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August 29, 2014

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2:04 AM | Venice LA
via Scientific American
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1:35 AM | Why Scientists Don’t Share Data
Data hoarding is real enough, but yhe idea that data hoarding is some special postnormal flaw in climate science is either uninformed or vicious. Forbes has a brief article that may offer some clues. [more]

August 28, 2014

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6:43 PM | Photo of the Week – August 28, 2014
I made a quick run out to our family prairie this week to see how our grazing management was looking.  It was a beautiful evening for a stroll, as the sun went down through layers of diffuse clouds.  The abundant rain this year … Continue reading →
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6:07 PM | Throwback Thursday: The Birth of @WhySharksMatter
Today we celebrate the 30th birthday of David Shiffman, but the entity known as WhySharksMatter was born on an entirely different day. On January 26, 2009, David officially joined Southern Fried Science and assumed the handle that would soon become the most prolific shark conservation activist online. Here, for posterity, is the original chatlog where […]
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1:00 PM | Do driving restrictions work?
How can cities cut down on smog? One appealing solution is to restrict the number of cars allowed on the road. For instance, Beijing forbids cars with certain license plate numbers from entering part of the city on specific days of the week. But a new study suggests that this approach simply doesn’t work that well: About
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12:30 PM | On the Case: An Internship in Detective Work, Library Style
Facade, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural HistoryMy earliest memory of the Natural History Museum is climbing the steps to see the “stuffed animal zoo.” It was a very rainy day and our plans of visiting the National Zoo were put on hold. However, my mom had an idea so that I- only about four or five at the time- could still see animals. I had no idea at the time what exactly she meant by “stuffed animal,” but I had a blast and returned frequently during our […]
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2:42 AM | annaoposa: "WE ARE NOT MEAT," declares shark street art in...
annaoposa: "WE ARE NOT MEAT," declares shark street art in Cebu. 👊 Thank you to our friends at Dolphins Love Freedom for this! ❤ Photo from one of my personal heroes, AG Saño. #savephseas #philippines Proud of you Cebu! 

August 27, 2014

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11:55 PM | Meeting an Illegal Logger
'I make six times the amount of money logging as I would working my small plot of land or even working legally in a pulp and paper or palm oil plantation.' An illegal logger explains the economic conditions in South Sumatra. Mongabay Special Reporting Fellow Robert S. Eshelman interviews an illegal logger in Indonesia on the topic of cleaning up commodity supply chains.
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7:05 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/08/27/10262/
We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. … We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. [more]
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6:52 PM | The Gran Canal: will Nicaragua's big bet create prosperity or environmental ruin?
A hundred years ago, the Panama Canal reshaped global geography. Now a new project, spearheaded by a media-shy Chinese millionaire, wants to build a 278-kilometer canal through Nicaragua. While the government argues the mega-project will change the country's dire economic outlook overnight, critics contend it will cause undue environmental damage, upend numerous communities, and do little to help local people.
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4:41 PM | New Rule(s): Stop F&%$ing with our Oceans.
Trash in the North Pacific Gyre I mean, have you ever been to Texas? Even on the scale of the North Pacific Ocean, it’s big. And when you double it, it’s nearly twice the size! Killer Whale‘s Family Cries As Orca…
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3:33 PM | Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper
Greenhouse gas and other human impacts have created a global emergency. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Sunscreen saves humans at the expense of ocean health
In 2013, more than 202 million international tourists found their way to the beautiful, warm beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. Spain alone was host to more than 60 million visitors that year. In many cases, tourism is a boon to local wildlife, from manta rays to whale sharks to seals. But that isn’t always the
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7:31 AM | Ship Noise Makes Young Eels Stressed and Vulnerable to Predation
Noise pollution in the ocean isn’t just a nuisance; it has grave consequences for the survival of some marine organisms. A recent study reveals that ship noises make young eels stressed and when confronted with predators, they are less likely to fend off attacks due to impaired escape behaviors, known as antipredator responses.  During exposure […]

