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A 'Medicane' Forms

15

Nov

2017

A 'Medicane' Forms

A medicane heads toward Italy and Greece.

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Elon Musk on Solving the Climate Crisis

14

Nov

2017

Elon Musk on Solving the Climate Crisis

Incentives to solve climate change.

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The Conservation Alliance

Archive Highlights

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.

What Are The Dolphins Telling Us?

Dolphins are doing some strange things lately. First, they started beaching themselves on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and now on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What is causing them to decide to beach themselves on both northern and southern hemisphere beaches remains a mystery. Are they getting disoriented by ocean “noise” caused by ocean vessels that confuses their direction sense? Could it be changes in the coastal sandbars caused by severe storms? Perhaps something else entirely. At ...
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Citizen Scientists Blow Bubbles

Citizen scientists have discovered more than 5,000 space “bubbles” in the disk of the Milky Way galaxy. The star-forming process is more active than previously thought and a major discovery. Over 30,000 citizen scientists volunteered to sift data gathered by the Spitzer Space Telescope using a cool new online tool, the Milky Way Project, that aims to sort and measure our galaxy. The goal of the project is to help scientists learn how stars form, how the galaxy changes, and evolves with ...
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Citizen Scientists Blow Bubbles

Citizen scientists have discovered more than 5,000 space “bubbles” in the disk of the Milky Way galaxy. The star-forming process is more active than previously thought and a major discovery. Over 30,000 citizen scientists volunteered to sift data gathered by the Spitzer Space Telescope using a cool new online tool, the Milky Way Project, that aims to sort and measure our galaxy. The goal of the project is to help scientists learn how stars form, how the galaxy changes, and evolves with ...
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Citizen Scientists Blow Bubbles

Citizen scientists have discovered more than 5,000 space “bubbles” in the disk of the Milky Way galaxy. The star-forming process is more active than previously thought and a major discovery. Over 30,000 citizen scientists volunteered to sift data gathered by the Spitzer Space Telescope using a cool new online tool, the Milky Way Project, that aims to sort and measure our galaxy. The goal of the project is to help scientists learn how stars form, how the galaxy changes, and evolves with ...
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About Weeds, Part II

Genetic variability is a wonderful thing. That is until a mutant or invader appears in the mix. Japanese horror flicks on the 1950’s showed the deadly consequences of creatures like monster lizards, moths, and spiders when they were unleashed onto peaceful cities and their inhabitants. Mutant plants and invasive weeds are not too much different in their ecological and economic impacts but they haven’t received a movie credit yet. Recent botanical developments may even that score. DNA ...
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About Weeds, Part II

Genetic variability is a wonderful thing. That is until a mutant or invader appears in the mix. Japanese horror flicks on the 1950’s showed the deadly consequences of creatures like monster lizards, moths, and spiders when they were unleashed onto peaceful cities and their inhabitants. Mutant plants and invasive weeds are not too much different in their ecological and economic impacts but they haven’t received a movie credit yet. Recent botanical developments may even that score. DNA ...
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About Weeds, Part II

Genetic variability is a wonderful thing. That is until a mutant or invader appears in the mix. Japanese horror flicks on the 1950’s showed the deadly consequences of creatures like monster lizards, moths, and spiders when they were unleashed onto peaceful cities and their inhabitants. Mutant plants and invasive weeds are not too much different in their ecological and economic impacts but they haven’t received a movie credit yet. Recent botanical developments may even that score. DNA ...
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In prison, but still a force

Monkeywrecher Tim DeChristopher has been in prison for more than seven months now, serving a two-year sentence. He disrupted an auction in Salt Lake in late 2008, where the government was selling off the rights to drill on some beautiful pieces of land near national parks. DeChristopher acted like a legitimate oilman, bid on and won the right to drill, and then admitted that he didn't have the money to pay. It wrecked the auction, and saved land from being drilled. It remains one of the ...
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In prison, but still a force

Monkeywrecher Tim DeChristopher has been in prison for more than seven months now, serving a two-year sentence. He disrupted an auction in Salt Lake in late 2008, where the government was selling off the rights to drill on some beautiful pieces of land near national parks. DeChristopher acted like a legitimate oilman, bid on and won the right to drill, and then admitted that he didn't have the money to pay. It wrecked the auction, and saved land from being drilled. It remains one of the ...
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In prison, but still a force

Monkeywrecher Tim DeChristopher has been in prison for more than seven months now, serving a two-year sentence. He disrupted an auction in Salt Lake in late 2008, where the government was selling off the rights to drill on some beautiful pieces of land near national parks. DeChristopher acted like a legitimate oilman, bid on and won the right to drill, and then admitted that he didn't have the money to pay. It wrecked the auction, and saved land from being drilled. It remains one of the ...
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The Sun Flares Up

The sun has been particularly active of late. A massive solar storm erupted only yesterday, March 5, 2012, and was captured in a short NASA video. Gorgeous auroras will result later this month when the electrically charged solar particles hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Your GPS may not point in the proper direction as well. Strong X-Class Solar Storms Erupt (credit: NASA/space.com WHB
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The Sun Flares Up

The sun has been particularly active of late. A massive solar storm erupted only yesterday, March 5, 2012, and was captured in a short NASA video. Gorgeous auroras will result later this month when the electrically charged solar particles hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Your GPS may not point in the proper direction as well. Strong X-Class Solar Storms Erupt (credit: NASA/space.com WHB
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The Sun Flares Up

The sun has been particularly active of late. A massive solar storm erupted only yesterday, March 5, 2012, and was captured in a short NASA video. Gorgeous auroras will result later this month when the electrically charged solar particles hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Your GPS may not point in the proper direction as well. Strong X-Class Solar Storms Erupt (credit: NASA/space.com WHB
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"Do you believe in global warming?"

