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Terrifying Bushfires Prompt The Evacuation Of An Entire Canadian City

Residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta — home to 83,000 people — have been ordered to leave as an out-of-control bushfire swept into the city. It’s the largest fire evacuation in the province’s history.


The First Coral Reefs Are Starting To Permanently Dissolve

As if the oceans needed more terrible news, scientists have learned that the coral reefs surrounding the Florida Keys are dissolving. The culprit — ocean acidification — wasn’t expected to start hitting reefs hard for another three decades.


Why Are We So Bad At Recycling Rare Metals From Technology?

Last month, the internet flew into a frenzy over news that Apple recovered $US40 ($52) million worth of gold from old gadgets last year. That story turned out to be wildly oversold. But our eagerness to celebrate a tech company’s recycling victory speaks to a disturbing truth.


Heroic Scientists Want To Clean Up Cow Farts To Save The Planet

Most of us consider farts to be little more than a mild embarrassment. But cow farts (and burps) are a scourge upon the Earth, releasing heat-trapping methane that wreaks havoc on our climate. Now, heroic scientists want to put an end to global warming-by-flatulence once and for all.


The Oceans Are Running Low On Oxygen

File this under definitely not good: global warming is depleting the oceans of oxygen. You know, that little molecule that we, along with all other complex life forms, require in order to breathe and therefore live.


Another Tank May Be Leaking At Washington's Radioactive Storage Facility

Last week, a leak in a storage tank at the America’s largest radioactive dumpsite expanded substantially, sparking concerns that other tanks are on the verge of failing, too. This fear may have already been realised. Rumours are flying that a second of Hanford’s 28 double-shelled radioactive waste tanks is exhibiting early signs of failure.


We Are Fertilising The Heck Out Of Our Planet And That's A Bad Thing

The world is getting greener. A global analysis of satellite data finds that an area two times the size of the continental US has gone from brown to green over the past thirty years. Human carbon emissions are doing a hell of a job fertilising the planet — but we probably shouldn’t celebrate.


This Autonomous Garden Would Roll Its Way To The Perfect Plot

If you lack the skills to keep plants alive, this architectural concept might appeal. Called Hortum Machina B, the sphere contains electronics that enable it to sense its surroundings and move in order to keep its internal garden healthy.


We Should Be Very Worried About That Leaky Nuclear Waste Facility In Washington

Earlier this week, we heard alarming reports of a “significant” nuclear waste leak at Hanford, the largest radioactive waste dumpsite in the US. Should we be worried? Absolutely. But mainly because this is a symptom of a much bigger problem that’s been festering for decades.


Solar Impulse Pilot Feels Awesome After A Full Day Of Nonstop Flying

Most human beings would be in a black mood after spending 24 hours awake, strapped to a chair and concentrating hard so as not to die. Not Bertrand Piccard. Gizmodo caught up the man currently flying the Solar Impulse 2 plane from Hawaii to San Francisco, and he sounded downright chipper.


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