Long-Disputed Maya Manuscript Turns Out To Be The Real Deal

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A mysterious and long-disputed document purported to be America’s oldest surviving manuscript is genuine.

That’s the conclusion of a new review of research on the Grolier Codex, a fragmentary 13th Century Maya text whose unlikely provenance ― it was reportedly found by looters in a Mexican cave in the 1960s ― had led some to conclude that it was likely a forgery.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/grolier-codex-maya-manuscript_us_57d07008e4b0a48094a74df1?section=&

This Image Could Contain ‘Billions Of Strange New Worlds’

Abell S1063, a galaxy cluster, was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope as part of the Frontier Fields programme. The huge mass of the cluster acts as a cosmic magnifying glass and enlarges even more distant galaxies, so they become bright enough for Hubble to see.

Abell S1063, a galaxy cluster, was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope as part of the Frontier Fields programme. The huge mass of the cluster acts as a cosmic magnifying glass and enlarges even more distant galaxies, so they become bright enough for Hubble to see.

The image above shows the galaxy cluster Abell S1063, which is “potentially home to billions of strange new worlds” according to scientists working with the Hubble Space Telescope. Visible near the center of the image, the cluster appears as it was four billion years ago.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nasa-hubble-abell-s1063_us_57922611e4b0bdddc4d4268f?section=

India Plants a Record 50 Million Trees in 24 Hours

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More than 800,000 volunteers planted saplings in public spaces in the state of Uttar Pradesh hoping to reduce greenhouse gases and reforest the countryside

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-plants-record-50-million-trees-24-hours-180959839/#HQcspKkkHOTK2yx0.99
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The Second-Largest City In The U.S. Is On The Verge Of Being 100 Percent Renewable

The City Council is going to consider a motion this month that would direct the municipal utility to determine how to move the city to 100 percent renewable energy. The motion already has broad support from councilmembers, and Los Angeles officials confirmed that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has begun work on the report, which will be developed with research partners, including the Dept. of Energy.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/10/3786420/los-angeles-to-go-renewable/

When in drought: the California farmers who don’t water their crops

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The Mediterranean climate of California’s coastal regions, particularly those to the north, is ideally suited to dry farming. Mornings are cool, afternoons warm, and the rains come every winter. Until the second half of the last century, dry farming was actually the norm here – and still is throughout much of Europe.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/05/dry-farming-california-drought-wine-crops?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+morning+briefing+2016&utm_term=170630&subid=1495975&CMP=ema_a-morning-briefing_b-morning-briefing_c-US_d-1

World’s Largest Population of Giant Manta Rays Gets More Protection in Peru

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In another win for marine life, Peru started the new year by enacting regulations to protect the world’s largest known population of giant manta rays.

Scientists Rediscover a Tree Frog Thought to Be Extinct for Over a Century

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Last seen in 1870, Jerdon’s tree frog is alive and (mostly) well in India

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-rediscover-tree-frog-thought-extinct-over-century-180957902/#ErIXJkr6HkWlUEmk.99

The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed

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Better electricity sharing across states would dampen the effects of variable weather on wind and solar power

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/us-could-switch-mostly-renewable-energy-no-batteries-needed-180957925/#AEM2iyfs2w3hjEap.99

Viva la France! Country Bans Supermarkets From Tossing Out Food

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In December the French government passed a law banning supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. The law requires stores there to donate unwanted food to charities or food banks.

Family Saves Roadside Piglet from Freezing to Death in Blizzard

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It was during that blizzard that the Smith family was traveling from the Whitetail ski resort back to their hotel about 20 miles away when dad Perry spotted a white, pink mass by the side of the road in the freezing cold snow.