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Bungling About

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Apr

2013

Bungling About

The Bungle Bungles are located a remote corner of a remote continent. They are not easy to access.
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Compassionate Turtles

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Jun

2018

Compassionate Turtles

Compassionate behavior can be seen in animals.

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The Conservation Alliance

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When is Green not a Good Thing?

When is Green not a Good Thing?

When is "green" a bad thing? Answer: When it comes from toxic algae.

4 Aug 2014

Video Highlights

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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.

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update 5 December 2017

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

In 2014, major marine preserves were created.

Breaking the Chain

Ecological food webs are intricate, remain stable due to their biological complexity, but can be easily disrupted if over stressed. Some the most delicate food webs exist in the oceans where forage fish are the foundation for all life higher up the chain. Forage fish feeding structures nourish sea birds, tuna, penguins, and marine mammals like whales and dolphins worldwide. Often called “trash fish” or “bait fish” small fish species like krill, menhaden, and anchovies are essential to the ...
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Kitties, the Fox, and an Eagle

Kitties seem to be all the rage on April Fools Day but this strange combo of two cats, a fox, and a Bald Eagle are not fooling around---just hanging out! The video was captured by a homeowner in Alaska: ";" alt="">Two Cats, a Fox, and an Eagle (credit: YouTube/Pam Aus) Riled Up
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Kitties, the Fox, and an Eagle

Kitties seem to be all the rage on April Fools Day but this strange combo of two cats, a fox, and a Bald Eagle are not fooling around---just hanging out! The video was captured by a homeowner in Alaska: ";" alt="">Two Cats, a Fox, and an Eagle (credit: YouTube/Pam Aus) Riled Up
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Kitties, the Fox, and an Eagle

Kitties seem to be all the rage on April Fools Day but this strange combo of two cats, a fox, and a Bald Eagle are not fooling around---just hanging out! The video was captured by a homeowner in Alaska: ";" alt="">Two Cats, a Fox, and an Eagle (credit: YouTube/Pam Aus) Riled Up
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Kosmic Kitties

Creative and scientific photographers are on constant vigil to edit and clean images to capture the truth blurred by dust and other contamination. Brant Widgeon explains the critical tasks of his job that are required to rid Hubble space telescope photos of pesky critters. ";" alt="">Space Cats (credit: Brant Widgeon) Riled Up
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Kosmic Kitties

Creative and scientific photographers are on constant vigil to edit and clean images to capture the truth blurred by dust and other contamination. Brant Widgeon explains the critical tasks of his job that are required to rid Hubble space telescope photos of pesky critters. ";" alt="">Space Cats (credit: Brant Widgeon) Riled Up
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Kosmic Kitties

Creative and scientific photographers are on constant vigil to edit and clean images to capture the truth blurred by dust and other contamination. Brant Widgeon explains the critical tasks of his job that are required to rid Hubble space telescope photos of pesky critters. ";" alt="">Space Cats (credit: Brant Widgeon) Riled Up
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Tragedy of the Commons, shame and couches

I'm fascinated by the Tragedy of the Commons. The BBC has a great introduction to the Tragedy of the Commons here. It's more than worth listening to, because it will clarify in your mind some of the reasons behind the environmental crisis.  The idea behind the Tragedy of the Commons was formulated in 1968 by Garrett Hardin to talk about resources that are common to all of us, such as grazing land and fishing stocks. His paper is here.  Like, with grazing land, doesn't it get ...
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Tragedy of the Commons, shame and couches

I'm fascinated by the Tragedy of the Commons. The BBC has a great introduction to the Tragedy of the Commons here. It's more than worth listening to, because it will clarify in your mind some of the reasons behind the environmental crisis.  The idea behind the Tragedy of the Commons was formulated in 1968 by Garrett Hardin to talk about resources that are common to all of us, such as grazing land and fishing stocks. His paper is here.  Like, with grazing land, doesn't it get ...
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T. Boone Pickens on Energy

Alternative energy and alternatives to oil have been a frequent topic at Riled Up. Who wouldn’t be for domestic production of clean energy sources, reduced dependence on imports, and saving money all at the same time? The TED Conferences invited the pioneering investor and energy producer T. Boone Pickens to present his perspectives on energy and the policies for development of domestic alternatives to imported oil. The weekend is a good time to catch a TED Talk, listen to something ...
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T. Boone Pickens on Energy

Alternative energy and alternatives to oil have been a frequent topic at Riled Up. Who wouldn’t be for domestic production of clean energy sources, reduced dependence on imports, and saving money all at the same time? The TED Conferences invited the pioneering investor and energy producer T. Boone Pickens to present his perspectives on energy and the policies for development of domestic alternatives to imported oil. The weekend is a good time to catch a TED Talk, listen to something ...
  • 2751

Tragedy of the Commons, shame and couches

I'm fascinated by the Tragedy of the Commons. The BBC has a great introduction to the Tragedy of the Commons here. It's more than worth listening to, because it will clarify in your mind some of the reasons behind the environmental crisis.  The idea behind the Tragedy of the Commons was formulated in 1968 by Garrett Hardin to talk about resources that are common to all of us, such as grazing land and fishing stocks. His paper is here.  Like, with grazing land, doesn't it get ...
  • 3669

