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Cyclone Debbie

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Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone Debbie takes aim at Queensland.

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For The Ages: National Parks

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2017

For The Ages: National Parks

A 360-degree tribute to national parks.

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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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Coral Reef Update, 3

Coral Reef Update, 3 18 March 2017

Coral Reef Update, 3

Explaining the biology and consequences of coral bleaching.

Supporting Environmental Work

Supporting Environmental Work 1 April 2016

Supporting Environmental Work

April campaign to We Keep it Wild and support The Conservation Alliance.

Protecting New Lands

Protecting New Lands 14 July 2015

Protecting New Lands

Several important land protections were declared in just one week, perhaps a new trend.

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance 25 June 2015

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance

Eric Larsen will present his The Last North expedition to an outdoor/conservation audience in Utah..

Compassionate Turtles

Compassionate Turtles 24 June 2015

Compassionate Turtles

Behavior that would be considered compassionate in humans is also observed in animals.

"Look to the Mountains"

"Look to the Mountains" 24 April 2015

"Look to the Mountains"

A photographer, mountaineer, and environmental ambassador says: "look to the mountains".

T. Boone Pickens on Energy

Alternative energy and alternatives to oil have been a frequent topic at Riled Up. Who wouldn’t be for domestic production of clean energy sources, reduced dependence on imports, and saving money all at the same time? The TED Conferences invited the pioneering investor and energy producer T. Boone Pickens to present his perspectives on energy and the policies for development of domestic alternatives to imported oil. The weekend is a good time to catch a TED Talk, listen to something ...
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T. Boone Pickens on Energy

Alternative energy and alternatives to oil have been a frequent topic at Riled Up. Who wouldn’t be for domestic production of clean energy sources, reduced dependence on imports, and saving money all at the same time? The TED Conferences invited the pioneering investor and energy producer T. Boone Pickens to present his perspectives on energy and the policies for development of domestic alternatives to imported oil. The weekend is a good time to catch a TED Talk, listen to something ...
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Tragedy of the Commons, shame and couches

I'm fascinated by the Tragedy of the Commons. The BBC has a great introduction to the Tragedy of the Commons here. It's more than worth listening to, because it will clarify in your mind some of the reasons behind the environmental crisis.  The idea behind the Tragedy of the Commons was formulated in 1968 by Garrett Hardin to talk about resources that are common to all of us, such as grazing land and fishing stocks. His paper is here.  Like, with grazing land, doesn't it get ...
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T. Boone Pickens on Energy

Alternative energy and alternatives to oil have been a frequent topic at Riled Up. Who wouldn’t be for domestic production of clean energy sources, reduced dependence on imports, and saving money all at the same time? The TED Conferences invited the pioneering investor and energy producer T. Boone Pickens to present his perspectives on energy and the policies for development of domestic alternatives to imported oil. The weekend is a good time to catch a TED Talk, listen to something ...
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Art & Science

Art & Science are thought to be opposite pursuits but often they can mimic each other. Here’s a good example where a robot and an astronaut at work caught in a famous pose in space. The photograph from the International Space Station recalls a famous panel from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel  showing the hand of God reaching out to give life to Adam.  Man & Machine (credit: NASA) Michelangelo would likely be proud. Can you determine which hand is which? WHB
  • 2029

Art & Science

Art & Science are thought to be opposite pursuits but often they can mimic each other. Here’s a good example where a robot and an astronaut at work caught in a famous pose in space. The photograph from the International Space Station recalls a famous panel from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel  showing the hand of God reaching out to give life to Adam.  Man & Machine (credit: NASA) Michelangelo would likely be proud. Can you determine which hand is which? WHB
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Art & Science

Art & Science are thought to be opposite pursuits but often they can mimic each other. Here’s a good example where a robot and an astronaut at work caught in a famous pose in space. The photograph from the International Space Station recalls a famous panel from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel  showing the hand of God reaching out to give life to Adam.  Man & Machine (credit: NASA) Michelangelo would likely be proud. Can you determine which hand is which? WHB
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Einstein Survives

Science is a self-correcting enterprise. Everyone involved is trying to dethrone the current “pope” in one scientific discipline of another. Three of the most central dogmas in modern science are Darwin’s principals of natural selection that drives all of biological evolution; Wagner’s deciphering the geological mechanisms of continental drift; and Einstein’s mathematical formula, E=MC2, that defined the nature of matter and energy in the universe. New data is always being put forth to ...
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Einstein Survives

Science is a self-correcting enterprise. Everyone involved is trying to dethrone the current “pope” in one scientific discipline of another. Three of the most central dogmas in modern science are Darwin’s principals of natural selection that drives all of biological evolution; Wagner’s deciphering the geological mechanisms of continental drift; and Einstein’s mathematical formula, E=MC2, that defined the nature of matter and energy in the universe. New data is always being put forth to ...
  • 1429

Einstein Survives

Science is a self-correcting enterprise. Everyone involved is trying to dethrone the current “pope” in one scientific discipline of another. Three of the most central dogmas in modern science are Darwin’s principals of natural selection that drives all of biological evolution; Wagner’s deciphering the geological mechanisms of continental drift; and Einstein’s mathematical formula, E=MC2, that defined the nature of matter and energy in the universe. New data is always being put forth to ...
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Wind Map and the Big Picture

Two Google scientists have produced a Wind Map of the United States. It was created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, members of the Big Picture visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass. The new map is updated hourly with wind velocity information from the National Weather Service’s forecast database.    USA Wind Map  (credit: Google, Inc.) The Google researchers are pioneering the use of new visualization and animation techniques made possible by the availability ...
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Wind Map and the Big Picture

