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Watching Tundra Melt

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Sep

2017

Watching Tundra Melt

Permafrost melting in 'real time'.

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A Giraffe Boosts Conservation

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Sep

2017

A Giraffe Boosts Conservation

A white giraffe becomes a wildlife icon.

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External to What?

External to What?

Environmental externalities are now becoming central to how best to control carbon pollution.

10 Mar 2013

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A Monumental President

A Monumental President 26 August 2017

A Monumental President

Two new national monuments were designated.

Fishing for Plastic

Fishing for Plastic 9 August 2017

Fishing for Plastic

It takes garbage to make a boat.

Intelligence of Plants

Intelligence of Plants 8 August 2017

Intelligence of Plants

Amazing new understandings of intelligence in plants.

The Colours of Australia are Fading

The Colours of Australia are Fading 2 June 2017

The Colours of Australia are Fading

Major changes have occurred recently to Australian forests.

Super Coral...a Super Hero?

Super Coral...a Super Hero? 26 May 2017

Super Coral...a Super Hero?

Heat-tolerant corals may help reef restoration.

Replanting Corals

Replanting Corals 17 May 2017

Replanting Corals

Some people are taking positive action today to reverse the damage caused by climate change and building resilience for tomorrow.

Composite Sun

  If you’ve been wondering about all those auroras being observed lately, this NASA and ESA photograph shows their power source. A massive solar prominence was captured in mid-eruption blasting off a cloud of charged particles into space. The orange sun is viewed in extreme UV light and shows a filament of the solar flare that broke away from the sun. The composite image consists of two captures superimposed with a green infrared filtered image offering almost an artist’s view of the ...
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Beach Time and a Beer

Auroras have been particularly impressive lately due to an increase in charged particles generated by solar storms hitting the Earth’s upper atmosphere. This beautiful image of auroras captured from the shores of Lake Superior is particularly striking. The northern lights shimmer beyond the frozen shoreline of the lake in a 17-minute long exposure that captured star trails revolving around the north star. The photographer said it “was 9° F, no wind, and made for a perfect night of star ...
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Beach Time and a Beer

Auroras have been particularly impressive lately due to an increase in charged particles generated by solar storms hitting the Earth’s upper atmosphere. This beautiful image of auroras captured from the shores of Lake Superior is particularly striking. The northern lights shimmer beyond the frozen shoreline of the lake in a 17-minute long exposure that captured star trails revolving around the north star. The photographer said it “was 9° F, no wind, and made for a perfect night of star ...
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Down Deep Bugs

Microbes, insects, and bugs are everywhere. They are found at the top of Mount Everest, attached to marine corals in the oceans, even in hotel beds around the world annoyingly. Now new critters have been identified underground in two highly unlikely places---an insect discovered deep in a cave over a mile deep near the Black Sea and an ancient bacterial colony buried six feet beneath a hyper-arid desert in South America. These bugs definitely deserve the designation of an extremophile. ...
  • 2071

Down Deep Bugs

Microbes, insects, and bugs are everywhere. They are found at the top of Mount Everest, attached to marine corals in the oceans, even in hotel beds around the world annoyingly. Now new critters have been identified underground in two highly unlikely places---an insect discovered deep in a cave over a mile deep near the Black Sea and an ancient bacterial colony buried six feet beneath a hyper-arid desert in South America. These bugs definitely deserve the designation of an extremophile. ...
  • 1958

Solar Storms in IR

Here is a short video of recent solar eruptions captured by NASA’s Solar and Heliosheric Observatory ( SOHO ). Captured in infrared by the orbiter, it demonstrates the power of solar flares. Storms on the Sun’s surface are directly responsible for the increase in spectacular auroras that have been experienced lately in the night sky from the northern to the southern hemispheres on Earth. Sun’s Explosive Whiplash in Infrared (credit: NASA) WHB
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Solar Storms in IR

Here is a short video of recent solar eruptions captured by NASA’s Solar and Heliosheric Observatory ( SOHO ). Captured in infrared by the orbiter, it demonstrates the power of solar flares. Storms on the Sun’s surface are directly responsible for the increase in spectacular auroras that have been experienced lately in the night sky from the northern to the southern hemispheres on Earth. Sun’s Explosive Whiplash in Infrared (credit: NASA) WHB
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Launching in Space Weather