T. Boone Pickens on Energy

Alternative energy and alternatives to oil have been a frequent topic at Riled Up. Who wouldn’t be for domestic production of clean energy sources, reduced dependence on imports, and saving money all at the same time? The TED Conferences invited the pioneering investor and energy producer T. Boone Pickens to present his perspectives on energy and the policies for development of domestic alternatives to imported oil. The weekend is a good time to catch a TED Talk, listen to something ...
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Art & Science

Art & Science are thought to be opposite pursuits but often they can mimic each other. Here’s a good example where a robot and an astronaut at work caught in a famous pose in space. The photograph from the International Space Station recalls a famous panel from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel  showing the hand of God reaching out to give life to Adam.  Man & Machine (credit: NASA) Michelangelo would likely be proud. Can you determine which hand is which? WHB
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Art & Science

Art & Science are thought to be opposite pursuits but often they can mimic each other. Here’s a good example where a robot and an astronaut at work caught in a famous pose in space. The photograph from the International Space Station recalls a famous panel from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel  showing the hand of God reaching out to give life to Adam.  Man & Machine (credit: NASA) Michelangelo would likely be proud. Can you determine which hand is which? WHB
  • 3868

Art & Science

Art & Science are thought to be opposite pursuits but often they can mimic each other. Here’s a good example where a robot and an astronaut at work caught in a famous pose in space. The photograph from the International Space Station recalls a famous panel from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel  showing the hand of God reaching out to give life to Adam.  Man & Machine (credit: NASA) Michelangelo would likely be proud. Can you determine which hand is which? WHB
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Einstein Survives

Science is a self-correcting enterprise. Everyone involved is trying to dethrone the current “pope” in one scientific discipline of another. Three of the most central dogmas in modern science are Darwin’s principals of natural selection that drives all of biological evolution; Wagner’s deciphering the geological mechanisms of continental drift; and Einstein’s mathematical formula, E=MC2, that defined the nature of matter and energy in the universe. New data is always being put forth to ...
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Einstein Survives

Science is a self-correcting enterprise. Everyone involved is trying to dethrone the current “pope” in one scientific discipline of another. Three of the most central dogmas in modern science are Darwin’s principals of natural selection that drives all of biological evolution; Wagner’s deciphering the geological mechanisms of continental drift; and Einstein’s mathematical formula, E=MC2, that defined the nature of matter and energy in the universe. New data is always being put forth to ...
  • 2132

Einstein Survives

Science is a self-correcting enterprise. Everyone involved is trying to dethrone the current “pope” in one scientific discipline of another. Three of the most central dogmas in modern science are Darwin’s principals of natural selection that drives all of biological evolution; Wagner’s deciphering the geological mechanisms of continental drift; and Einstein’s mathematical formula, E=MC2, that defined the nature of matter and energy in the universe. New data is always being put forth to ...
  • 1918

Wind Map and the Big Picture

Two Google scientists have produced a Wind Map of the United States. It was created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, members of the Big Picture visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass. The new map is updated hourly with wind velocity information from the National Weather Service’s forecast database.    USA Wind Map  (credit: Google, Inc.) The Google researchers are pioneering the use of new visualization and animation techniques made possible by the availability ...
  • 2131

Wind Map and the Big Picture

Two Google scientists have produced a Wind Map of the United States. It was created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, members of the Big Picture visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass. The new map is updated hourly with wind velocity information from the National Weather Service’s forecast database.    USA Wind Map  (credit: Google, Inc.) The Google researchers are pioneering the use of new visualization and animation techniques made possible by the availability ...
  • 1958

Wind Map and the Big Picture

Two Google scientists have produced a Wind Map of the United States. It was created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, members of the Big Picture visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass. The new map is updated hourly with wind velocity information from the National Weather Service’s forecast database.    USA Wind Map  (credit: Google, Inc.) The Google researchers are pioneering the use of new visualization and animation techniques made possible by the availability ...
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Presser today in SLC

If you’re in Salt Lake City, go by the press conference to be given by DeChristopher’s legal team  at 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse. Hopefully they’ll have some more information on what happened to get DeChristopher sent to the hole. Check out Bidder70.org and PeacefulUprising.org for more info.
  • 2016

Big Data

When I was a grad student conducting ecological field research in the 1970’s, I spent much time in the mountains. My research consisted of an early examination into the environmental factors influencing restoration of vegetation destroyed by fires in the Colorado Rockies. The project required the collection of copious scientific measurements from multiple study sites across diverse plant species, soil chemistry, light intensity, air temperatures, and fire timelines. All this data was ...
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Presser today in SLC

If you’re in Salt Lake City, go by the press conference to be given by DeChristopher’s legal team  at 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse. Hopefully they’ll have some more information on what happened to get DeChristopher sent to the hole. Check out Bidder70.org and PeacefulUprising.org for more info.
  • 1685

Big Data

When I was a grad student conducting ecological field research in the 1970’s, I spent much time in the mountains. My research consisted of an early examination into the environmental factors influencing restoration of vegetation destroyed by fires in the Colorado Rockies. The project required the collection of copious scientific measurements from multiple study sites across diverse plant species, soil chemistry, light intensity, air temperatures, and fire timelines. All this data was ...
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