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Trees Before Rain

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Nov

2017

Trees Before Rain

Which came first: trees or rain?

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A 'Medicane' Forms

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Nov

2017

A 'Medicane' Forms

A medicane heads toward Italy and Greece.

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The Conservation Alliance

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Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Robotic engineers at JPL are turning to bio-mimicry and using a gecko as their design guide.

30 Oct 2017

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Compassion and other creatures

Compassion and other creatures 5 November 2017

Compassion and other creatures

Compassion is considered a trait uniquely human but we should make it more inclusive.

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency! 4 November 2017

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency is the name of the game for energy, architecture, and solar design with three new developments showing the way.

Conservatives and Conservation

Conservatives and Conservation 2 November 2017

Conservatives and Conservation

 

Republican presidents from Theodore Roosevelt, to Richard Nixon, through George W. Bush left good environmental accomplishments.

 

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time 1 November 2017

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

One way to restore coral reefs could require re-seeding with transplanted corals.

Whales & Drones

Whales & Drones 31 October 2017

Whales & Drones

Remotely controlled drones provide a quiet way to track animal behavior.

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper 30 October 2017

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Robotic engineers at JPL are turning to bio-mimicry and using a gecko as their design guide.

The Scale of the Universe

An interactive animation,  The Scale of the Universe, by Cary Huang is not to be missed. Huang uses very clever illustrations to scale things from atoms to galaxies. Use your cursor to move up or down in the diversity of sizes to the objects. If you’d prefer just watching then this short video should suffice. ";" alt=""> The Scale of the Universe WHB
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The universe is in us

We are in the universe and we are of the universe, but – more importantly – the universe is in us. Here is the most astounding fact, from Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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Restore the Colorado River Delta

Here at Riled Up we feel strongly about restoration of damaged lands. There certainly is no lack of places needing attention but none more so than the currently dry delta of the Colorado River. A campaign is underway to Restore the Colorado River Delta , a landscape so degraded that water from the river no longer reaches the Sea of Cortez at the Gulf of California. A petition is gathering signatures to  support an effort to begin the process of river restoration. The petition requires ...
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The Scale of the Universe

An interactive animation,  The Scale of the Universe, by Cary Huang is not to be missed. Huang uses very clever illustrations to scale things from atoms to galaxies. Use your cursor to move up or down in the diversity of sizes to the objects. If you’d prefer just watching then this short video should suffice. ";" alt=""> The Scale of the Universe WHB
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The Plants Are Still Amazing

To provide full disclosure, I must admit to having been involved in the plant world for over 50 years. After a lifetime of curiosity, these green life forms remain entirely amazing to me. However, I have never attended the granddaddy of all plant exhibitions, the Philadelphia International Flower Show and should make amends and to check it out sometime. Founded in 1827, the Philadelphia Flower Show has entertained and educated visitors from around the world with displays celebrating the ...
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The Plants Are Still Amazing

To provide full disclosure, I must admit to having been involved in the plant world for over 50 years. After a lifetime of curiosity, these green life forms remain entirely amazing to me. However, I have never attended the granddaddy of all plant exhibitions, the Philadelphia International Flower Show and should make amends and to check it out sometime. Founded in 1827, the Philadelphia Flower Show has entertained and educated visitors from around the world with displays celebrating the ...
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The Plants Are Still Amazing

To provide full disclosure, I must admit to having been involved in the plant world for over 50 years. After a lifetime of curiosity, these green life forms remain entirely amazing to me. However, I have never attended the granddaddy of all plant exhibitions, the Philadelphia International Flower Show and should make amends and to check it out sometime. Founded in 1827, the Philadelphia Flower Show has entertained and educated visitors from around the world with displays celebrating the ...
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New Views

It seems everyone is getting into the game of making art from science. Why not? The massive solar storms on the Sun recently provided an excellent opportunity for the Goddard Space Center to produce spectacular photographic creations that any art gallery patron would appreciate.        Solar 3D                                      Impressionist’s Sun                       Prominence Rainbows                  Sun-flower                                 Warhol Would Be Proud The powerful ...
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New Views

