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2019

Curious Bird

Researchers receive a curious visitor.

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2019

Last Message

Opportunity's final contact.

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A Monumental President

A Monumental President

Two new national monuments were designated.

26 Aug 2017

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The Conservation Alliance

 

Okemah Balladeer

Woody Guthrie might have turned 100 years old on July 14th if he had survived the deadly impact of Huntington’s Chorea, an inherited disease. However, the balladeer from Okemah, Oklahoma left behind a legacy of more than 3000 songs, drawings, and books that continue to creatively influence, amaze, and excite people. Guthrie’s centenary is being celebrated across the USA with programs and events curated by the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives in New York and the Grammy Museum in Los ...
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Okemah Balladeer

Woody Guthrie might have turned 100 years old on July 14th if he had survived the deadly impact of Huntington’s Chorea, an inherited disease. However, the balladeer from Okemah, Oklahoma left behind a legacy of more than 3000 songs, drawings, and books that continue to creatively influence, amaze, and excite people. Guthrie’s centenary is being celebrated across the USA with programs and events curated by the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives in New York and the Grammy Museum in Los ...
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Okemah Balladeer

Woody Guthrie might have turned 100 years old on July 14th if he had survived the deadly impact of Huntington’s Chorea, an inherited disease. However, the balladeer from Okemah, Oklahoma left behind a legacy of more than 3000 songs, drawings, and books that continue to creatively influence, amaze, and excite people. Guthrie’s centenary is being celebrated across the USA with programs and events curated by the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives in New York and the Grammy Museum in Los ...
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Crunch Time on Mars

On the night of August 5th, NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity, will attempt a series of tricky maneuvers to land on the planet. Success is not guaranteed. The engineers at JPL have developed a graphic showing the historical success rate of past landings and the odds are challenging. Of the 12 exploration craft that reached the planet and attempted to land, 4 (33%) crashed while 8 (67%) landed safely. Those probes sent back amazing imagery and heaps of data. However, if you include all the ...
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Crunch Time on Mars

On the night of August 5th, NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity, will attempt a series of tricky maneuvers to land on the planet. Success is not guaranteed. The engineers at JPL have developed a graphic showing the historical success rate of past landings and the odds are challenging. Of the 12 exploration craft that reached the planet and attempted to land, 4 (33%) crashed while 8 (67%) landed safely. Those probes sent back amazing imagery and heaps of data. However, if you include all the ...
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Crunch Time on Mars

On the night of August 5th, NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity, will attempt a series of tricky maneuvers to land on the planet. Success is not guaranteed. The engineers at JPL have developed a graphic showing the historical success rate of past landings and the odds are challenging. Of the 12 exploration craft that reached the planet and attempted to land, 4 (33%) crashed while 8 (67%) landed safely. Those probes sent back amazing imagery and heaps of data. However, if you include all the ...
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Saving Bees

We all know that honey bees are very important and that they are also endangered by a catalog of human threats. Colonies have been infected by a infectious disorder that appears to be caused by a new class of pesticides that produces a total collapse of the hive so saving bees when colonies are discovered is a very good thing to do. This guy took it a bit more to the extreme and call in for heavy-lifting from “Mike, the bee guy” to remove thousands of bees that had taken up residence inside ...
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Saving Bees

We all know that honey bees are very important and that they are also endangered by a catalog of human threats. Colonies have been infected by a infectious disorder that appears to be caused by a new class of pesticides that produces a total collapse of the hive so saving bees when colonies are discovered is a very good thing to do. This guy took it a bit more to the extreme and call in for heavy-lifting from “Mike, the bee guy” to remove thousands of bees that had taken up residence inside ...
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Saving Bees

We all know that honey bees are very important and that they are also endangered by a catalog of human threats. Colonies have been infected by a infectious disorder that appears to be caused by a new class of pesticides that produces a total collapse of the hive so saving bees when colonies are discovered is a very good thing to do. This guy took it a bit more to the extreme and call in for heavy-lifting from “Mike, the bee guy” to remove thousands of bees that had taken up residence inside ...
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Hearing Higgs

Some people just can’t be satisfied with knowing that the Higgs Boson may have finally been discovered---possibly one of the biggest discoveries in physics---after 50 years of searching for it. Higgs Boson Data Simulation (credit: CERN) While the quest to find the Higgs particle may have finally been solved by teams of physicists at CERN, researchers at the Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE) at Cambridge University in the UK decided they wanted to know what the ...
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Hearing Higgs

Some people just can’t be satisfied with knowing that the Higgs Boson may have finally been discovered---possibly one of the biggest discoveries in physics---after 50 years of searching for it. Higgs Boson Data Simulation (credit: CERN) While the quest to find the Higgs particle may have finally been solved by teams of physicists at CERN, researchers at the Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE) at Cambridge University in the UK decided they wanted to know what the ...
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Hearing Higgs

Some people just can’t be satisfied with knowing that the Higgs Boson may have finally been discovered---possibly one of the biggest discoveries in physics---after 50 years of searching for it. Higgs Boson Data Simulation (credit: CERN) While the quest to find the Higgs particle may have finally been solved by teams of physicists at CERN, researchers at the Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE) at Cambridge University in the UK decided they wanted to know what the ...
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Nunavut Abstract

Abstract art can be created almost anywhere---even in Nunavut. Combining multi-spectral wavelengths of infrared, red, and green light to create false-color photographic images from space, abstractions are clearly possible. Water appears blue, green, tan, and black depending on the amount of suspended silt, clay, and algae. Hardy lichens, mosses, grasses, and shrubs appear red on Nunavut’s barren grounds.   False Color Abstract (credit: ASTER) Any fancy, up-town, art gallery could ...
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Nunavut Abstract

