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Two Edmonton Teens Are Fundraising for a War-Torn African Nation by Longboarding 1,350 Miles

Caleb Sinn and Jordan Smith are making a 37-day trek from Edmonton to Portland to raise awareness for Burundi.
Stephan Boissonneault

The App That Lets Journalists and Activists Secretly Call for Help

In order to send a distress message, a user can either rapidly tap the power button of the phone or use an interface that resembles a normal calculator and hammer any key on that instead.
Joseph Cox
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Protesters Are Dodging Sudan's Internet Shutdown with a Phone-Powered Crowdmap

SMS updates allow activists to keep up with protests despite the government's internet shutdown.
Amanda Sperber
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Where the Emergency Alerts on Your Phone Come From

The Amber Alert sent last night was the first in California sent through the Wireless Emergency Alert system.
Fruzsina Eordogh
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Here's the Most Stunning Drone Porn to Get Off On Today

No, not that "drone porn": I'm talking about those gorgeously sweeping aerial videos coming out of the "hobbyist":
Brian Anderson
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Biodiesel Made from Algae Is Now Available in California

A handful of gas stations in Northern California made history this week by becoming the first to offer algae-based diesel fuel at the pump. At select stations in Redwood City, Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose, the algae fuel company Solazyme will be...
Adam Estes
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Rosneft, Now the Biggest Oil Company in the World, Will Control Russia's Arctic

Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil behemoth, just signed a deal to purchase TNK-BP, Russia’s third-largest oil producer, for $55 billion. The deal makes Rosneft the largest publicly-traded oil producer. It’s a boon for private enterprise, especially...
Derek Mead
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Ding, Dong, the Shuttle Is Finally Dead

I know. I can hardly believe it, either. After an impressive 25 flights that spanned an equally impressive 22-year career and 123 _million_ miles; after endless parades and flyovers and misty-eyed rooftop adieus, the hulking Endeavour has "finally made...
Brian Anderson
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Iran Wants to Spill Oil in the Persian Gulf To Drive Up Oil Prices

Economic sanctions placed on Iran by the United States and European Union and gradually tightened over the last year have begun to strain Iran; the country's currency has tumbled as oil production has "hit its lowest point in 23 years":http://www.cnn...
Derek Mead
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The Best Part About Winning a Nobel Prize? Autographing a Chair in the Museum Cafe

Aside from the assurance that you've made a genuine contribution to humanity, winning the Nobel Prize has an upside.
Ben Richmond
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Hestia Is Like Google Streetview for Greenhouse Gases

There's a lot of reasons humanity is having such a hard time cutting back on greenhouse gases. It's not just fake scientists and deniers, and/or the dollars of heavy industry. There is also the actually real issue of vagueness. A study out this week in...
Michael Byrne
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14 Years of Feeling Lucky, Happy Birthday Google

It's been 14 years since the emergency rafts full of netizens started to ditch the sinking ships of websearch services Altavista, Yahoo, AskJeeves, WebCrawler, MSN and AOL Search.
Daniel Stuckey