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2019

Curious Bird

Researchers receive a curious visitor.

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Feb

2019

Last Message

Opportunity's final contact.

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The Colours of Australia are Fading

The Colours of Australia are Fading

Major changes have occurred recently to Australian forests.

2 Jun 2017

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The Conservation Alliance

 

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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“the Last Redivision of the World”

A mining boom---some might say a ‘gold rush’---is now underway in the deepest oceans. The world’s insatiable demand for minerals including silver, gold, cobalt, lead, copper, and zinc is driving the search in these largely unknown depths along the Earth’s mid-oceanic ridges.        Mid-Oceanic Ridges                       Black Smoker Hydrothermal Vents (credit: Ocean Encyclopedia)           (credit: USGS) The reasons for this are obvious: the price of raw minerals continues to rise ...
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“the Last Redivision of the World”

A mining boom---some might say a ‘gold rush’---is now underway in the deepest oceans. The world’s insatiable demand for minerals including silver, gold, cobalt, lead, copper, and zinc is driving the search in these largely unknown depths along the Earth’s mid-oceanic ridges.        Mid-Oceanic Ridges                       Black Smoker Hydrothermal Vents (credit: Ocean Encyclopedia)           (credit: USGS) The reasons for this are obvious: the price of raw minerals continues to rise ...
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“the Last Redivision of the World”

A mining boom---some might say a ‘gold rush’---is now underway in the deepest oceans. The world’s insatiable demand for minerals including silver, gold, cobalt, lead, copper, and zinc is driving the search in these largely unknown depths along the Earth’s mid-oceanic ridges.        Mid-Oceanic Ridges                       Black Smoker Hydrothermal Vents (credit: Ocean Encyclopedia)           (credit: USGS) The reasons for this are obvious: the price of raw minerals continues to rise ...
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Teasdale Wildfire

by Steve Lutz As a firefighter, it’s one thing to respond to a wildfire at someone else's request and quite another when the fire threatens your own home and the homes of friends and neighbors. It doesn’t matter how many fire engines you have on scene, the existential threat posed by a wind-whipped, hundred foot-tall, flame front moving towards your town, in my case the southern Utah of Teasdale, renders any human effort to stop it insignificant. The arson-caused fire that erupted in early ...
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Teasdale Wildfire

by Steve Lutz As a firefighter, it’s one thing to respond to a wildfire at someone else's request and quite another when the fire threatens your own home and the homes of friends and neighbors. It doesn’t matter how many fire engines you have on scene, the existential threat posed by a wind-whipped, hundred foot-tall, flame front moving towards your town, in my case the southern Utah of Teasdale, renders any human effort to stop it insignificant. The arson-caused fire that erupted in early ...
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Teasdale Wildfire

by Steve Lutz As a firefighter, it’s one thing to respond to a wildfire at someone else's request and quite another when the fire threatens your own home and the homes of friends and neighbors. It doesn’t matter how many fire engines you have on scene, the existential threat posed by a wind-whipped, hundred foot-tall, flame front moving towards your town, in my case the southern Utah of Teasdale, renders any human effort to stop it insignificant. The arson-caused fire that erupted in early ...
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Auroras Coming Soon

For those of you who enjoy viewing auroras in the night sky, some major ones could be in store to come soon. On July 4th, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the sun releasing some really powerful solar flares in celebration of Independence Day. The solar storms ejected from the charged particles moving at over 700 miles/second off the sun’s surface. If you live in the high northern or lower southern latitudes, pull out the deck chair when the sun’s charged particles start hitting the ...
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Auroras Coming Soon

For those of you who enjoy viewing auroras in the night sky, some major ones could be in store to come soon. On July 4th, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the sun releasing some really powerful solar flares in celebration of Independence Day. The solar storms ejected from the charged particles moving at over 700 miles/second off the sun’s surface. If you live in the high northern or lower southern latitudes, pull out the deck chair when the sun’s charged particles start hitting the ...
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Auroras Coming Soon

