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House Republicans’ transportation bill contains zero good policy

House Republicans are going to unveil their transportation bill today, and it is expected to have a ton of backwards ideas in it. These include:

  • Spending more money on highways than anything else
  • Encouraging private companies to expand highways and charge for the use of those lanes
  • Funding highway work through oil and gas drilling revenues
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What corporate logos does a 5-year-old know?

This video, in which designer Adam Ladd's 5-year-old daughter rattles off corporate logos while sounding exactly like Marcel the Shell, is simultaneously adorable and sobering:

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Cacti can clean up poisonous soils

Here are a few things you do with a prickly pear cactus: Get poked. Turn its fruit into jam. Use it to clean up dangerous concentrations of selenium in arid California lands.

In California's San Joaquin Valley, a long history of artificial irrigation has impregnated the soil with selenium. In small quantities, selenium is beneficial to humans and animals -- essential, even. In larger quantities, it’s toxic.

Prickly pear cacti, though, can thrive in these soils, even though irrigation has also made the soil and water dangerously salty.

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Watch a rabbit herd sheep

Here's an adorable innovation for all you urban farmers out there:

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Critical List: Illinois installed the most wind turbines in 2011; Weathercasters aren’t climate scientists

Illinois installed the most new wind turbines in 2011.

In five years, there could be 39 million "micro-hybrids" -- cars that have a battery to increase cars' efficiency, but that aren’t quite as awesome as Priuses or other full hybrids.

Weather forecasters don't understand climate science. Don't believe them when they say climate change doesn't exist!

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This house is so tiny it fits in your pocket

Two hundred square feet? SO last year. The newest tiny house folds up to fit in your pocket.

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Our waste heat warms the atmosphere, too — and it’s getting worse

The warming of our planet is overwhelmingly due to the extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which accounts for an extra 380 terawatts of heat energy. By comparison, the extra warming that's a direct consequence of all the fossil fuels we burn and nuclear power we  produce is tiny -- just 16 TW.

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The heat trapped by global warming equals 1 million Hiroshima bombs a day

“The radiative forcing of the CO2 we have already put in the atmosphere in the last century is … the equivalent in energy terms to almost half a billion Hiroshima bombs each year.”

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The Muppets take on Fox News

Fox News thinks the Muppets have a bias against oil companies. The Muppets point out they spent the movie DRIVING TO FRANCE IN A CAR (uh, spoiler alert). Also, Miss Piggy does not much care for Murdoch and his enterprises:

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LeBron James bikes to work

I know next to nothing about sports, but I'm told that a) this is LeBron James, b) he is not normally the bikey kind of athlete, and c) he IS the extremely highly paid kind of athlete who probably owns 20 cars and a "this is where the magic happens" room. So it's pretty impressive that a fan caught a photo of him biking to a game.

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