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2019

Curious Bird

Researchers receive a curious visitor.

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2019

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Volcano May Explode, a timeline update

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update

Bali's Mount Agung could erupt any time.

30 Nov 2017

Video Highlights

 

The Conservation Alliance

 

DeChristopher Wants to Make Life More Expensive for the Fossil Fuel Industry

In an interview, Tim DeChristopher calls for "People going beyond just their backyard issues and standing as a united front against the fossil fuel industry ... Until there is a carbon tax that accounts for the externality of climate change, we have to be the carbon tax and impose that cost of doing business on the fossil fuel industry."
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Going to the Prom

Going to the Prom

The national park, Wilson's Promontory, has always been mentioned as a very special place in Australia, a land of many special places to dot that vast country.
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In Patagonia...Wasting Away in Real Time

In Patagonia...Wasting Away in Real Time

Re-photography tells great stories---particularly when a time-line is involved.
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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR AZALEAS DONT DIE

HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR AZALEAS DONT DIE

Twitter personality @Bill_Nye_tho teaches you the basics of making sure your azaleas don't die.
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Appalachian Fall

Appalachian Fall

What a difference a month makes and beauty comes in multiple dimensions.
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We're Just Going to Try to Hold Back the Sea

File:Calving glacier at Alaska.JPG
[This thing melts: you buy galoshes.]

By Reilly Capps


The seas are rising and there are a few things we can do (besides live in the high country, which is what I do). As the beaches are eaten up by bigger storms and higher seas, and the land recedes, are people going to accept the march of water and move away? Or fight it? Who's stronger? Mother nature or us? Can't we kick this bitch's ass?
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Reading Trees

Reading Trees

Plants speak to us if we're willing to pay attention and trees are excellent books to read.
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One Year Since Sandy, and 'The Jersey Shore' is Still Dumb

Some thoughts on the Jersey Shore, "The Jersey Shore" and climate change.  

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Lost & Found Worlds

Lost & Found Worlds

Biogeography rule #1: odd things evolve on islands.
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Kraken Mare

Kraken Mare

In ancient Greek legends, the Kraken was a sea monster that came from the deep to devour unsuspecting fishermen and sailors. JPL has located the Kraken's actual home on Saturn's moon Titan.
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Electric, Cute.

Eight U.S. states are working toward getting more electric cars on the road, making it easier and cheaper to charge them. They hope to up the number of electric vehicles in America from 165,000 to more than three million. 

File:Mitsubishi Electric Car.jpg

[Mitsubishi's electric car.]
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Black Holes Might Have a Wall of Fire Around Them

At the event horizon of a black hole, there might be a "wall of fire" that destroys everything.  
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Saturn Mosaic

Saturn Mosaic

Cassini continues to surprise us with a mosaic of multiple images acquired from Saturn.
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The View from Above

This is nice. 

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Why Are We Here?

We don't have any idea why there is something rather than nothing. 

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Sea Change: The Pacific Ocean's Perilous Turn

Sea Change: The Pacific Ocean's Perilous Turn

A the 1960's mantra was: think globally, act locally. Craig Welsh illustrates the duality of the phrase in his excellent essay on threats to the sustainability of the oceans.
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Fire Season in OZ

Fire Season in OZ

Australia's fire season began 3 months early this year. Models had predicted the continent would be a lab for the effects of a rapidly changing climate.
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Create Your Own Eclipse

Create Your Own Eclipse

What if you could make your own lunar eclipse?
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Panda Cam Proves: Baby Panda Learned to Talk

By Reilly Capps

The gov't shutdown shut down the panda cam at the national zoo. While the camera was off, the panda grew by two pounds -- from three to five pounds. She also, by the looks of this video, learned to talk:


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A World of Hurt

A World of Hurt

"As CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, ocean bio-geochemistry is being altered in ways that could potentially impact nature and mankind."

So begins an article published by the Public Library of Science/Biology.
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An Ode to Debt or paying: the Bills, Bills, Bills

An Ode to Debt or paying: the Bills, Bills, Bills

The new Americana band from the Hudson Valley, Uncle Wade, offers their perspective with an ode to debt: Bills, Bills, Bills.
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Blue Dunes...Who Knew?

Blue Dunes...Who Knew?

If we could see in the infrared, dunes on Mars would look blue. Who knew?
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The Real Origin of Genius

File:Heisenberg 10.jpg By Reilly Capps  

If you want to know about human genius, you can read biographies of scientists and marvel at the origin stories of some of our greatest theories. But that would involve reading, which is boring, and it wouldn't even be right.

Here's the truth about how our most important and cherished discoveries came into being. 


[At right: the very indecisive Werner Heisenberg.]

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In Praise of Bees

In Praise of Bees

Everyone should give praise to bees. The MacArthur Fellow, Marla Spivak, gives a TED Talk on why.
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The Colorado: Our River, Our Story, Our Time

The Colorado: Our River, Our Story, Our Time

Environmental conservation is often presented as a concern of people with white Anglo-Saxon heritage. Neustro Rio contradicts this characterization.
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Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2

Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2 29 December 2018

Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2

Krakatau is again active.

Plant Intelligence

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Plant Intelligence

An understanding of intelligence in plants.

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

A storyteller suggests an answer.

My Life As A Turkey

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My Life As A Turkey

A true turkey story for Thanksgiving.

Rewilding

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Rewilding

A 'silent spring' could become a 'wild summer' 

Conserving, the Mother Load

Conserving, the Mother Load 26 June 2018

Conserving, the Mother Load

Avoiding another Dust Bowl.

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