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Hot, Hotter, Hottest Year.....again!

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2018

Hot, Hotter, Hottest Year.....again!

2017 temperature anomalies and related events.

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Dolphins in VR

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Jan

2018

Dolphins in VR

Protecting dolphins in their marine habitats.

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The Conservation Alliance

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Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Robotic engineers at JPL are turning to bio-mimicry and using a gecko as their design guide.

30 Oct 2017

Video Highlights

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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.

Bio-mimicry Goes Live

Bio-mimicry is an engineering strategy that takes design direction from the myriads of living organisms and life-forms that have evolved over millennia. The latest effort has produced the first artificial jellyfish that actually swims. Researchers at CalTech and Harvard University crafted the "medusoid" named after the medusa, a classical name for a jellyfish, as a step toward a larger research effort to reconstruct hearts damaged by disease. The new medusoid is the size of a penny and ...
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White Fluked Ghosts

by Wayne Osborn Riled Up guest contributor Wayne Osborn observed “ghost” humpback whales with white tail flukes during a recent population survey in Western Australia. Wayne commented: “The humpback’s top fluke surface is usually black. This was the first all white flukes they had been observed in photographing 1480 humpback whales since 2006 in the Exmouth Gulf. This image was taken in October 2011 during the annual southern migration of humpback whales along the Western Australian ...
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White Fluked Ghosts

by Wayne Osborn Riled Up guest contributor Wayne Osborn observed “ghost” humpback whales with white tail flukes during a recent population survey in Western Australia. Wayne commented: “The humpback’s top fluke surface is usually black. This was the first all white flukes they had been observed in photographing 1480 humpback whales since 2006 in the Exmouth Gulf. This image was taken in October 2011 during the annual southern migration of humpback whales along the Western Australian ...
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Bio-mimicry Goes Live

Bio-mimicry is an engineering strategy that takes design direction from the myriads of living organisms and life-forms that have evolved over millennia. The latest effort has produced the first artificial jellyfish that actually swims. Researchers at CalTech and Harvard University crafted the "medusoid" named after the medusa, a classical name for a jellyfish, as a step toward a larger research effort to reconstruct hearts damaged by disease. The new medusoid is the size of a penny and ...
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White Fluked Ghosts

by Wayne Osborn Riled Up guest contributor Wayne Osborn observed “ghost” humpback whales with white tail flukes during a recent population survey in Western Australia. Wayne commented: “The humpback’s top fluke surface is usually black. This was the first all white flukes they had been observed in photographing 1480 humpback whales since 2006 in the Exmouth Gulf. This image was taken in October 2011 during the annual southern migration of humpback whales along the Western Australian ...
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Within Two Worlds

Within Two Worlds (credit: Goldpaint Photography) The Northern Lights never or sounded looked better. WHB
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Within Two Worlds

Within Two Worlds (credit: Goldpaint Photography) The Northern Lights never or sounded looked better. WHB
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Within Two Worlds

Within Two Worlds (credit: Goldpaint Photography) The Northern Lights never or sounded looked better. WHB
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Electric Windows

Californians know something about sunshine. They also do some pretty cool research into material science. According to an announcement yesterday, researchers at UCLA have developed a transparent solar cell that could lead to windows for homes and offices with the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to look outside. The team created a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that absorbs infrared light, not visible light, making solar cells that are nearly 70% ...
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Electric Windows

Californians know something about sunshine. They also do some pretty cool research into material science. According to an announcement yesterday, researchers at UCLA have developed a transparent solar cell that could lead to windows for homes and offices with the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to look outside. The team created a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that absorbs infrared light, not visible light, making solar cells that are nearly 70% ...
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Electric Windows

Californians know something about sunshine. They also do some pretty cool research into material science. According to an announcement yesterday, researchers at UCLA have developed a transparent solar cell that could lead to windows for homes and offices with the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to look outside. The team created a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that absorbs infrared light, not visible light, making solar cells that are nearly 70% ...
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Sun as Art

The Sun generates the heat and light that allows life to exist on Earth. It’s surface is constantly roiling with magnetic pulses spewing outward into space. Everyone enjoys seeing the auroras that occur when these energized particles hit our upper atmosphere. Now a solar physicist, Nicholeen Viall, from the Goddard Spaceflight Center has created new maps showcasing the underlying processes on the sun’s surface. The new maps were created using data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The ...
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Sun as Art

The Sun generates the heat and light that allows life to exist on Earth. It’s surface is constantly roiling with magnetic pulses spewing outward into space. Everyone enjoys seeing the auroras that occur when these energized particles hit our upper atmosphere. Now a solar physicist, Nicholeen Viall, from the Goddard Spaceflight Center has created new maps showcasing the underlying processes on the sun’s surface. The new maps were created using data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The ...
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Sun as Art

The Sun generates the heat and light that allows life to exist on Earth. It’s surface is constantly roiling with magnetic pulses spewing outward into space. Everyone enjoys seeing the auroras that occur when these energized particles hit our upper atmosphere. Now a solar physicist, Nicholeen Viall, from the Goddard Spaceflight Center has created new maps showcasing the underlying processes on the sun’s surface. The new maps were created using data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The ...
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The Psychology of a Shooter

