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A Story of Wood

Wood has played an important role in the history of civilization. Humans have used it for fuel, building materials, furniture, paper, tools, weapons, and more. And demand for wood continues to increase annually, spurring conflicts between neighboring states over control of shared resources...

June 4, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

EPA: Fracking Has "Not Led to Widespread, Systemic Impacts on Drinking Water Resources"

Today’s release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) concludes that this process for extracting oil and gas has “not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” However, the EPA notes that there exist “potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water” and that contamination has occurred in a relatively small number of cases  ...

June 4, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott

"Pyrite Is Not Born to Fool"

When last we spoke on the subject of fool's gold, I introduced you to several famous people who'd mistaken it for real gold. Imagine how they'd feel if we yanked them out of their respective eras and showed them you actually can get gold out of pyrite...

June 4, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Attack of the Bot Followers

When managing your social media persona, just how responsible should you be for weeding out fake followers? Can having bot followers damage your rep? And how do you get rid of 'em?...

June 3, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Turtles I Have Recently Seen

TURTLES! A section of the montage that's being prepared for the Tet Zoo Big Book (larger version viewable at my patreon). Image in-prep, by Darren Naish.

June 3, 2015 — Darren Naish

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