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Trees Before Rain

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2017

Trees Before Rain

Which came first: trees or rain?

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A 'Medicane' Forms

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Nov

2017

A 'Medicane' Forms

A medicane heads toward Italy and Greece.

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The Conservation Alliance

The Conservation Alliance

Announcing a corporate partner for Riled Up: The Conservation Alliance

12 Mar 2015

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Recent Archive Highlights

Compassion and other creatures

Compassion and other creatures 5 November 2017

Compassion and other creatures

Compassion is considered a trait uniquely human but we should make it more inclusive.

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency! 4 November 2017

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency is the name of the game for energy, architecture, and solar design with three new developments showing the way.

Conservatives and Conservation

Conservatives and Conservation 2 November 2017

Conservatives and Conservation

 

Republican presidents from Theodore Roosevelt, to Richard Nixon, through George W. Bush left good environmental accomplishments.

 

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time 1 November 2017

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

One way to restore coral reefs could require re-seeding with transplanted corals.

Whales & Drones

Whales & Drones 31 October 2017

Whales & Drones

Remotely controlled drones provide a quiet way to track animal behavior.

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper 30 October 2017

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Robotic engineers at JPL are turning to bio-mimicry and using a gecko as their design guide.

The Distorting Effect of Ideology

The Distorting Effect of Ideology

Why would so many Republicans see the evidence on a natural phenomenon so differently from the way that most people see it? Do they also have differing opinions on the Doppler effect or Heisenberg's uncertainty principle?
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Beyond the Beyond

Beyond the Beyond

Ancient mariners and Tibetan monks each had their ideas of a place that was 'beyond the beyond', the very definition of faraway. They could have been thinking of Bouvet Island.
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The Cosmos is All That Is ... Cool

The Cosmos is All That Is ... Cool

In just two weeks, Fox debuts their new version of Cosmos. I need to find some Sheldon-level geeks to watch it with. I need to treat it like a Super Bowl. 
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The Tree of Life, in Your Pocket

The Tree of Life, in Your Pocket

Because, sometimes, when you're on the bus, you need to know how finches are related to budgies. 
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A Bad Attitude

A Bad Attitude

By Reilly Capps 
If physical violence is always wrong -- and it is -- then why does it sometimes feel so good?
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Sochi, the Caucasus

Sochi, the Caucasus

The 2014 Winter Olympics are ending in Sochi, Russia. An impressive 'last look' shows the entire venue even if not the skiers.
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Swamped

Swamped

Between December 2013 and January 2014, a series of storms in the UK left 15 inches of rain on southern England. The storms have produced major flooding and it is still raining.
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Super-smart Bird

Super-smart Bird

Animal behavior is one of the exciting areas of animal research. Whales, dolphins, elephants, and bonobo chimpanzees demonstrate the ability to recognize themselves once thought only possible by humans.
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Loosing Gas

Loosing Gas

Research at Stanford University is showing how to control leaking gas wells. If widely adopted, their engineering technology could help accelerate the use of natural gas to replace the burning of coal to produce electricity.
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The Earth is Falling Apart

Just an unbelievable clip from the documentary "Chasing Ice," the footage of the largest iceberg breakup -- ice calving -- event ever caught on tape. Think of all the ones that aren't caught on tape. Think of all the ice that's floating out to sea. 
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Grumpy Octopus

Grumpy Octopus

Octopus are curious creatures but don't disturb them while resting.
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The Arctic on Foot

The Arctic on Foot

Top seven things to do in the arctic: 
1. See if your tongue really does stick to metal poles in winter.
2. Spend hours waiting for help. 
3. Remove tongue from metal pole on your own. 
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Migrations End

Migrations End

The Monarch butterfly, a favorite insect of natural history studies, of children's grade school classes, and the poster-child for long-distance migrations is in serious trouble. The problem is simple: habitat loss.
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When Will the Stupidity End?

When Will the Stupidity End?

What is this stupid debate? And when will it end? 
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Abstractions

Abstractions

Photography can produce images that puzzle the imagination by their abstraction.
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UK Superstorm

UK Superstorm

The United Kingdom is receiving some of the most severe weather the islands have experienced since record-keeping began. An extra-tropical cyclonic storm system is the cause.
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Visualizing Drought

Visualizing Drought

A new data visualization of California's drought situation presents a powerful picture of the State's "plantscape". It's not a pretty picture.
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Screens

Screens

Reality cannot keep up with the representation of reality.
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Re-arranging the Landscape

Re-arranging the Landscape

Most people in northern countries have been focused on surviving extreme winter events. Indonesia is experiencing an entirely different story but nonetheless pretty extreme.
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"Touch & Feel" Holography

"Touch & Feel" Holography

Holography has received a big 'make-over' in Japan.
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Bill Nye's Creationism Debate, Extended, to Include Other Views

We have decided to fill in some of the gaps Nye and Ham left untouched.
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Changing Climate...Lake Powell "re-imagined"

Changing Climate...Lake Powell "re-imagined"

Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River and a major vacation spot that 2 million visitors every year. It is being re-imaged by a changing climate.
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The Second Blue Planet

The Second Blue Planet

Maybe Mars is like a gobstopper. A whole planet of different colored layers.
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Stephen Hawking, Stand Up

Stephen Hawking, Stand Up

In comedy, timing is everything. Nobody has better timing than a computer.
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Appreciation of an Environmentalist

Appreciation of an Environmentalist

Among his lifelong accomplishments Pete Seeger, the musician, was an active defender of rivers, harbors, and other natural places.
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 "Night hides the world, but reveals a universe"...proverb

"Night hides the world, but reveals a universe"...proverb

The Persian proverb says "night hides the world, but reveals a universe". How true!
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