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There's A New Form Of Carbon That's Harder Than Diamond

Researchers have discovered a new form of carbon structure, called Q-carbon, that’s harder than diamond and allows artificial versions of the precious stone to be made at room temperature and pressure.

Here's What  That Choking Blanket Of Smog Over China Looks Like From Space

A thick and dangerous blanket of smog is currently enveloping Beijing and parts of Eastern China, forcing authorities to issue an “orange” alert — the second highest level of a four-tiered pollution scale. Here’s what it looks like from space.

US Politicians' Anti-Climate Change Arguments And Why They're Wrong

Video: From “global warming is a hoax because it’s snowing” to “maybe this is our fault but we’re not doing a damn thing about it”, the climate rhetoric of the US GOP’s 2016 presidential candidates is a many-headed hydra of confusion, apathy, and straight-up delusion.

Paris Is Covered In Fake Ads That Mock The Climate Talks' Corporate Sponsors

UK-based activist group Brandalism has peppered the streets of Paris with 600 fake outdoor ads meant to expose the hypocrisy of COP21 Climate Conference corporate sponsors.

SpaceX Wants To Land A Rocket At Cape Canaveral

Perhaps feeling a bit put out that Blue Origin stole its re-usable rocket thunder, commercial spaceflight company SpaceX has apparently decided to forget about the whole landing a rocket on an ocean drone thing. Instead, for its next attempt to bring a Falcon 9 booster safely back to Earth, SpaceX is going whole hog: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Margaret Atwood: The War Against Climate Change Is Our Battle For Middle Earth

When I was asked to do a piece for Gizmodo and io9, I confess I went a bit silly. I had the idea of describing a Lord of the Rings parallel universe, using the climactic scene in which the Dark Tower tumbles down, the Nazguls perish, the Ring is destroyed, the good guys win, and a new day dawns.

Earth's Tropical Rainforests Could Look Completely Different By The End Of The Century

In 2005, an intense heatwave struck a mountaintop rainforest in northeast Australia. Accounts of the event were rather apocalyptic: birds dropping dead out of the sky; entire patches of forest withering to a crisp. But the biggest casualty of all was a snow-white furball that scampered amongst the branches at the highest elevations. The white lemuroid ringtail possum simply vanished.

In Pictures: China Is Enveloped In Thick And Dangerous Smog

Beijing is currently choking on a thick smog, with air pollution in the city over 20 times the safe levels defined by the World Health Organisation. This is what it looks like.

This Timelapse Video Of Radio Observatories Is Just Breathtaking

With gold-plated space telescopes promising to discover distant worlds and unravel the deepest mysteries of the universe, radio astronomy can sometimes feel a bit passé. But lest you think the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is no longer sexy, a glorious new photo collection featuring radio observatories across the US would like to show you otherwise.

The UN's New Report On Asian Teenagers And HIV Is Just Heart-Breaking

We’re making progress in the fight against HIV around the world, but it’s still very unevenly distributed. And the United Nations’ brand new report on HIV infections among teenagers in Asia is pretty upsetting. Some 50,000 Asian teens (aged 15-19) became HIV-positive in 2014 alone, and a total of 220,000 adolescents were living with HIV in the region.

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