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Poorer Nations Are Growing Renewables Nearly Twice as Fast as Richer Ones

According to a new study from Climatescope, developing nations are far outpacing developed ones when it comes to the installation of new renewable energy infrastructure. The study monitored 55 developing countries, including emerging economies like China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Kenya, and found that between the years of 2008-2013, developing nations saw 143% growth in renewable energy, versus only 84% in developed countries. The Climatescope project was originally put together in 2012 by Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance division, the U.K. Government Department for International

Were Our Most Celebrated Leaders All Good, Moral People? (Opinion Piece)

Before I really get into this piece, I just want to warn you that after reading it, you may never look at some of history’s most honored figures the same way ever again. That being said, let’s start off in the present. Next Tuesday, November 4th, Americans will vote in the midterm elections to decide the political fate of the American Congress. As usual, underhanded, and just downright offensive mud-slinging tactics have been being used for political gains all over the

Making A Rocket Thats Shoots 2300 Feet Up Out of Sugar and Kitty Litter (Video)

YouTube science experimenter Grant Thompson (aka: “The King of Random”) recently released an awesome new video that shows you how to make a rocket that is both powerful and cheap. How cheap? About $0.50, according to Grant. That’s because the rocket’s main ingredients, sugar and kitty litter, are both dirt cheap! Check it out in the video below: It’s definitely important to remember to check with your local authorities before setting off any type of rocket, especially in residential areas. Grant drove out to

How An Abandoned Walmart Became America’s Biggest 1-Floor Library

It’s no secret that Walmart stores are big. Really big. The average Walmart takes up about as much space as two-and-a-half football fields. According to international supply chain consultant MWPVL, Walmart stores covered a whopping 721 million square feet of retail space in the United States in 2013. That’s an area almost 10% larger than the entire city of Manhattan (661 million sq. feet). And when a Walmart location closes, it often remains vacant for long periods of time since very few other businesses

This Town Did Halloween A Week Early for A 4-Year-Old With Leukemia (Video)

For four-year-old Ethan van Leuven, every new day is a blessing. At 22 months old, Ethan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of bone-marrow cancer most common in children between the ages of two and five. After years of exhaustive treatment, Ethan’s doctors informed the family that his battle will likely soon be over. “His Leukemia has gone out of control and is no longer treatable, so he was given a few days to several weeks left,” said Ethan’s father

A Guy Digging A Well Just Stumbled Upon a 500,000-Year-Old Giant Sloth

Carlos Manduga lives in the resort city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, which lies about 250 miles south of the country’s capital Buenos Aires. Not too long ago, Manduga was digging and cleaning out a well on his property when he came across the fossilized remains of a pre-historic creature. Manduga found a skull, ribs, a number of vertebrae and a few other fossilized remains. Manduga immediately contacted the Lorenzo Scaglia Natural History Museum to inform them of the find. “The paleontological remains

The Coolest Places on Earth: The Abandoned Town of Kolmanskop, Namibia (Pictures)

In 1908, German railway worker Zacharias Lewala stumbled upon a diamond while working in an area of the Namib Desert in southern Namibia (Namibia was a German colony at that time). After Zacharias informed his supervisor of the find, word quickly spread that the area was rich in diamonds, and German miners began flocking to the area. The diamonds made the first miners very wealthy, so they decided to shape the mining town after a classic German town, complete with a

These 20-Year-Olds Started A Free Mobile Laundry Service for the Homeless

Homelessness is extremely difficult, to say the least. Besides having to battle the elements every day and constantly wondering where your next meal will come from, the homeless tend to have a very difficult time maintaining personal hygiene. So earlier this summer, two young men from Brisbane, Australia came up with an ingenious idea to help improve hygiene for the homeless: a free mobile laundry service. 20-year olds Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, the founders of Orange Sky Laundry, had three goals in

Perspective: 50,000 People Once Lived In 0.0102 Sq. Miles In China (Pictures)

No that’s not a typo. The Kowloon Walled City was a collection of 300+ interconnected high-rise buildings constructed without the guidance of a single architect or engineer. The city was also ungoverned by any health or safety standards. The Walled City was initially built as a Chinese military fort but became an enclave in 1898 while China was under British occupation. The population of the city ballooned after the Japanese took control of Hong Kong during World War II. The

Secrets from A Hundred-Year Old Notebook Found In the Ice of Antarctica (Video)

In 1910, British explorer Robert Scott set out on his second expedition to Antarctica. The mission, known as Terra Nova, proved to be ill-fated: Scott and a number of his companions eventually died from a combination of extreme cold, exhaustion and starvation. But now, more than 100 years after Scott’s death, a new artifact has been discovered from the expedition: a notebook. When the Terra Nova team arrived at Antarctica in 1910, they split into two groups: Scott took one group and headed

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