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Plant of the Month: Rhododendrons

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2018

Plant of the Month: Rhododendrons

Rhodies are the 'plant of the month'.

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Mud Flow Event

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Feb

2018

Mud Flow Event

The Grand Staircase can be both awesome and deadly.

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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

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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.

SciFi Moon Revealed

Io is very strange. Jupiter’s innermost moon consists of numerous and massive super-volcanoes. The first images of Io were provided by the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter and its moons in the 1990’s. The satellite sent back amazing photography of the planet’s moons and discovered Io’s volcanoes  actively erupting. For the first time, scientists at the US Geological Service have created a global geologic map of the volcanically active moon.        Prometheus Eruption on ...
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SciFi Moon Revealed

Io is very strange. Jupiter’s innermost moon consists of numerous and massive super-volcanoes. The first images of Io were provided by the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter and its moons in the 1990’s. The satellite sent back amazing photography of the planet’s moons and discovered Io’s volcanoes  actively erupting. For the first time, scientists at the US Geological Service have created a global geologic map of the volcanically active moon.        Prometheus Eruption on ...
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Trippy Ocean

NASA is trying to determine circulation patterns in the oceans to understand carbon and heat transfer from smaller bodies of water that feed into the seas. Such simulations are critical to being able to predict the CO2 absorption by the oceans oceans and the impacts that result. Here is an animation of a current circulation models. ";" alt="">Perpetual Ocean Model (credit: NASA) You might think it was trippy version of Vincent van Gogh’s classic painting, Starry Night. WHB
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Trippy Ocean

NASA is trying to determine circulation patterns in the oceans to understand carbon and heat transfer from smaller bodies of water that feed into the seas. Such simulations are critical to being able to predict the CO2 absorption by the oceans oceans and the impacts that result. Here is an animation of a current circulation models. ";" alt="">Perpetual Ocean Model (credit: NASA) You might think it was trippy version of Vincent van Gogh’s classic painting, Starry Night. WHB
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Trippy Ocean

NASA is trying to determine circulation patterns in the oceans to understand carbon and heat transfer from smaller bodies of water that feed into the seas. Such simulations are critical to being able to predict the CO2 absorption by the oceans oceans and the impacts that result. Here is an animation of a current circulation models. ";" alt="">Perpetual Ocean Model (credit: NASA) You might think it was trippy version of Vincent van Gogh’s classic painting, Starry Night. WHB
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Music Power

Normally, we post entries related to the environment, science, alternative energy technology, and related topics to Riled Up. Music is far removed from these issues but occasionally something appears worthy of wide appreciation. An accordion ensemble from North Korea is a good example, particularly when they players rock-out to a 1980’s western pop song like Take on Me by the Norwegian pop band, A-ha. The North Koreans appeared at the International Arts and Culture Festival in Kirkenes, ...
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Music Power

Normally, we post entries related to the environment, science, alternative energy technology, and related topics to Riled Up. Music is far removed from these issues but occasionally something appears worthy of wide appreciation. An accordion ensemble from North Korea is a good example, particularly when they players rock-out to a 1980’s western pop song like Take on Me by the Norwegian pop band, A-ha. The North Koreans appeared at the International Arts and Culture Festival in Kirkenes, ...
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Music Power

Normally, we post entries related to the environment, science, alternative energy technology, and related topics to Riled Up. Music is far removed from these issues but occasionally something appears worthy of wide appreciation. An accordion ensemble from North Korea is a good example, particularly when they players rock-out to a 1980’s western pop song like Take on Me by the Norwegian pop band, A-ha. The North Koreans appeared at the International Arts and Culture Festival in Kirkenes, ...
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Washington Post takes strong stand on climate change

In the middle of a moronic debate about gas prices, the Washington Post offers a powerful reminder: the climate is still warming.  In an editorial, the paper's editorial board -- not usually a liberal bastion -- issues strong words on the future.  "Climate-related risks," the editorial said, "could seriously disrupt human activity. ... climate change could be extremely dangerous."  It notes how absurd it is that we've moved from a debate in which we were seriously considering a ...
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Washington Post takes strong stand on climate change

In the middle of a moronic debate about gas prices, the Washington Post offers a powerful reminder: the climate is still warming.  In an editorial, the paper's editorial board -- not usually a liberal bastion -- issues strong words on the future.  "Climate-related risks," the editorial said, "could seriously disrupt human activity. ... climate change could be extremely dangerous."  It notes how absurd it is that we've moved from a debate in which we were seriously considering a ...
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Washington Post takes strong stand on climate change

In the middle of a moronic debate about gas prices, the Washington Post offers a powerful reminder: the climate is still warming.  In an editorial, the paper's editorial board -- not usually a liberal bastion -- issues strong words on the future.  "Climate-related risks," the editorial said, "could seriously disrupt human activity. ... climate change could be extremely dangerous."  It notes how absurd it is that we've moved from a debate in which we were seriously considering a ...
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Earthshine

It’s not too often that Moon's ashen glow known as Earthshine is as beautifully captured illuminating the night side of the Moon as in this new photo portrait. A patient skywatcher from the central Iranian city of Isfahan used a telescope to view the earthlit disk of the moon’s far side as a bright crescent. A stunning lunar face as a sliver was produced and conjures memories of desert night skies. Earthshine against the New Moon (credit: NASA/Taha Ghouchkanlu) A description of ...
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Earthshine

