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When Our Stories Get Ruined, We Get Upset

When Our Stories Get Ruined, We Get Upset

Over and over again in the history of ideas, some new piece of information threatens our stories, and we react. Badly.

14 Mar 2014

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The Conservation Alliance

 

The Most Astounding Fact

The Most Astounding Fact

You can't get enough of this very basic but completely mind-blowing fact. 
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Nebulae Can Look Like Flowers

Nebulae Can Look Like Flowers

You can take a good backyard telescope and look at this nebula -- it will look like a downward-facing flower. Here's more, from NatGeo
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They "Thought It Was Impossible" For Supernova to Be This Big

They "Thought It Was Impossible" For Supernova to Be This Big

.... it's hundreds of times brighter than a typical supernova, a nuclear bomb compared to a grenade. The energies involved are "mind-bogglingly large." 
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Dolphins and Fishermen Work Together

Dolphins and Fishermen Work Together

Dolphin intelligence -- they might be one of the smartest animals, next to certain humans. They fish!
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Aurora Sequence

Aurora Sequence

Auroras have been particularly intense lately due to the increased numbers of solar flares. A series from Alaska is very impressive.
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Make Solar Cheap

Make Solar Cheap

Green energy is a public good, in the same way that education, roads and parks are, and so we will have to set up systems to make greener energy more affordable than dirtier energy.
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A Poem for the Koch Brothers

A Poem for the Koch Brothers

Helicoptering 
in -- case you forgot --  
beluga n’herring
for Fido and Spot, 

begging and kvetching
for drilling unfettered
While wearing their fetching  
new panda bear sweaters.
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One Big 'Lava Lamp'

One Big 'Lava Lamp'

One of our earliest scientists, Ben Franklin, would have loved the Lava Lamp since he discovered a real one in the ocean.
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Who's Funding Climate Denial -- in One Easy Chart

Who's Funding Climate Denial -- in One Easy Chart

The climate deniers are getting their funding from all over -- including some very bad news from those of us who love Coors Light. 
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No More Deniers on Reddit

No More Deniers on Reddit

The moderators on the science section of Reddit have started deleting posts that are blatantly unscientific. The biggest effect is that there are no more climate deniers on the site. In a fascinating post on Grist, one of the moderators for the science section, Nathan Allen, explained that they have been taking down posts that do not refer to peer-reviewed scientific papers. And it's impossible to make a convincing case against climate change using scientific papers. The result, Allen says, is a more interesting, more nuanced section, in which people do not deliberately try to mislead each other or skew data or make political arguments. Allen asks that newspaper editorial pages do the same. And if TV and radio followed suit? The debate would come back to reality in a second. 
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Hawaii Utility Impedes Solar

Hawaii Utility Impedes Solar

Utilities need new people on their boards who will fight for climate-friendly policies. Otherwise, we're all gonna get burned. 
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Christmas Shopping for Realsies

Christmas Shopping for Realsies

Buying presents for children in first-world America is difficult. What do they not already have? Superman t-shirts, cool lunch boxes, karaoke machines and game consoles -- they're drowning in stuff. Part of me wants to sneak down the chimney in the middle of the night and steal some of their toys for recycling. 
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Recipe For An Island

Recipe For An Island

How do you create an island? The landscape process is underway near Japan.
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Master Huddlers!

Master Huddlers!

Penguins never cease to amaze.
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China Puts a Rover on the Moon

China Puts a Rover on the Moon

China has a rover on the moon, only the third country to do that. 
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Emerson on Nature

Emerson on Nature

Nature is no sentimentalist, — does not cosset or pamper us. We must see that the world is rough and surly, and will not mind drowning a man or a woman; but swallows your ship like a grain of dust. ...  The planet is liable to shocks from comets, perturbations from planets, rendings from earthquake and volcano, alterations of climate...
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Gears of Wow

A bug has gears in its legs. No word on how often it has to change its own oil.
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Who Wins? Humans or Robots?

Who Wins? Humans or Robots?

Those 'mad scientists' at DARPA are at it again with a new Robotic Challenge. Perhaps the winning bot will explore extreme places on Mars, Europa, and Titan. Let's hope!
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Old Faithful on the Moon

Artist's Concept of Surface of Jupiter Moon Europa
[Jupiter's moon, Europa. From NASA.]

Jupiter's moon Europe has been spotted shooting plumes of water 200 kilometers high -- you read that right, 300 miles. 
Why not go check that out? Mars is cool but there aren't any fireworks like that. 
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Dam Nation

Eagerly anticipating the new doc from my buddy Ben Knight, about all the deconstruction of dams that's going on around the country. Patagonia is behind this project. Ben is a diligent editor -- a perfectionist -- and he's holed up in a loft in Colorado tweaking every little thing. 

Here's the trailer:




If you think, as I did, that dams were good because they give us hydroelectric power, you'd be misinformed. Only 3 percent of dams have turbines attached to them. A lot of the other ones are just getting in the way of nature. 

- Reilly Capps 
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The Good News is: Your Original Ancestor was a Jellyfish...not a Sponge

The Good News is: Your Original Ancestor was a Jellyfish...not a Sponge

The evolutionary tree of animals has just added some very ancient roots beginning with a jellyfish 500 million years back in time.
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Nowhere Crazier than the Comments Section

It's not just that the deniers deny, or how rock solid sure they are, it's how angry they are. Judging by the vitriol, you would have thought that scientists around the world, using precise temperature gauges, had come to the conclusion that the world was warming because of their mom's stinky farts.
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CNN Gives Voice to Climate Denier

Don Lemon is clearly annoyed that he has to put the guy from Climate Depot on here. As if what he said stacked up against reality. Watch Lemon try to prod the Sierra Club guy to speak up a little bit. 

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A Good Encapsulation of Why We Should Eat More Plants

You know all this stuff about food -- we need to eat less meat, the government is making us fat. But it's a nice little encapsulation.

  
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James Cameron's Newest Blockbuster?

James Cameron can be a self-loving twonk, but this looks really cool. 

 
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