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Waste engineer Jenna Jambeck of the University of Georgia surveys plastic waste in a southeast Asian village, where it will be recycled to make raw material for more plastic products. Jambeck advises Asian governments on how to keep plastic trash out of waterways. Courtesy of Amy Brooks hide caption

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Environment

We're Drowning In Plastic Trash. Jenna Jambeck Wants To Save Us

The engineer views a landfill as a living ecosystem, and the plastic that clogs it as a serious threat that crowds out life and never goes away. Can we eliminate the waste before it smothers us?

Lucky Lady Evil Needle
Assembly Evil Needle
Carnivores Unite Blockhead
The Thickness Tor
Heikki Tor
Abisko Andy Kohl
Dual Miriam Scotty Baughman
Dust and Disquiet Caspian
La luce nel cuore Bruno Bavota
Tempesta Bruno Bavota

"There's nothing that makes a parent happier than having your kids up there doing things with you," Willie Nelson says of his sons Micah and Lukas. Janis Tillerson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After Illness, Willie Nelson Is On The Road Again With Family At His Side

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Forget About Georgia Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real feat. Lucius
Find Yourself Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

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In A Tumultuous Administration, Defense Secretary Endures

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Inbox Zero Trichotomy
Petrichor Trichotomy
Eastynato Daniel Szabo

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We're Drowning In Plastic Trash. Jenna Jambeck Wants To Save Us

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Rain at Dusk The Soul's Release
October The Soul's Release

A firefighter next to a house burning during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, Greece, on Monday. Wildfires are not new to Greece but several blazes erupted especially quickly. Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Deadly Wildfires Sweep Through Towns Near Athens, Greece

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Phobia The Last Sighs of the Wind
Despair The Last Sighs of the Wind
True North You. May. Die. In. The. Desert
Rings of Saturn Klimeks
Creamfields Klimeks
Mike Mills Air
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Rep. Marsha Blackburn gave a speech during the Republican National Convention in 2016. Blackburn is running against former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in one of the year's most critical and competitive Senate races. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Tennessee Could Be A Bright Spot For Republican Women In 2018

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