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Bottled Arctic Notes

15

Dec

2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

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Be Nice To Nerds

13

Dec

2017

Be Nice To Nerds

Exploring DARPA's creative research approach.

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Solar Shines

Solar Shines

A shining revolution in solar power is underway and it has only just begun.

28 Oct 2014

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Bottled Arctic Notes

Bottled Arctic Notes 15 December 2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars 7 December 2017

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

The Dry Valleys are one of the strangest environments on Earth.

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update 5 December 2017

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

In 2014, major marine preserves were created.

Think Green

Think Green 2 December 2017

Think Green

It's important to Think Green during this white time of year.

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update 30 November 2017

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update

Bali's Mount Agung could erupt any time.

Rewilding

Rewilding 27 November 2017

Rewilding

or how a 'silent spring' could turn into a 'wild summer' 

Deadly Sunrise

If you were to live on Gliese 876d, sunrise might be a deadly event. An artist illustration gives an idea of the conditions on this close-in planet orbiting red dwarf star Gliese 876 discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. The planet is very close to its parent star and much of its surface may be molten lava. An orbiting moon---if it exists---would have any atmosphere stripped away by the star’s solar wind. This is not an ideal location for a piece of pleasant ‘beach front’ property. ...
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Deadly Sunrise

If you were to live on Gliese 876d, sunrise might be a deadly event. An artist illustration gives an idea of the conditions on this close-in planet orbiting red dwarf star Gliese 876 discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. The planet is very close to its parent star and much of its surface may be molten lava. An orbiting moon---if it exists---would have any atmosphere stripped away by the star’s solar wind. This is not an ideal location for a piece of pleasant ‘beach front’ property. ...
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Do We Care if Wind Farms Warm the Ground?

Poor wind farms.  For years, they've suffered more abuse than LiLo's liver:  They kill birds, say birdwatchers.  They ruin views, say viewlovers.  They're ugly, says an extremely ugly man: Much of the criticism is overblown. They do kill birds, but domestic house cats kill about 5,000 times more birds than wind farms, and that silent killer -- windows -- kill 2,500 times more (while also proving that birds, miracles of natures that they are, aren't all that ...
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Do We Care if Wind Farms Warm the Ground?

Poor wind farms.  For years, they've suffered more abuse than LiLo's liver:  They kill birds, say birdwatchers.  They ruin views, say viewlovers.  They're ugly, says an extremely ugly man: Much of the criticism is overblown. They do kill birds, but domestic house cats kill about 5,000 times more birds than wind farms, and that silent killer -- windows -- kill 2,500 times more (while also proving that birds, miracles of natures that they are, aren't all that ...
  • 2608

Do We Care if Wind Farms Warm the Ground?

Poor wind farms.  For years, they've suffered more abuse than LiLo's liver:  They kill birds, say birdwatchers.  They ruin views, say viewlovers.  They're ugly, says an extremely ugly man: Much of the criticism is overblown. They do kill birds, but domestic house cats kill about 5,000 times more birds than wind farms, and that silent killer -- windows -- kill 2,500 times more (while also proving that birds, miracles of natures that they are, aren't all that ...
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Salty Seas

The oceans are getting more salty. In a new Science Magazine report, Australian researchers confirm that saltier parts of the ocean are getting saltier and the fresher parts are getting fresher. Paul Durack, a marine environmental researcher at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania and now a fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and his team analyzed ocean salinity changes and the relationship between salinity, rainfall and evaporation. Salinity affects the hydologic cycle and ...
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Salty Seas

The oceans are getting more salty. In a new Science Magazine report, Australian researchers confirm that saltier parts of the ocean are getting saltier and the fresher parts are getting fresher. Paul Durack, a marine environmental researcher at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania and now a fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and his team analyzed ocean salinity changes and the relationship between salinity, rainfall and evaporation. Salinity affects the hydologic cycle and ...
  • 2710

Salty Seas

The oceans are getting more salty. In a new Science Magazine report, Australian researchers confirm that saltier parts of the ocean are getting saltier and the fresher parts are getting fresher. Paul Durack, a marine environmental researcher at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania and now a fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and his team analyzed ocean salinity changes and the relationship between salinity, rainfall and evaporation. Salinity affects the hydologic cycle and ...
  • 2045

Shark Apocalypse

At Riled Up, we’ve spoken about the situation of sharks before. Shark fins are used as an ingredient in a soup served in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. The fins contribute no nutrition or flavor to the expensive porridge. This demand has led to a massive reduction in shark populations but until now the extent of the decline was not well known. Scientific American has just released a report on shark declines. Their status appears more like an apocalypse as the ...
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Shark Apocalypse

At Riled Up, we’ve spoken about the situation of sharks before. Shark fins are used as an ingredient in a soup served in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. The fins contribute no nutrition or flavor to the expensive porridge. This demand has led to a massive reduction in shark populations but until now the extent of the decline was not well known. Scientific American has just released a report on shark declines. Their status appears more like an apocalypse as the ...
  • 1978

Shark Apocalypse

At Riled Up, we’ve spoken about the situation of sharks before. Shark fins are used as an ingredient in a soup served in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. The fins contribute no nutrition or flavor to the expensive porridge. This demand has led to a massive reduction in shark populations but until now the extent of the decline was not well known. Scientific American has just released a report on shark declines. Their status appears more like an apocalypse as the ...
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Losing Steam on the Road to Alternative Energy