August 26, 2014

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8:57 PM | Field Day Reminder – TOMORROW, Rain or Shine! Also, A Bee Photo
A reminder – we will have our Platte River Prairies Field Day tomorrow, August 27, from 9am to 3:30.  Details can be found here. Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, but it looks like the best chances for precipitation … Continue reading →
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8:18 PM | How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests?
There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests—also known as old-growth forests—are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it.
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6:20 PM | Aerial Hunter Killing Washington Wolves
Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:Hunter Hired by Washington State Kills 1 Wolf SPOKANE, Wash. — Aug 25, 2014, 5:08 PM ET By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press One wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by…
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4:12 PM | Hubbard Fellowship Post – Dillon the Prairie Doctor
This post is written by Dillon Blankenship, one of our Hubbard Fellows. Becoming a Prairie Doctor (or Living in a World of Wounds) Last weekend I drove back to Arkansas to attend a wedding. It is a sizable drive (approximately … Continue reading →
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1:27 PM | Shark Week 2014: documentary reviews, tweets, and media coverage
I was out of town during Shark Week, so I DVRed the 13 Shark Week 2014 documentaries and watched them in one weekend. Below are my tweets, and the conversations I had with followers, from that time.
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1:00 PM | Is there a deforestation limit we can aim for?
Deforestation is bad, according to just about everybody in the world who isn’t actively engaged in cutting down a tree right now. It isn’t a controversial position to say that we should save our rain forests and other major wooded areas, but it also isn’t a particularly useful one. A more interesting question to answer
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12:30 PM | BHL joins the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
The Biodiversity Heritage Library has joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) as an Associate Participant. GBIF operates through a network of global nodes to develop and maintain an open data infrastructure for sharing digital biodiversity data. As an Associate Participant, BHL will encourage open access and use of biodiversity data among its stakeholders and actively participate in the implementation of the GBIF Work Programme.“BHL provides open and free access to over […]
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4:07 AM | Is This Thermodynamically Possible?
A report on Gizmodo describes what appears to be a huge imminent breakthrough in desalinization. But it seems reminiscent of an implementation of Maxwell's demon. Is this for real? [more]
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3:38 AM | Economic Critique of GDP
Dietz Vollrath: "Imagine if, having invented Diet Coke, you could make copies for free. That would lower GDP, as Coca-Cola would drop to essentially zero revenue from here forward. But it’s demonstrably better, right? Free Diet Coke?" [more]

August 25, 2014

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10:50 PM | Science Meets Law and Loses Again
There's an excellent and thoughtful piece on Medium by David Wolman on the prosecution of geophysicists in the aftermath of the disastrous d'Aquila earthquake in Italy. [more]
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12:30 PM | Twitterchat on Martha, Extinction, & Historic Literature
Pigeons. Selby, P. John (1845). http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/20191792  Please join the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the Smithsonian Libraries, and the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) for a twitterchat on September 2nd, 2014. The chat will take place between 2-3 pm (EST) and feature Helen James, Curator of Birds and our recent Once There Were Billions exhibit in NMNH, and Martin Kalfatovic, BHL Program Director.This September marks the 100th anniversary of the death […]
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11:34 AM | A Trip to Konza Prairie Biological Station, Part 1
Last week, several of us from the Platte River Prairies traveled south to visit the Konza Prairie Biological Station near Manhattan Kansas.  Konza Prairie includes about 8,600 acres of prairie, jointly owned by Kansas State University and The Nature Conservancy.  … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | climateadaptation: Remember this invention? 19 year-old student...
climateadaptation: Remember this invention? 19 year-old student proposed this design to clean up plastics in the oceans. The idea was picked up by TED, and green blogs exploded with glee. I criticized the project as ineffective buffoonery and likely illegal. And several others also panned the invention as foolish and naive. Well, now the student is back with a revised version of the plastic’s clean up machine. He’s partnered with some serious engineers and PR and he formed a new […]
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3:05 AM | Half the Earth
E. O. Wilson is supporting the idea that the current mass extinction can be stopped by reserving half the Earth for wildlife. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Nets that save fish: Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a...
Nets that save fish: Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a design challenge. Technology, you’re doing it right. 

August 24, 2014

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9:15 PM | Texas and Climate Change – Victim, Villain, or Hero?
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5g_j_2WByk&w=560&h=315] mt tries to paint a picture of a future where Texas helps the transition to the post-carbon world rather than hindering it. Far-fetched? Maybe not as much as it might at first appear.
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