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Stories to Change 'Apocalypse Fatigue' into Action

18

Nov

2017

Stories to Change 'Apocalypse Fatigue' into Action

Moving away from cliamte fatigue into action.

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Trees Before Rain

17

Nov

2017

Trees Before Rain

Which came first: trees or rain?

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The Conservation Alliance

Archive Highlights

Lost & Found Worlds

Lost & Found Worlds

Biogeography rule #1: odd things evolve on islands.

29 Oct 2013

Video Highlights

Recent Archive Highlights

Compassion and other creatures

Compassion and other creatures 5 November 2017

Compassion and other creatures

Compassion is considered a trait uniquely human but we should make it more inclusive.

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency! 4 November 2017

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency is the name of the game for energy, architecture, and solar design with three new developments showing the way.

Conservatives and Conservation

Conservatives and Conservation 2 November 2017

Conservatives and Conservation

 

Republican presidents from Theodore Roosevelt, to Richard Nixon, through George W. Bush left good environmental accomplishments.

 

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time 1 November 2017

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

One way to restore coral reefs could require re-seeding with transplanted corals.

Whales & Drones

Whales & Drones 31 October 2017

Whales & Drones

Remotely controlled drones provide a quiet way to track animal behavior.

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper 30 October 2017

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

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

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 ...
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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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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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