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Trees Before Rain

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Nov

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

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Intelligence of Plants

Intelligence of Plants

Amazing new understandings of intelligence in plants.

8 Aug 2017

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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.

Poop-Powered Car a Dream Come True ....

While they're doing their business, some read. Some meditate. The Japanese can drive to the store. Toilet company Toto’s poo-powered motorcycle made its debut, offering a glimpse not just of a revolution in energy – using human and animal waste as fuel -- but a revolution in ways to gross-out your buddies. The model doesn’t actually allow you to replace a stop at a Shell station with a Chipotle-powered grumpy. (The fuel comes pre-made.) And it isn’t actually available for purchase yet. (If ...
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Which Would You Rather Contemplate?

These are coral atolls from western Polynesia as observed from space. The islands are beautiful to view. Like other marine and terrestrial environments they are threatened by one form of environmental abuse or another. Viewscapes like this could be considered endangered everywhere. The biological systems that generate such beauty and diversity have sustained us for eons and could continue to do so with proper knowledge, attention, and care.  Wouldn’t this be more a more important and ...
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Which Would You Rather Contemplate?

These are coral atolls from western Polynesia as observed from space. The islands are beautiful to view. Like other marine and terrestrial environments they are threatened by one form of environmental abuse or another. Viewscapes like this could be considered endangered everywhere. The biological systems that generate such beauty and diversity have sustained us for eons and could continue to do so with proper knowledge, attention, and care.  Wouldn’t this be more a more important and ...
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Which Would You Rather Contemplate?

These are coral atolls from western Polynesia as observed from space. The islands are beautiful to view. Like other marine and terrestrial environments they are threatened by one form of environmental abuse or another. Viewscapes like this could be considered endangered everywhere. The biological systems that generate such beauty and diversity have sustained us for eons and could continue to do so with proper knowledge, attention, and care.  Wouldn’t this be more a more important and ...
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Arctic Ice Cover, 1979-2012

Studies made by the National Snow & Ice Data Center, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and NASA satellite images show the extent of Arctic Ocean ice decline from 1979 and August 2012. The ice cover represents a decline of 40 percent in just 32 years when records began being kept. Jennifer Francis a Rutgers University researcher who studies sea ice an weather patterns commented to the New York Times that: “It’s hard even for people like me to believe, to see that climate change is ...
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Arctic Ice Cover, 1979-2012

Studies made by the National Snow & Ice Data Center, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and NASA satellite images show the extent of Arctic Ocean ice decline from 1979 and August 2012. The ice cover represents a decline of 40 percent in just 32 years when records began being kept. Jennifer Francis a Rutgers University researcher who studies sea ice an weather patterns commented to the New York Times that: “It’s hard even for people like me to believe, to see that climate change is ...
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Arctic Ice Cover, 1979-2012

Studies made by the National Snow & Ice Data Center, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and NASA satellite images show the extent of Arctic Ocean ice decline from 1979 and August 2012. The ice cover represents a decline of 40 percent in just 32 years when records began being kept. Jennifer Francis a Rutgers University researcher who studies sea ice an weather patterns commented to the New York Times that: “It’s hard even for people like me to believe, to see that climate change is ...
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Mars Imagined

If you have even tried imagining what Mars really looks like, the clever robots built by JPL engineers and scientists have produced a treasure trove of graphic imagery to view. The latest additions to various Mars picture albums are now starting to arrive from the Curiosity rover that successfully landed on the Red Planet this month. They’re in high definition color as well. The first shots of Curiosity’s upland destination---5km high Mt. Sharp---look a good deal like sedimentary ...
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Mars Imagined

If you have even tried imagining what Mars really looks like, the clever robots built by JPL engineers and scientists have produced a treasure trove of graphic imagery to view. The latest additions to various Mars picture albums are now starting to arrive from the Curiosity rover that successfully landed on the Red Planet this month. They’re in high definition color as well. The first shots of Curiosity’s upland destination---5km high Mt. Sharp---look a good deal like sedimentary ...
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Mars Imagined

