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Test Driving GEOS-16

27

Apr

2017

Test Driving GEOS-16

GOES-16 tracks a major dust storm in a 'test drive'.

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Denying Science

25

Apr

2017

Denying Science

Learn to reject 'magic beans'.

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Lost & Found Worlds

Lost & Found Worlds

Biogeography rule #1: odd things evolve on islands.

29 Oct 2013

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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".

Your Future Has Arrived

TF-X will have on-board systems that make flying safer and easier than ever before.By Reilly Capps
People like to complain that the futuristic-sounding year 2000 came and went without a particularly futuristic feel. Where's my hovercraft? Where's my flying car? 
But those people aren't paying attention.  
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Voyager Still Surprises

Voyager Still Surprises

The Voyager space probe has passed into a strange and unpredicted zone of space. The original models will all need to be changed.
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Ponderosa Pines: 2 Views

Ponderosa Pines: 2 Views

Colorado has been burning. Part of the reason is past forest management.
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What Counts on Speeches? Optics, and Pit Stains

By Reilly Capps
Obama's speech on the environment had excellent optics -- but they could have been even better. If Obama wants to attract more global warming converts, he should have probably kept lifting up his arms and showing off the stains. "Nasty, huh? It's like the Mississippi Delta in my pits!" And do these other things.
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A Big Day for the Environment: DeChristopher is on Letterman

By Reilly Capps
social justice, global warming, climate change, Tim DeChristopher
Tim DeChristopher, recently sprung from federal prison, is scheduled to be on "The Late Show with David Letterman" tonight. No word on whether he plans to do stand up or if he'll bring a trained monkey. 
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Science Fair Projects That Will Get You Noticed

Science Fair Projects That Will Get You Noticed

By Lucas Gardner
When school comes back around this spring, some of you younger readers might find yourself in need of some ideas for science projects or presentation topics, say, for a science fair or the like. Here are some that are all yours for the taking! You will win the science fair; you may be kicked out of school 
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The New Genius

By Reilly Capps
There've been a few people lately standing up for for poetry and literature, but poetry's old and tired. Homer. The psalmist. Lucretius. You know how I know they're not that good? They're all dead. Data is where it's at. Data's new. Emails, highway tolls, grocery store receipts. There is more data created every day today than was created in all of human history until last year. There's data to back that up, but I'm a humanities major; I don't know how to find it. Data is big. Data is valuable. You don't see the NSA busting up the constitution and demanding everybody's record from this year's sonnets.
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Herbal Earth

Herbal Earth

Green is an important color on Earth. We totally depend on it.
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Super-Sized Monsoon

Super-Sized Monsoon

The monsoon season in South Asia is typically a welcome event bringing much need rains for crops, rivers, and cities. This year a super-sized monsoon has arrived with a vengeance to northern India and Nepal with mass flooding being the norm.
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PBS's Headline Problem

By Reilly Capps 
The following piece on PBS was titled, "What Makes Us Happy?" and "Can Money Buy Happiness?" 
I can think of ten snappier, more descriptive headlines.
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Singapore Smokes

Singapore Smokes

I used to have an office in Singapore. Typically it is a very nice place but the City State is now shrouded in thick smoke from illegal fires in Indonesia.
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Getting that 'Dead Zone' Sort of Feeling...Again

Getting that 'Dead Zone' Sort of Feeling...Again

It's "dead zone" time again in the Gulf of Mexico. This year it could be a doozy.
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House of Representatives' Plan on Climate Change: "Mars, Bitches."

Warming ocean causing most Antarctic ice shelf mass lossBy Reilly Capps
Politico reports that congress is leapfrogging Newt Gingrich's plan to colonize the moon, right on to Mars.  Which is sweet, right? Moon bases, Mars bases. We're living in the future.  But there's a little catch.  They're slashing the funding for NASA's research into climate change, back to 2008 levels. Fewer pictures of melting sea ice. More missions to Mars. Mars, bitches. 
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Ken Robinson on Creativity

Ken Robinson on Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson offered his perspective on developing and maintaining creativity in the most viewed TED Talk ever presented.
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Hippies Started the Environmental Movement. Which was the Worst Thing That Could Have Happened.

