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Rescuers Must Try Again to Free Entangled Blue Whale
Rescuers were unable free a blue whale on Monday seen near Dana Point, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles.
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These Carnivorous Worms Catch Bugs by Mimicking the Night Sky
In 1887, a Maori chief and an English surveyor on New Zealand’s North Island rode a handmade raft through a cave entrance where a local stream disappeared int
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Why Plans to Replace Diablo Canyon With 100 Percent Clean Energy Could Fall Short
PG&E says it will replace the nuclear plant with renewable energy, but it's not as easy as it sounds.
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Study Backs Oakland’s Case for Blocking Coal Terminal
Consultant's analysis finds plan to ship coal represents significant health and environmental hazard.
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On This 4,400 Degree Exoplanet, It’s Always Day and Always Night
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has mapped the surface temperatures of a "Super-Earth," giving us a rare glimpse into the environmental and weather conditions on a distant extrasolar planet.
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We’re Not Squidding Around – Cephalopod Week Is Sure to Suck You In
To celebrate the end of Cephalopod Week, check out our favorite videos and amazing facts about these smart and slippery sea creatures.
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Oakland City Council Votes to Block Coal Shipments Through Port
Council votes 7-0 to ban coal, citing concerns about environmental and health impacts.
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This vote would be invalid if the TPP passes.
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‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California
California’s Central Valley has three times more freshwater in underground aquifers than previously thought.
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Inside the Deal That Shaped San Diego County’s Power Picture
The California Public Utilities Commission wields enormous power, shaping the state’s energy mix. It also determines the bills sent to millions of individuals, businesses and schools.
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Chicken Guns and Chili Grenades: Mary Roach Explores Behind-the-Scenes Science of the Military World
Have you ever heard of weaponized ghost peppers? That's a "chili grenade" that uses one of the world's hottest peppers to burn the eyes and skin of its targets. It's just one of the military inventions that Mary Roach encountered while working on her new book "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War." Roach, who has written books about cadavers, sex, digestion, Mars and ghosts, plunges deep into the world of devices and innovation designed to...
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Kern County Blaze Destroys 80 Homes, Threatens 1,500
The Erskine Fire, burning in the mountains northeast of Bakersfield, is most destructive in still-young 2016 fire season.
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Oil Spill Releases Thousands of Gallons of Crude in Ventura
Fire officials said the flow of oil would not reach the ocean. Crimson Pipeline has taken responsibility for the spill.
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