If you have even tried imagining what Mars really looks like, the clever robots built by JPL engineers and scientists have produced a treasure trove of graphic imagery to view. The latest additions to various Mars picture albums are now starting to arrive from the Curiosity rover that successfully landed on the Red Planet this month. They’re in high definition color as well. The first shots of Curiosity’s upland destination---5km high Mt. Sharp---look a good deal like sedimentary ...
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Humpback Surprise

A bit of a surprise from a humpback whale breaching near Port San Luis, California this month. The local news reported that the recent encounter is one of many in the region of California coastline and the harbor patrol is on high alert. One officer commented: "Within the past week, we've actually had a couple of incidents where people have been knocked off of their kayaks, so we're just out there trying to keep people safe.” Humpback Whale and kayaker at Port San Luis, California ...
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Humpback Surprise

A bit of a surprise from a humpback whale breaching near Port San Luis, California this month. The local news reported that the recent encounter is one of many in the region of California coastline and the harbor patrol is on high alert. One officer commented: "Within the past week, we've actually had a couple of incidents where people have been knocked off of their kayaks, so we're just out there trying to keep people safe.” Humpback Whale and kayaker at Port San Luis, California ...
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Humpback Surprise

A bit of a surprise from a humpback whale breaching near Port San Luis, California this month. The local news reported that the recent encounter is one of many in the region of California coastline and the harbor patrol is on high alert. One officer commented: "Within the past week, we've actually had a couple of incidents where people have been knocked off of their kayaks, so we're just out there trying to keep people safe.” Humpback Whale and kayaker at Port San Luis, California ...
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BREAKING: Pat Robertson Says Hurricane Isaac is “God’s Wrath Against Closeted Republicans”

TAMPA BAY, Florida – Seven years after making a similar pronouncement about Hurricane Katrina, the Rev. Pat Robertson declared that tropical storm Isaac, which is disrupting the Republican convention here, was “God’s wrath” against sinners, specifically the hundreds – if not thousands – of closeted Republicans now descending on Tampa Bay. “The Lord is a loving God,” said Robertson on the Sunday morning edition of his “700 Club” television show. “But He can be vengeful, too. Especially when ...
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BREAKING: Pat Robertson Says Hurricane Isaac is “God’s Wrath Against Closeted Republicans”

TAMPA BAY, Florida – Seven years after making a similar pronouncement about Hurricane Katrina, the Rev. Pat Robertson declared that tropical storm Isaac, which is disrupting the Republican convention here, was “God’s wrath” against sinners, specifically the hundreds – if not thousands – of closeted Republicans now descending on Tampa Bay. “The Lord is a loving God,” said Robertson on the Sunday morning edition of his “700 Club” television show. “But He can be vengeful, too. Especially when ...
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BREAKING: Pat Robertson Says Hurricane Isaac is “God’s Wrath Against Closeted Republicans”

TAMPA BAY, Florida – Seven years after making a similar pronouncement about Hurricane Katrina, the Rev. Pat Robertson declared that tropical storm Isaac, which is disrupting the Republican convention here, was “God’s wrath” against sinners, specifically the hundreds – if not thousands – of closeted Republicans now descending on Tampa Bay. “The Lord is a loving God,” said Robertson on the Sunday morning edition of his “700 Club” television show. “But He can be vengeful, too. Especially when ...
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The Real Moonwalker, Remembered Forever

By Reilly Capps Getting to talk to Neil Armstrong remains one of the highlights of my life. Like interviewing Columbus, Magellan or Balboa. 500 or 1,000 years from now, when nobody has any idea what the Vietnam War was about or what the public option was, they will remember Neil Armstrong, and the time when Americans first stepped on the moon. He was quiet and shy, obviously deep and emotional. Here's a story on him re-opening my town's airport with a new and safer runway, from Dec. 09. He ...
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The Real Moonwalker, Remembered Forever

