

Keyla McCree, an autistic 7-year-old, pushed a panel out of the new air conditioner in her Brooklyn apartment and climbed through it, out a third-story window. But she doesn’t even have a scratch, thanks to …

Living

‘Weed dating’ is like speed dating, but dirtier

I don’t know what you all look for in a mate, but if one of those qualities is “a willingness to trade farm labor for the possibility of romance,” you might skip speed dating and …

Climate & Energy

16-year-old scientist could turn Egypt’s plastic problem into a biofuel boom

What have you done for your country lately? Sixteen-year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Falad has figured out a way to make Egypt $78 million worth of biofuel each year. The key: an inexpensive catalyst that will turn plastic into fuel.

Climate Change

In 2012, 90 percent of record temperatures were record highs

According to this chart from Climate Central, record lows are about to be an artifact of the past. This year, 90 percent of daily record temperatures in the lower 48 states were record highs. In …

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