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Off-the-grid village in Thailand using cow poop to power homes
Nestled in a deep pocket of forest that lies off Thailand's electrical grid, villagers in Pa Deng have become early adopters and evangelists for an unusual alternative energy source: poop.
 
No need to be sheepish
Shepherd Christian Frebel leads a herd of sheep during the Shepherds Championships of Thuringia in Hohenfelden, central Germany, Saturday, Aug. 6.
 
Apple, Microsoft unholster new gun emojis
Apple and Microsoft on Friday appeared to be aiming in opposite directions with freshly unholstered gun emojis.
 
Geologists have found the first evidence for China's Great Flood, a 4,000-year-old disaster on the Yellow River that led to birth of the Xia dynasty and modern Chinese civilization, researchers said Thursday.
 
Droning on
In this undated file photo, Chang Tong-lin, founder of the ArkLab-Open Skyler, operates a drone that he built as a student of mechanical engineering. The drone can remotely monitor water quality.
 
Attorneys argue for listing bearded seals as threatened
Bearded seals, the largest of the Arctic seals, deserve to be listed as a threatened species because of continuing loss of their sea ice habitat, a federal government attorney told a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.
 
First evidence of legendary China flood may rewrite history
Geologists have found the first evidence for China's Great Flood, a 4,000-year-old disaster on the Yellow River that led to birth of the Xia dynasty and modern Chinese civilization, researchers said Thursday.
 
Primate of her life
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 4, Gorilla Kira holds her baby at Moscow's zoo, Russia. The baby was born on July 22 and she's already living with her mother and other gorillas.
 
City trashes dumpster pools
Philadelphia is urging residents not to swim in dumpsters after a rented trash bin was filled with fire hydrant water and transformed into a pool. The online news site Billy Penn first reported the shenanigans at a weekend block party. The party's organizers told the site they power-washed the dumpster.
 
Syrian refugee crowned German 'wine queen'
A 26-year-old Syrian student has become the first refugee to be crowned queen of one of Germany's wine-making regions.
 
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