Second Group of the Once-Extinct African Oryx to Be Released Into the Wild

This week, conservationists will release 23 scimitar-horned Oryx dammah into the Ouadi-Rimé Ouadi-Achim Faunal Reserve in the African nation of Chad, reports New Scientist. They will join the 25 oryx released into the grasslands in August, boosting the population of an animal that went extinct in the wild in the 1980s.

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First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

To scientists’ delight, the incredible appendage from 99 million years ago is covered in feathers.

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Solar capacity has increased 99% since last quarter

The U.S. solar industry just experienced a quarter of record-breaking growth, with 4,143 megawatts (or million watts) of solar capacity added between July and September. That’s a 99 percent increase over the previous quarter, and a 191 percent increase over the same time period last year.

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Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across America

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These new urban forests let you pick your own produce. But will the concept take root?

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Harvard Just Launched a Fascinating Resource All About Bauhaus

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The newly digitized collection is as ambitious as the art school it documents

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Getting Up Close and Personal With America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

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The newly-erected turbines off of Block Island may signal the future of American wind power

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For This Firm, Loans Are Where The Action Is

In recent years, an omnibus of impact investing opportunities, from “socially responsible” mutual funds to “green bonds,” have offered market participants access to securities that mirror their desire to create social change as well as their need for financial growth or stability.

But those opportunities aren’t enough to change the way investors and businesses think about the world and each other, says Don Shaffer, CEO and president of RSF Social Finance, because they maintain a certain level of distance and opacity between investor and investment.

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2016 Nobel Prize Winner Yoshinori Ohsumi’s Discoveries Could Change How We Treat Disease

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 03 :  Japanese scientist Yoshinori Osumi, Honorary Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology, attends a news conference at Tokyo Institute of Technology, in Tokyo, Japan on October 3, 2016. The 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology/medicine was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology for his research into autophagy. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN – OCTOBER 03 : Japanese scientist Yoshinori Osumi, Honorary Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology, attends a news conference at Tokyo Institute of Technology, in Tokyo, Japan on October 3, 2016. The 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology/medicine was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology for his research into autophagy. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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World moves to offset airplane emissions in landmark deal

Under CORSIA — short for Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation — the industry will voluntarily (at first) offset its emissions through the purchase of credits, or the funding of still unspecified projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere.

Trees Can Form Bonds Like an Old Couple and Look After Each Other

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Trees have feelings. They can feel pain, but can also have emotions, such as fear.

Trees like to stand close together and cuddle.

There is in fact friendship among trees.

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