Two Google scientists have produced a Wind Map of the United States. It was created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, members of the Big Picture visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass. The new map is updated hourly with wind velocity information from the National Weather Service’s forecast database.    USA Wind Map  (credit: Google, Inc.) The Google researchers are pioneering the use of new visualization and animation techniques made possible by the availability ...
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Wind Map and the Big Picture

Two Google scientists have produced a Wind Map of the United States. It was created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, members of the Big Picture visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass. The new map is updated hourly with wind velocity information from the National Weather Service’s forecast database.    USA Wind Map  (credit: Google, Inc.) The Google researchers are pioneering the use of new visualization and animation techniques made possible by the availability ...
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Presser today in SLC

If you’re in Salt Lake City, go by the press conference to be given by DeChristopher’s legal team  at 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse. Hopefully they’ll have some more information on what happened to get DeChristopher sent to the hole. Check out Bidder70.org and PeacefulUprising.org for more info.
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Big Data

When I was a grad student conducting ecological field research in the 1970’s, I spent much time in the mountains. My research consisted of an early examination into the environmental factors influencing restoration of vegetation destroyed by fires in the Colorado Rockies. The project required the collection of copious scientific measurements from multiple study sites across diverse plant species, soil chemistry, light intensity, air temperatures, and fire timelines. All this data was ...
  • 1952

Presser today in SLC

If you’re in Salt Lake City, go by the press conference to be given by DeChristopher’s legal team  at 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse. Hopefully they’ll have some more information on what happened to get DeChristopher sent to the hole. Check out Bidder70.org and PeacefulUprising.org for more info.
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Big Data

When I was a grad student conducting ecological field research in the 1970’s, I spent much time in the mountains. My research consisted of an early examination into the environmental factors influencing restoration of vegetation destroyed by fires in the Colorado Rockies. The project required the collection of copious scientific measurements from multiple study sites across diverse plant species, soil chemistry, light intensity, air temperatures, and fire timelines. All this data was ...
  • 1557

DeChristopher out of the hole

Tim DeChristopher was let out of isolation last night after calls to congress apparently put pressure on the government to let him out. He was, he and his lawyers believed, put in there at a congressman’s direction. His supporters call him a political prisoner, and it certainly sounds like it. They had been calling on President Obama to let him out. But why should directions from Washington (allegedly) determine where a prisoner in California spends his nights? It all smells very bad.
  • 1642

DeChristopher out of the hole

Tim DeChristopher was let out of isolation last night after calls to congress apparently put pressure on the government to let him out. He was, he and his lawyers believed, put in there at a congressman’s direction. His supporters call him a political prisoner, and it certainly sounds like it. They had been calling on President Obama to let him out. But why should directions from Washington (allegedly) determine where a prisoner in California spends his nights? It all smells very bad.
  • 1392

Presser today in SLC

If you’re in Salt Lake City, go by the press conference to be given by DeChristopher’s legal team  at 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse. Hopefully they’ll have some more information on what happened to get DeChristopher sent to the hole. Check out Bidder70.org and PeacefulUprising.org for more info.
  • 1430

Big Data

When I was a grad student conducting ecological field research in the 1970’s, I spent much time in the mountains. My research consisted of an early examination into the environmental factors influencing restoration of vegetation destroyed by fires in the Colorado Rockies. The project required the collection of copious scientific measurements from multiple study sites across diverse plant species, soil chemistry, light intensity, air temperatures, and fire timelines. All this data was ...
  • 3693

DeChristopher out of the hole

Tim DeChristopher was let out of isolation last night after calls to congress apparently put pressure on the government to let him out. He was, he and his lawyers believed, put in there at a congressman’s direction. His supporters call him a political prisoner, and it certainly sounds like it. They had been calling on President Obama to let him out. But why should directions from Washington (allegedly) determine where a prisoner in California spends his nights? It all smells very bad.
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EXCLUSIVE: DeChristopher put in isolation because of a beef with ... Patagonia

It verges on being a thought crime. Tim DeChristopher may have been put in isolation by a congressman who wanted to punish him.  All because he used the word "threat" when talking about one of the world's more eco-friendly companies, Patagonia, RiledUp has learned. The outdoor giant Patagonia donated to his legal defense fund but also partnered with an oil company on a project to restore wildlife habitat. DeChristopher demands that corporations that donate money to him be ethical. He ...
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EXCLUSIVE: DeChristopher put in isolation because of a beef with ... Patagonia

It verges on being a thought crime. Tim DeChristopher may have been put in isolation by a congressman who wanted to punish him.  All because he used the word "threat" when talking about one of the world's more eco-friendly companies, Patagonia, RiledUp has learned. The outdoor giant Patagonia donated to his legal defense fund but also partnered with an oil company on a project to restore wildlife habitat. DeChristopher demands that corporations that donate money to him be ethical. He ...
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EXCLUSIVE: DeChristopher put in isolation because of a beef with ... Patagonia

It verges on being a thought crime. Tim DeChristopher may have been put in isolation by a congressman who wanted to punish him.  All because he used the word "threat" when talking about one of the world's more eco-friendly companies, Patagonia, RiledUp has learned. The outdoor giant Patagonia donated to his legal defense fund but also partnered with an oil company on a project to restore wildlife habitat. DeChristopher demands that corporations that donate money to him be ethical. He ...
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SciFi Moon Revealed

Io is very strange. Jupiter’s innermost moon consists of numerous and massive super-volcanoes. The first images of Io were provided by the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter and its moons in the 1990’s. The satellite sent back amazing photography of the planet’s moons and discovered Io’s volcanoes  actively erupting. For the first time, scientists at the US Geological Service have created a global geologic map of the volcanically active moon.        Prometheus Eruption on ...
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