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Giant prehistoric penguins!

Scientists have spent the past 35 years reconstructing a giant penguin fossil from New Zealand, and here's the first look at their results. Kairuku (Maori for "diver who returns with food") lived about 25 million years ago, and it looks a little different from modern penguins. For starters, it's more than 4 feet tall.

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Climate change is screwing up bird migration

According to UNC Chapel Hill researchers who just crunched 10 years' worth of data, climate change is throwing bird migration patterns just a tiny bit off-kilter -- and that small disruption could have major effects on the health of bird populations. 

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A battery large enough to power the U.S. would be the size of 2,200 Walmart SuperCenters

The U.S. uses about 500 gigawatts of power at any moment. Is it possible to cover that whole demand with emissions-free power sources? Well, nuclear, which has virtually no greenhouse gas emissions, could account for about 20 percent; the rest would have to be renewables. And renewables are intermittent, so they'd have to be backed up by about 80 gigawatts worth of batteries, says Davide Castelvecchi at Scientific American.

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Alaska is about to get fracked up

Alaska's been coasting on its stores of easy-access oil, but a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that the state has a motherlode of shale oil and natural gas. You know what means -- here come the frackers.

The numbers are impressive: as much as 80 trillion cubic feet of frackable natural gas and up to 2 billion barrels of shale oil. To put that in perspective, the natural gas resources are smaller than the Marcellus Shale, which underlays Pennsylvania and New York, and smaller than Texas' Haynesville and Eagle Ford shale formations -- but it's still the fourth biggest parcel in the U.S. The oil shale is the second biggest deposit in the country; only North Dakota's Bakken Formation has more.

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Climate change could make Mt. Everest impossible to climb

If you’ve got “summit Everest” on your bucket list, better get started now. Apa Sherpa (aka "Super Sherpa"), who's summited Mt. Everest 21 times, tells Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the trip up the mountain is getting increasingly dangerous as climate change sets in. As Himalayan glaciers melt, bare rock -- slippery, treacherous, more prone to rockfalls — has replaced snow and ice.

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Newt’s new energy slogan doubles down on the crazy

It's not clear who Newt Gingrich thinks he's fooling, but over the weekend his team unveiled this nifty new graphic on which he apparently plans to hang the entirety of his comeback for the GOP nomination, and KQED political reporter John Myers was there to capture it:

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DOE-funded battery breakthrough to halve cost, triple range

A new breakthrough from California-based Envia Systems will yield lithium-ion batteries that are less than half the cost of current cells, while also having three times the energy density. And guess who funded it? The Department of Energy. That's right: Sometimes, when the government invests in innovation, it pays off moon launch-big.

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How to turn an abandoned oil silo into an awesome sustainable home

Once we either kick oil for good or descend into Mad Maxish fuel-based anarchy, you're going to want to set up a pretty good personal Thunderdome. And if we're way past peak oil anyway, why not nest in an abandoned oil silo? Architecture collective Pink Cloud has designed a sustainable home for a post-petroleum world, repurposing the 49,000 refinery oil silos that will, one day in the not-too-distant future, be otherwise pointless.

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Critical List: BP spill liability trial delayed; Meryl Streep’s eco-friendly Oscar dress

BP's trial for Deepwater Horizon liability has been pushed back one week as the company considers a $14 billion settlement.

Scientist Peter Gleick is taking a leave of absence from the Pacific Institute after the organization's board of directors expressed concern about the methods he used to obtain internal documents from the Heartland Institute.

Meryl Streep won her gamillionth Oscar last night but also marked a personal fashion best by choosing an eco-friendly dress.

In Hawaii, a new wind project will help keep electricity prices steady as the price of oil rises.

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