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Terrestrial Orchids of SW Australia: Plant of the Month

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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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Nature Isn't Nice

Nature Isn't Nice

By Reilly Capps
A deadly slide on Everest shows, once again, that nature isn't going to pamper us. 

18 Apr 2014

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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.

No Chirps---Many Bugs

Classic SciFi movies have long featured invasions by menacing creatures---gigantic lizards in Godzilla; irradiated ants in Them; and even a giant mutant bear in the film Prophecy. Now comes a real critter invasion actually taking over the island of Guam producing an ecological disaster. An explosion of spiders has resulted from the elimination of the island’s birds by the brown tree snake, an invasive reptile that arrived on Guam from the Solomon Islands where they are native most likely ...
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Bungling About

Here’s the Riled Up ‘question of the day’: where are we here? The Milky Way is obvious but the landscape may not be to most. Southern Utah somewhere? the central Sahara Desert? the Middle East? Central Asia? elsewhere? The Milky Way is 10 billion years old but these sedimentary mounds are a mere 350 million years old. Wherever this desert realm exists, I want to go there---soon! Pull out your atlas, try to figure it out, and let us know where you think the jumbled landscape might be. ...
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Bungling About

Here’s the Riled Up ‘question of the day’: where are we here? The Milky Way is obvious but the landscape may not be to most. Southern Utah somewhere? the central Sahara Desert? the Middle East? Central Asia? elsewhere? The Milky Way is 10 billion years old but these sedimentary mounds are a mere 350 million years old. Wherever this desert realm exists, I want to go there---soon! Pull out your atlas, try to figure it out, and let us know where you think the jumbled landscape might be. ...
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Bungling About

Here’s the Riled Up ‘question of the day’: where are we here? The Milky Way is obvious but the landscape may not be to most. Southern Utah somewhere? the central Sahara Desert? the Middle East? Central Asia? elsewhere? The Milky Way is 10 billion years old but these sedimentary mounds are a mere 350 million years old. Wherever this desert realm exists, I want to go there---soon! Pull out your atlas, try to figure it out, and let us know where you think the jumbled landscape might be. ...
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Giant Sun Explosion

Watch it and wonder, ya’ll. Remember that this explosion is bigger than the entire Earth. Makes your problems seems a little small, don’t it? Source: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory - Reilly Capps
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Giant Sun Explosion

Watch it and wonder, ya’ll. Remember that this explosion is bigger than the entire Earth. Makes your problems seems a little small, don’t it? Source: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory - Reilly Capps
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Global Warming Leads to Increase in Biodiversity

So says a new study published in Nature, looking at past periods of warming. But researchers are careful to note that the Earth has never had warming happen as fast as its happening right now. And so no one knows what will happen during our unprecedented uptick in temperatures. From the Nature report: Warming produces both extinctions and originations, and in the past the originations of new species have outstripped the loss of old ones, says Mayhew. But this does not mean that today's ...
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Global Warming Leads to Increase in Biodiversity

So says a new study published in Nature, looking at past periods of warming. But researchers are careful to note that the Earth has never had warming happen as fast as its happening right now. And so no one knows what will happen during our unprecedented uptick in temperatures. From the Nature report: Warming produces both extinctions and originations, and in the past the originations of new species have outstripped the loss of old ones, says Mayhew. But this does not mean that today's ...
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Giant Sun Explosion

Watch it and wonder, ya’ll. Remember that this explosion is bigger than the entire Earth. Makes your problems seems a little small, don’t it? Source: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory - Reilly Capps
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Chevy Volt Stumbling?

Bad numbers on the Chevy Volt, one of the coolest cars around. Says Reuters: GM acknowledges the Volt continues to lose money, and suggests it might not reach break even until the next-generation model is launched in about three years. The company may be losing $50,000 on each car sold. Not good news for the car of the future. - Reilly Capps
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Chevy Volt Stumbling?

