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The Playful Wonderland

16

Jul

2018

The Playful Wonderland

From fire to photographs.

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Of Rats & Reefs

15

Jul

2018

Of Rats & Reefs

Remove rats...restore reefs!

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The Conservation Alliance

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Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

The Dry Valleys are one of the strangest environments on Earth.

7 Dec 2017

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Conserving, the Mother Load

Conserving, the Mother Load 26 June 2018

Conserving, the Mother Load

Avoiding another Dust Bowl.

Environmental Art

Environmental Art 15 January 2018

Environmental Art

Creating paintings with natue connections.

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia and Sustainability 31 December 2017

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia shows how to apply sustainability in business practice.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From 22 December 2017

Where Good Ideas Come From

A clever storyteller suggests an answer.

Bottled Arctic Notes

Bottled Arctic Notes 15 December 2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars 7 December 2017

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

The Dry Valleys are one of the strangest environments on Earth.

Nocturnal

If you’re in the southern hemisphere, the nights are different. Here’s a beautiful nocturnal view from western Australia and southern Chile. Nocturnal  (credit: Vimeo)
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By Crowdsourcing Science, the Natural World Becomes a Little More Knowable

By Reilly Capps Here is breaking news: the Internet will change everything about science. I know, I know, it sounds crazy. But hear me out. Science has always been advanced by the lone grad student, out on his summer vacation, picking at grubs on one lone hillside in New Guinea. Then they sat in an office all school year and worked out what it meant. That’s basically all Charles Darwin was: a schoolboy on his summer vacay to the Galapagos. But now science can be all about ...
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By Crowdsourcing Science, the Natural World Becomes a Little More Knowable

By Reilly Capps Here is breaking news: the Internet will change everything about science. I know, I know, it sounds crazy. But hear me out. Science has always been advanced by the lone grad student, out on his summer vacation, picking at grubs on one lone hillside in New Guinea. Then they sat in an office all school year and worked out what it meant. That’s basically all Charles Darwin was: a schoolboy on his summer vacay to the Galapagos. But now science can be all about ...
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By Crowdsourcing Science, the Natural World Becomes a Little More Knowable

By Reilly Capps Here is breaking news: the Internet will change everything about science. I know, I know, it sounds crazy. But hear me out. Science has always been advanced by the lone grad student, out on his summer vacation, picking at grubs on one lone hillside in New Guinea. Then they sat in an office all school year and worked out what it meant. That’s basically all Charles Darwin was: a schoolboy on his summer vacay to the Galapagos. But now science can be all about ...
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Curiosity Landing Video

A small camera positioned on JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory, captured that last moments of Curiosity’s descent and landing on Mars. The video created from the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) illustrates the talent, creativity, and wizardry of the JPL engineers in the landing process. The technology is even that much more impressive as the scientific mission hasn’t even begun yet. ";" alt="">Landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity (credit: Curiosity Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) ...
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Curiosity Landing Video

A small camera positioned on JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory, captured that last moments of Curiosity’s descent and landing on Mars. The video created from the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) illustrates the talent, creativity, and wizardry of the JPL engineers in the landing process. The technology is even that much more impressive as the scientific mission hasn’t even begun yet. ";" alt="">Landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity (credit: Curiosity Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) ...
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Curiosity Landing Video

A small camera positioned on JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory, captured that last moments of Curiosity’s descent and landing on Mars. The video created from the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) illustrates the talent, creativity, and wizardry of the JPL engineers in the landing process. The technology is even that much more impressive as the scientific mission hasn’t even begun yet. ";" alt="">Landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity (credit: Curiosity Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) ...
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How to Land on Mars

If you missed the jubilation at JPL and CalTech with the placement of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, here is an animation of the “nail biting” process that unfolded last night: How To Land on Mars Additionally, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured an impressive picture of the rover’s parachute on its successful descent to the Martian surface.             How to Land on Mars                      Mars Science Lab Parachute           Curiosity Landing Site, Gale Crater (credit: ...
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How to Land on Mars