Forgive me for making this personal, because it isn't.  The fact that Aurora is my hometown, that north Aurora is my old hood -- it doesn't mean anything. The fact that I used to frequent the Century 16 theater, that I took a date to "Zoolander" and tried to make out during the catwalk scenes doesn't give me any license to talk about mass murder.  I can tell you what it felt like to watch movies there: the atrium was big and bright; the stadium seating (new and state-of-the-art when built) ...
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The Psychology of a Shooter

Forgive me for making this personal, because it isn't.  The fact that Aurora is my hometown, that north Aurora is my old hood -- it doesn't mean anything. The fact that I used to frequent the Century 16 theater, that I took a date to "Zoolander" and tried to make out during the catwalk scenes doesn't give me any license to talk about mass murder.  I can tell you what it felt like to watch movies there: the atrium was big and bright; the stadium seating (new and state-of-the-art when built) ...
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The Psychology of a Shooter

Forgive me for making this personal, because it isn't.  The fact that Aurora is my hometown, that north Aurora is my old hood -- it doesn't mean anything. The fact that I used to frequent the Century 16 theater, that I took a date to "Zoolander" and tried to make out during the catwalk scenes doesn't give me any license to talk about mass murder.  I can tell you what it felt like to watch movies there: the atrium was big and bright; the stadium seating (new and state-of-the-art when built) ...
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Amazing Moons

The Earth enjoyed a close encounter between Moon, as a slender crescent, and the rare opportunity to see Jupiter in occultation behind the lunar disk. The NASA photo captures Jupiter after it emerged behind the Moon with all four of its large Galilean moons illuminated. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon's night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right with Jupiter in the middle are the Galilean moons Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. Callisto, ...
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Amazing Moons

The Earth enjoyed a close encounter between Moon, as a slender crescent, and the rare opportunity to see Jupiter in occultation behind the lunar disk. The NASA photo captures Jupiter after it emerged behind the Moon with all four of its large Galilean moons illuminated. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon's night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right with Jupiter in the middle are the Galilean moons Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. Callisto, ...
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Amazing Moons

The Earth enjoyed a close encounter between Moon, as a slender crescent, and the rare opportunity to see Jupiter in occultation behind the lunar disk. The NASA photo captures Jupiter after it emerged behind the Moon with all four of its large Galilean moons illuminated. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon's night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right with Jupiter in the middle are the Galilean moons Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. Callisto, ...
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Petermann Glacier, then & now

A massive iceberg was observed breaking from the Petermann Glacier, one of the largest in northern Greenland, this week. A NASA satellite captured the exact moment when the iceberg block---larger than Manhattan Island---broke away from the frozen river. The Arctic is warming more rapidly from climate change influences than almost anywhere and predictions suggest that the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free by the  2030. Here are the before and after satellite photos from July 16th as well as an ...
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Petermann Glacier, then & now

A massive iceberg was observed breaking from the Petermann Glacier, one of the largest in northern Greenland, this week. A NASA satellite captured the exact moment when the iceberg block---larger than Manhattan Island---broke away from the frozen river. The Arctic is warming more rapidly from climate change influences than almost anywhere and predictions suggest that the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free by the  2030. Here are the before and after satellite photos from July 16th as well as an ...
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Northern Lightshow

For those living in the upper Midwest and northern Rockies, were treated to a feast of northern lights or auroras recently. The lightshow resulted from a massive solar storm that erupted from the Sun on the 4th of July. It would have been good fun sitting in a deck chair, put some brats on the BBQ, sip a couple of cold Michigan micro-brews, and watch the lightshow. ";" alt="">Auroras over Michigan (credit: YouTube) WHB
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Northern Lightshow

For those living in the upper Midwest and northern Rockies, were treated to a feast of northern lights or auroras recently. The lightshow resulted from a massive solar storm that erupted from the Sun on the 4th of July. It would have been good fun sitting in a deck chair, put some brats on the BBQ, sip a couple of cold Michigan micro-brews, and watch the lightshow. ";" alt="">Auroras over Michigan (credit: YouTube) WHB
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Petermann Glacier, then & now

A massive iceberg was observed breaking from the Petermann Glacier, one of the largest in northern Greenland, this week. A NASA satellite captured the exact moment when the iceberg block---larger than Manhattan Island---broke away from the frozen river. The Arctic is warming more rapidly from climate change influences than almost anywhere and predictions suggest that the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free by the  2030. Here are the before and after satellite photos from July 16th as well as an ...
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Northern Lightshow

For those living in the upper Midwest and northern Rockies, were treated to a feast of northern lights or auroras recently. The lightshow resulted from a massive solar storm that erupted from the Sun on the 4th of July. It would have been good fun sitting in a deck chair, put some brats on the BBQ, sip a couple of cold Michigan micro-brews, and watch the lightshow. ";" alt="">Auroras over Michigan (credit: YouTube) WHB
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