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Terrestrial Orchids of SW Australia: Plant of the Month

25

Jul

2017

Terrestrial Orchids of SW Australia: Plant of the Month

Rare plants from a little known biological 'hotspot'.

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What Rivers Can Tell About Earth's History

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Jul

2017

What Rivers Can Tell About Earth's History

Rivers tells us about Earth's history.

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A Monumental President

A Monumental President

Two new national monuments were designated.

16 May 2017

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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.

Rarest Gorilla Caught on Film

Camera traps are one of the most useful tools for biological and environmental field science. The non-invasive technology can track the movement of glaciers changing under the influence of increased atmospheric temperatures to the movement of rare wildlife in remote locations. The traps monitored by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCF) have just captured images of Cross River Gorillas in Cameroon, West Africa. ";" alt="">Cross River Gorillas in Cameroon (credit: Wildlife Conservation ...
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Everest in Real Time

It is still amazing that real-time commentaries are available from high on the extreme West Ridge of Mount Everest. For better or worse, technology allows almost total access now. Team leader Jake Norton made a video report from 23,400 feet on the West Ridge today. Riled Up colleagues and friends, Conrad Anker and Brent Bishop, are attempting dual expeditions of this route to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the first successful American summiting of the Himalayan giant. For ...
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Everest in Real Time

It is still amazing that real-time commentaries are available from high on the extreme West Ridge of Mount Everest. For better or worse, technology allows almost total access now. Team leader Jake Norton made a video report from 23,400 feet on the West Ridge today. Riled Up colleagues and friends, Conrad Anker and Brent Bishop, are attempting dual expeditions of this route to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the first successful American summiting of the Himalayan giant. For ...
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Oceans of Junk

It is often called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the volume of plastic, garbage, and other trash that circulates in a vast region of the north Pacific Ocean. The gyre of junk has grown 100 times over the past 40 years to now be the size of a floating continent twice the size of Texas. New findings reported in a Biology Letters shows that all this waste has now begun to change the ecology of the marine environment. It doesn’t make for pleasant reading. NOAA has produced a map ...
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Oceans of Junk

It is often called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the volume of plastic, garbage, and other trash that circulates in a vast region of the north Pacific Ocean. The gyre of junk has grown 100 times over the past 40 years to now be the size of a floating continent twice the size of Texas. New findings reported in a Biology Letters shows that all this waste has now begun to change the ecology of the marine environment. It doesn’t make for pleasant reading. NOAA has produced a map ...
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Everest in Real Time

It is still amazing that real-time commentaries are available from high on the extreme West Ridge of Mount Everest. For better or worse, technology allows almost total access now. Team leader Jake Norton made a video report from 23,400 feet on the West Ridge today. Riled Up colleagues and friends, Conrad Anker and Brent Bishop, are attempting dual expeditions of this route to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the first successful American summiting of the Himalayan giant. For ...
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Oceans of Junk

It is often called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the volume of plastic, garbage, and other trash that circulates in a vast region of the north Pacific Ocean. The gyre of junk has grown 100 times over the past 40 years to now be the size of a floating continent twice the size of Texas. New findings reported in a Biology Letters shows that all this waste has now begun to change the ecology of the marine environment. It doesn’t make for pleasant reading. NOAA has produced a map ...
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Anti Anti-GMO

When talking about anything interesting, including food, it’s important to remember the difference between connoisseurs and snobs.  Food connoisseurs know things: when strawberries are in season, how to caramelize onions, which proteins and vitamins might be best for you. Food snobs pretend to know things. Rather than simply eating by putting the best food they can in their bodies, they have theories on how to eat. They push theories such as “Slow Food,” or the “paleo-diet.”  Usually, ...
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Anti Anti-GMO

When talking about anything interesting, including food, it’s important to remember the difference between connoisseurs and snobs.  Food connoisseurs know things: when strawberries are in season, how to caramelize onions, which proteins and vitamins might be best for you. Food snobs pretend to know things. Rather than simply eating by putting the best food they can in their bodies, they have theories on how to eat. They push theories such as “Slow Food,” or the “paleo-diet.”  Usually, ...
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Anti Anti-GMO

When talking about anything interesting, including food, it’s important to remember the difference between connoisseurs and snobs.  Food connoisseurs know things: when strawberries are in season, how to caramelize onions, which proteins and vitamins might be best for you. Food snobs pretend to know things. Rather than simply eating by putting the best food they can in their bodies, they have theories on how to eat. They push theories such as “Slow Food,” or the “paleo-diet.”  Usually, ...
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Reinventing Fire

Amory Lovins, the futurist from the Rocky Mountain Institute, gave a recent TED presentation on the steps that could be taken toward replacing fossil fuels for power generation. By combining entrepreneurial business talent, smart engineering design, new technology, and Pentagon support, the United States could become totally energy independent by 2050. His lecture on Reinventing Fire can be seen here: Amory Lovins on Reinventing Fire A companion book was published that expands ...
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Reinventing Fire

