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2019

Curious Bird

Researchers receive a curious visitor.

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2019

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Photographer Created an Original View of the West

Photographer Created an Original View of the West

By Reilly Capps Photographers take a lot of things from events and landscapes -- images -- but they can, if they’re good, sometimes give...

24 Apr 2013

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Dolphin Stampede

Several years ago, a good friend related a situation he had experienced while diving in the Azores Islands. He had participated in an interaction between a human and a marine animal that deeply affected him. It was a remarkable story. Now, a group of other observers have participated in an equally amazing event---a stampede of 1,000 common dolphins---off Dana Point in Southern California. The captain of a tour boat service, Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari, captured video of this rare ...
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Old & New Mars

We don’t expect aerospace engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to be poets or artists but their terminology for a “Dust Removal Tool” seems a bit overly technical. The simple term “brush” would have been sufficient for a tool on the Curiosity rover used to clean rocks. The photograph of a newly cleaned rock with its dust covering removed is one of the highest resolution images photographed by the mobile labs camera. Fractures, veins, pits, and tiny grains in the rock are visible, as ...
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Code Purple

According to NOAA, 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded in the USA. Climate deniers may dither and point to sun spots as the culprits but climate change driven by atmospheric carbon dioxide increases continues pushing extreme weather events ever higher. On the other side of the planet temperature conditions are turning even more extreme. A dome of heat settled over all of Australia a month ago and hasn’t moved. The nation’s meteorology bureau now indicates that temperature forecasts ...
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Appalachian Spring

As seen from space, the Appalachian Mountains appear in folded detail. This new photograph, captured by astronauts on the space station, shows the mountain chain stretching from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. The bend of the Potomac river is a guide to Washington D.C. and the Chesapeake Bay east of the ranges. The ridges appear striped because of a dark forest cover while the farmed lowlands appear lighter. The rugged  mountains also present a great story of both ancient and modern times. ...
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Tim DeChristopher speaks, and says volumes

By Reilly Capps In his first words published since he went to prison, the monkeywrencher Tim DeChristopher looks at the big picture, which he has always done as well as anyone in recent memory. It's well worth reading the whole article in full, here. It was published in the magazine for his church, the Unitarian Universalist.  The activist is still serving a two-year sentence for pulling off one of the greatest real-life punks of all time, mucking up a government oil and gas lease auction ...
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$3640/lb….More Valuable Than Gold!

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the population of Bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean have declined by ninety percent since the 1970s and by over 50% worldwide. The IUCN has now declared the fish on their Red List as “critically endangered”. The single driver for this steep decline has been massive overfishing to meet demand for sushi in Japan where 80% of the tuna are sold and consumed. Now, a bluefin tuna has sold for nearly $1.8 million or ...
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Taklimakan Snows

The name alone, Taklimakan, suggests a far away place, shifting dunes, and buried ruins. It is all of that and also one of the world’s largest, hottest, driest, and sandiest deserts. Huge mountain ranges enclose the sea of sand including the Tien Shan on the north and the Kunlun on the south. Bounded by Tibet, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and China parts of the Taklimakan can produce dunes that pile up to nearly 1,000 feet high. What is rare in this vast hyper-arid region is ...
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Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2

Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2 29 December 2018

Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2

Krakatau is again active.

Plant Intelligence

Plant Intelligence 17 December 2018

Plant Intelligence

An understanding of intelligence in plants.

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Where Do Good Ideas Come From? 24 November 2018

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

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My Life As A Turkey

My Life As A Turkey 21 November 2018

My Life As A Turkey

A true turkey story for Thanksgiving.

Rewilding

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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.

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