This month, NASA researchers launched a rocket into an aurora in northern Alaska in an attempt to understand these amazing atmospheric displays better. According to the lead scientist from Cornell: "We're investigating ‘space weather’ that is caused by charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field.” Whatever it is called, a fish-eye image taken during the launch is certainly impressive. Aurora Launch  (credit: NASA) WHB
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Launching in Space Weather

This month, NASA researchers launched a rocket into an aurora in northern Alaska in an attempt to understand these amazing atmospheric displays better. According to the lead scientist from Cornell: "We're investigating ‘space weather’ that is caused by charged particles from the sun interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field.” Whatever it is called, a fish-eye image taken during the launch is certainly impressive. Aurora Launch  (credit: NASA) WHB
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Pleistocene Pinks

Silene is a genus of wildflowers typical of cold regions of Europe, North America, and elsewhere. Silene species are  common high Arctic and Alpine mountain environments. They hybridize easily to produce plants with pale pink flowers, thus are often called pinks. Hybrid Silenes are grown as favorite garden plants. Russian scientists have now announced the propagation of a Silene species kept dormant for more than 30,000 years in Siberian permafrost. Their horticultural feat was just ...
  • 1982

Pleistocene Pinks

Silene is a genus of wildflowers typical of cold regions of Europe, North America, and elsewhere. Silene species are  common high Arctic and Alpine mountain environments. They hybridize easily to produce plants with pale pink flowers, thus are often called pinks. Hybrid Silenes are grown as favorite garden plants. Russian scientists have now announced the propagation of a Silene species kept dormant for more than 30,000 years in Siberian permafrost. Their horticultural feat was just ...
  • 1974

Pop-up Bugs

Mobee, or Monolithic Bees, is a tiny drone crafted by engineers at Harvard's Microrobotics Laboratory. Like an origami folded puzzle, the micro-device uses intricate layering and uses a folding process that allows fabrication of multiple pop-up robots. It can fly. The first prototypes consist of layers consisting of carbon fibers, brass, plastic, sturdy titanium, light weight ceramics, and adhesives laminated in a complex, laser-cut, design. The structure incorporates flexible hinges ...
  • 1904

Pop-up Bugs

Mobee, or Monolithic Bees, is a tiny drone crafted by engineers at Harvard's Microrobotics Laboratory. Like an origami folded puzzle, the micro-device uses intricate layering and uses a folding process that allows fabrication of multiple pop-up robots. It can fly. The first prototypes consist of layers consisting of carbon fibers, brass, plastic, sturdy titanium, light weight ceramics, and adhesives laminated in a complex, laser-cut, design. The structure incorporates flexible hinges ...
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Three Strikes And You're.....?

Climate Deniers are having a hard time. First, information was leaked to the magnifying glass of the media, including the Los Angeles Times, that efforts to create dis-information and confusion about the science of climate change was actually supported by large supporters of a climate denial think tank and now two scientific reports actually bring clear focus to the actual facts of the situation facing everyone: Researchers find unprecedented, man-made trends in oceans acidity  and  NASA ...
  • 1683

Three Strikes And You're.....?

Climate Deniers are having a hard time. First, information was leaked to the magnifying glass of the media, including the Los Angeles Times, that efforts to create dis-information and confusion about the science of climate change was actually supported by large supporters of a climate denial think tank and now two scientific reports actually bring clear focus to the actual facts of the situation facing everyone: Researchers find unprecedented, man-made trends in oceans acidity  and  NASA ...
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Restore Hetch Hetchy

John Muir once called the glacial carved Hetch Hetchy Valley next to Yosemite “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples”. In the early 1920’s, that wild temple was flooded and turned into a placid reservoir. The City of San Francisco succeeded in its campaign to dam the valley. However, a desire to reverse the 19th-20th Century decisions, breach the dam, and restore the valley has never died. This recovery effort has now received the endorsement in a strong opinion ...
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Restore Hetch Hetchy

