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Bottled Arctic Notes

15

Dec

2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

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Be Nice To Nerds

13

Dec

2017

Be Nice To Nerds

Exploring DARPA's creative research approach.

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The Conservation Alliance

Archive Highlights

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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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.

Think Green

Think Green 2 December 2017

Think Green

It's important to Think Green during this white time of year.

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update 30 November 2017

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update

Bali's Mount Agung could erupt any time.

Rewilding

Rewilding 27 November 2017

Rewilding

or how a 'silent spring' could turn into a 'wild summer' 

Romney’s energy rhetoric is so soaring and inspiring, you’ll have to look twice for it

Being moved – emotionally – by Mitt’s ambitious and in-no-way-empty energy plan By Reilly Capps Mitt Romney sure is inspiring, isn’t he? Reading his energy policy, released today, gave me goose bumps. It’s easy to envision the quote that led off the pamphlet, from his book “No Apologies,” being carved in stone on some towering monument: “Spending our energy dollars here for domestically produced energy while also funding research, development, and production of new sources of energy ...
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Romney’s energy rhetoric is so soaring and inspiring, you’ll have to look twice for it

Being moved – emotionally – by Mitt’s ambitious and in-no-way-empty energy plan By Reilly Capps Mitt Romney sure is inspiring, isn’t he? Reading his energy policy, released today, gave me goose bumps. It’s easy to envision the quote that led off the pamphlet, from his book “No Apologies,” being carved in stone on some towering monument: “Spending our energy dollars here for domestically produced energy while also funding research, development, and production of new sources of energy ...
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Melting Away

The National Snow & Ice Data Center has just released data on the extent of Arctic sea ice from 1979 thru August 2012. The decline over the past 42 years has been dramatic. As the NSIDC stated in their announcement: “this represents 1.04 million square miles below the 1979-2000 average ice extent for the August date and 186,000 square miles below the previous record low, which occurred in 2007.”       Arctic Ice, 1979-2012                Arctic Ice Decline Graphic, 1979-2012 ...
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Melting Away

The National Snow & Ice Data Center has just released data on the extent of Arctic sea ice from 1979 thru August 2012. The decline over the past 42 years has been dramatic. As the NSIDC stated in their announcement: “this represents 1.04 million square miles below the 1979-2000 average ice extent for the August date and 186,000 square miles below the previous record low, which occurred in 2007.”       Arctic Ice, 1979-2012                Arctic Ice Decline Graphic, 1979-2012 ...
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Melting Away

The National Snow & Ice Data Center has just released data on the extent of Arctic sea ice from 1979 thru August 2012. The decline over the past 42 years has been dramatic. As the NSIDC stated in their announcement: “this represents 1.04 million square miles below the 1979-2000 average ice extent for the August date and 186,000 square miles below the previous record low, which occurred in 2007.”       Arctic Ice, 1979-2012                Arctic Ice Decline Graphic, 1979-2012 ...
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DNA Visualized

DNA is often call the “book of life”. The long strand of letters is actually a coded biological factory for manufacturing other molecules and reproducing itself in a cell. An HD video using molecular visualizations was developed by collaborations at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia to showcase the process of DNA folding and reproduction. The molecular dynamics and shapes seen in the animation were based on X-ray crystallography and massive sets of DNA experimental ...
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DNA Visualized

DNA is often call the “book of life”. The long strand of letters is actually a coded biological factory for manufacturing other molecules and reproducing itself in a cell. An HD video using molecular visualizations was developed by collaborations at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia to showcase the process of DNA folding and reproduction. The molecular dynamics and shapes seen in the animation were based on X-ray crystallography and massive sets of DNA experimental ...
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DNA Visualized

DNA is often call the “book of life”. The long strand of letters is actually a coded biological factory for manufacturing other molecules and reproducing itself in a cell. An HD video using molecular visualizations was developed by collaborations at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia to showcase the process of DNA folding and reproduction. The molecular dynamics and shapes seen in the animation were based on X-ray crystallography and massive sets of DNA experimental ...
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Are Electric Cars Inevitable?

If they really get to be this easy, with a switchable battery instead of long charging times, like the company A Better Place does in Israel, electric cars just might become unavoidable: This is great for global warming. Of course, electric cars are still cars, which still means huge costs for roads and bridges. It also means nightmare traffic, which always makes me want to murder someone. Or everyone, “Falling Down” style.  Trains would be better. Nobody wants to bash cars with golf ...
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Are Electric Cars Inevitable?

If they really get to be this easy, with a switchable battery instead of long charging times, like the company A Better Place does in Israel, electric cars just might become unavoidable: This is great for global warming. Of course, electric cars are still cars, which still means huge costs for roads and bridges. It also means nightmare traffic, which always makes me want to murder someone. Or everyone, “Falling Down” style.  Trains would be better. Nobody wants to bash cars with golf ...
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Are Electric Cars Inevitable?

If they really get to be this easy, with a switchable battery instead of long charging times, like the company A Better Place does in Israel, electric cars just might become unavoidable: This is great for global warming. Of course, electric cars are still cars, which still means huge costs for roads and bridges. It also means nightmare traffic, which always makes me want to murder someone. Or everyone, “Falling Down” style.  Trains would be better. Nobody wants to bash cars with golf ...
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Better Than Meat

Some fake meat products aim to surpass real meat in taste – and they’re getting close By Reilly Capps Ok, get ready: It’s time to be anti-meat. There’s a small revolution going on against meat. Why? What did meat ever do to anybody? Well, here’s a great, simple, thorough video put out by the Center for Investigative Reporting. (Cliff Notes version: cows farts = hot Earth.) So, let’s hate on beef. Boo, beef! Eff you, beef! You suuuuucck, beef! Meat production does more damage to the ...
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Better Than Meat

