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Stories to Change 'Apocalypse Fatigue' into Action

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2017

Stories to Change 'Apocalypse Fatigue' into Action

Moving away from cliamte fatigue into action.

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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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The Conservation Alliance

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Supporting Environmental Work

Supporting Environmental Work

April campaign to We Keep it Wild and support The Conservation Alliance.

1 Apr 2016

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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.

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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