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An App Built for Hurricane Harvey Is Now Saving Lives in Florida

Last Wednesday, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle at 155 miles per hour, flattening neighborhoods, turning subdivisions into rubble, and plunging the coast into darkness. On Friday, Trevor Lewis packed up two trucks with crowbars, chainsaws, sledgehammers, ropes, walkie talkies, and five other guys from Cocoa Beach, where he ...

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Saving Lives and Money: The Potential of Solar to Replace Coal

In a new study published in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, a team from Michigan Technological University calculated the cost of combusting coal in terms of human lives along with the potential benefits of switching to solar. Health Impacts Tens of thousands of Americans die prematurely each year from air ...

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Two-Way Radios Reveal the Mysterious Social Lives of Sharks

When most people think about sharks, they worry about the biting or chomping that might occur should they meet one. Marine biologists aren’t so self-centered. They consider deeper mysteries, like: Are sharks social? University of Delaware scientists recently used a radio tracking technology called acoustic tagging to reveal how sharks interact. ...

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Europe’s Emergency Workers Turn to Drones to Save Lives

COPENHAGEN — In a deserted grassy field on the outskirts of the Danish capital, Steve McLinden was struggling to land his drone as it teetered 200 feet above and barely in sight, battling winds of almost 10 miles an hour. Mr. McLinden, a 45-year-old Briton, grimaced, concentrating on a tablet ...

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A Steel Mill Lives Again, in a Setback for China

TANGSHAN, China — The hulking, white-and-brown buildings of the Songting Iron & Steel Company stood silent one chilly February afternoon. The only signs of life came from the handful of guards at the compound’s gate, and from the disheveled middle-aged man who emerged to shout to the plant’s visitors, “Get ...

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Leprosy victims live out their lives in Sri Lanka colony

Vithana Gunathilake lives at the Hendala Leprosy Hospital in Sri Lanka.(Photo: Ross Velton) HENDALA, Sri Lanka — Vithana Gunathilake’s motto is tattooed across his chest. The ink faded during his years here, but he still believes in the message: Do or Die. To prove it, he cradles a harmonica with his damaged ...

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