Hippies Started the Environmental Movement. Which was the Worst Thing That Could Have Happened.

By Reilly Capps
Hippies were ludicrous. They hated shirts. They smelled. They believed in New Age bunkum like levitation. They believed in the Earth. So it seemed like environmentalism was just hippie woo-woo, and it didn't play among rational people. But time has turned the tables. Science doesn't have an ideology. Nature can't remember the past. Now, it's clear that the Koch brothers, pushing coal, are on acid. Rush Limbaugh, saying humans are too small to affect the planet, is more ridiculous than any hippie trying to levitate the Pentagon. It's hard to see the facts that don't agree with us. It's also clear that we argue about the present mostly to prove something about the past. 
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Big Eyes Focused on Reefs

Big Eyes Focused on Reefs

One important use of remote sensing is observing coral reefs on a long-term basis. The "big eyes" of the Landsat program have helped understand reef health by providing global monitoring since the satellites were first launched in 1972.
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I've Got Crabs

By Reilly Capps
Some animals capture all of our imaginations. Other animals make us retch. Crabs, for instance, are living, breathing, STDs. But if you look at them longer, they start to take on characteristics, turn human. Like looking at clouds until you see a bunny. Their little frowny faces and their stumbling, bumbling way of walking, like a drunk or an invalid hobbling home -- they're pathetic. They're almost ... cute.
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Conservatives are Sobering Up

File:George Pratt Shultz.jpgBy Reilly Capps
Conservatives are, on the whole, very responsible people. They are the suit-wearing, sensible haircut folks. They are the nation's dads, groomed for work at 5:30 a.m., glaring over their copy of the Wall Street Journal as their liberal sons stagger in from the bars. So why, amid all their other responsible stances, do they put up with all this pollution puking? 
That may be changing. A steadily growing chorus of prominent conservatives, such as Reagan's Secretary of State, George Shultz, are seeking a curb on pollution -- and they're doing it in a very intriguing, interesting and eminently fair way that just might work. 
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Orca Chomps Halibut

Orca Chomps Halibut

An Orca chomped a halibut caught by a human fisherman. No need to go fishing himself when someone else did all the work.
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DeChristopher on Moyers - Why'd He Go to Jail?

DeChristopher on Moyers - Why'd He Go to Jail?

The activist, interviewed by Bill Moyers. He makes some powerful points about the government is aggregating power to itself, how juries have lost their power and autonomy, "you have an entire population that plays out the plans of a tyrannical dictator." The full show is interesting, since his interview comes alongside an interview with Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times, talks about how the banks are still too big to fail. It begs the question -- why did a person like Tim DeChristopher go to jail when virtually no one from the giant banks did. All DeChristopher did was stop some drilling that probably wasn't a good idea anyway, while banks like JP Morgan Chase virtually wrecked the whole economy. Matt Taibbi has asked this question as well as anyone. DeChristopher was eloquent and interesting as always. Watch his portion of the interview. 
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Snowboarding on Mars

Snowboarding on Mars

If you wanted to snowboard on Mars, your board would need to be made of dry ice.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Funkdified

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Funkdified

Some facts about the universe are so mind-bending they sound insane. It won't help to hear these crazy ideas spit out by Neil deGrasse Tyson and put to music and made to sound even more crazy, but here goes.  
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On Everest, the World's Highest BASE Jump

On Everest, the World's Highest BASE Jump

By Reilly Capps
It's not enough to conquer great mountains -- you have to add extra elements of danger. If Columbus had sailed the Atlantic today, he would have to do with an extra degree of difficulty -- on a raft made of Coke cans, say, or blindfolded. The world isn't getting smaller -- we're just getting bigger.
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A Tornado's Path

A Tornado's Path

An tornado with winds over 200mph hit Moore, Oklahoma last month. The F5 super-storm left massive destruction along its path.
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One Way to Become a Pro Photographer: Join the Circus

By Reilly Capps
In the world-shakingly important field of photography, some start with a fancy degree. Some start with a job in a newspaper.
Emily Ainsworth joined a Mexican circus.
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On Beauty, and How to See It

On Beauty, and How to See It

One of the greatest all-time thinkers on what it means to look deeply, and think deeply, about beauty. Our Video Pick of the Week.
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