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Pale Red Dot

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Oct

2018

Pale Red Dot

A CubSat's first photo.

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Trusting Scientists

22

Oct

2018

Trusting Scientists

Scientists deserve more respect.

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The Conservation Alliance

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On Beauty, and How to See It

On Beauty, and How to See It

One of the greatest all-time thinkers on what it means to look deeply, and think deeply, about beauty. Our Video Pick of the Week.

7 Jun 2013

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Rewilding

Rewilding 4 September 2018

Rewilding

A 'silent spring' could become a 'wild summer' 

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.

The Plants Are Still Amazing

To provide full disclosure, I must admit to having been involved in the plant world for over 50 years. After a lifetime of curiosity, these green life forms remain entirely amazing to me. However, I have never attended the granddaddy of all plant exhibitions, the Philadelphia International Flower Show and should make amends and to check it out sometime. Founded in 1827, the Philadelphia Flower Show has entertained and educated visitors from around the world with displays celebrating the ...
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The Plants Are Still Amazing

To provide full disclosure, I must admit to having been involved in the plant world for over 50 years. After a lifetime of curiosity, these green life forms remain entirely amazing to me. However, I have never attended the granddaddy of all plant exhibitions, the Philadelphia International Flower Show and should make amends and to check it out sometime. Founded in 1827, the Philadelphia Flower Show has entertained and educated visitors from around the world with displays celebrating the ...
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New Views

It seems everyone is getting into the game of making art from science. Why not? The massive solar storms on the Sun recently provided an excellent opportunity for the Goddard Space Center to produce spectacular photographic creations that any art gallery patron would appreciate.        Solar 3D                                      Impressionist’s Sun                       Prominence Rainbows                  Sun-flower                                 Warhol Would Be Proud The powerful ...
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New Views

It seems everyone is getting into the game of making art from science. Why not? The massive solar storms on the Sun recently provided an excellent opportunity for the Goddard Space Center to produce spectacular photographic creations that any art gallery patron would appreciate.        Solar 3D                                      Impressionist’s Sun                       Prominence Rainbows                  Sun-flower                                 Warhol Would Be Proud The powerful ...
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Mars, Imagined and Real

From the ancient times to our current age, Mars has amazed us. The Red Planet has been the basis of scientific curiosity and the grist of pulp fiction like Edgar Rice Burrows epic tale, and now film, John Carter. We have imagined much about our nearest solar system neighbor and learned much from our explorations. In 1894 a map of Mars was created by Eugene Antoniadi showing canals that were imagined to move liquid water from the polar ice caps to cultivated landscapes near the Martian ...
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Mars, Imagined and Real

From the ancient times to our current age, Mars has amazed us. The Red Planet has been the basis of scientific curiosity and the grist of pulp fiction like Edgar Rice Burrows epic tale, and now film, John Carter. We have imagined much about our nearest solar system neighbor and learned much from our explorations. In 1894 a map of Mars was created by Eugene Antoniadi showing canals that were imagined to move liquid water from the polar ice caps to cultivated landscapes near the Martian ...
  • 2166

New Views

It seems everyone is getting into the game of making art from science. Why not? The massive solar storms on the Sun recently provided an excellent opportunity for the Goddard Space Center to produce spectacular photographic creations that any art gallery patron would appreciate.        Solar 3D                                      Impressionist’s Sun                       Prominence Rainbows                  Sun-flower                                 Warhol Would Be Proud The powerful ...
  • 1375

Mars, Imagined and Real

From the ancient times to our current age, Mars has amazed us. The Red Planet has been the basis of scientific curiosity and the grist of pulp fiction like Edgar Rice Burrows epic tale, and now film, John Carter. We have imagined much about our nearest solar system neighbor and learned much from our explorations. In 1894 a map of Mars was created by Eugene Antoniadi showing canals that were imagined to move liquid water from the polar ice caps to cultivated landscapes near the Martian ...
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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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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 ...
  • 1422

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 ...
  • 1786

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
  • 1246

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 ...
  • 1201

"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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