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Sept. 17 Is International Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup Day is all about, well, cleaning up our coasts. Plus, protecting our oceans and being all-around good stewards of our Earth. Each year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, hundreds of thousands

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This New Self-Filling Water Bottle Is Incredible

Imagine never having to worry about finding clean, drinkable water sources in the wild again. That’s the idea behind Fontus, a revolutionary new water bottle that extracts humidity from the air and transforms it into

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This Tough Material Is Stronger Than a Diamond

Diamonds may be the hardest natural substance on Earth, but scientists at North Carolina State University have created a substance that’s harder — and brighter — than the famous gemstone. Scientists say that Q-carbon could

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The Driest Place On Earth Has Erupted In Blooms

Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth, and one of the planets most inhospitable environments. But thanks to historic rainfall in 2015, the drought-stricken desert was briefly transformed into a picturesque garden of wildflowers and plant life. A series of rare storms

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Explore the Sea Floor Like Never Before

More than 70 percent of Earth is covered in oceans, but what’s below them has mostly been a mystery … until now. NASA recently unveiled the most complete map of the seafloor ever, revealing thousands

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The Most Extreme Facts About Planet Earth

134 degrees is the hottest ever recorded temperature, measured in 2013 in Death Valley, California. 128 degrees below zero is the coldest ever recorded temperature, measured in 1983 at Vostok Station, Antarctica. 9.5 was the