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If you follow current events, chances are you have seen some coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest in New York City that began last month. But, depending on the source, one could easily assume that this massive ongoing demonstration is nothing more than an excuse for some liberal hoodlums to cause trouble and incite anarchy. Major news outlets like CNN, while covering the movement extensively, have been quick to discount the intelligence and motivation of the protestors, and Fox News has been downright insulting with their limited coverage of what they consider to be a small, isolated event. But these “kids” are much more organized and determined than most corporate media outlets want to admit, and they certainly don't seem to be slowing down.

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Recently, scientists from the CERN laboratory in Switzerland and the Gran Sasso research facility in Italy announced that their experiment on neutrinos, known as OPERA, had yielded a very unexpected result - the discovery that there may be particles on Earth capable of faster-than-light travel. If this is correct, the implications in the world of physics could be monumental, calling into question many things that we take for granted, from Einstein's Theory of Relativity and the accepted principle that nothing can travel faster than light, to even what is perhaps the most famous equation in existence: E=mc².

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With constantly fluctuating gas prices and concerns over global warming and pollution, the ability to get around using alternative transportation is something that is important to a lot of us. Bicycling is one of the best ways to cut energy use and pollution while also getting exercise. Though little has changed about the bicycle since the modern chain-driven version was developed in 1885, bicycle use has grown in popularity worldwide, and bicycles are now the primary form of transportation across the planet. That said, only a few cities really do bike-riding right, and go out of their way to make their roads bicycle-friendly. Whether you are looking for a new hometown or just looking for an eco-friendly vacation spot, here are five bicycle-friendly cities that'll really get your gears turning.

Millions of females worldwide play video games, but perhaps you've found yourself dating someone who would rather shop or sunbathe than annihilate terrorists in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Do not despair! Many video games today are adding features or storylines to make themselves more attractive to female gamers, and a lot of those games are perfect for some one-on-one time. Forget traditionally female-centered titles like The Sims, here are five games that you and your girlfriend will really enjoy playing together.

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If necessity is the mother of invention, then it stands to reason that having a great need would lead to one Mother of an invention. Nowhere is this more true than in the very low income neighborhood of Sitto Malagaya in the city of San Pedro, Philippines, where an organization called A Liter of Light (Isang Litrong Liwanag) has introduced a simple yet infinitely useful invention: the solar soda bottle light.

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American hikers Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal have just been released from an Iranian prison and are heading home after serving two years for espionage and illegal entry into Iran.

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As a country with very few natural resources and little land, Japan is always at the forefront of advancements in green technologies and space-saving techniques. Their newest export, an addition to the world of soilless agriculture, is both green and a space-saver. Invented by scientists at Tokyo-based Mebiol, the hydroponic system called Imec may just change the way the planet deals with agriculture forever.

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This past June, when NASA launched the very last voyage of the Space Shuttle, many were left wondering what the future of space travel would be. The end of the Space Shuttle program is certainly the end of an era; however, NASA is not closing down shop by any stretch. NASA's budget is still $16.8 billion per year, more than double that of the next closest nation, Russia. The US is still the leader in space exploration and development, and announced this week what may possibly be their most exciting development yet - a new manned super-rocket, the Space Launch System, which will be capable of deeper-space travel, starting with trips to near-Earth asteroids and eventually Mars.

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Actor Josh Lucas is a true modern gentleman in more ways than one. Inspired by concerns over ocean degradation like over-fishing and pollution, he has joined GQ Magazine's Gentleman's Trust initiative, an organization that joins celebrities with organizations that work on global issues like hunger, education, and environmental protection. Lucas and GQ, along with iconic lifestyle brand Nautica, have joined the world's largest ocean conservation group, Oceana, to create an ad campaign urging us to protect the beautiful and delicate Oregon Coast.

Last month, when former president Bill Clinton announced that he had been following a vegan diet, folks were understandably shocked. Bill "Burger & Fries" Clinton, abandoning beef for a life of tofu and lentils? It couldn't be so! But perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised. More and more high profile personalities are switching up their diet to lower cholesterol and lose weight. Is the vegan diet just the latest celebrity fad or a growing movement?

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Animal rights activists have long rallied against what they consider to be heinous cruelty: the use of "animal entertainers" in circuses and other traveling shows. For the first time, it appears that the tide of public opinion may be turning in their favor. As more and more shows across the U.S. and around the world turn to human-only entertainment, will this mean the end of the animal performer? 

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What if we could grow food and medicine anywhere, regardless of climate, soil erosion and degradation, insect infestation or drought? Those of us who work in the hydroponic industry know that this is not only possible; it's already a reality. Since 1982, Disney's EPCOT in Orlando, Florida has hosted a state-of-the-art, always expanding and evolving interactive hydroponics experience, mixing Aquaponics, Aeroponics, Nutrient Film Techniques (NFTs) and basic Flood & Drain hydroponic technology to create exciting new innovations in the field of indoor horticulture.

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The world has changed fundamentally in the 10 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. From the way that we handle national security and potential threats to the importance that we place on conservation and energy independence, America's priorities have evolved. Opening to the public this September 11th to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will not only be a tribute to the nearly 3000 people killed on 9/11 as well as those killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, but will also serve as a testament to the new green-minded America.

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