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The Playful Wonderland

From fire to photographs.

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Of Rats & Reefs

Remove rats...restore reefs!

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When Our Stories Get Ruined, We Get Upset

When Our Stories Get Ruined, We Get Upset

Over and over again in the history of ideas, some new piece of information threatens our stories, and we react. Badly.

14 Mar 2014

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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.

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia and Sustainability 31 December 2017

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia shows how to apply sustainability in business practice.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From 22 December 2017

Where Good Ideas Come From

A clever storyteller suggests an answer.

Bottled Arctic Notes

Bottled Arctic Notes 15 December 2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars 7 December 2017

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

The Dry Valleys are one of the strangest environments on Earth.

Hole on Mars

Hole on Mars

A photograph of a hole was captured by the HiRise camera as it passed over Mars. It is very curious.
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Same Sun...Different Setting

Same Sun...Different Setting

The old adage that location matters applies just as well to photography as it does to restaurants and real estate. 
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Ecology Joins "the crowd"

Ecology Joins "the crowd"

Ecologists are joining the "crowd" to fund exciting field studies.
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Republican. Climate Change Believer. Really.

Republican. Climate Change Believer. Really.

To find a conservative politician who believes in climate change? It's easier to find skinny whales. 
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Australia's 'Angry Summer'

Australia's 'Angry Summer'

The kangaroos are wearing their short shorts
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About that Chimney You're Driving

About that Chimney You're Driving

Your 2013 Nissan leaf is actually, in terms of climate damage, a 1910 London chimney.
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 Add Warm Water...Ice Melts

Add Warm Water...Ice Melts

JPL has produced an info-graphic showing the impact of warm river water on sea ice in the Arctic. It melts.
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Now They've Done It

Now They've Done It

As the guac goes, so go all of us. 
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Welcome to Europa

Welcome to Europa

One of the most existential questions posed by us humans is: 'are we alone'? A new NASA robot is now being planned to explore Europa, Jupiter's icy moon, that may finally answer the question.
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You Never Really Die

You Never Really Die

By Reilly Capps
When somebody dies, it's tough to know what to say. Science can help. 
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"Drones Are Going to Change the Way We See the Animal World"

"Drones Are Going to Change the Way We See the Animal World"

Drones are know for military applications, as spy tools, and potentially to delivery parcels. A more unknown use will be for wildlife monitoring.
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I Am a Machine

I Am a Machine

By Reilly Capps. 
I am a machine, I guess. Just the coolest machine we've ever seen. 
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Pollution Blows Across Asia

Pollution Blows Across Asia

China's air pollution has become so bad that it can be seen from space.
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TED: Fabian Oefner on Psychedelic science

TED: Fabian Oefner on Psychedelic science

It is the weekend and time again for another inspiring TED Talk.
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The Song of the Spindle

The Song of the Spindle

The Song of the Spindle premiered at the Sundance film Festival and asked the existential question: "What is intelligence and how do you define it?"
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More Neil DeGrasse Tyson

More Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is talking about the big things. 
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Downtown Trout

Downtown Trout

We imagine steelhead trout runs in places like Alaska's majestic Bristol Bay, Idaho's Clearwater River, or the cold rapids of the Klamath in northern California. Who knew they loved the sunshine of southern California as well.
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DeChristopher's a Wrecking Ball

DeChristopher's a Wrecking Ball

Tim DeChristopher came to prominence as a monkey wrencher, but the tool that best describes him now is probably "sledgehammer." 
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So Many New Planets, So Little Time to Explore

So Many New Planets, So Little Time to Explore

Kepler announced confirmation of 715 new planets with more to come from the trove of stars already scanned into the database.
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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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