Menu

A journal of science, thought, and action.

Curious Bird

17

Feb

2019

Curious Bird

Researchers receive a curious visitor.

Read more
Last Message

15

Feb

2019

Last Message

Opportunity's final contact.

Read more

Marketplace Now Open

Perfect Gifts


Riled Up Marketplace

Our marketplace offers Hi-Res prints on either polished metal or museum-quality paper.
Browse images of travel, adventure, and nature from elite photographers and visual media creators.

Archive Highlights

Vaquita, the Next Species for Extinction?

Vaquita, the Next Species for Extinction?

Fishing bycatch could cause extinction for the smallest dolphin in the world.

22 Sep 2014

Video Highlights

 

The Conservation Alliance

 

The Whale Updates

The Whale Updates

Great friends and past contributors to Riled Up, Wayne & Pam Osborn, have recently completed another season of whale monitoring in Australia. They've been busy.
  • 13888
Pinocchio Found...no lie!

Pinocchio Found...no lie!

In the classic Italian folk tale, Pinocchio, the puppet's nose would grow whenever he didn't tell the truth. A real-life Pinocchio has now been found and that's no lie.
  • 13574

Big News on Nukes -- Fusion May Be Close

Hot HohlraumBy Reilly Capps 

Fusion may be closer than ever, as scientists get more energy out of a fusion reaction than they put in. Fusion could be cheap and clean energy. If it works, a lot of our troubles could be over. 
  • 2436
       The Monkeywrencher Takes on Harvard

The Monkeywrencher Takes on Harvard

By Reilly Capps 

The convicted felon Tim DeChristopher is now a divinity student at Harvard, proving that there is life after prison. And he's already taking on the president of the most prestigious college in the country -- his college -- essentially accusing her of using the moral logic of slaveowners. "I guess I only made it a month without stirring the pot at Harvard," Tim emailed me. "I'm pretty sure this is exactly what they had in mind when they gave me my scholarship, right?"
  • 3219
Penguin-cam, live for now

Penguin-cam, live for now

The Penguin Camera silently watches penguins on Torgersen Island in Antarctica. It is live for now.
  • 6472
Rover Doodle

Rover Doodle

The Mars Curiosity rover seems to have a bit of artistic talent as a recent "doodle" illustrates.
  • 7220
Worst Fashion Moments in Science this Week

Worst Fashion Moments in Science this Week

Lucas Gardner counts down the biggest fashion faux pas in the science world this week.
  • 2327
Jellyfish Chipper

Jellyfish Chipper

Jellyfish come in all shapes, sizes, and can be both beautiful and deadly. They can also be very environmentally destructive when they occur in massive "blooms".
  • 4364

Apocalypse Now. Apocalypse Everywhere.

File:The Four Horsemen.jpg By Reilly Capps 

File:Ted Cruz by Gage Skidmore.jpg In which the author wonders why the news has gone batshit lately, and why everyone is predicting 
apocalypse, why we're all weatherman who see the sky as not cloudy or sunny but falling, especially when most things are so good, why we worry about things that do not appear to be catastrophes, and he wonders where this paranoia comes from, and dismisses it, and then presents his own paranoid belief about impending doom, which he fully believes -- because that's the way paranoia works.  
  • 2275
Partly Cloudy with Chance of Molton Rock

Partly Cloudy with Chance of Molton Rock

Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has now produced the first map of clouds circling an exoplanet.
  • 2075
We Build Tomorrow

We Build Tomorrow

When completed, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain will be an inspiring site, perhaps transcending religions, even if it has little to do with the environment.
  • 1982

One Way to Mars

roadmap2023

These people deserve a one-way ticket to another planet. Or anywhere. 
  • 3185
Once an Ocean, Now an Island

Once an Ocean, Now an Island

We often forget what a dynamic bit of rock we live on until being reminded by an earthquake.
  • 3369
95% Certain

95% Certain

The latest IPCC report on climate change states that humans are the cause of global temperature increases with 95% certainty.
  • 13781
Cane Toad Horrors

Cane Toad Horrors

Cane toads are voracious, carnivorous, amphibians. A horror photograph shows why. They are the Frankentoads of the amphibian world.
  • 7154
Plant Breeders Rock

Plant Breeders Rock

Everyone depends on the creations of a plant breeder.
  • 5518

Are Dung Beetles Smarter Than Us?

File:Scarabaeus laticollis 2.jpg
[He's coming for your dung! Run! In a straight line!]

By Reilly Capps

Dung beetles navigate by the stars. Either dung beetles are incredibly intelligent or lots of animals do the same. Meanwhile, humans struggle to walk in a straight line. Who's king of the jungle now? 
  • 3579
Robo Reptiles and Slither Bots

Robo Reptiles and Slither Bots

Robots are far better than humans for exploring planets and far off moons. The ESA is showing the way with 'slither-bots' for Mars.
  • 4898
My First Week on Plastic Island

My First Week on Plastic Island

By Lucas Gardner

Far out in the Pacific exists a massive island of trash known as Plastic Island. Here is a recap of my first week living there.
  • 12762
Have a Wonderful Day...or Night

Have a Wonderful Day...or Night

With bad news galore, a long-exposure image of the moon and Venus reminds us that beauty still happens.
  • 10733

Statistics Matter, Even in Times of Tragedy



By Reilly Capps 

It's awful to hear news like Navy Yard, but every news story about anything tragic should, by the third paragraph, give some perspective and context about the tragedy. 
  • 3160
Mount Sinabung Erupts

Mount Sinabung Erupts

The mega-volcano in Indonesia has exploded sending smoke and ash high into the atmosphere.
  • 4009
Colorado Floods

Colorado Floods

Torrential rains in Colorado produced widespread and destructive flooding between September 9-15th.
  • 12550
Sea Changes

Sea Changes

What happens to the oceans is super-important.
  • 5769

Scary Words That Are Not Scary

File:GMO corn Yellow Springs, Ohio.jpg
[Genetically modified corn in Ohio.]

By Reilly Capps

Dihydrogen monoxide can kill you and ought to be banned. Yes? Here is a list of things that sound scary but are not actually scary.
  • 2897
12345678910Last

Recent Archive Highlights

Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2

Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2 29 December 2018

Krakatoa Awakens, Update 2

Krakatau is again active.

Plant Intelligence

Plant Intelligence 17 December 2018

Plant Intelligence

An understanding of intelligence in plants.

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Where Do Good Ideas Come From? 24 November 2018

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

A storyteller suggests an answer.

My Life As A Turkey

My Life As A Turkey 21 November 2018

My Life As A Turkey

A true turkey story for Thanksgiving.

Rewilding

Rewilding 4 September 2018

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.

Archive