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SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, following a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station’s big robotic arm to grab the cargo carrier,…

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Scientists find hundreds of new toxins in polar bear blood

Hundreds of previously unknown contaminants were found in a new study of polar bear blood, published in a German chemical journal this week. There are many unexplained chemicals in human blood, as well as in wildlife and environmental samples, according to the study’s author, toxicologist Jon Martin. “This is a polar bear story, but it’s…

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Real versus fake Christmas trees: Which one's greener?

Hey, folks! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.) This week: O Christmas tree, how sustainable are thy branches? Meet a young B.C. activist going to the UN climate conference Global…

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Sails make a comeback as shipping tries to go green

As the shipping industry faces pressure to cut climate-altering greenhouse gases, one answer is blowing in the wind. European and U.S. tech companies, including one backed by airplane maker Airbus, are pitching futuristic sails to help cargo ships harness the free and endless supply of wind power. While they sometimes don’t even look like sails…

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