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Why you should never flush your contact lenses

New research presented by the American Chemical Society at their August meeting warned of the damage disposable contact lenses cause after they’re flushed down our home plumbing, a daily habit of many of the 45 million Americans who wear them. Those flimsy, flexible lenses easily pass through sewage treatment plant filters.  Sinking to the bottom of rivers and oceans, the impacts […]

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Simple gesture sparks a delicious global movement!

Schools are back in session, and a crazily fun global movement may inspire you to spread some love (along with the peanut butter) into your child’s school day, and ideally – well beyond. Check out #HashtagLunchbag. It’s the perfect example of how a small group of people on a local level can make a tremendous impact, […]

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Make your own almond flour at home

Looking to go off grains, but don’t want to forego your beloved baked goods? Almond flour is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks in part to low-carbohydrate diet trends. Naturally gluten-free, almond flour is the perfect alternative for those looking to enjoy a satiating and satisfying snack. But commercially-produced nut flour isn’t cheap – unless you […]

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Register for IRENA Innovation Week 2018!

IRENA Innovation Week is a three-day event that unites leading thinkers and policy makers to explore disruptive innovation aimed specifically at accelerating a transition to renewable energy. All members of the media – print, and digital – are invited to register to attend (and report on!) IRENA Innovation Week happening in Bonn, Germany from September 5 to […]

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Dress made from a refugee tent steals London fashion show

British designer and humanitarian Helen Storey believes that fashion is an excellent vehicle to connect people to ­difficult subject matters. Last week, she sent a dress crafted from a former refugee tent down the runway at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge. It captured everyone’s attention, and put a spotlight on climate change and its human impact.

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Israeli study show worms can perform math

New research by Hebrew University of Jerusalem details the complex mathematical calculations that animals perform to locate their next meal. Turns out that even the simple earthworm constantly computes new scent data to see if they are on right track to food. Can humans learn from these tubular hermaphrodites?

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Arab woman sells her ex-boyfriend online

Google “love gone wrong” and you’ll be faced with 46,100,000 results offering music videos, poems, books, potions, and advice on how to deal with an ex-lover who played you wrong. A young Egyptian woman went old-school (albeit using new social media) and devised her own way to deal with her post-breakup blues. She offered her boyfriend up […]

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Cheap and tasty, drink tea for your health

Tea is the the world’s most frequently sipped beverage worldwide after plain water.  Typically cheaper than coffee, it’s as beneficial to your budget as it is for your health. Research shows tea can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. It helps with glaucoma and cognitive decline, and is at once soothing […]

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Kuwait to endure unlivable August heat and humidity

A Kuwaiti meteorologist warns said the tiny coastal country on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf will witness a significant rise in temperature and relative humidity in the second half of August. Could be a good time to plan that trip to Iceland. Weatherman Issa Ramadan told Annahar Daily that extreme weather conditions would increase airborne dust and exacerbate air pollution across Kuwait. He […]

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Popeye was right: Spinach means energy!

Spinach could fuel the next wave of efficient renewable energy, so say researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Tapping into a plant cell that uses sunlight to produce water and electricity may be a new method to convert solar power into usable hydrogen fuel.

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How big is your digital carbon footprint?

Years ago, Green Prophet brought you a link to help calculate your carbon footprint, a free carbon calculator that summed up your carbon imprint in a matter of minutes, and benchmarked it against performances of the entire world. Back in 2012, nascent social media didn’t figure into the carbon equation. Come see how your digital life measures up. Your carbon footprint […]

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Etihad and Masdar launch LEED Platinum eco-residences

Etihad Airways has opened its new Etihad Eco Residence project in Abu Dhabi, the world’s first purpose-built, LEED Platinum-rated cabin crew accommodation project, offering . The project, resulting from a partnership with Masdar, provides 500 fully furnished one and two-bedroom flight crew apartments contained in 11 buildings at Masdar City.  “The opening of the landmark Etihad Eco Residence […]

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Giant disco ball is plummeting back to Earth

Dust off old Donna Summer albums and celebrate the premature return of New Zealand’s giant “disco ball” satellite as it drops down to Earth from outer space.  Just like the Age of Disco, it will completely disintegrate, leaving only groovy memories. The Humanity Star is a reflective satellite launched in January by Rocket Lab, a […]

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Change your DNA with a trip to outer space!

American twins Scott (left) and Mark Kelly are the only identical twin astronauts in history, but after Scott spent nearly a year on a space mission, they may not be identical anymore. In 2016, when Scott Kelly returned to Earth after a 340-day voyage aboard the International Space Station (ISS), he was 2 inches taller […]

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Solving world hunger with hybrid potatoes

Can hybrid breeding effectively mitigate aspects of climate change? Across the planet, communities face a constant struggle to produce enough food to survive. Harsh climates, insect infestation, and a lack of affordable fertilizers and pesticides mean that crop yields are far lower in developing countries. The scientists at Solynta believe potatoes may be the solution.

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The weird backstory to Daylight Savings Time

Set a reminder to set back your clocks this weekend, as we welcome back (for the hundredth time) Daylight Savings Time. This biannual tradition, established in 1918 America, sees much of the world get robbed of an hour sleep as clocks spring forward at 1 AM on Sunday, all to give us an extra hour […]

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We need courage, not hope, to face climate change.

I’m sitting in Vail, Colorado, with a view fairly identical to the stock image above (my iPhone camera broken thanks to an especially poor run). Cracked phone aside, it was an epic week of skiing within a spectacular natural backdrop. I return to reality tomorrow, and was enjoying a few moments while the clothes wash […]