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Artifical Photosysnthesis

19

May

2018

Artifical Photosysnthesis

If artificial photosynthesis works, hydrogen could be a big energy source.

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Saving Darwin's Finches

18

May

2018

Saving Darwin's Finches

What does it take to save a species?

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Nature Isn't Nice

Nature Isn't Nice

By Reilly Capps
A deadly slide on Everest shows, once again, that nature isn't going to pamper us. 

18 Apr 2014

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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.

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update 5 December 2017

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

In 2014, major marine preserves were created.

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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