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Orangutans will eat adorable lorises if they have to

Guess what will happen if orangutans' habitats are compromised to the point where there isn't sufficient fruit? THEY WILL EAT SLOW LORISES, THAT'S WHAT. Dude, we need to do everything we can to prevent this from happening.

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‘Beyonce fly’ has a solid gold butt

In a rare example of scientists being vaguely funny and no more than six or seven years behind the times, Australian scientists have named this gold-butted horsefly after Beyoncé. 

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How to start urban composting in your building

Dirt is great stuff: You can grow things in it, which means that in the future when the only thing left is climate change, zombies, and Terminators designed to look like Kardashians, it will be a kind of wealth. So you should probably be hoarding it like a Ron Paul fanboy hoards gold. The cool thing is that, unlike gold, you can produce your own dirt -- even if you live in a city.

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Survey: The American dream home is energy-efficient

It’s not news that utilities can be budget-killers, and apparently people are getting wise to the fact that energy-efficiency means lower utility bills. A recent Yahoo survey found that energy efficiency is the one feature everyone can agree on when they imagine their "dream home" -- ahead of water views, a custom build and all the other things Americans usually aspire to.

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Why we need to relocate animals threatened by climate change

There's tons of evidence in the fossil record that as earth's climate has changed in the past, species have moved around in order to avoid dying out. Before there were humans on this planet, disrupting migration pathways with our cities, roads and expanses of concrete, animals could simply move north or south to keep up with a warming or cooling climate. In fact, this is probably the reason that many past climate changes did not coincide with mass extinctions.

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The guy with 15 things got some more things

Remember Andrew Hyde, the guy who owned only 15 things? Weeeeellll it turns out he has slightly more than 15 things now. Actually he has 39 things. Still doing better than you, bucko!

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Swedish cities could connect via bike superhighway

In Sweden, city planners and the country's traffic authority are looking into building a four-lane bike superhighway between the university town of Lund and Malmö, Sweden's third-largest cities and one of its most diverse.

Cities like London have invested in protected lanes that they call “bike superhighways,” but this one would be one of the first to connect two cites (you know, like an actual highway). The designs for the trail have it following the path of railway tracks, protected from wind by fences and hedgerows.

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Scientists plan to make a volcano into a generator

Speaking of Bond villains and energy sources, here's an idea with no possible drawbacks: Turning a dormant volcano into a roiling cauldron of geothermal energy.

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Critical List: Cruise ship could leak oil; Chevron rig catches fire

That capsized cruise ship in Italy could leak thousands of tons of fuel into a national maritime park.

A four-lane bicycle superhighway could go up between the Swedish cities of Malmo and Lund.

Rusty on your climate science? This open University of Chicago course covers climate research without getting too technical.

Commercial agricultural projects in East Africa are forcing Ethiopians from their homes, according to Human Rights Watch.

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Watch an orca chase a shark out of the water

Orcas might be charismatic movie stars, but they are also killer whales. A family of beachgoers in New Zealand caught on film an orca fighting with a few sharks. One shark was so eager to get away from the whale that it beached itself in the shallow water.

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