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When Monsoons Arrive

19

Jul

2017

When Monsoons Arrive

Monsoons bring benefits and problems as they arrive.

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Reef Fish and Oil Don't Mix

18

Jul

2017

Reef Fish and Oil Don't Mix

Oil affects fish behavior, badly.

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Nature Isn't Nice

Nature Isn't Nice

By Reilly Capps
A deadly slide on Everest shows, once again, that nature isn't going to pamper us. 

18 Apr 2014

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The Colours of Australia are Fading

The Colours of Australia are Fading 2 June 2017

The Colours of Australia are Fading

Major changes have occurred recently to Australian forests.

Super Coral...a Super Hero?

Super Coral...a Super Hero? 26 May 2017

Super Coral...a Super Hero?

Heat-tolerant corals may help reef restoration.

Replanting Corals

Replanting Corals 17 May 2017

Replanting Corals

Some people are taking positive action today to reverse the damage caused by climate change and building resilience for tomorrow.

A Monumental President

A Monumental President 16 May 2017

A Monumental President

Two new national monuments were designated.

Coral Reef Update, 3

Coral Reef Update, 3 18 March 2017

Coral Reef Update, 3

Explaining the biology and consequences of coral bleaching.

Supporting Environmental Work

Supporting Environmental Work 1 April 2016

Supporting Environmental Work

April campaign to We Keep it Wild and support The Conservation Alliance.

Living in a Material World

Everyone needs a certain amount of stuff to live in this material world. The trick is not letting the stuff run our lives. A clever animation from the Center for a New American Dream tries presenting a little balance:
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Living in a Material World

Everyone needs a certain amount of stuff to live in this material world. The trick is not letting the stuff run our lives. A clever animation from the Center for a New American Dream tries presenting a little balance:
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Living in a Material World

Everyone needs a certain amount of stuff to live in this material world. The trick is not letting the stuff run our lives. A clever animation from the Center for a New American Dream tries presenting a little balance:
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Earth’s One Minute Story

From the Big Bang to leaping into space, the ‘history of life’ on Earth in one minute. Check it out: Earth’s Story in 1 Minute (credit: NASA/YouTube) .
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Earth’s One Minute Story

From the Big Bang to leaping into space, the ‘history of life’ on Earth in one minute. Check it out: Earth’s Story in 1 Minute (credit: NASA/YouTube) .
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Earth’s One Minute Story

From the Big Bang to leaping into space, the ‘history of life’ on Earth in one minute. Check it out: Earth’s Story in 1 Minute (credit: NASA/YouTube) .
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Failed Tech Predictions

By Lucas Gardner In 1949, a writer for Popular Mechanics predicted that computers of the future would weigh 1.5 tons at the least! It’s fun to look back and have a laugh at some of the early predictions for the future of technology that turned out to be completely wrong. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: “No computer will every be powerful enough to run Skyrim.” - Walter Mulhouer, engineer at IBM, 1950 “Television if a passing fad. Like this penicillin thing… You guys hear about ...
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Failed Tech Predictions

By Lucas Gardner In 1949, a writer for Popular Mechanics predicted that computers of the future would weigh 1.5 tons at the least! It’s fun to look back and have a laugh at some of the early predictions for the future of technology that turned out to be completely wrong. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: “No computer will every be powerful enough to run Skyrim.” - Walter Mulhouer, engineer at IBM, 1950 “Television if a passing fad. Like this penicillin thing… You guys hear about ...
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Vanya on Walden Pond

In 1897, Anton Chekhov wrote Uncle Vanya.  Set in a dacha in the Russian countryside, the story concerns people with frustrated hopes about wasted lives. In their own ways, each character is unhappy, and each help to give the play a melancholic atmosphere. Widely preformed, appealing across cultures, the 1994 film of Vanya on 42nd Street staring the actor Wallace Shawn was perhaps one of the most creative interpretations.          Uncle Vanya Moscow Production, 1899      College Production ...
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Vanya on Walden Pond

In 1897, Anton Chekhov wrote Uncle Vanya.  Set in a dacha in the Russian countryside, the story concerns people with frustrated hopes about wasted lives. In their own ways, each character is unhappy, and each help to give the play a melancholic atmosphere. Widely preformed, appealing across cultures, the 1994 film of Vanya on 42nd Street staring the actor Wallace Shawn was perhaps one of the most creative interpretations.          Uncle Vanya Moscow Production, 1899      College Production ...
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Failed Tech Predictions

By Lucas Gardner In 1949, a writer for Popular Mechanics predicted that computers of the future would weigh 1.5 tons at the least! It’s fun to look back and have a laugh at some of the early predictions for the future of technology that turned out to be completely wrong. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: “No computer will every be powerful enough to run Skyrim.” - Walter Mulhouer, engineer at IBM, 1950 “Television if a passing fad. Like this penicillin thing… You guys hear about ...
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Vanya on Walden Pond

