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'Mini-Moons'

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2018

'Mini-Moons'

79 moons and counting

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The Playful Wonderland

16

Jul

2018

The Playful Wonderland

From fire to photographs.

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The Conservation Alliance

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My Life As A Turkey

My Life As A Turkey

If you thought turkeys were just big butterballs in the Thanksgiving oven, think again.

23 Nov 2017

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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.

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Gardening Ideas for a New Climate

Gardening is considered the number one American past-time with garden center revenues exceeding $25 billion annually. This passion for plants and gardens is likely true in England, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere in the world. However, when you see trees starting to bloom and bees trying to pollinate in February in northern states something is happening in the backyard and the impacts could become wide spread. It is being called the “climate change garden” by horticulturalists at the New ...
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Gardening Ideas for a New Climate

Gardening is considered the number one American past-time with garden center revenues exceeding $25 billion annually. This passion for plants and gardens is likely true in England, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere in the world. However, when you see trees starting to bloom and bees trying to pollinate in February in northern states something is happening in the backyard and the impacts could become wide spread. It is being called the “climate change garden” by horticulturalists at the New ...
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Gardening Ideas for a New Climate

Gardening is considered the number one American past-time with garden center revenues exceeding $25 billion annually. This passion for plants and gardens is likely true in England, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere in the world. However, when you see trees starting to bloom and bees trying to pollinate in February in northern states something is happening in the backyard and the impacts could become wide spread. It is being called the “climate change garden” by horticulturalists at the New ...
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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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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. ...
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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. ...
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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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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
  • 2019

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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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