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Trees Before Rain

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2017

Trees Before Rain

Which came first: trees or rain?

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A 'Medicane' Forms

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2017

A 'Medicane' Forms

A medicane heads toward Italy and Greece.

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The Conservation Alliance

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On Beauty, and How to See It

On Beauty, and How to See It

One of the greatest all-time thinkers on what it means to look deeply, and think deeply, about beauty. Our Video Pick of the Week.

7 Jun 2013

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Compassion and other creatures

Compassion and other creatures 5 November 2017

Compassion and other creatures

Compassion is considered a trait uniquely human but we should make it more inclusive.

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency! 4 November 2017

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency is the name of the game for energy, architecture, and solar design with three new developments showing the way.

Conservatives and Conservation

Conservatives and Conservation 2 November 2017

Conservatives and Conservation

 

Republican presidents from Theodore Roosevelt, to Richard Nixon, through George W. Bush left good environmental accomplishments.

 

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time 1 November 2017

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

One way to restore coral reefs could require re-seeding with transplanted corals.

Whales & Drones

Whales & Drones 31 October 2017

Whales & Drones

Remotely controlled drones provide a quiet way to track animal behavior.

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper 30 October 2017

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Robotic engineers at JPL are turning to bio-mimicry and using a gecko as their design guide.

2 Fires

2 Fires

Two mega-blazes in California and Australia are seen from space.
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I Got Your Missing Link Right Here

It's just like Darwin suspected: the missing link between pool and beach, about to climb out of the primordial ooze.


[Bamboo shark Hemiscyllium halmahera. Video credit: Mark Erdmann / Wedaresort]

This is a newly discovered "walking" shark, found off the coast of Indonesia. 

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Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty ... In a Video

In this week's Video Pick of the Week, the science popularizer Jason Silva makes a compelling case that the most beautiful things in the universe are also the truest ones -- and that realizing that can help us to survive. 

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Alien Ocean & Moon?

Alien Ocean & Moon?

A sundown photo could be confused as a moon seen from a distant alien ocean.
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Adios, Bayou

Adios, Bayou

A massive Louisiana sinkhole swallowed an entire grove of cypress trees and suspicions abound.
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Billionaire Makes Bid to Become Mr Burns

By Reilly Capps 

Billionaire fracker details his plans to rule a planet of oil set free from Mother Nature and many billions of those pesky "people" and their silly little desires to "be alive." 
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Unheralded Safety Features of the New Tesla Model S

File:Model S driving.jpgBy Reilly Capps

The Tesla Model S is the safest car ever tested, according to the feds. 

An independent testing service we made up lists even more reasons why it's the safest car in history. 
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Where's Nemo?

Where's Nemo?

Finding Nemo was a environmental tale of coral reef concerns. New research is showing that the animated classic provided more truth than fiction.
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Weeds

Weeds

One of the best radio programs anywhere is Australia All Over from Radio National.
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In Space, No One Can Hear You Say "Ahhhh. Oooooh. Ohhhhhhh."



When a rock hits our rock, fireworks ensue. [Photo from NASA]

- RC 
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I Took The Road Less Traveled

I Took The Road Less Traveled

"I took the road less traveled", Robert Frost.
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Minke Whales Tagged and Tracked in World-first Study

Minke Whales Tagged and Tracked in World-first Study

A world-first pilot study between Australian and international scientists on dwarf minke whales in the Great Barrier Reef shows excellent results.
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Obama's Uses for His New Solar Power

Obama's Uses for His New Solar Power

By Reilly Capps

The White House is installing new solar panels on its roof. Here are ten things Obama will do with the extra energy.
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Aussie haiku

Aussie haiku

A grey and blustery day, the Southern Ocean.
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Wagyu Dreaming

Wagyu Dreaming

It's not often that I would consider a $25 sandwich, that is until I tried a wagyu burger.
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Alien Encounters


By Hugh Bollinger

Mostly we think about aliens with intelligence on some distant planet. Some alien beings, though, live a lot closer to us, right here on Earth -- they just live in an aquatic world while we inhabit a gaseous one. A close encounter with a humpback whale will convince you of that. The whale breached, came up to the boat a couple of times, looking directly at us with his huge eye, circled, and then dove away. Definitely encounters of an alien kind -- and fantastic!
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Orangutan Gives Birth, Adorability Ensues


By Reilly Capps 

Something about their loping, lazy walk and big fat faces make orangutans look different from other animals, like your favorite fat uncle who drinks too much. It's a shame that they're endangered. Which is one reason why it's so cool that a zoo wildlife park on the British Island of Jersey, Durrell, caught a live orangutan birth on camera, the first time this is has happened in such detail. 
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Irony Alert: Plants Used in Herbal Remedies Cause Cancer

File:Aristolochia baetica a.JPG By Reilly Capps

Plants that have been used by Chinese medicine men for centuries as a natural way to cure arthritis and other disease actually cause cancer. J
ust because things are natural doesn't necessarily mean they're benign. Nature isn't a pharmacy for humans. Half the time, it wants us dead.
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Love for a Pink Planet

This planet ought to be famous; it ought to be on t-shirts and billboards and advertising campaigns. The Pink Planet!  It's proof that nature is weird. Nature has all kinds of things to do -- spiraling, exploding, colliding -- and it takes time out to add a splash of color. 
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Stanford reports

Stanford reports

The rate of climate change is accelerating as reported by researchers at Stanford.
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"Like Butter" Melting

"Like Butter" Melting

What happens to Greenland matters...particularly if you live along a coast.
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