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High-tech columbarium

A WHITE, square spaceship-like structure anchored amidst a sea of high-rise buildings in Shinjuku, one of the busiest shopping areas of Tokyo, is the Rurikoin Byakurendo, a new Buddhist temple.

The Koukokuji Buddhist Temple in downtown Tokyo has 400 years history, but its “Ruriden columbarium” offers a high-tech futuristic resting place for departed.

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Extreme weather across southern Europe has fueled thousands of small wildfire and a few large blazes in July and August this year in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, France, Portugal, and more. The temperatures have soared above 40°C in July, and blazes have broken out across southern Italy and Sicily. Wildfires near the Calampiso seaside resort west of Palermo, the Sicilian capital, forced the evacuation of more than 700 tourists by boat.

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Due to of the amount of fossil fuels being burned over the past few hundred years, more and more CO2 has been added to the atmosphere. At least one-quarter of the carbon dioxide released by human activities dissolves into the ocean.

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The findings, released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, shed light on the mysterious fluid dynamics of urination and could help engineers build better flow-regulating devices.

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The northwestern Pacific produces some of the world’s most intense and most devastating tropical cyclones, called typhoons in the Pacific and hurricanes in the Atlantic. In 2013, typhoon Haiyan, the strongest land falling typhoon on record, hit the Philippines, killing at least 6,300 people and affecting 11 million.

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