Plants and Animals

California Just Banned SeaWorld From Breeding Captive Orcas

Photo credit: The 11 orcas currently in captivity at SeaWorld in San Diego, California (shown), will the be state's last. Roka/Shutterstock.

In another blow to SeaWorld, the state of California has ruled that they will no longer be able to breed their captive orcas. In a ruling made by the California Coastal Commission, they granted approval for a $100 million (£65 million) expansion to the orca tanks at SeaWorld San Diego, which will double the size of the animals’ current enclosure, but made this on the key condition that they cease all breeding of the whales.


This Lake In India Is Catching On Fire Because It Is So Polluted

Lake on fire
Photo credit: The fire may be the result of methane burning. NDTV/YouTube.

It might look pretty, but this lake in India is anything but. What you’re seeing above is water rich in ammonia and phosphate, and low in oxygen, forming an extremely toxic froth. In fact, it’s so toxic that it occasionally catches on fire due to the oil, grease, and detergents that are in it.

Health and Medicine

Bacteria Could Be Used To Prevent HIV Infections

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Our war with HIV is far from won, and determined scientists keep adding to our ever-growing antiviral armamentarium in hope of eventual defeat. But how about fighting microbe with microbe? That’s the idea of one group of researchers, who have found that a particular species of bacteria helps create a protective net in the vagina that catches HIV and prevents sexual transmission.


Tech Start-Up Creates Environmentally Friendly And Meat-Free Cheeseburgers

Photo credit: Impossible Foods

It is no secret that animal farming is terrible for the environment. However, it is also common knowledge that veggie burgers kind of suck compared to "the real thing". Sorry veggies, you know it's true. But fear not, a Californian start-up is hoping to create synthesized, meat-free cheeseburgers by 2016.

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