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Is Japanese knotweed SPEEDING UP global warming? Invasive species could be increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere | Mail Online

The researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina estimate that, in a year, the invasion of in the U.S. alone can unleash the equivalent amount of carbon from 540 million gallons (2.5 billion litres) of gasoline.

Nice Try, Vegans: Plants Can Actually Hear Themselves Being Eaten

Thanks to a new report from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), researchers have discovered that plants respond to the specific sounds caterpillars make when eating them, and what’s more, the noises even prompt the plants into putting up additional defenses. We already knew that growth could change in reaction to certain sounds, but this is the first instance we’ve seen of a actually protecting itself from a predator’s chomping, specifically.

No joke: Driver sues IMPD officers over her bumper sticker

The bumper stickers proclaiming “unmarked police car” that sell for $2.50 online are intended as a joke. But two Indianapolis police officers apparently were seriously concerned when they saw that taped to the back window of a silver minivan. They stopped the driver and made her remove the sticker.

Federal Gov’t Sues Wisconsin Company, Says English-Language Requirement is ‘Discrimination’ | CNS News

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes  “discrimination.”

McDonald’s Big Mac ranked least-tasty burger in new study | Mail Online

You can only go so far on an American freeway before signs start popping up, advertising the nearest McDonald’s, Taco Bell or KFC restaurant. But according to a new survey, Americans find the fare at the huge chains disgusting.

Lax fireworks laws product of extensive lobbying | The Journal Gazette

The result, arguably, is one of the least restrictive laws in the nation. As many Hoosiers can attest, the $844,000 contributed to Indiana candidates since 2000 seemed to blow away common sense in regulating a demonstrably dangerous product.