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2019

Look & See

A Portrait of Wendell Berry.

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21

Jan

2019

The Power of Empathy

Animating empathy.

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The Colours of Australia are Fading

The Colours of Australia are Fading

Major changes have occurred recently to Australian forests.

2 Jun 2017

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The Conservation Alliance

 

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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. 
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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. 
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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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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.                                 ...
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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.                                 ...
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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. 
  • 2195

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.                                 ...
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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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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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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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