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Cassini's Last Photos

23

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2017

Cassini's Last Photos

Cassini gathered data and photos until its last moment.

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A 'Lost Crop' That Might Change Africa

21

Sep

2017

A 'Lost Crop' That Might Change Africa

A wholistic plan for a 'lost crop' that could change Africa.

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Fog is ecologically critical for several ecosystems. It is also beautiful.

23 Apr 2013

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A Monumental President

A Monumental President 26 August 2017

A Monumental President

Two new national monuments were designated.

Fishing for Plastic

Fishing for Plastic 9 August 2017

Fishing for Plastic

It takes garbage to make a boat.

Intelligence of Plants

Intelligence of Plants 8 August 2017

Intelligence of Plants

Amazing new understandings of intelligence in plants.

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.

Make it Rain (Garden)

"Golf courses and cemeteries, biggest wastes of prime real estate," said Rodney Dangerfield in "Caddyshack." There is one other waste: the front lawn. Nobody plays on them; they are too small for football, and kids aren't allowed that close to traffic anyway. So they sit there, chugging water, despite the fact that planting a grass lawn in thirsty Arizona makes as much sense as hanging a hammock in the Arctic circle. Thankfully, a few cities are coming to their senses. The Southern Nevada ...
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Make it Rain (Garden)

"Golf courses and cemeteries, biggest wastes of prime real estate," said Rodney Dangerfield in "Caddyshack." There is one other waste: the front lawn. Nobody plays on them; they are too small for football, and kids aren't allowed that close to traffic anyway. So they sit there, chugging water, despite the fact that planting a grass lawn in thirsty Arizona makes as much sense as hanging a hammock in the Arctic circle. Thankfully, a few cities are coming to their senses. The Southern Nevada ...
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River Notes

It has been said that  ‘a picture is worth 1000 words’  and the old adage is particularly true when trying to compare different landforms and the processes that created them. According to field studies in Utah, braided rivers once flowed during the Jurassic Era in what is now the San Rafael Swell near Hanksville, Utah. The rivers cut through bedrock, chiseled valleys, and deposited sand and gravel on their bottoms. The sandy deposits hardened into erosion-resistant sandstone caps, while ...
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Make it Rain (Garden)

"Golf courses and cemeteries, biggest wastes of prime real estate," said Rodney Dangerfield in "Caddyshack." There is one other waste: the front lawn. Nobody plays on them; they are too small for football, and kids aren't allowed that close to traffic anyway. So they sit there, chugging water, despite the fact that planting a grass lawn in thirsty Arizona makes as much sense as hanging a hammock in the Arctic circle. Thankfully, a few cities are coming to their senses. The Southern Nevada ...
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This Won’t End Well … Except as an Excellent History Lesson

Dubai is back on track, building object lessons and cautionary tales. By Reilly Capps News comes (via the BBC) that the oil-soaked city of Dubai is planning to build a replica of the Taj Mahal, four times bigger than the original. Right next to that will be replicas of the leaning tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The only thing bigger than these monuments will be the builders’ egos. Those won’t be far from the Palazzo Versace, which is reputed ...
  • 2008

This Won’t End Well … Except as an Excellent History Lesson

Dubai is back on track, building object lessons and cautionary tales. By Reilly Capps News comes (via the BBC) that the oil-soaked city of Dubai is planning to build a replica of the Taj Mahal, four times bigger than the original. Right next to that will be replicas of the leaning tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The only thing bigger than these monuments will be the builders’ egos. Those won’t be far from the Palazzo Versace, which is reputed ...
  • 1864

This Won’t End Well … Except as an Excellent History Lesson

Dubai is back on track, building object lessons and cautionary tales. By Reilly Capps News comes (via the BBC) that the oil-soaked city of Dubai is planning to build a replica of the Taj Mahal, four times bigger than the original. Right next to that will be replicas of the leaning tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The only thing bigger than these monuments will be the builders’ egos. Those won’t be far from the Palazzo Versace, which is reputed ...
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Global Warming Analogy of the Day: The Earth is a Garage

By Reilly Capps In the movie “Office Space,” remember Tom Smykowski? The fat guy who has no real reason to live? Remember when the job-killing consultants, “The Bobs,” asked him what he did? And Tom said: “I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing with people!!! Can't you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!”" Then he got in his car in his garage and ran the engine ‘til he ...
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Global Warming Analogy of the Day: The Earth is a Garage

By Reilly Capps In the movie “Office Space,” remember Tom Smykowski? The fat guy who has no real reason to live? Remember when the job-killing consultants, “The Bobs,” asked him what he did? And Tom said: “I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing with people!!! Can't you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!”" Then he got in his car in his garage and ran the engine ‘til he ...
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Rising Tides

This week, the UN convened another of the institution’s climate change gatherings in Doha, Qatar.  If past meetings are any guide, there will be considerable talk and negotiating but not much will actually be accomplished. Mother Jones provides a perspective on taking '”baby steps” at Doha here. However, new environmental data is always presented at these global climate events and worth attention. For two decades, NASA and the European Space Agency have tracked the rise of the world's ...
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Rising Tides

This week, the UN convened another of the institution’s climate change gatherings in Doha, Qatar.  If past meetings are any guide, there will be considerable talk and negotiating but not much will actually be accomplished. Mother Jones provides a perspective on taking '”baby steps” at Doha here. However, new environmental data is always presented at these global climate events and worth attention. For two decades, NASA and the European Space Agency have tracked the rise of the world's ...
  • 1128