If our goal is to reduce the production of CO2 and the other greenhouse gasses driving climate change, then we have a very long way to go. Reporting from London, National Public Radio attended the meeting of The International Energy Agency where energy managers were warned they were falling far behind meeting targets to wean the world from dirty energy production. The radio network commented that: Nations are nowhere near being on track to avert significant climate change in the coming ...
  • 2096

Losing Steam on the Road to Alternative Energy

If our goal is to reduce the production of CO2 and the other greenhouse gasses driving climate change, then we have a very long way to go. Reporting from London, National Public Radio attended the meeting of The International Energy Agency where energy managers were warned they were falling far behind meeting targets to wean the world from dirty energy production. The radio network commented that: Nations are nowhere near being on track to avert significant climate change in the coming ...
  • 1959

Losing Steam on the Road to Alternative Energy

If our goal is to reduce the production of CO2 and the other greenhouse gasses driving climate change, then we have a very long way to go. Reporting from London, National Public Radio attended the meeting of The International Energy Agency where energy managers were warned they were falling far behind meeting targets to wean the world from dirty energy production. The radio network commented that: Nations are nowhere near being on track to avert significant climate change in the coming ...
  • 1920

Walking on Air

I recommend turning the sound off -- which is precious, cloying, and too on-the-nose -- and cranking up your own soundtrack for it. Pink Floyd or Sigur Ros should work, because this thing is TRIPPY. 
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Walking on Air

I recommend turning the sound off -- which is precious, cloying, and too on-the-nose -- and cranking up your own soundtrack for it. Pink Floyd or Sigur Ros should work, because this thing is TRIPPY. 
  • 1735

A Call for Increased Whining

My nominees for the "Humanity's All-Time Worst Inventions":  1. The Timeshare.  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly in a can.  3. Jellies.  4. The Facebook status update.  The first three, at least, you can ignore. But the Facebook status update has become part of your life. If you want to have friends and not live under a bridge, you have endure reading your friends' typed-out thoughts which, I believe, they decided were too boring to say to their cats.  I do not care that you are baking ...
  • 1867

A Call for Increased Whining

My nominees for the "Humanity's All-Time Worst Inventions":  1. The Timeshare.  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly in a can.  3. Jellies.  4. The Facebook status update.  The first three, at least, you can ignore. But the Facebook status update has become part of your life. If you want to have friends and not live under a bridge, you have endure reading your friends' typed-out thoughts which, I believe, they decided were too boring to say to their cats.  I do not care that you are baking ...
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Antarctic Warming

According to NASA research, warm currents upwelling under Antarctic ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice losses around the continent. The space agency has created an animated video to show the circulation of currents around West Antarctic ice shelves. The shelves themselers are indicated in rainbow colors with red indicating thicker ice (greater than 550 meters) and blue tones representing thinner cover (less than 200 meters) of ice.                                 ...
  • 1757

Antarctic Warming

According to NASA research, warm currents upwelling under Antarctic ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice losses around the continent. The space agency has created an animated video to show the circulation of currents around West Antarctic ice shelves. The shelves themselers are indicated in rainbow colors with red indicating thicker ice (greater than 550 meters) and blue tones representing thinner cover (less than 200 meters) of ice.                                 ...
  • 1848

Walking on Air

I recommend turning the sound off -- which is precious, cloying, and too on-the-nose -- and cranking up your own soundtrack for it. Pink Floyd or Sigur Ros should work, because this thing is TRIPPY. 
  • 1805

A Call for Increased Whining

My nominees for the "Humanity's All-Time Worst Inventions":  1. The Timeshare.  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly in a can.  3. Jellies.  4. The Facebook status update.  The first three, at least, you can ignore. But the Facebook status update has become part of your life. If you want to have friends and not live under a bridge, you have endure reading your friends' typed-out thoughts which, I believe, they decided were too boring to say to their cats.  I do not care that you are baking ...
  • 1939

Antarctic Warming

According to NASA research, warm currents upwelling under Antarctic ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice losses around the continent. The space agency has created an animated video to show the circulation of currents around West Antarctic ice shelves. The shelves themselers are indicated in rainbow colors with red indicating thicker ice (greater than 550 meters) and blue tones representing thinner cover (less than 200 meters) of ice.                                 ...
  • 1750

A BOLD Approach

A team of scientists, led by Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, proposes to send a fleet of biological sensors to Mars. Called the Biological Oxidant and Life Detection, or BOLD, the mission would test for life and finally answer the question if it occurs there today. Not since the Viking landers produced conflicting indications of biological reactions during three soil tests, has any Mars probe successfully landed with biological testing gear. A 2003 attempt by Great ...
  • 1798

A BOLD Approach

A team of scientists, led by Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, proposes to send a fleet of biological sensors to Mars. Called the Biological Oxidant and Life Detection, or BOLD, the mission would test for life and finally answer the question if it occurs there today. Not since the Viking landers produced conflicting indications of biological reactions during three soil tests, has any Mars probe successfully landed with biological testing gear. A 2003 attempt by Great ...
  • 1835

A BOLD Approach

A team of scientists, led by Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, proposes to send a fleet of biological sensors to Mars. Called the Biological Oxidant and Life Detection, or BOLD, the mission would test for life and finally answer the question if it occurs there today. Not since the Viking landers produced conflicting indications of biological reactions during three soil tests, has any Mars probe successfully landed with biological testing gear. A 2003 attempt by Great ...
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