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Cancun's Underwater Museum

24

Nov

2017

Cancun's Underwater Museum

The sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor created a unique museum combining art and science in an undersea display.

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My Life As A Turkey

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Nov

2017

My Life As A Turkey

If you thought turkeys were just big butterballs in the Thanksgiving oven, think again.

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The Conservation Alliance

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How to Glow: the Very Simple Way of Energy Making

How to Glow: the Very Simple Way of Energy Making

By Reilly Capps  If you break down the essence of energy like you're talking to a kindergartner, it really comes down to one thing: the sun....

24 May 2013

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My Life As A Turkey

My Life As A Turkey 23 November 2017

My Life As A Turkey

If you thought turkeys were just big butterballs in the Thanksgiving oven, think again.

Volcano May Explode, update

Volcano May Explode, update 21 November 2017

Volcano May Explode, update

Bali's Mount Agung could erupt any time.

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.

The Ground Beneath Your Feet … Least Explored Part of Our Planet

Sometimes, what with all the Hubble telescopes and Large Hadron Colliders and all the other fancy, high-tech data collection equipment letting us see deeply into the universe, we forget how much a couple of old-fashioned tools can do: cameras and eyes. As EO Wilson (eyes) and David Liittschwager (camera) show, just taking the time to look at a few very small squares of world can teach you a lot about the way the world works. Liittschwager dropped green cubes at a different spots ...
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Taxes Helped Me Quit Smoking. They Can Do More.

Riled Up I mention Bob’s post on Aspen’s carbon program and my post on Art Laffer. - Reilly Capps
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Taxes Helped Me Quit Smoking. They Can Do More.

Riled Up I mention Bob’s post on Aspen’s carbon program and my post on Art Laffer. - Reilly Capps
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Taxes Helped Me Quit Smoking. They Can Do More.

Riled Up I mention Bob’s post on Aspen’s carbon program and my post on Art Laffer. - Reilly Capps
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Birds of Paradise Project

Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Geographic Society are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. The birds, native only to the deep, mountain rainforests of New Guinea, The Bird of Paradise Project will include an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington; a documentary on NatGeoTV; articles in the Lab’s Living Bird Magazine and National Geographic Magazine; and live lectures around the USA. The project aims to educate people who may have never ...
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Birds of Paradise Project

Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Geographic Society are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. The birds, native only to the deep, mountain rainforests of New Guinea, The Bird of Paradise Project will include an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington; a documentary on NatGeoTV; articles in the Lab’s Living Bird Magazine and National Geographic Magazine; and live lectures around the USA. The project aims to educate people who may have never ...
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Birds of Paradise Project

Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Geographic Society are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. The birds, native only to the deep, mountain rainforests of New Guinea, The Bird of Paradise Project will include an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington; a documentary on NatGeoTV; articles in the Lab’s Living Bird Magazine and National Geographic Magazine; and live lectures around the USA. The project aims to educate people who may have never ...
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'Carbon tax' works in Glitter Gulch

When America really gets serious about climate change, you can bet some kind of tax on carbon emissions will become a hot topic, if not a key policy tool. Already, readers of this blog have heard well-known conservatives including economist Arthur Laffer express support for a carbon tax. If policy-makers wake up and smell the smokestack-infused coffee, they’ll have a carbon-tax model to follow in, of all places, Aspen, Colo. Yes, the elite ski town first enacted a carbon tax (of sorts) in ...
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'Carbon tax' works in Glitter Gulch

When America really gets serious about climate change, you can bet some kind of tax on carbon emissions will become a hot topic, if not a key policy tool. Already, readers of this blog have heard well-known conservatives including economist Arthur Laffer express support for a carbon tax. If policy-makers wake up and smell the smokestack-infused coffee, they’ll have a carbon-tax model to follow in, of all places, Aspen, Colo. Yes, the elite ski town first enacted a carbon tax (of sorts) in ...
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Qatar: ‘Don’t Look at Us’

The U.N.’s climate conference is going on in Doha, Qatar, where the government has done virtually nothing to curb its own carbon output. Former Qatari oil minister Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah opened the conference Monday, saying: "We should not concentrate on the per capita (emissions). We should concentrate on the amount from each country.” Nice dodge, dude. Welcome to the world of U.N. climate conferences. You’ll fit in perfectly. - Reilly Capps
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Qatar: ‘Don’t Look at Us’

The U.N.’s climate conference is going on in Doha, Qatar, where the government has done virtually nothing to curb its own carbon output. Former Qatari oil minister Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah opened the conference Monday, saying: "We should not concentrate on the per capita (emissions). We should concentrate on the amount from each country.” Nice dodge, dude. Welcome to the world of U.N. climate conferences. You’ll fit in perfectly. - Reilly Capps
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'Carbon tax' works in Glitter Gulch

When America really gets serious about climate change, you can bet some kind of tax on carbon emissions will become a hot topic, if not a key policy tool. Already, readers of this blog have heard well-known conservatives including economist Arthur Laffer express support for a carbon tax. If policy-makers wake up and smell the smokestack-infused coffee, they’ll have a carbon-tax model to follow in, of all places, Aspen, Colo. Yes, the elite ski town first enacted a carbon tax (of sorts) in ...
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Qatar: ‘Don’t Look at Us’

The U.N.’s climate conference is going on in Doha, Qatar, where the government has done virtually nothing to curb its own carbon output. Former Qatari oil minister Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah opened the conference Monday, saying: "We should not concentrate on the per capita (emissions). We should concentrate on the amount from each country.” Nice dodge, dude. Welcome to the world of U.N. climate conferences. You’ll fit in perfectly. - Reilly Capps
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New Yorker Nails It