By Reilly Capps Getting to talk to Neil Armstrong remains one of the highlights of my life. Like interviewing Columbus, Magellan or Balboa. 500 or 1,000 years from now, when nobody has any idea what the Vietnam War was about or what the public option was, they will remember Neil Armstrong, and the time when Americans first stepped on the moon. He was quiet and shy, obviously deep and emotional. Here's a story on him re-opening my town's airport with a new and safer runway, from Dec. 09. He ...
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Far Away---Warming Rapidly

It has been nearly 100 years since Ernst Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance became stuck in the pack ice of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula. The explorers finally escaped their doomed ship in two small boats and reached the relative safety of the sub-Antarctic, South Georgia Islands. Much has changed along that far away peninsula, particularly over the last fifty years. It is now one of the fastest warming places on Earth. Temperature measurements made by ...
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Far Away---Warming Rapidly

It has been nearly 100 years since Ernst Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance became stuck in the pack ice of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula. The explorers finally escaped their doomed ship in two small boats and reached the relative safety of the sub-Antarctic, South Georgia Islands. Much has changed along that far away peninsula, particularly over the last fifty years. It is now one of the fastest warming places on Earth. Temperature measurements made by ...
  • 1998

The Real Moonwalker, Remembered Forever

By Reilly Capps Getting to talk to Neil Armstrong remains one of the highlights of my life. Like interviewing Columbus, Magellan or Balboa. 500 or 1,000 years from now, when nobody has any idea what the Vietnam War was about or what the public option was, they will remember Neil Armstrong, and the time when Americans first stepped on the moon. He was quiet and shy, obviously deep and emotional. Here's a story on him re-opening my town's airport with a new and safer runway, from Dec. 09. He ...
  • 1834

Far Away---Warming Rapidly

It has been nearly 100 years since Ernst Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance became stuck in the pack ice of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula. The explorers finally escaped their doomed ship in two small boats and reached the relative safety of the sub-Antarctic, South Georgia Islands. Much has changed along that far away peninsula, particularly over the last fifty years. It is now one of the fastest warming places on Earth. Temperature measurements made by ...
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Quantum Locking

A recent TED Global conference posed a question: “How can a super-thin 3-inch, one micron thick, disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight?” In a stunning demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how superconductors can produce a phenomenon known as quantum locking to frictionlessly levitate a disc over a magnetic rail with zero energy loss. The era of ‘back to the future’ levitating vehicles can’t be far off. Boaz Almog Demonstrates Quantum Locking (credit: TED Global) WHB
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Quantum Locking

A recent TED Global conference posed a question: “How can a super-thin 3-inch, one micron thick, disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight?” In a stunning demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how superconductors can produce a phenomenon known as quantum locking to frictionlessly levitate a disc over a magnetic rail with zero energy loss. The era of ‘back to the future’ levitating vehicles can’t be far off. Boaz Almog Demonstrates Quantum Locking (credit: TED Global) WHB
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Quantum Locking

A recent TED Global conference posed a question: “How can a super-thin 3-inch, one micron thick, disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight?” In a stunning demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how superconductors can produce a phenomenon known as quantum locking to frictionlessly levitate a disc over a magnetic rail with zero energy loss. The era of ‘back to the future’ levitating vehicles can’t be far off. Boaz Almog Demonstrates Quantum Locking (credit: TED Global) WHB
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Romney’s energy rhetoric is so soaring and inspiring, you’ll have to look twice for it

Being moved – emotionally – by Mitt’s ambitious and in-no-way-empty energy plan By Reilly Capps Mitt Romney sure is inspiring, isn’t he? Reading his energy policy, released today, gave me goose bumps. It’s easy to envision the quote that led off the pamphlet, from his book “No Apologies,” being carved in stone on some towering monument: “Spending our energy dollars here for domestically produced energy while also funding research, development, and production of new sources of energy ...
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