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Plant of the Month

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2018

Plant of the Month

An occasional series of botanical treats.

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Life on Mars, 2020

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2018

Life on Mars, 2020

A new Mars rover will search for past life.

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Intelligent Designers

Intelligent Designers

Portland is using 'intelligent designers' to replace an aging coal-fired power plant and other cities should follow their lead.

17 Apr 2015

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Where Do Good Ideas Come From? 24 November 2018

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

A storyteller suggests an answer.

My Life As A Turkey

My Life As A Turkey 21 November 2018

My Life As A Turkey

A true turkey story for Thanksgiving.

Krakatoa Awakens, an update

Krakatoa Awakens, an update 28 October 2018

Krakatoa Awakens, an update

Krakatoa is again active.

Rewilding

Rewilding 4 September 2018

Rewilding

A 'silent spring' could become a 'wild summer' 

Conserving, the Mother Load

Conserving, the Mother Load 26 June 2018

Conserving, the Mother Load

Avoiding another Dust Bowl.

Environmental Art

Environmental Art 15 January 2018

Environmental Art

Creating paintings with natue connections.

95% Certain

95% Certain

The latest IPCC report on climate change states that humans are the cause of global temperature increases with 95% certainty.
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Cane Toad Horrors

Cane Toad Horrors

Cane toads are voracious, carnivorous, amphibians. A horror photograph shows why. They are the Frankentoads of the amphibian world.
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Plant Breeders Rock

Plant Breeders Rock

Everyone depends on the creations of a plant breeder.
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Are Dung Beetles Smarter Than Us?

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[He's coming for your dung! Run! In a straight line!]

By Reilly Capps

Dung beetles navigate by the stars. Either dung beetles are incredibly intelligent or lots of animals do the same. Meanwhile, humans struggle to walk in a straight line. Who's king of the jungle now? 
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Robo Reptiles and Slither Bots

Robo Reptiles and Slither Bots

Robots are far better than humans for exploring planets and far off moons. The ESA is showing the way with 'slither-bots' for Mars.
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My First Week on Plastic Island

My First Week on Plastic Island

By Lucas Gardner

Far out in the Pacific exists a massive island of trash known as Plastic Island. Here is a recap of my first week living there.
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Have a Wonderful Day...or Night

Have a Wonderful Day...or Night

With bad news galore, a long-exposure image of the moon and Venus reminds us that beauty still happens.
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Statistics Matter, Even in Times of Tragedy



By Reilly Capps 

It's awful to hear news like Navy Yard, but every news story about anything tragic should, by the third paragraph, give some perspective and context about the tragedy. 
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Mount Sinabung Erupts

Mount Sinabung Erupts

The mega-volcano in Indonesia has exploded sending smoke and ash high into the atmosphere.
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Colorado Floods

Colorado Floods

Torrential rains in Colorado produced widespread and destructive flooding between September 9-15th.
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Sea Changes

Sea Changes

What happens to the oceans is super-important.
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Scary Words That Are Not Scary

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[Genetically modified corn in Ohio.]

By Reilly Capps

Dihydrogen monoxide can kill you and ought to be banned. Yes? Here is a list of things that sound scary but are not actually scary.
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Questions about Climate Change?

Questions about Climate Change?

Have questions about climate change? During September, you can ask them directly to a NASA climate scientist!
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Defining Ugly

Defining Ugly

Australia's blobfish has been selected as the ugliest creature in the world.
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Re-photography Power

Re-photography Power

Re-photography is used to monitor landscape changes over decades long time-frames but now has been used in view environmental change in weeks.
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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

The rover Curiosity has just clocked its longest one-day driving distance towards a massive mountain on Mars.
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The Meaning of Life: Could it Really Be Sex?

In which our editor, after discussing the best theory currently available, proposes a new theory for the meaning of life, in which the meaning of life is to connect ourselves more deeply with the things around us, meaning and purpose of life does indeed include sex, and can therefore be quickly summarized in the following way:

the meaning of life is to bone
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Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

You'd be excused for thinking the apocalypse was approaching.
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Making the Impossible Possible: Sustaining the Oceans

Making the Impossible Possible: Sustaining the Oceans

The XPRIZE, the sponsor of innovative space flight projects, has announced a new marine design contest that every Riled Up follower should support.
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Underwater Volcano Discovered

Underwater Volcano Discovered

A volcano the size of New Mexico has been discovered under the Pacific Ocean.

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Lucas reviews the Sounds of Nature: Rainforest CD

Lucas reviews the Sounds of Nature: Rainforest CD

Sounds of Nature: Rainforest proves to be one of the biggest musical disappointments in recent memory.
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"Bright Ideas" Win Out

"Bright Ideas" Win Out

Colorado based Transition Lab wins a sustainability award from MIT 
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50 Shades of Red

50 Shades of Red

So far this year, California's Rim Fire is now the largest in the United States with several months remaining in the 'fire season'.
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Bringing Corals back from the Brink

Bringing Corals back from the Brink

New research offers a bit of hope to the otherwise sorry state of the world's coral reefs. It is based in their natural resilience to environmental shocks.
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A Traveler's "Quote"

A Traveler's "Quote"

The thoughts of a 19th century traveler resonate just as well today.
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