John Muir once called the glacial carved Hetch Hetchy Valley next to Yosemite “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples”. In the early 1920’s, that wild temple was flooded and turned into a placid reservoir. The City of San Francisco succeeded in its campaign to dam the valley. However, a desire to reverse the 19th-20th Century decisions, breach the dam, and restore the valley has never died. This recovery effort has now received the endorsement in a strong opinion ...
  • 1993

Green Is The Sun

You probably never thought the sun could look green but in this new extreme image taken by NASA’s STEREO spacecraft it does. Photographs captured using ultra-violet and infrared filters, provide additional details to the Sun’s surface and corona that advance understanding of solar processes. Green is also the color of chlorophyll in plants that sustains terrestrial life on Earth. Green Ultra-violet Sun (credit: NASA/STEREO Mission) WHB
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Green Is The Sun

You probably never thought the sun could look green but in this new extreme image taken by NASA’s STEREO spacecraft it does. Photographs captured using ultra-violet and infrared filters, provide additional details to the Sun’s surface and corona that advance understanding of solar processes. Green is also the color of chlorophyll in plants that sustains terrestrial life on Earth. Green Ultra-violet Sun (credit: NASA/STEREO Mission) WHB
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Restoring a Delta

When John Steinbeck and his friend the wildlife biologist, Ed Ricketts, travelled through Baja California in the early 1940’s, the Colorado River still flowed to Sea of Cortez. For millennia, the waters of the river had  fed a vast marshy ecosystem of over 2 million acres that spread from the river’s mouth in Mexico back into the United States. Thousands of species of birds, small mammals, and other wildlife flourished in this estuary as an exquisite example of the life-sustaining capacity ...
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Restoring a Delta

When John Steinbeck and his friend the wildlife biologist, Ed Ricketts, travelled through Baja California in the early 1940’s, the Colorado River still flowed to Sea of Cortez. For millennia, the waters of the river had  fed a vast marshy ecosystem of over 2 million acres that spread from the river’s mouth in Mexico back into the United States. Thousands of species of birds, small mammals, and other wildlife flourished in this estuary as an exquisite example of the life-sustaining capacity ...
  • 1866

Worth Its Weight In Rock?

If you were told that something was worth $1000 per gram--$28000 per ounce or $450000 per pound--you would be right to assume that is was an illicit substance likely bad to consume. If you heard that was the value placed on a rock consisting of basic metals and trace elements, you would again be right in thinking someone was crazy to spend the money. However, that is the market price if you wanted to purchase a gram of space rock that was blasted off the surface of Mars several million years ...
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Worth Its Weight In Rock?

If you were told that something was worth $1000 per gram--$28000 per ounce or $450000 per pound--you would be right to assume that is was an illicit substance likely bad to consume. If you heard that was the value placed on a rock consisting of basic metals and trace elements, you would again be right in thinking someone was crazy to spend the money. However, that is the market price if you wanted to purchase a gram of space rock that was blasted off the surface of Mars several million years ...
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Humans and Whales, a Redux part 2

We reflected on the history of humans and whales in the 18th-20th Centuries and a new book about interactions between humans and whales by D. Graham Burnett. Now in the 21st Century, a more positive approach is being pursued as this video by the Great Whale Conservancy demonstrates from the Sea of Cortez off Baja California: ";" alt="">Humpback Whale Rescue (credit: Great Whale Conservancy) Riled Up
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Humans and Whales, a Redux part 2

We reflected on the history of humans and whales in the 18th-20th Centuries and a new book about interactions between humans and whales by D. Graham Burnett. Now in the 21st Century, a more positive approach is being pursued as this video by the Great Whale Conservancy demonstrates from the Sea of Cortez off Baja California: ";" alt="">Humpback Whale Rescue (credit: Great Whale Conservancy) Riled Up
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Humans and Whales, a Redux

This history of humans and whales is a long and tortured one. From the end of the 18th Century until the middle of the 20th, whales were butchered to produce products used in everything from lighting lamps to producing soap products. The marine mammals were the basis of the first oil industry boom before petroleum replaced their slaughter. However, by the 1950’s when most whaling stopped, the world’s population of whales had been reduced by over 90-95%. Now generally protected except for ...
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