It seems everyone is getting into the game of making art from science. Why not? The massive solar storms on the Sun recently provided an excellent opportunity for the Goddard Space Center to produce spectacular photographic creations that any art gallery patron would appreciate.        Solar 3D                                      Impressionist’s Sun                       Prominence Rainbows                  Sun-flower                                 Warhol Would Be Proud The powerful ...
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Mars, Imagined and Real

From the ancient times to our current age, Mars has amazed us. The Red Planet has been the basis of scientific curiosity and the grist of pulp fiction like Edgar Rice Burrows epic tale, and now film, John Carter. We have imagined much about our nearest solar system neighbor and learned much from our explorations. In 1894 a map of Mars was created by Eugene Antoniadi showing canals that were imagined to move liquid water from the polar ice caps to cultivated landscapes near the Martian ...
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Mars, Imagined and Real

From the ancient times to our current age, Mars has amazed us. The Red Planet has been the basis of scientific curiosity and the grist of pulp fiction like Edgar Rice Burrows epic tale, and now film, John Carter. We have imagined much about our nearest solar system neighbor and learned much from our explorations. In 1894 a map of Mars was created by Eugene Antoniadi showing canals that were imagined to move liquid water from the polar ice caps to cultivated landscapes near the Martian ...
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New Views

It seems everyone is getting into the game of making art from science. Why not? The massive solar storms on the Sun recently provided an excellent opportunity for the Goddard Space Center to produce spectacular photographic creations that any art gallery patron would appreciate.        Solar 3D                                      Impressionist’s Sun                       Prominence Rainbows                  Sun-flower                                 Warhol Would Be Proud The powerful ...
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Mars, Imagined and Real

From the ancient times to our current age, Mars has amazed us. The Red Planet has been the basis of scientific curiosity and the grist of pulp fiction like Edgar Rice Burrows epic tale, and now film, John Carter. We have imagined much about our nearest solar system neighbor and learned much from our explorations. In 1894 a map of Mars was created by Eugene Antoniadi showing canals that were imagined to move liquid water from the polar ice caps to cultivated landscapes near the Martian ...
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What Are The Dolphins Telling Us?

Dolphins are doing some strange things lately. First, they started beaching themselves on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and now on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What is causing them to decide to beach themselves on both northern and southern hemisphere beaches remains a mystery. Are they getting disoriented by ocean “noise” caused by ocean vessels that confuses their direction sense? Could it be changes in the coastal sandbars caused by severe storms? Perhaps something else entirely. At ...
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What Are The Dolphins Telling Us?

Dolphins are doing some strange things lately. First, they started beaching themselves on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and now on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What is causing them to decide to beach themselves on both northern and southern hemisphere beaches remains a mystery. Are they getting disoriented by ocean “noise” caused by ocean vessels that confuses their direction sense? Could it be changes in the coastal sandbars caused by severe storms? Perhaps something else entirely. At ...
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What Are The Dolphins Telling Us?

Dolphins are doing some strange things lately. First, they started beaching themselves on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and now on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What is causing them to decide to beach themselves on both northern and southern hemisphere beaches remains a mystery. Are they getting disoriented by ocean “noise” caused by ocean vessels that confuses their direction sense? Could it be changes in the coastal sandbars caused by severe storms? Perhaps something else entirely. At ...
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Citizen Scientists Blow Bubbles

Citizen scientists have discovered more than 5,000 space “bubbles” in the disk of the Milky Way galaxy. The star-forming process is more active than previously thought and a major discovery. Over 30,000 citizen scientists volunteered to sift data gathered by the Spitzer Space Telescope using a cool new online tool, the Milky Way Project, that aims to sort and measure our galaxy. The goal of the project is to help scientists learn how stars form, how the galaxy changes, and evolves with ...
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Citizen Scientists Blow Bubbles

