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Here is a shark swallowing another shark

Researchers from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies took this picture of a shark eating another shark near the Great Barrier Reef. Nature is crazy!


Pollan’s Food Rules, animated. With vegetables

This video uses vegetables -- so many, many awesome vegetables -- to illustrate Michael Pollan's Food Rules.


OMG tiny chameleon

I’m not usually a sucker for reptiles and amphibians the way I am for, say, sloths — but when they’re the world’s tiniest, who can resist? First we had this ickle mini frogling, and now there’s a wee precious chameleonette.

Critical List: More than 800,000 anti-Keystone messages delivered; Obama could veto transportation bill

The anti-Keystone email campaign gathered more than 800,000 messages to Senate leadership. Check out this picture of the messages being delivered. Internal documents from Heartland Institute, the climate-denying think tank, show funding from sources like Microsoft, Koch Industries (which had reportedly stopped funding the institute), tobacco companies, and other corporations. One “Anonymous Donor” gave more than $1.6 million in 2010 and $979,000 in 2011. The White House said senior advisers would recommend the president veto the House version of the transportation bill, citing provisions to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Maybe Republicans …

Climate Skeptics

Secret Heartland Institute memos map a climate-denial campaign

Looks like someone has pulled a Climategate on denialist think tank the Heartland Institute. (Is “think tank” the correct term for an institution devoted to spreading misinformation? Maybe “lie tank” is better.) Turns out that — surprise surprise — they take donations from the Koch brothers, as well as tobacco companies and Microsoft. And then they pay off pundits and scientists to publicly wage war on facts.

Green Living Tips

Insanely catchy song urges you to poop in a bucket

Pooping in a bucket might not save the world, but this is definitely going to be stuck in your head for a while.

Industrial Agriculture

French judge: Monsanto poisoned farmer

In 2004, Paul François, a French farmer, breathed in the vapor of Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller while cleaning out the tank of a crop sprayer. He lost consciousness and later suffered from memory loss and headaches. Monday, a French court found that Monsanto could be held liable for poisoning François.


Did fracking turn this squirrel purple?

One of the explanations being floated for the purple squirrel recently captured in Pennsylvania: An organobromide overdose caused by fracking. Yeah, it sounds a little far-fetched, but doesn’t it sound more interesting than “it fell in a port-a-potty”?


Bill McKibben discusses his 700,000 anti-Keystone emails on Colbert

The founder appeared on the Colbert Report to discuss the anti-Keystone campaign.

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