Amory Lovins, the futurist from the Rocky Mountain Institute, gave a recent TED presentation on the steps that could be taken toward replacing fossil fuels for power generation. By combining entrepreneurial business talent, smart engineering design, new technology, and Pentagon support, the United States could become totally energy independent by 2050. His lecture on Reinventing Fire can be seen here: Amory Lovins on Reinventing Fire A companion book was published that expands ...
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Reinventing Fire

Amory Lovins, the futurist from the Rocky Mountain Institute, gave a recent TED presentation on the steps that could be taken toward replacing fossil fuels for power generation. By combining entrepreneurial business talent, smart engineering design, new technology, and Pentagon support, the United States could become totally energy independent by 2050. His lecture on Reinventing Fire can be seen here: Amory Lovins on Reinventing Fire A companion book was published that expands ...
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Connect the Dots Day

This weekend is dedicated to appreciating the connections between a changing climate and extreme weather events. Organized by 350.org, events are being planned worldwide. The climate change advocacy group has focused their attention on developing grass-roots initiatives to increase the understanding of climate change and what it could mean to local communities. They take their name from the atmospheric level of 350 parts per million level of CO2 required to maintain a stable climate regime. ...
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Connect the Dots Day

This weekend is dedicated to appreciating the connections between a changing climate and extreme weather events. Organized by 350.org, events are being planned worldwide. The climate change advocacy group has focused their attention on developing grass-roots initiatives to increase the understanding of climate change and what it could mean to local communities. They take their name from the atmospheric level of 350 parts per million level of CO2 required to maintain a stable climate regime. ...
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Connect the Dots Day

This weekend is dedicated to appreciating the connections between a changing climate and extreme weather events. Organized by 350.org, events are being planned worldwide. The climate change advocacy group has focused their attention on developing grass-roots initiatives to increase the understanding of climate change and what it could mean to local communities. They take their name from the atmospheric level of 350 parts per million level of CO2 required to maintain a stable climate regime. ...
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Dark Matters

Those clever animators at PhD Comics have done it again with their creative take on “dark matter”, the stuff no one can seem to find but it’s really important. Understand the problem and enjoy the analysis! WHB
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Dark Matters

Those clever animators at PhD Comics have done it again with their creative take on “dark matter”, the stuff no one can seem to find but it’s really important. Understand the problem and enjoy the analysis! WHB
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Dark Matters

Those clever animators at PhD Comics have done it again with their creative take on “dark matter”, the stuff no one can seem to find but it’s really important. Understand the problem and enjoy the analysis! WHB
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Fishzilla is Coming to Get You

Fishzilla, an app name for the northern loggerhead, has established itself on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Like a creature from a bad 1950’s SciFi movie, the Asian fish devours everything in its path---frogs, other fish, snakes, even baby ducklings and turns them into chow mein. It can walk between ponds and creeks on its fins, breathe air, and survive four days out of water. Originally, a live pair of the ‘fish from hell’ were purchased from an Asian market intended for a family dinner plate. ...
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Fishzilla is Coming to Get You

Fishzilla, an app name for the northern loggerhead, has established itself on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Like a creature from a bad 1950’s SciFi movie, the Asian fish devours everything in its path---frogs, other fish, snakes, even baby ducklings and turns them into chow mein. It can walk between ponds and creeks on its fins, breathe air, and survive four days out of water. Originally, a live pair of the ‘fish from hell’ were purchased from an Asian market intended for a family dinner plate. ...
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Fishzilla is Coming to Get You

Fishzilla, an app name for the northern loggerhead, has established itself on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Like a creature from a bad 1950’s SciFi movie, the Asian fish devours everything in its path---frogs, other fish, snakes, even baby ducklings and turns them into chow mein. It can walk between ponds and creeks on its fins, breathe air, and survive four days out of water. Originally, a live pair of the ‘fish from hell’ were purchased from an Asian market intended for a family dinner plate. ...
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Higgs Animated

If you have ever wondered what exactly is the Higgs Boson, help has arrived in the form of a clever animation reflecting sub-atomic research at CERN where the Higgs quest is in high gear. You should be able to follow their thinking: WHB
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Higgs Animated

If you have ever wondered what exactly is the Higgs Boson, help has arrived in the form of a clever animation reflecting sub-atomic research at CERN where the Higgs quest is in high gear. You should be able to follow their thinking: WHB
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Higgs Animated

If you have ever wondered what exactly is the Higgs Boson, help has arrived in the form of a clever animation reflecting sub-atomic research at CERN where the Higgs quest is in high gear. You should be able to follow their thinking: WHB
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Counting Down

The countdown has begun on the last 100 days before the next robotic laboratory will attempt to land on Mars. Known as Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory is gaining on Mars with each day for its rendezvous with our red planetary neighbor in August. However, a successful landing is not assured given the past history of landing attempts on Mars. As the project manager, Pete Theisinger of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said:  "Landing an SUV-sized vehicle next to the side of a ...
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