Citizen scientists have discovered more than 5,000 space “bubbles” in the disk of the Milky Way galaxy. The star-forming process is more active than previously thought and a major discovery. Over 30,000 citizen scientists volunteered to sift data gathered by the Spitzer Space Telescope using a cool new online tool, the Milky Way Project, that aims to sort and measure our galaxy. The goal of the project is to help scientists learn how stars form, how the galaxy changes, and evolves with ...
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Citizen Scientists Blow Bubbles

Citizen scientists have discovered more than 5,000 space “bubbles” in the disk of the Milky Way galaxy. The star-forming process is more active than previously thought and a major discovery. Over 30,000 citizen scientists volunteered to sift data gathered by the Spitzer Space Telescope using a cool new online tool, the Milky Way Project, that aims to sort and measure our galaxy. The goal of the project is to help scientists learn how stars form, how the galaxy changes, and evolves with ...
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About Weeds, Part II

Genetic variability is a wonderful thing. That is until a mutant or invader appears in the mix. Japanese horror flicks on the 1950’s showed the deadly consequences of creatures like monster lizards, moths, and spiders when they were unleashed onto peaceful cities and their inhabitants. Mutant plants and invasive weeds are not too much different in their ecological and economic impacts but they haven’t received a movie credit yet. Recent botanical developments may even that score. DNA ...
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About Weeds, Part II

Genetic variability is a wonderful thing. That is until a mutant or invader appears in the mix. Japanese horror flicks on the 1950’s showed the deadly consequences of creatures like monster lizards, moths, and spiders when they were unleashed onto peaceful cities and their inhabitants. Mutant plants and invasive weeds are not too much different in their ecological and economic impacts but they haven’t received a movie credit yet. Recent botanical developments may even that score. DNA ...
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About Weeds, Part II

Genetic variability is a wonderful thing. That is until a mutant or invader appears in the mix. Japanese horror flicks on the 1950’s showed the deadly consequences of creatures like monster lizards, moths, and spiders when they were unleashed onto peaceful cities and their inhabitants. Mutant plants and invasive weeds are not too much different in their ecological and economic impacts but they haven’t received a movie credit yet. Recent botanical developments may even that score. DNA ...
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In prison, but still a force

Monkeywrecher Tim DeChristopher has been in prison for more than seven months now, serving a two-year sentence. He disrupted an auction in Salt Lake in late 2008, where the government was selling off the rights to drill on some beautiful pieces of land near national parks. DeChristopher acted like a legitimate oilman, bid on and won the right to drill, and then admitted that he didn't have the money to pay. It wrecked the auction, and saved land from being drilled. It remains one of the ...
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In prison, but still a force

Monkeywrecher Tim DeChristopher has been in prison for more than seven months now, serving a two-year sentence. He disrupted an auction in Salt Lake in late 2008, where the government was selling off the rights to drill on some beautiful pieces of land near national parks. DeChristopher acted like a legitimate oilman, bid on and won the right to drill, and then admitted that he didn't have the money to pay. It wrecked the auction, and saved land from being drilled. It remains one of the ...
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In prison, but still a force

Monkeywrecher Tim DeChristopher has been in prison for more than seven months now, serving a two-year sentence. He disrupted an auction in Salt Lake in late 2008, where the government was selling off the rights to drill on some beautiful pieces of land near national parks. DeChristopher acted like a legitimate oilman, bid on and won the right to drill, and then admitted that he didn't have the money to pay. It wrecked the auction, and saved land from being drilled. It remains one of the ...
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The Sun Flares Up

The sun has been particularly active of late. A massive solar storm erupted only yesterday, March 5, 2012, and was captured in a short NASA video. Gorgeous auroras will result later this month when the electrically charged solar particles hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Your GPS may not point in the proper direction as well. Strong X-Class Solar Storms Erupt (credit: NASA/space.com WHB
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