For those of you who enjoy viewing auroras in the night sky, some major ones could be in store to come soon. On July 4th, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the sun releasing some really powerful solar flares in celebration of Independence Day. The solar storms ejected from the charged particles moving at over 700 miles/second off the sun’s surface. If you live in the high northern or lower southern latitudes, pull out the deck chair when the sun’s charged particles start hitting the ...
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Climate Change is Happening in Real Time

As we watch the world warm -- as we feel it -- more people are getting the message that it is actually happening. 
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Climate Change is Happening in Real Time

As we watch the world warm -- as we feel it -- more people are getting the message that it is actually happening. 
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Climate Change is Happening in Real Time

As we watch the world warm -- as we feel it -- more people are getting the message that it is actually happening. 
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More Fires

Major wildfires are now burning in several states in the Rocky Mountains. A blaze known as the Fontenelle Fire, erupted in late June near Grand Teton NP and doubled in size between June 28 and July 6. It has now blackened over 57,00 acres. The International Space Station, orbiting nearly 250 miles above Earth, captured an Infrared (IR) image of the Wyoming fire's extent. It is still burning and not expect to be controlled for several more weeks. Atmospheric and climate models predict that ...
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More Fires

Major wildfires are now burning in several states in the Rocky Mountains. A blaze known as the Fontenelle Fire, erupted in late June near Grand Teton NP and doubled in size between June 28 and July 6. It has now blackened over 57,00 acres. The International Space Station, orbiting nearly 250 miles above Earth, captured an Infrared (IR) image of the Wyoming fire's extent. It is still burning and not expect to be controlled for several more weeks. Atmospheric and climate models predict that ...
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More Fires

Major wildfires are now burning in several states in the Rocky Mountains. A blaze known as the Fontenelle Fire, erupted in late June near Grand Teton NP and doubled in size between June 28 and July 6. It has now blackened over 57,00 acres. The International Space Station, orbiting nearly 250 miles above Earth, captured an Infrared (IR) image of the Wyoming fire's extent. It is still burning and not expect to be controlled for several more weeks. Atmospheric and climate models predict that ...
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The Ten Hottest Places on Earth

The hottest places on Earth are not anywhere near you. They are not in your car when the A/C's on the fritz, or jogging in Houston in July. They are in scorching deserts, where it sometimes gets up to 159 degrees. 
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The Ten Hottest Places on Earth

The hottest places on Earth are not anywhere near you. They are not in your car when the A/C's on the fritz, or jogging in Houston in July. They are in scorching deserts, where it sometimes gets up to 159 degrees. 
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The Ten Hottest Places on Earth

The hottest places on Earth are not anywhere near you. They are not in your car when the A/C's on the fritz, or jogging in Houston in July. They are in scorching deserts, where it sometimes gets up to 159 degrees. 
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Australian Rules

For the second time in less than a month, Australia has taken bold action on environmental matters with two major developments happening under the Southern Cross. In early June, the land of master grillers, endless beaches, and rabid sports fans declared vast regions of their coastlines as marine reserves. Additionally, on July 1st Australia implemented the first national carbon pricing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These progressive moves should be models for all other nations. ...
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Australian Rules

For the second time in less than a month, Australia has taken bold action on environmental matters with two major developments happening under the Southern Cross. In early June, the land of master grillers, endless beaches, and rabid sports fans declared vast regions of their coastlines as marine reserves. Additionally, on July 1st Australia implemented the first national carbon pricing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These progressive moves should be models for all other nations. ...
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Australian Rules

For the second time in less than a month, Australia has taken bold action on environmental matters with two major developments happening under the Southern Cross. In early June, the land of master grillers, endless beaches, and rabid sports fans declared vast regions of their coastlines as marine reserves. Additionally, on July 1st Australia implemented the first national carbon pricing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These progressive moves should be models for all other nations. ...
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Visualizing Fire in IR

Infrared (IR) photography visualizes the landscape in ways hidden from normal human vision. Vegetation health can be easily seen by the intensity of IR color ranges. The extent of Colorado’s recent Waldo Canyon wildfire can now be seen very clearly as black and grey in a new satellite image with living pine forests in dark red and range and grasslands in lighter pink. It doesn’t produce a ‘pretty picture’. Waldo Canyon Wildfire in IR (credit: NASA) WHB
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