Some fake meat products aim to surpass real meat in taste – and they’re getting close By Reilly Capps Ok, get ready: It’s time to be anti-meat. There’s a small revolution going on against meat. Why? What did meat ever do to anybody? Well, here’s a great, simple, thorough video put out by the Center for Investigative Reporting. (Cliff Notes version: cows farts = hot Earth.) So, let’s hate on beef. Boo, beef! Eff you, beef! You suuuuucck, beef! Meat production does more damage to the ...
  • 1382

Better Than Meat

Some fake meat products aim to surpass real meat in taste – and they’re getting close By Reilly Capps Ok, get ready: It’s time to be anti-meat. There’s a small revolution going on against meat. Why? What did meat ever do to anybody? Well, here’s a great, simple, thorough video put out by the Center for Investigative Reporting. (Cliff Notes version: cows farts = hot Earth.) So, let’s hate on beef. Boo, beef! Eff you, beef! You suuuuucck, beef! Meat production does more damage to the ...
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Robot Ecology Arrives

Earlier this spring a quadrocopter was spotted hovering over the annual gathering of engaged environmental and social action types known as MountainFilm in Telluride. Above the scenic mountain town’s' main street the dexterity, hover-ability, and photography skills of the little robotic drone were demonstrated. An observer inquired what it might be used for besides being super cool: wildlife and forest monitoring was the immediate answer from the drone operator. Hovering drones and other ...
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Robot Ecology Arrives

Earlier this spring a quadrocopter was spotted hovering over the annual gathering of engaged environmental and social action types known as MountainFilm in Telluride. Above the scenic mountain town’s' main street the dexterity, hover-ability, and photography skills of the little robotic drone were demonstrated. An observer inquired what it might be used for besides being super cool: wildlife and forest monitoring was the immediate answer from the drone operator. Hovering drones and other ...
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Robot Ecology Arrives

Earlier this spring a quadrocopter was spotted hovering over the annual gathering of engaged environmental and social action types known as MountainFilm in Telluride. Above the scenic mountain town’s' main street the dexterity, hover-ability, and photography skills of the little robotic drone were demonstrated. An observer inquired what it might be used for besides being super cool: wildlife and forest monitoring was the immediate answer from the drone operator. Hovering drones and other ...
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TED: Cities Need Bees

Noah Wilson-Rich is an insect ecologist from Boston who gave a TED presentation on why every city needs healthy honey bees. Anyone who helps bees is a good person in my book. Check out Wilson-Rich’s talk: Noah Wilson-Rich Cities and Honey Bees (credit: TED Conferences) WHB
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TED: Cities Need Bees

Noah Wilson-Rich is an insect ecologist from Boston who gave a TED presentation on why every city needs healthy honey bees. Anyone who helps bees is a good person in my book. Check out Wilson-Rich’s talk: Noah Wilson-Rich Cities and Honey Bees (credit: TED Conferences) WHB
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TED: Cities Need Bees

Noah Wilson-Rich is an insect ecologist from Boston who gave a TED presentation on why every city needs healthy honey bees. Anyone who helps bees is a good person in my book. Check out Wilson-Rich’s talk: Noah Wilson-Rich Cities and Honey Bees (credit: TED Conferences) WHB
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Mars: Week 3

The Mars Science Laboratory---Curiosity---begins its third week on Mars. Several images from the Red Planet were released by JPL and NASA to illustrate the MSL landing site; the view of Gale Crater and the rim of the crater wall nearby; and a regional landscape perspective captured by the HiRise orbiting cameras. Nice photos and many more are likely to arrive soon!         Gale Crater Landing Site                   Curiosity and Crater Rim (credit: ...
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Mars: Week 3

The Mars Science Laboratory---Curiosity---begins its third week on Mars. Several images from the Red Planet were released by JPL and NASA to illustrate the MSL landing site; the view of Gale Crater and the rim of the crater wall nearby; and a regional landscape perspective captured by the HiRise orbiting cameras. Nice photos and many more are likely to arrive soon!         Gale Crater Landing Site                   Curiosity and Crater Rim (credit: ...
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Mars: Week 3

The Mars Science Laboratory---Curiosity---begins its third week on Mars. Several images from the Red Planet were released by JPL and NASA to illustrate the MSL landing site; the view of Gale Crater and the rim of the crater wall nearby; and a regional landscape perspective captured by the HiRise orbiting cameras. Nice photos and many more are likely to arrive soon!         Gale Crater Landing Site                   Curiosity and Crater Rim (credit: ...
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Old Man River

As the famous show tune says: old man river, he just keeps rolling along. That might have been true for the Mississippi River once but not so true this year. First, the river’s ecosystem has become threatened by an invasive Asian carp that is eating its way up the river towards the Great Lakes; then popular, tourist, paddle boats had to be dry-docked by decreased water and emerging sandbars at Memphis, TN; and now saltwater is surging in from the Gulf of Mexico where barrier islands and ...
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Old Man River

As the famous show tune says: old man river, he just keeps rolling along. That might have been true for the Mississippi River once but not so true this year. First, the river’s ecosystem has become threatened by an invasive Asian carp that is eating its way up the river towards the Great Lakes; then popular, tourist, paddle boats had to be dry-docked by decreased water and emerging sandbars at Memphis, TN; and now saltwater is surging in from the Gulf of Mexico where barrier islands and ...
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Old Man River

As the famous show tune says: old man river, he just keeps rolling along. That might have been true for the Mississippi River once but not so true this year. First, the river’s ecosystem has become threatened by an invasive Asian carp that is eating its way up the river towards the Great Lakes; then popular, tourist, paddle boats had to be dry-docked by decreased water and emerging sandbars at Memphis, TN; and now saltwater is surging in from the Gulf of Mexico where barrier islands and ...
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