It’s not too often that Moon's ashen glow known as Earthshine is as beautifully captured illuminating the night side of the Moon as in this new photo portrait. A patient skywatcher from the central Iranian city of Isfahan used a telescope to view the earthlit disk of the moon’s far side as a bright crescent. A stunning lunar face as a sliver was produced and conjures memories of desert night skies. Earthshine against the New Moon (credit: NASA/Taha Ghouchkanlu) A description of ...
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Earthshine

It’s not too often that Moon's ashen glow known as Earthshine is as beautifully captured illuminating the night side of the Moon as in this new photo portrait. A patient skywatcher from the central Iranian city of Isfahan used a telescope to view the earthlit disk of the moon’s far side as a bright crescent. A stunning lunar face as a sliver was produced and conjures memories of desert night skies. Earthshine against the New Moon (credit: NASA/Taha Ghouchkanlu) A description of ...
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Poop power

This is getting laughs on Twitter: a story about how folks at Toyota are powering a little rickshaw using poo from the elephants at the Denver Zoo. “We put a MAN ON THE MOON. And then we invented this. THE END,” Twurted @MikeNizza of The Daily. Which ranks high on the list of Stupidest Tweets of All Time. A poop-powered Tuk-Tuk is AWESOME.  "The tuk tuk was purchased from Thailand and then re-engineered to run on gasified pellets made from animal droppings and trash generated by the ...
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Poop power

This is getting laughs on Twitter: a story about how folks at Toyota are powering a little rickshaw using poo from the elephants at the Denver Zoo. “We put a MAN ON THE MOON. And then we invented this. THE END,” Twurted @MikeNizza of The Daily. Which ranks high on the list of Stupidest Tweets of All Time. A poop-powered Tuk-Tuk is AWESOME.  "The tuk tuk was purchased from Thailand and then re-engineered to run on gasified pellets made from animal droppings and trash generated by the ...
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Poop power

This is getting laughs on Twitter: a story about how folks at Toyota are powering a little rickshaw using poo from the elephants at the Denver Zoo. “We put a MAN ON THE MOON. And then we invented this. THE END,” Twurted @MikeNizza of The Daily. Which ranks high on the list of Stupidest Tweets of All Time. A poop-powered Tuk-Tuk is AWESOME.  "The tuk tuk was purchased from Thailand and then re-engineered to run on gasified pellets made from animal droppings and trash generated by the ...
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Hi! I am a Nutria

Every year the Sundance Institute illustrates the art of animation in filmmaking as part of their film festival. This year several animated films were used as a shorts preceding a longer documentary or dramatic film as well. One such film was Song of the Spindle, a reflection on the nature of intelligence. Written and directed by the animator, Drew Christie, this short film used a conversation between a human and a whale as the vehicle to discuss this existential question. Song of the ...
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Hi! I am a Nutria

Every year the Sundance Institute illustrates the art of animation in filmmaking as part of their film festival. This year several animated films were used as a shorts preceding a longer documentary or dramatic film as well. One such film was Song of the Spindle, a reflection on the nature of intelligence. Written and directed by the animator, Drew Christie, this short film used a conversation between a human and a whale as the vehicle to discuss this existential question. Song of the ...
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Hi! I am a Nutria

Every year the Sundance Institute illustrates the art of animation in filmmaking as part of their film festival. This year several animated films were used as a shorts preceding a longer documentary or dramatic film as well. One such film was Song of the Spindle, a reflection on the nature of intelligence. Written and directed by the animator, Drew Christie, this short film used a conversation between a human and a whale as the vehicle to discuss this existential question. Song of the ...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Radio West from KUER-FM aired an hour long conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson has just published Space Chronicles, a book presenting his views on the future of space travel and America’s role in that future. In the discussion with host, Doug Fabrizio, Tyson discussed the importance of science and technology for the health of the American economy. He gave personal reflections on how he became an ...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Radio West from KUER-FM aired an hour long conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson has just published Space Chronicles, a book presenting his views on the future of space travel and America’s role in that future. In the discussion with host, Doug Fabrizio, Tyson discussed the importance of science and technology for the health of the American economy. He gave personal reflections on how he became an ...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Radio West from KUER-FM aired an hour long conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson has just published Space Chronicles, a book presenting his views on the future of space travel and America’s role in that future. In the discussion with host, Doug Fabrizio, Tyson discussed the importance of science and technology for the health of the American economy. He gave personal reflections on how he became an ...
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Stromatolites

Stromatolites are very odd and very old. They are the most ancient living example of life on Earth. Stromatolites offer surprises wherever they are discovered. Three and a half billion years ago the Earth was totally different from today and the biosphere was dominated by communities of colonial microbes. These earliest ecosystems consisted of luxuriant microbial mats in a variety of shapes and sizes as multicellular organisms did not exist yet, only appearing in the fossil record about 600 ...
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Stromatolites

Stromatolites are very odd and very old. They are the most ancient living example of life on Earth. Stromatolites offer surprises wherever they are discovered. Three and a half billion years ago the Earth was totally different from today and the biosphere was dominated by communities of colonial microbes. These earliest ecosystems consisted of luxuriant microbial mats in a variety of shapes and sizes as multicellular organisms did not exist yet, only appearing in the fossil record about 600 ...
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Stromatolites

Stromatolites are very odd and very old. They are the most ancient living example of life on Earth. Stromatolites offer surprises wherever they are discovered. Three and a half billion years ago the Earth was totally different from today and the biosphere was dominated by communities of colonial microbes. These earliest ecosystems consisted of luxuriant microbial mats in a variety of shapes and sizes as multicellular organisms did not exist yet, only appearing in the fossil record about 600 ...
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