A map of the Amazon shelf showing the newly discovered reef structures in yellow. Courtesy of Carlos Rezende (UENF) and Fabiano Thompson (UFRJ) hide caption

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How Did We Do On 2015 Tech Predictions? 'Still Waiting'
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The ads for The Man In The High Castle were pulled from the New York subway. Part of the advertisement covered seats in a design that evoked Japan's rising sun flag. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Ivo Cassol is a prominent Brazilian senator from the western state of Rondonia in the Amazon. He made his fortune in timber and cattle ranching. Environmentalists say these activities are responsible for much of the deforestation in the rain forest. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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The Amazon, As It Looks To A Man Who Made His Fortune There
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The Claims Are Rosy, But Brazil's Rain Forest Is Still Disappearing
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In the 1970s, the Brazilian government declared the Amazon open for settlement. Rondonia became like Oklahoma during the land rush. The poor and dispossessed of other Brazilian states were encouraged to move in. Quickly, trees gave way to farms and cattle ranches. Deforestation in this part of Brazil now happens in quick phases, where the land is cleared, burned, and readied for cattle to graze. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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In The Amazon's Fire Season, 'You Either Burn Or You Starve'
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Elizeu Berçacola surveys the scene after he and his fellow rubber tappers set afire one of three illegal logging camps. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Deep In The Amazon, An Unseen Battle Over The Most Valuable Trees
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Yelp users, who flock to the platform known for its reviews and recommendations, should be on the lookout for astroturfing — the creation of fake reviews to make a business look more popular. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Don't Necessarily Judge Your Next E-Book By Its Online Review
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