The cartoons in the New Yorker are normally either bang-your-forehead-on-a-wall boring or else scratch-your-head incomprehensible, but they served up this gem this week: Of course, as E.O. Wilson, Thomas Friedman and others point out, it will ultimately be more profitable, make us far richer, if we go green. Value and wealth will come from solar panels and wind farms and sustainable farming and ranching. Otherwise, yeah: it’s back to caveman days. - Reilly Capps
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New Yorker Nails It

The cartoons in the New Yorker are normally either bang-your-forehead-on-a-wall boring or else scratch-your-head incomprehensible, but they served up this gem this week: Of course, as E.O. Wilson, Thomas Friedman and others point out, it will ultimately be more profitable, make us far richer, if we go green. Value and wealth will come from solar panels and wind farms and sustainable farming and ranching. Otherwise, yeah: it’s back to caveman days. - Reilly Capps
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New Yorker Nails It

The cartoons in the New Yorker are normally either bang-your-forehead-on-a-wall boring or else scratch-your-head incomprehensible, but they served up this gem this week: Of course, as E.O. Wilson, Thomas Friedman and others point out, it will ultimately be more profitable, make us far richer, if we go green. Value and wealth will come from solar panels and wind farms and sustainable farming and ranching. Otherwise, yeah: it’s back to caveman days. - Reilly Capps
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The Deep Insight You Can Gain from Broccoli

By Reilly Capps Great photographs are able to illuminate a larger point, to show you something amazing that you might not have grasped if someone had merely told you about it. This is often true of photographs of big things, such as James Balog’s photos of the shrink arctic ice. But photos of small, ordinary things can do that, too. Consider broccoli. This isn’t just dinner. This is an example of a fractal, something that has the same structure, the same pattern, at a large scale and ...
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The Deep Insight You Can Gain from Broccoli

By Reilly Capps Great photographs are able to illuminate a larger point, to show you something amazing that you might not have grasped if someone had merely told you about it. This is often true of photographs of big things, such as James Balog’s photos of the shrink arctic ice. But photos of small, ordinary things can do that, too. Consider broccoli. This isn’t just dinner. This is an example of a fractal, something that has the same structure, the same pattern, at a large scale and ...
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The Deep Insight You Can Gain from Broccoli

By Reilly Capps Great photographs are able to illuminate a larger point, to show you something amazing that you might not have grasped if someone had merely told you about it. This is often true of photographs of big things, such as James Balog’s photos of the shrink arctic ice. But photos of small, ordinary things can do that, too. Consider broccoli. This isn’t just dinner. This is an example of a fractal, something that has the same structure, the same pattern, at a large scale and ...
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Tiny Snails---Super Important

Pteropods are tiny snails. They are known as sea butterflies and live in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. The British Antarctic Survey has just reported the First evidence of ocean acidification affecting live marine creatures in the Southern Ocean in a study being published in Nature Geoscience. This is super-bad news since the tiny snails are at the base for the ocean’s entire food chain. The shells of the sea butterflies are being dissolved by acidification caused by increasing ocean ...
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Tiny Snails---Super Important

Pteropods are tiny snails. They are known as sea butterflies and live in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. The British Antarctic Survey has just reported the First evidence of ocean acidification affecting live marine creatures in the Southern Ocean in a study being published in Nature Geoscience. This is super-bad news since the tiny snails are at the base for the ocean’s entire food chain. The shells of the sea butterflies are being dissolved by acidification caused by increasing ocean ...
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Tiny Snails---Super Important

Pteropods are tiny snails. They are known as sea butterflies and live in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. The British Antarctic Survey has just reported the First evidence of ocean acidification affecting live marine creatures in the Southern Ocean in a study being published in Nature Geoscience. This is super-bad news since the tiny snails are at the base for the ocean’s entire food chain. The shells of the sea butterflies are being dissolved by acidification caused by increasing ocean ...
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Dust, Dust Everywhere

Dust happens. Sometimes naturally but often now from land abuses combined with a changing climate. Gigantic dust storms can be seen from space affecting large areas on Earth including mountains, deserts, and cities. They have also been observed covering vast desert regions of Mars.              Colorado/Kansas Dust Storm on Border      Regional Dust Storm on Mars                    Dust Storm, Taklimakan Desert, China (credit: Earth Observatory)                           (credit: Mars ...
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Dust, Dust Everywhere

Dust happens. Sometimes naturally but often now from land abuses combined with a changing climate. Gigantic dust storms can be seen from space affecting large areas on Earth including mountains, deserts, and cities. They have also been observed covering vast desert regions of Mars.              Colorado/Kansas Dust Storm on Border      Regional Dust Storm on Mars                    Dust Storm, Taklimakan Desert, China (credit: Earth Observatory)                           (credit: Mars ...
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Dust, Dust Everywhere

Dust happens. Sometimes naturally but often now from land abuses combined with a changing climate. Gigantic dust storms can be seen from space affecting large areas on Earth including mountains, deserts, and cities. They have also been observed covering vast desert regions of Mars.              Colorado/Kansas Dust Storm on Border      Regional Dust Storm on Mars                    Dust Storm, Taklimakan Desert, China (credit: Earth Observatory)                           (credit: Mars ...
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Are You Capable of Feeling Wonder?

If you aren’t, this exercise won’t do anything for you. If you are capable of feeling wonder, at least as far as you can feel wonder while starting at a computer screen, you will stare at this simulation of the size of the universe and feel amazed and vaguely stoned. Like staring at a mountain or the sea, it will help orient you and put you in your proper place, size-wise, and make you wonder at the size of the universe. - Reilly Capps
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