"Do you believe in global warming?" He asked me. He was a dentist for kids. He had perfect teeth. I was riding public transport with him. He'd seen me reading "The Weather Makers," a book about how man affects the climate. "I mean," he continued. "I know the world is warming. But do you think humans are causing it? Or do you think it's part of natural cycles? Couldn't this just be nature?" I paused to think. I don't know for sure, I said. I'm not a climate scientist. I don't ...
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"Do you believe in global warming?"

"Do you believe in global warming?" He asked me. He was a dentist for kids. He had perfect teeth. I was riding public transport with him. He'd seen me reading "The Weather Makers," a book about how man affects the climate. "I mean," he continued. "I know the world is warming. But do you think humans are causing it? Or do you think it's part of natural cycles? Couldn't this just be nature?" I paused to think. I don't know for sure, I said. I'm not a climate scientist. I don't ...
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"Do you believe in global warming?"

"Do you believe in global warming?" He asked me. He was a dentist for kids. He had perfect teeth. I was riding public transport with him. He'd seen me reading "The Weather Makers," a book about how man affects the climate. "I mean," he continued. "I know the world is warming. But do you think humans are causing it? Or do you think it's part of natural cycles? Couldn't this just be nature?" I paused to think. I don't know for sure, I said. I'm not a climate scientist. I don't ...
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Auroras 360

If you happened to be in the Yukon presently and looked skyward, you would have a chance to see auroras in 360 degrees. Auroras at Yellowknife, Canada (credit: NASA) Nice view point! WHB
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Auroras 360

If you happened to be in the Yukon presently and looked skyward, you would have a chance to see auroras in 360 degrees. Auroras at Yellowknife, Canada (credit: NASA) Nice view point! WHB
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Auroras 360

If you happened to be in the Yukon presently and looked skyward, you would have a chance to see auroras in 360 degrees. Auroras at Yellowknife, Canada (credit: NASA) Nice view point! WHB
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Truth can be Stranger than Fiction

It is often said that history is written by the victors. It might also be said that the survivors of disasters might provide some insights as well. If the huge earthquakes and tsunamis that recently happened near Sumatra and Japan had occurred before written records or technological methods were available, what would survivor stories have been? Their descriptive narratives would certainly have been different from descriptions today but that doesn’t invalidate the factual events they ...
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Truth can be Stranger than Fiction

It is often said that history is written by the victors. It might also be said that the survivors of disasters might provide some insights as well. If the huge earthquakes and tsunamis that recently happened near Sumatra and Japan had occurred before written records or technological methods were available, what would survivor stories have been? Their descriptive narratives would certainly have been different from descriptions today but that doesn’t invalidate the factual events they ...
  • 1105

Truth can be Stranger than Fiction

It is often said that history is written by the victors. It might also be said that the survivors of disasters might provide some insights as well. If the huge earthquakes and tsunamis that recently happened near Sumatra and Japan had occurred before written records or technological methods were available, what would survivor stories have been? Their descriptive narratives would certainly have been different from descriptions today but that doesn’t invalidate the factual events they ...
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The Anthropogenic Facts of Life

by Conrad Anker Ten years ago the percentage of Americans who believed in anthropogenic or human induced global warming stood at 75%. Fast forward a decade to 2011 the number had dropped to 44%. Has the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere decreased 31% in ten years? The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive, is indicative of the battle being waged over climate change. Lee Atwater, Republican strategist coined the phrase, perception is reality. We believe what is comforting to us. While ...
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The Anthropogenic Facts of Life

by Conrad Anker Ten years ago the percentage of Americans who believed in anthropogenic or human induced global warming stood at 75%. Fast forward a decade to 2011 the number had dropped to 44%. Has the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere decreased 31% in ten years? The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive, is indicative of the battle being waged over climate change. Lee Atwater, Republican strategist coined the phrase, perception is reality. We believe what is comforting to us. While ...
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The Anthropogenic Facts of Life

by Conrad Anker Ten years ago the percentage of Americans who believed in anthropogenic or human induced global warming stood at 75%. Fast forward a decade to 2011 the number had dropped to 44%. Has the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere decreased 31% in ten years? The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive, is indicative of the battle being waged over climate change. Lee Atwater, Republican strategist coined the phrase, perception is reality. We believe what is comforting to us. While ...
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Mixing Art & Science

An image from Catalonia, Spain depicting the conjunction of a crescent moon with Venus and Jupiter behind a sculpture of the legendary battle between a classic warrior in battle with a dragon. Moon and Planets in Spain (credit: NASA) Mixing art and science can often produce interesting perspectives. WHB
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