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Grim space photo shows the horror of demolishing forests

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While orbiting some 250 miles above Madagascar this week, International Space Station astronaut Ricky Arnold captured a grim picture of the island’s decimated land. 

Madagascar’s forests have been nearly logged to death, with nearly 90 percent of its original forests destroyed in the last century, according to NASA

A striking result of this loss, captured by Arnold, is an extreme erosion of the red-tinged land into Madagascar’s rivers. Due to the decimation of the nation’s forests, there are few trees left to stabilize the barren earth, especially during rains. Read more…

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Newly Discovered ‘Asteroid’ Is Far Freakier Than Astronomers Expected

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While Trump embarrassed himself in the UK, Obama released his summer reading list

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While President Trump attacked the press and behaved generally poorly during his press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, President Obama quietly announced a trip to South Africa and Kenya. He also released his summer reading list.

“This week, I’m traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office — a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading.”

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Burglar breaks into escape room, then can’t escape

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No one wants to call for help in an escape room, especially if you’ve just broken into one.

Authorities in Vancouver, Washington, received emergency calls from a man on Sunday who’d broken into an escape room — only to find he genuinely couldn’t escape from it.

According to local newspaper The Columbian, 40-year-old Rye Wardlaw reportedly broke into Northwest Escape Experience in a strip mall on Sunday morning. 

The venue, like other escape rooms, offers themed rooms that require groups to solve puzzles in order to find their way out. Read more…

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