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Be Nice To Nerds

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Dec

2017

Be Nice To Nerds

Exploring DARPA's creative research approach.

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Mountain Day...Every Day

12

Dec

2017

Mountain Day...Every Day

Time to celebrate mountains every day.

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Archive Highlights

When is Green not a Good Thing?

When is Green not a Good Thing?

When is "green" a bad thing? Answer: When it comes from toxic algae.

4 Aug 2014

Video Highlights

Recent Archive Highlights

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' 

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.

Sea Mountains

Sea Mountains

Sea-mounts are found everywhere under the oceans. Some are volcanoes that can erupt dramatically.
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Boiled Lobster

Boiled Lobster

In 2012, ocean surface temperatures along the northeast were the highest recorded in 150 years.
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Deep Ecology

Deep Ecology

Ecosystems can be studied at micro or macro scales. Each approach provides different but important ecological information.
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Photographer Created an Original View of the West

Photographer Created an Original View of the West

By Reilly Capps
Photographers take a lot of things from events and landscapes -- images -- but they can, if they’re good, sometimes give something to those landscapes: meaning. Here are some images of the Old West that you've probably never seen, and which helped document and half-create a mythic place.
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Fog

Fog

Fog is ecologically critical for several ecosystems. It is also beautiful.
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Earth Day...everyday

Earth Day...everyday

Sebastião Salgado's new Genesis project required 8 years to complete. It is a prefect reminder of what is important about Earth Day and should be everyday.
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Coastal Zones

Coastal Zones

Vegetation is the under-appreciated protector of the coastlines. It also serves as critical wildlife habitat.
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The power of photographs in a national tragedy

The power of photographs in a national tragedy

By Reilly Capps

In this day and age, it’s hard to hide. There are pictures of you being taken all the time. Perhaps seeing pictures of themselves all over TV and the Internet sent these brothers fleeing -- robbing, shooting, carjacking, firefighting, sprinting. (As of this moment, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is on the run. UPDATE: He is now in custody.) What this shows me is the power of photographs and videos to affect reality. The Boston Marathon bombers may have been caught in part because of photography, in a way that other terrorists like Eric Rudolph and Tim McVeigh weren't. It shows the good that photos and videos can do.  I didn’t always feel this way.
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Image Gatherer

Image Gatherer

Tim Hetherington was that special breed of photographer. He wasn't particularly interested in photography.
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The Sharp Point of the Drill

The Sharp Point of the Drill

Colorado is waking up to the downside of the natural gas boom, and it’s tweaking the state’s politics.
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The Power of Image

The Power of Image

Typically, Riled Up prefers using photography and video to tell stories on science, the environment, and natural resource issues. However, people have been asked to provide any photos of videos of the Boston bombings to help investigators solve the crime.
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International Year of Water, 2013

International Year of Water, 2013

"We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one." -- Jacques Cousteau
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Water Woes

Water Woes

Water resources are abused and conflicts are widespread. As the song-line says: "You don't know what you've got, 'Til it's gone."
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Proof that Global Warming is a Lie ... Or Else That You Should Brush More

Proof that Global Warming is a Lie ... Or Else That You Should Brush More

By Reilly Capps

I don't get why it's Christian not to believe in global warming. I don't understand what those two things have to do with each other. 
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Ice Free in 35 Years

Ice Free in 35 Years

NOAA has predicted that the Arctic Ocean will be ice free in summers by 2050, if not sooner.
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The Frog That Will Help You Win an Argument

The Frog That Will Help You Win an Argument

By Reilly Capps

Darwin's frog is a walking anecdote. The next time someone says, "Men -- they're all so lazy and irresponsible," you can say "No! Look at Darwin's frog! There's a dude who looks out for his kid! Forget what you've seen on the TV show 'Cops'! Look to Darwin's frog, and renew your faith in the male gender!"
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Warning Labels, and Not Just on GMO's

Warning Labels, and Not Just on GMO's

By Reilly Capps

They want to label GMOs, the way we do cigarettes. (Even though GMOs don't hurt you.)

Meanwhile, all kinds of dodgy things go unlabeled -- like this dog. 
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Re-visiting Everest

Re-visiting Everest

2013 is the 50th anniversary of the first American mountaineering team to summit Mt. Everest in 1963. Research and exploration still continue on the world's highest peak that tell new stories of climate change and the environment.
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The Most Astounding Fact -- at right

See the Most Astounding Fact, in our Video Pick of the Week, at right. 
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When an Optical Illusion Isn't

When an Optical Illusion Isn't

A photographer can produce an optical illusion if their camera is positioned in the right spot.
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A Million Taxis

A Million Taxis

You ever sit in a giant traffic jam, alone, in freeway that has become a parking lot, boxed in by cars flatulating noxious fumes, your only companion the radio DJ’s who are dumber than dingleberries? Don’t you feel like driving to city hall and stomping some city planner’s throat, or hocking a loogie on Robert Moses’s grave? “Thanks a lot for the BQE, jackass.” And do you ever catch the eye of a driver next to you? Ever notice that you’re in a car alone and they’re in a car alone and two-thirds of the drivers in their cars alone? And don’t you wonder if they’re thinking the same thing you’re thinking, which is: “I am going to murder someone.”

No, that’s too harsh. That’s not what you’re thinking (not usually). You’re thinking: “When did we all agree to live stuck in traffic? There has got to be a better way.” Now, a number of tech entrepreneurs are trying to harness the power of mobile phones to coordinate rides between drivers and riders.

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1600 Years to Create...25 Years to Destroy

1600 Years to Create...25 Years to Destroy

An ice core extending 1600 years has been extracted from an icecap in Peru. It is like finding a "Rosetta Stone" for paleo-climate in the tropical Andes.
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Visualizing Ice

Visualizing Ice

The Arctic sea ice maximum is one of the lowest on record this winter.
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Bungling About

Bungling About

The Bungle Bungles are located a remote corner of a remote continent. They are not easy to access.
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