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Rare Earth Mineral Deposits Found[scientificamerican.com]Jul 05, 2011
 
    Japanese scientists have announced a discovery of huge, easily extractable deposits of rare earth minerals that are used in the making of many high-tech gadgets including batteries and touch screens.
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The Dangers of Being Organic[newscientist.com]Jun 28, 2011
 
    By not using pesticides or genetically modified seeds, organics have been an appealing alternative to more scientifically acquired tastes. Lately, though, the dangers of avoiding such technologies is becoming more apparent.
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Chemistry Changing Microbes[arstechnica.com]Jun 21, 2011
 
    Underwater vents have been notoriously difficult to study due to their location and being so far away from the labs that would study them. A team of researchers operating from a submarine have devised a new technique to study these vents and are finding some interesting surprises.
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Arctic Snow Brings Fungal Death[scienceblog.com]Jun 20, 2011
 
    More snow means more insulation for plants below the accumulation in the arctic. Unfortunately though, it also helps incubate molds and fungi that can lead to an even worse death.
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Harbinger Of The Same[newscientist.com]Jun 15, 2011
 
    Expecting a new ice age? Chances are you're out of luck. Even though the sun seems to be hitting a lull and might be cooling us down, greenhouse gases are still piling up. The result will likely be that things stay the same albeit by different processes.
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A Plant By Any Other Name[nature.com]Jun 14, 2011
 
    A database set up by biologists at the University of Arizona in Tucson has been set up to reduce the amount of duplicate names and enhance the understanding of the worlds flora population.
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Heat Turns To Power[scienceblog.com]Jun 13, 2011
 
    The exhaust pipe in your car, the output of steam from power plants, and other gasses from factories all emit a form of low-grade heat. This heat, while deemed useless in the past, is now the focus of a group from Oregon State University to try to bridge the energy gap.
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Giant Squid a Symbol for Ocean Conservation[wired.com]Jun 09, 2011
 
    Much like the Panda Bear is to the World Wildlife Foundation, the Giant Squid may soon become the poster child for preserving and maintaining the worlds oceans.
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Many New Species Found[cosmosmagazine.com]Jun 08, 2011
 
    Scientists from the University of the Philippines' Marine Science Institute and the California Academy of Sciences have found and begun to catalog more than 75 new species found on expedition in the waters and islands of the Philippines.
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Space Sensing Sea Salt[discovery.com]Jun 08, 2011
 
    The sensors on an instrument called the Aquarius are able to see the equivalent of a dash of salt in a gallon of water from 408 miles in space. Using this, NASA will work to map the salinity of Earth's oceans.
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Bacterial Creating Hail[cosmosmagazine.com]May 25, 2011
 
    It's been said that bacteria starts seeds to form rain and snow, now it's hypothesized that they also are vital in the production of hail.
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Illegal Logging Caught Via Satellites[wired.com]May 23, 2011
 
    Using satellite photographs of forests inhabited by aboriginal tribes, activists are finding areas of illegal logging taking place where the tribes have been so far uncontacted.
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What The Frack[sciencemag.org]May 09, 2011
 
    What exactly is hydrofracking? Essentially it's destroying bedrock to obtain what precious little organic gasses (methane, ethane) might be among the rocks. The problem: it turns drinking water flammable.
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Pygmy Rabbits Reintroduced to the Wild[wired.com]Apr 25, 2011
 
    In one of the first projects of its kind, a type of pygmy rabbit was reintroduced to the wild after having not been seen there in nearly a decade.
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Fish, Go North![arstechnica.com]Apr 14, 2011
 
    Climate change may be changing the migration patterns of fish around the world pushing them towards the poles in search of more temperate and colder waters.
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Massive Natural Stone Arch Discovered[scientificamerican.com]Apr 11, 2011
 
    What is now known as the 12th largest natural bridge ever found, the Hazarchishma Natural Bridge was discovered in the central highlands of Afghanistan.
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Crouching Tiger Hidden No More[sciencemag.org]Mar 29, 2011
 
    The Indian government has released a study indicating that tigers have increased in population by nearly 12% in 5 years. This is amazing news, but some sources are skeptical of the optimism.
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Visiting the Sleestaks[cosmosmagazine.com]Mar 24, 2011
 
    Photos, Christmas stockings, Grandma's ashes...we know what's on our own mantles, but how about our planets'? Scientists have been working on new techniques to be able to drill into the Earths mantle to study the evolution and composition of the planet we live on.
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