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The Playful Wonderland

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2018

The Playful Wonderland

From fire to photographs.

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Of Rats & Reefs

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2018

Of Rats & Reefs

Remove rats...restore reefs!

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Let's Celebrate People Day

Let's Celebrate People Day

On People Day, unlike Earth Day, we do whatever we want. 

24 Apr 2014

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Conserving, the Mother Load

Conserving, the Mother Load 26 June 2018

Conserving, the Mother Load

Avoiding another Dust Bowl.

Environmental Art

Environmental Art 15 January 2018

Environmental Art

Creating paintings with natue connections.

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia and Sustainability 31 December 2017

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia shows how to apply sustainability in business practice.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From 22 December 2017

Where Good Ideas Come From

A clever storyteller suggests an answer.

Bottled Arctic Notes

Bottled Arctic Notes 15 December 2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

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.

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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There's No Going Back ...

NASA just announced that "there's no going back." Curiosity is about to hit Mars. Everyone hopes it lands in a crater, and does not crater.  Watch the coverage here. 
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There's No Going Back ...

NASA just announced that "there's no going back." Curiosity is about to hit Mars. Everyone hopes it lands in a crater, and does not crater.  Watch the coverage here. 
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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

Live video from your iPhone using Ustream
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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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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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There's No Going Back ...

NASA just announced that "there's no going back." Curiosity is about to hit Mars. Everyone hopes it lands in a crater, and does not crater.  Watch the coverage here. 
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Mars Scoreboard

Landing on Mars is tough and the odds of success aren’t good. A baseball scoreboard illustrates past outcomes of sending orbiters and landers to Mars with Mars in the lead. Of the previous 39 Mars missions, 15 were successes and 24 were failures. For sports fans, that's a batting average of .385. The one-ton Curiosity Rover will attempt a Mars landing tonight. Hopefully the ‘batting average’ will go up. Landing Scoreboard (credit: JPL-Caltech) WHB
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Mars Scoreboard

Landing on Mars is tough and the odds of success aren’t good. A baseball scoreboard illustrates past outcomes of sending orbiters and landers to Mars with Mars in the lead. Of the previous 39 Mars missions, 15 were successes and 24 were failures. For sports fans, that's a batting average of .385. The one-ton Curiosity Rover will attempt a Mars landing tonight. Hopefully the ‘batting average’ will go up. Landing Scoreboard (credit: JPL-Caltech) WHB
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Mars Scoreboard

Landing on Mars is tough and the odds of success aren’t good. A baseball scoreboard illustrates past outcomes of sending orbiters and landers to Mars with Mars in the lead. Of the previous 39 Mars missions, 15 were successes and 24 were failures. For sports fans, that's a batting average of .385. The one-ton Curiosity Rover will attempt a Mars landing tonight. Hopefully the ‘batting average’ will go up. Landing Scoreboard (credit: JPL-Caltech) WHB
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Dunes on the Move

Mars is windy and sand is moved around forming large fields of dunes. From the equator to the poles, the dunes on Mars are on the move. 60 locations have been monitored and the dune fields have been seen to advancing at rates of up to 1 meter per Martian year. The dunes are also beautiful like an abstract painting. Mars Moving Dunes (credit: NASA) WHB
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Dunes on the Move

Mars is windy and sand is moved around forming large fields of dunes. From the equator to the poles, the dunes on Mars are on the move. 60 locations have been monitored and the dune fields have been seen to advancing at rates of up to 1 meter per Martian year. The dunes are also beautiful like an abstract painting. Mars Moving Dunes (credit: NASA) WHB
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Dunes on the Move

Mars is windy and sand is moved around forming large fields of dunes. From the equator to the poles, the dunes on Mars are on the move. 60 locations have been monitored and the dune fields have been seen to advancing at rates of up to 1 meter per Martian year. The dunes are also beautiful like an abstract painting. Mars Moving Dunes (credit: NASA) WHB
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One Dam Down

The first of two dams blocking the Elwha River in Washington State has come down. Constructed early in the 20th Century inside what became Olympic National Park, the Elwha dams destroyed salmon and steelhead fisheries, affected Native American land rights, and flooded a 45 mile long wild  river that originated in the high alpine region of the park. Efforts to remove the Elwha dams have been in process for years. They finally succeeded this spring. During the past century, a huge volume of ...
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One Dam Down

The first of two dams blocking the Elwha River in Washington State has come down. Constructed early in the 20th Century inside what became Olympic National Park, the Elwha dams destroyed salmon and steelhead fisheries, affected Native American land rights, and flooded a 45 mile long wild  river that originated in the high alpine region of the park. Efforts to remove the Elwha dams have been in process for years. They finally succeeded this spring. During the past century, a huge volume of ...
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One Dam Down

The first of two dams blocking the Elwha River in Washington State has come down. Constructed early in the 20th Century inside what became Olympic National Park, the Elwha dams destroyed salmon and steelhead fisheries, affected Native American land rights, and flooded a 45 mile long wild  river that originated in the high alpine region of the park. Efforts to remove the Elwha dams have been in process for years. They finally succeeded this spring. During the past century, a huge volume of ...
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MARDI and Curiosity’s Photo “Eyes”

If the super-tricky landing maneuvers all go as planned, the new rover Curiosity will settle safely on the surface of Mars in less than a week and begin its journey of exploration. Since everyone likes pretty pictures, Curiosity comes well equipped with a slew of high-tech cameras to provide imagery not dissimilar to what you might experience with your own digital camera. Called Mastcam and mounted on a pedicle on top of the rover, the Curiosity imager is composed of two separate cameras ...
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MARDI and Curiosity’s Photo “Eyes”

If the super-tricky landing maneuvers all go as planned, the new rover Curiosity will settle safely on the surface of Mars in less than a week and begin its journey of exploration. Since everyone likes pretty pictures, Curiosity comes well equipped with a slew of high-tech cameras to provide imagery not dissimilar to what you might experience with your own digital camera. Called Mastcam and mounted on a pedicle on top of the rover, the Curiosity imager is composed of two separate cameras ...
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MARDI and Curiosity’s Photo “Eyes”

If the super-tricky landing maneuvers all go as planned, the new rover Curiosity will settle safely on the surface of Mars in less than a week and begin its journey of exploration. Since everyone likes pretty pictures, Curiosity comes well equipped with a slew of high-tech cameras to provide imagery not dissimilar to what you might experience with your own digital camera. Called Mastcam and mounted on a pedicle on top of the rover, the Curiosity imager is composed of two separate cameras ...
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Volcanic Weather

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted twice in 2010. During the second eruption, the volcano melted a large amount of the mountain’s glacier which cooled and fragmented into gritty particles lofted high in the atmosphere with the volcanic plume. The combination of ash, moisture, and glassy grit produced lightning bolts almost like the volcano was making its own weather system. An Icelandic photographer captured the remarkable scene. Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland (credit: ...
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Volcanic Weather

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted twice in 2010. During the second eruption, the volcano melted a large amount of the mountain’s glacier which cooled and fragmented into gritty particles lofted high in the atmosphere with the volcanic plume. The combination of ash, moisture, and glassy grit produced lightning bolts almost like the volcano was making its own weather system. An Icelandic photographer captured the remarkable scene. Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland (credit: ...
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Volcanic Weather

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted twice in 2010. During the second eruption, the volcano melted a large amount of the mountain’s glacier which cooled and fragmented into gritty particles lofted high in the atmosphere with the volcanic plume. The combination of ash, moisture, and glassy grit produced lightning bolts almost like the volcano was making its own weather system. An Icelandic photographer captured the remarkable scene. Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland (credit: ...
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