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The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
Tight budgets are forcing NASA to consider turning off one or more planetary science projects that have completed their...
Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
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14 February 2014 12:30 pm
The world's largest solar power plant, capable of powering 140,000 homes, became operational this week, Gizmodo reports. It's estimated that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California will enable power producers to avoid emitting 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of removing 72,000 vehicles from the road. But the plant isn’t bird-friendly, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sparrows, hawks, and other birds appear to be getting roasted as they fly by steam-generating towers that can reach more than 500°C (about 1000°F).
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*Update, 18 February, 3:50 p.m.: The photograph has been replaced with one depicting the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.