If you missed the jubilation at JPL and CalTech with the placement of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, here is an animation of the “nail biting” process that unfolded last night: How To Land on Mars Additionally, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured an impressive picture of the rover’s parachute on its successful descent to the Martian surface.             How to Land on Mars                      Mars Science Lab Parachute           Curiosity Landing Site, Gale Crater (credit: ...
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How to Land on Mars

If you missed the jubilation at JPL and CalTech with the placement of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, here is an animation of the “nail biting” process that unfolded last night: How To Land on Mars Additionally, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured an impressive picture of the rover’s parachute on its successful descent to the Martian surface.             How to Land on Mars                      Mars Science Lab Parachute           Curiosity Landing Site, Gale Crater (credit: ...
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The Wizards of Pasadena

There has always been something a bit different about the scientists and engineers at CalTech. This was truly on display when their ‘out of the box’ idea to lower the new Mars rover, Curiosity, onto the surface of Mars last night. After maneuvering the spacecraft to reduce its speed from nearly 13,000 miles/hour to less than 5 using a huge high-tech parachute and small breaking jets, the rover team at Jet Propulsion Lab used a sky-crane mechanism to lower the rover gently onto the surface of ...
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The Wizards of Pasadena

There has always been something a bit different about the scientists and engineers at CalTech. This was truly on display when their ‘out of the box’ idea to lower the new Mars rover, Curiosity, onto the surface of Mars last night. After maneuvering the spacecraft to reduce its speed from nearly 13,000 miles/hour to less than 5 using a huge high-tech parachute and small breaking jets, the rover team at Jet Propulsion Lab used a sky-crane mechanism to lower the rover gently onto the surface of ...
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The Wizards of Pasadena

There has always been something a bit different about the scientists and engineers at CalTech. This was truly on display when their ‘out of the box’ idea to lower the new Mars rover, Curiosity, onto the surface of Mars last night. After maneuvering the spacecraft to reduce its speed from nearly 13,000 miles/hour to less than 5 using a huge high-tech parachute and small breaking jets, the rover team at Jet Propulsion Lab used a sky-crane mechanism to lower the rover gently onto the surface of ...
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Shrieks of Joy

Think about what it would have been like if the Curiosity rover had crashed. Devastation. More than a billion down the drain. Fodder for critics who think exploration is a waste of money – they’d rather fund road re-paving projects. These NASA geeks’ shrieks are just what an ailing space program needed. Here’s the proof that it worked:
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Shrieks of Joy

Think about what it would have been like if the Curiosity rover had crashed. Devastation. More than a billion down the drain. Fodder for critics who think exploration is a waste of money – they’d rather fund road re-paving projects. These NASA geeks’ shrieks are just what an ailing space program needed. Here’s the proof that it worked:
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Here they are going nuts

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Here they are going nuts

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Tears of Joy

Are you watching this? The smartest rocket scientists in the world crying like babies as they see their baby made a soft little landing on another planet. Why is this not on NBC? Why are we not dancing in the streets? This is humanity at its finest, and ABC is showing a rerun of Grey’s Anatomy.
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Tears of Joy

Are you watching this? The smartest rocket scientists in the world crying like babies as they see their baby made a soft little landing on another planet. Why is this not on NBC? Why are we not dancing in the streets? This is humanity at its finest, and ABC is showing a rerun of Grey’s Anatomy.
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Touchdown confirmed!

We’re safe on Mars! Mars, ya’ll. Mars. First photo to come.
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Touchdown confirmed!

We’re safe on Mars! Mars, ya’ll. Mars. First photo to come.
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We are in the terror minutes

Before the Mars rover, Curiosity, roams the surface for two years, it has to make it through its seven minutes of terror, which are going on right about …. now. Here’s what it’s looking like:
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We are in the terror minutes

Before the Mars rover, Curiosity, roams the surface for two years, it has to make it through its seven minutes of terror, which are going on right about …. now. Here’s what it’s looking like:
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Curiosity

It's supposed to stay on Mars for about two years. But these next seven minutes will be the most crucial. Here's what it will look like: 
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