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Be Nice To Nerds

Exploring DARPA's creative research approach.

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2017

Mountain Day...Every Day

Time to celebrate mountains every day.

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When Our Stories Get Ruined, We Get Upset

When Our Stories Get Ruined, We Get Upset

Over and over again in the history of ideas, some new piece of information threatens our stories, and we react. Badly.

14 Mar 2014

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Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars 7 December 2017

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

The Dry Valleys are one of the strangest environments on Earth.

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update 5 December 2017

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

In 2014, major marine preserves were created.

Think Green

Think Green 2 December 2017

Think Green

It's important to Think Green during this white time of year.

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update 30 November 2017

Volcano May Explode, a timeline update

Bali's Mount Agung could erupt any time.

Rewilding

Rewilding 27 November 2017

Rewilding

or how a 'silent spring' could turn into a 'wild summer' 

My Life As A Turkey

My Life As A Turkey 23 November 2017

My Life As A Turkey

If you thought turkeys were just big butterballs in the Thanksgiving oven, think again.

The Real Origin of Genius

File:Heisenberg 10.jpg By Reilly Capps  

If you want to know about human genius, you can read biographies of scientists and marvel at the origin stories of some of our greatest theories. But that would involve reading, which is boring, and it wouldn't even be right.

Here's the truth about how our most important and cherished discoveries came into being. 


[At right: the very indecisive Werner Heisenberg.]

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In Praise of Bees

In Praise of Bees

Everyone should give praise to bees. The MacArthur Fellow, Marla Spivak, gives a TED Talk on why.
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The Colorado: Our River, Our Story, Our Time

The Colorado: Our River, Our Story, Our Time

Environmental conservation is often presented as a concern of people with white Anglo-Saxon heritage. Neustro Rio contradicts this characterization.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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       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?"
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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.
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Rover Doodle

Rover Doodle

The Mars Curiosity rover seems to have a bit of artistic talent as a recent "doodle" illustrates.
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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.
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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".
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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.  
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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.
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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.
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One Way to Mars

roadmap2023

These people deserve a one-way ticket to another planet. Or anywhere. 
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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.
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95% Certain

95% Certain

The latest IPCC report on climate change states that humans are the cause of global temperature increases with 95% certainty.
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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.
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Plant Breeders Rock

Plant Breeders Rock

Everyone depends on the creations of a plant breeder.
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Are Dung Beetles Smarter Than Us?

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[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? 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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Mount Sinabung Erupts

Mount Sinabung Erupts

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