Twin Cities Edition

Archive of: Global Brief and NAPC

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Monstrous Morass

Monstrous Morass

The floating garbage patch is twice the size of Texas, but the fact that it’s only 8 percent micro-plastic makes a clean-up possible.

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Poor Packaging

Poor Packaging

Each minute, one million plastic bottles are sold around the world, and most end up in the trash rather than being recycled.

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Ancient Canines

Ancient Canines

The most primitive dogs on the planet, once assumed to be extinct, have been discovered in a remote highland region of New Guinea.

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Happy Hoppers

Happy Hoppers

Natural evolution seems to be saving frog species in Panama that are growing in numbers after being nearly wiped out by a deadly fungal disease more than a decade ago.

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3-D Domiciles

3-D Domiciles

A 3-D printed house built in 24 hours in Austin, Texas for $10,000 is a prototype that may be used to provide homes for an entire community in El Salvador.

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Fire Hounds

Fire Hounds

Three border collies race around the charred remains of Chilean forests with special satchels on their backs that spread grass and flower seedlings.

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Cork Rocks

Cork Rocks

Cork, which regenerates its bark after harvesting, is an eco-friendly fire retardant and acoustic insulator that also controls odor and humidity.

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Rare Breed

About 150 Exmoor ponies roam free on British moors, descendants of the original prehistoric horse that arrived from Alaska 130,000 years ago.

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Smart Trash

Solar-powered trash cans with built-in Wi-Fi sensors are being installed in Baltimore to facilitate as-needed emptying of the cans.

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Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy

The indoor air of winter can get stuffy and even unhealthy, but sound strategies will lower airborne toxins, control irritants, and reduce foot-borne pollution.

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