Bad numbers on the Chevy Volt, one of the coolest cars around. Says Reuters: GM acknowledges the Volt continues to lose money, and suggests it might not reach break even until the next-generation model is launched in about three years. The company may be losing $50,000 on each car sold. Not good news for the car of the future. - Reilly Capps
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Global Warming Leads to Increase in Biodiversity

So says a new study published in Nature, looking at past periods of warming. But researchers are careful to note that the Earth has never had warming happen as fast as its happening right now. And so no one knows what will happen during our unprecedented uptick in temperatures. From the Nature report: Warming produces both extinctions and originations, and in the past the originations of new species have outstripped the loss of old ones, says Mayhew. But this does not mean that today's ...
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Cheetah Robot

Intriguing bit of engineering? Or terrifying fore-glimpse of the attack dogs of our future robot overlords? Source: DARPA and Boston Dynamics -Reilly Capps
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Cheetah Robot

Intriguing bit of engineering? Or terrifying fore-glimpse of the attack dogs of our future robot overlords? Source: DARPA and Boston Dynamics -Reilly Capps
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Chevy Volt Stumbling?

Bad numbers on the Chevy Volt, one of the coolest cars around. Says Reuters: GM acknowledges the Volt continues to lose money, and suggests it might not reach break even until the next-generation model is launched in about three years. The company may be losing $50,000 on each car sold. Not good news for the car of the future. - Reilly Capps
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Cheetah Robot

Intriguing bit of engineering? Or terrifying fore-glimpse of the attack dogs of our future robot overlords? Source: DARPA and Boston Dynamics -Reilly Capps
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Nuke it!

Time to bring back nuclear power? More and more climate experts say yes. - Reilly Capps
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Nuke it!

Time to bring back nuclear power? More and more climate experts say yes. - Reilly Capps
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Nuke it!

Time to bring back nuclear power? More and more climate experts say yes. - Reilly Capps
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So Very, Very Shiny

The shiniest living thing in the world is not Lady Gaga or Liberace circa 1976. It’s this fruit, from Central Africa: It’s the Pollia fruit, and Anglo-American researchers declared it the shiniest living thing in the journal of the National Academy of Sciences, here. It surprised scientists. Animals like peacocks, fish and Jersey Shore guidos are well-known for being shiny, usually as a way of attracting mates. [Source: Discover Magazine] But the Pollia is unusual because plants ...
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So Very, Very Shiny

The shiniest living thing in the world is not Lady Gaga or Liberace circa 1976. It’s this fruit, from Central Africa: It’s the Pollia fruit, and Anglo-American researchers declared it the shiniest living thing in the journal of the National Academy of Sciences, here. It surprised scientists. Animals like peacocks, fish and Jersey Shore guidos are well-known for being shiny, usually as a way of attracting mates. [Source: Discover Magazine] But the Pollia is unusual because plants ...
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So Very, Very Shiny

The shiniest living thing in the world is not Lady Gaga or Liberace circa 1976. It’s this fruit, from Central Africa: It’s the Pollia fruit, and Anglo-American researchers declared it the shiniest living thing in the journal of the National Academy of Sciences, here. It surprised scientists. Animals like peacocks, fish and Jersey Shore guidos are well-known for being shiny, usually as a way of attracting mates. [Source: Discover Magazine] But the Pollia is unusual because plants ...
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The Genetics of Internet Addiction

This is a disease I have: Internet addiction. Luckily, science is saying it’s not my fault. It’s genetic. A study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says that those who can’t turn off YouTube are also more likely to possess a gene associated with nicotine addiction. And, yes, I used to smoke. Damn you, genes. Ruining my life, yet again. I’d read more about this, but I have to go check Twitter. - Reilly Capps
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The Genetics of Internet Addiction

This is a disease I have: Internet addiction. Luckily, science is saying it’s not my fault. It’s genetic. A study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says that those who can’t turn off YouTube are also more likely to possess a gene associated with nicotine addiction. And, yes, I used to smoke. Damn you, genes. Ruining my life, yet again. I’d read more about this, but I have to go check Twitter. - Reilly Capps
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The Genetics of Internet Addiction

This is a disease I have: Internet addiction. Luckily, science is saying it’s not my fault. It’s genetic. A study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says that those who can’t turn off YouTube are also more likely to possess a gene associated with nicotine addiction. And, yes, I used to smoke. Damn you, genes. Ruining my life, yet again. I’d read more about this, but I have to go check Twitter. - Reilly Capps
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Are GMOs like DDT?

Arguing that Rachel Carson, the great environmentalist, would have accepted genetically modified foods: While many of Carson’s followers mischaracterize her book as a wholesale rejection of pesticides, and say she would have rejected GM crops, her writings suggest that she understood that solving world hunger rested on developing a range of science-based solutions, including the deployment of crop biotechnology. This is all part of the discussion over California’s effort to label ...
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