Global Warming Analogy of the Day: The Earth is a Garage

By Reilly Capps In the movie “Office Space,” remember Tom Smykowski? The fat guy who has no real reason to live? Remember when the job-killing consultants, “The Bobs,” asked him what he did? And Tom said: “I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing with people!!! Can't you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!”" Then he got in his car in his garage and ran the engine ‘til he ...
  • 2195

Rising Tides

This week, the UN convened another of the institution’s climate change gatherings in Doha, Qatar.  If past meetings are any guide, there will be considerable talk and negotiating but not much will actually be accomplished. Mother Jones provides a perspective on taking '”baby steps” at Doha here. However, new environmental data is always presented at these global climate events and worth attention. For two decades, NASA and the European Space Agency have tracked the rise of the world's ...
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The Ground Beneath Your Feet … Least Explored Part of Our Planet

Sometimes, what with all the Hubble telescopes and Large Hadron Colliders and all the other fancy, high-tech data collection equipment letting us see deeply into the universe, we forget how much a couple of old-fashioned tools can do: cameras and eyes. As EO Wilson (eyes) and David Liittschwager (camera) show, just taking the time to look at a few very small squares of world can teach you a lot about the way the world works. Liittschwager dropped green cubes at a different spots ...
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The Ground Beneath Your Feet … Least Explored Part of Our Planet

Sometimes, what with all the Hubble telescopes and Large Hadron Colliders and all the other fancy, high-tech data collection equipment letting us see deeply into the universe, we forget how much a couple of old-fashioned tools can do: cameras and eyes. As EO Wilson (eyes) and David Liittschwager (camera) show, just taking the time to look at a few very small squares of world can teach you a lot about the way the world works. Liittschwager dropped green cubes at a different spots ...
  • 2417

The Ground Beneath Your Feet … Least Explored Part of Our Planet

Sometimes, what with all the Hubble telescopes and Large Hadron Colliders and all the other fancy, high-tech data collection equipment letting us see deeply into the universe, we forget how much a couple of old-fashioned tools can do: cameras and eyes. As EO Wilson (eyes) and David Liittschwager (camera) show, just taking the time to look at a few very small squares of world can teach you a lot about the way the world works. Liittschwager dropped green cubes at a different spots ...
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Taxes Helped Me Quit Smoking. They Can Do More.

Riled Up I mention Bob’s post on Aspen’s carbon program and my post on Art Laffer. - Reilly Capps
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Taxes Helped Me Quit Smoking. They Can Do More.

Riled Up I mention Bob’s post on Aspen’s carbon program and my post on Art Laffer. - Reilly Capps
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Taxes Helped Me Quit Smoking. They Can Do More.

Riled Up I mention Bob’s post on Aspen’s carbon program and my post on Art Laffer. - Reilly Capps
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Birds of Paradise Project

Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Geographic Society are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. The birds, native only to the deep, mountain rainforests of New Guinea, The Bird of Paradise Project will include an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington; a documentary on NatGeoTV; articles in the Lab’s Living Bird Magazine and National Geographic Magazine; and live lectures around the USA. The project aims to educate people who may have never ...
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Birds of Paradise Project

Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Geographic Society are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. The birds, native only to the deep, mountain rainforests of New Guinea, The Bird of Paradise Project will include an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington; a documentary on NatGeoTV; articles in the Lab’s Living Bird Magazine and National Geographic Magazine; and live lectures around the USA. The project aims to educate people who may have never ...
  • 2930

Birds of Paradise Project

Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Geographic Society are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. The birds, native only to the deep, mountain rainforests of New Guinea, The Bird of Paradise Project will include an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington; a documentary on NatGeoTV; articles in the Lab’s Living Bird Magazine and National Geographic Magazine; and live lectures around the USA. The project aims to educate people who may have never ...
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'Carbon tax' works in Glitter Gulch

When America really gets serious about climate change, you can bet some kind of tax on carbon emissions will become a hot topic, if not a key policy tool. Already, readers of this blog have heard well-known conservatives including economist Arthur Laffer express support for a carbon tax. If policy-makers wake up and smell the smokestack-infused coffee, they’ll have a carbon-tax model to follow in, of all places, Aspen, Colo. Yes, the elite ski town first enacted a carbon tax (of sorts) in ...
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'Carbon tax' works in Glitter Gulch

When America really gets serious about climate change, you can bet some kind of tax on carbon emissions will become a hot topic, if not a key policy tool. Already, readers of this blog have heard well-known conservatives including economist Arthur Laffer express support for a carbon tax. If policy-makers wake up and smell the smokestack-infused coffee, they’ll have a carbon-tax model to follow in, of all places, Aspen, Colo. Yes, the elite ski town first enacted a carbon tax (of sorts) in ...
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Qatar: ‘Don’t Look at Us’

The U.N.’s climate conference is going on in Doha, Qatar, where the government has done virtually nothing to curb its own carbon output. Former Qatari oil minister Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah opened the conference Monday, saying: "We should not concentrate on the per capita (emissions). We should concentrate on the amount from each country.” Nice dodge, dude. Welcome to the world of U.N. climate conferences. You’ll fit in perfectly. - Reilly Capps
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Qatar: ‘Don’t Look at Us’

The U.N.’s climate conference is going on in Doha, Qatar, where the government has done virtually nothing to curb its own carbon output. Former Qatari oil minister Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah opened the conference Monday, saying: "We should not concentrate on the per capita (emissions). We should concentrate on the amount from each country.” Nice dodge, dude. Welcome to the world of U.N. climate conferences. You’ll fit in perfectly. - Reilly Capps
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