Abstract art can be created almost anywhere---even in Nunavut. Combining multi-spectral wavelengths of infrared, red, and green light to create false-color photographic images from space, abstractions are clearly possible. Water appears blue, green, tan, and black depending on the amount of suspended silt, clay, and algae. Hardy lichens, mosses, grasses, and shrubs appear red on Nunavut’s barren grounds.   False Color Abstract (credit: ASTER) Any fancy, up-town, art gallery could ...
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Nunavut Abstract

Abstract art can be created almost anywhere---even in Nunavut. Combining multi-spectral wavelengths of infrared, red, and green light to create false-color photographic images from space, abstractions are clearly possible. Water appears blue, green, tan, and black depending on the amount of suspended silt, clay, and algae. Hardy lichens, mosses, grasses, and shrubs appear red on Nunavut’s barren grounds.   False Color Abstract (credit: ASTER) Any fancy, up-town, art gallery could ...
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First Video of Snow Leopard and Cubs

For the time, snow leopards and their cubs in Mongolia's Tost Mountains have been videotaped by the wild cat conservation organization, Panthera. The video will provide insight into snow leopard behavior and future conservation efforts in the wild. As stated in the organizations announcement, this was a significant accomplishment due to the secretive and elusive nature to the cat, the extreme and treacherous Mongolian landscape it inhabits, and the fact that dens have been very hard to ...
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First Video of Snow Leopard and Cubs

For the time, snow leopards and their cubs in Mongolia's Tost Mountains have been videotaped by the wild cat conservation organization, Panthera. The video will provide insight into snow leopard behavior and future conservation efforts in the wild. As stated in the organizations announcement, this was a significant accomplishment due to the secretive and elusive nature to the cat, the extreme and treacherous Mongolian landscape it inhabits, and the fact that dens have been very hard to ...
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First Video of Snow Leopard and Cubs

For the time, snow leopards and their cubs in Mongolia's Tost Mountains have been videotaped by the wild cat conservation organization, Panthera. The video will provide insight into snow leopard behavior and future conservation efforts in the wild. As stated in the organizations announcement, this was a significant accomplishment due to the secretive and elusive nature to the cat, the extreme and treacherous Mongolian landscape it inhabits, and the fact that dens have been very hard to ...
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Galaxy’s Rainbow

NASA’s powerful space telescopes that captured the spiral, island, galaxy M101 in light wavelengths color coded from X-rays to Infrared (IR). The image data was taken from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple), the Galaxy Evolution Explorer ( blue), Hubble Space Telescope(yellow), and the Spitzer Space Telescope(red). The resulting photos of the galaxy, that sits a mere 25 million light-years away, were combined into a dazzling composite image. The island galaxy like our own Milky Way is ...
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Galaxy’s Rainbow

NASA’s powerful space telescopes that captured the spiral, island, galaxy M101 in light wavelengths color coded from X-rays to Infrared (IR). The image data was taken from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple), the Galaxy Evolution Explorer ( blue), Hubble Space Telescope(yellow), and the Spitzer Space Telescope(red). The resulting photos of the galaxy, that sits a mere 25 million light-years away, were combined into a dazzling composite image. The island galaxy like our own Milky Way is ...
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Galaxy’s Rainbow

NASA’s powerful space telescopes that captured the spiral, island, galaxy M101 in light wavelengths color coded from X-rays to Infrared (IR). The image data was taken from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple), the Galaxy Evolution Explorer ( blue), Hubble Space Telescope(yellow), and the Spitzer Space Telescope(red). The resulting photos of the galaxy, that sits a mere 25 million light-years away, were combined into a dazzling composite image. The island galaxy like our own Milky Way is ...
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Warmest Year Since Recordkeeping Began

NOAA latest weather report, The State of the Climate: a National Overview, begins by stating: “The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, 2.0°F above the 20th century average, ranking 14th warmest June on record. Scorching temperatures during the second half of the month broke or tied over 170 all-time high temperature records in cities across America. June temperatures also contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period the ...
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Warmest Year Since Recordkeeping Began

NOAA latest weather report, The State of the Climate: a National Overview, begins by stating: “The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, 2.0°F above the 20th century average, ranking 14th warmest June on record. Scorching temperatures during the second half of the month broke or tied over 170 all-time high temperature records in cities across America. June temperatures also contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period the ...
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Warmest Year Since Recordkeeping Began

NOAA latest weather report, The State of the Climate: a National Overview, begins by stating: “The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, 2.0°F above the 20th century average, ranking 14th warmest June on record. Scorching temperatures during the second half of the month broke or tied over 170 all-time high temperature records in cities across America. June temperatures also contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period the ...
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Climate Change Solutions, GOP Style

Remember this guy? Bob Inglis? He gave one of the best congressional speeches of recent years when he shockingly admitted that he, a South Carolina Republican, acknowledged the reality of global warming, and advocated solid, free-market solutions. "I want our grandchildren to read what you said, and what I said," Inglis said. He offered an analogy: "Your child is sick... Ninety-eight doctors say 'treat him this way.' Two say, 'No, this other is the way to go.' (You say:) 'I'll go with ...
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Climate Change Solutions, GOP Style

Remember this guy? Bob Inglis? He gave one of the best congressional speeches of recent years when he shockingly admitted that he, a South Carolina Republican, acknowledged the reality of global warming, and advocated solid, free-market solutions. "I want our grandchildren to read what you said, and what I said," Inglis said. He offered an analogy: "Your child is sick... Ninety-eight doctors say 'treat him this way.' Two say, 'No, this other is the way to go.' (You say:) 'I'll go with ...
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