In 1897, Anton Chekhov wrote Uncle Vanya.  Set in a dacha in the Russian countryside, the story concerns people with frustrated hopes about wasted lives. In their own ways, each character is unhappy, and each help to give the play a melancholic atmosphere. Widely preformed, appealing across cultures, the 1994 film of Vanya on 42nd Street staring the actor Wallace Shawn was perhaps one of the most creative interpretations.          Uncle Vanya Moscow Production, 1899      College Production ...
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Why Americans Don’t Know Much about Science

Nobody even tries to teach them. http://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics?feature=watch
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Why Americans Don’t Know Much about Science

Nobody even tries to teach them. http://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics?feature=watch
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Why Americans Don’t Know Much about Science

Nobody even tries to teach them. http://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics?feature=watch
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The Best Tree

By Lucas Gardner There's one question that is especially challenging to the scientific the community: which tree would win against all the other trees in a fight? The question might be confusing so let me rephrase it -- Which trees would win against other trees in a battle? Say, for example, you made a maple tree fight a chestnut tree?? Who would win? This is the question that keeps environmental scientists guessing. The answer is chestnut tree, by the way. It's the chestnut tree. What if ...
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The Best Tree

By Lucas Gardner There's one question that is especially challenging to the scientific the community: which tree would win against all the other trees in a fight? The question might be confusing so let me rephrase it -- Which trees would win against other trees in a battle? Say, for example, you made a maple tree fight a chestnut tree?? Who would win? This is the question that keeps environmental scientists guessing. The answer is chestnut tree, by the way. It's the chestnut tree. What if ...
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What to do with a gassy mine

Coal is the largest source of electricity in the United States. And coal-burning is a major source of the greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming. But coal isn’t the only resource emanating from coal mines. A mostly overlooked power source from these holes in the ground is methane gas — a greenhouse gas 20 times as potent as CO2, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Coal mine methane is present in virtually all underground coal mines, and the mining industry goes ...
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What to do with a gassy mine

Coal is the largest source of electricity in the United States. And coal-burning is a major source of the greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming. But coal isn’t the only resource emanating from coal mines. A mostly overlooked power source from these holes in the ground is methane gas — a greenhouse gas 20 times as potent as CO2, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Coal mine methane is present in virtually all underground coal mines, and the mining industry goes ...
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The Best Tree

By Lucas Gardner There's one question that is especially challenging to the scientific the community: which tree would win against all the other trees in a fight? The question might be confusing so let me rephrase it -- Which trees would win against other trees in a battle? Say, for example, you made a maple tree fight a chestnut tree?? Who would win? This is the question that keeps environmental scientists guessing. The answer is chestnut tree, by the way. It's the chestnut tree. What if ...
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What to do with a gassy mine

Coal is the largest source of electricity in the United States. And coal-burning is a major source of the greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming. But coal isn’t the only resource emanating from coal mines. A mostly overlooked power source from these holes in the ground is methane gas — a greenhouse gas 20 times as potent as CO2, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Coal mine methane is present in virtually all underground coal mines, and the mining industry goes ...
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The Worst Bad Time

Man can't affect the weather? Here's Ken Burns talking about the Dust Bowl, a (nearly completely) man-made disaster. It displaced the Midwest, worsened the Great Depression, and gave John Steinbeck something to write about (hey, every tragedy has a silver lining). The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Stephen Colbert, a fake climate denier, has some stupid objections – but no stupider than a lot of the ...
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The Worst Bad Time

Man can't affect the weather? Here's Ken Burns talking about the Dust Bowl, a (nearly completely) man-made disaster. It displaced the Midwest, worsened the Great Depression, and gave John Steinbeck something to write about (hey, every tragedy has a silver lining). The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Stephen Colbert, a fake climate denier, has some stupid objections – but no stupider than a lot of the ...
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Aussie ‘Ring of Fire’

A total solar eclipse passed over northern Australia today---Aussie time. If you were anywhere near the northern city of Cairns, you were inside the zone of totality. With proper optics and protective eye gear, you can observe the ‘ring of fire’ produced by the sun’s corona around the parameter of the moon’s face as it reaches a total eclipse. Not to be outdone by the nature, some textile artists have been so inspired by solar eclipses that they produce artistic representations of the ...
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Aussie ‘Ring of Fire’

A total solar eclipse passed over northern Australia today---Aussie time. If you were anywhere near the northern city of Cairns, you were inside the zone of totality. With proper optics and protective eye gear, you can observe the ‘ring of fire’ produced by the sun’s corona around the parameter of the moon’s face as it reaches a total eclipse. Not to be outdone by the nature, some textile artists have been so inspired by solar eclipses that they produce artistic representations of the ...
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The Worst Bad Time

Man can't affect the weather? Here's Ken Burns talking about the Dust Bowl, a (nearly completely) man-made disaster. It displaced the Midwest, worsened the Great Depression, and gave John Steinbeck something to write about (hey, every tragedy has a silver lining). The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Stephen Colbert, a fake climate denier, has some stupid objections – but no stupider than a lot of the ...
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