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March 28, 2015

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6:20 PM | Koch Brothers, Museums, & An Unpopular Opinion
There’s been a campaign lately to get museums to cut ties with the Koch Brothers, who’ve donated a lot of money to some major institutions (like the AMNH), because of their dealings with the fossil fuel industry. (x) Personally, I have mixed feelings about it. Undoubtedly, I have problems with the Koch brothers’ political and business dealings, but frankly, most museums continually struggle to stay afloat, and most are still struggling to recover after the recession. (x, x, […]
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4:30 PM | mindblowingscience:Paper Test Quickly Detects Ebola, Dengue and...
mindblowingscience:Paper Test Quickly Detects Ebola, Dengue and Yellow FeverResearchers in the US have developed a silver nanoparticle-based paper test to simultaneously detect dengue, yellow fever and Ebola. This could provide a cheap and reliable diagnosis for all three diseases, that’s as quick as a home pregnancy test.The Ebola epidemic in West Africa underscores an urgent need for rapid diagnostics; quick identification and patient isolation can benefit the sick and the healthy. […]
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2:45 PM | Hahahahahahaha
Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors,” complains Andreeva. Link.
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1:43 PM | Top Ten Birds with Cool Hairstyles
Which bird hairstyle would you love to have?

March 27, 2015

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11:14 PM | Drought Hasn’t Dampened Gorgeous Bay Area Wildflowers Display
The drought hasn't held back the wildflowers this year. See what's blooming in naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embrys blog.
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9:27 PM | Hi. Is there a bunch of note taking in your classes? Is the work hard?
I assume you mean in my museum studies program at UW. Note taking is a personal preference. I’m not big on in-class notes; others are. Whatever works for you.Is it hard? Yes, but manageable. Also, an interesting aspect is how broad the classes are, covering everything from collections, to community outreach, to evaluation, to budgets, etc. Cheers
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9:07 PM | How Southern California quietly doubled its 2014 supply of Colorado River water
Resilience is a system’s ability to absorb a shock and still retain its basic structure and function. Here, in one complicated table, is an example of the sort of institutional plumbing valves we need to build to increase resilience in the face of drought. It’s a table accounting for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern ...Continue reading ‘How Southern California quietly doubled its 2014 supply of Colorado River water’ »
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8:42 PM | "I’m twentysomething, I vote, and I won’t take seriously any candidate who doubts climate change"
“I’m twentysomething, I vote, and I won’t take seriously any candidate who doubts climate change” - John Cubelic in the latimes.Read more here. (via nrdc)I wouldn’t take any candidate seriously unless s/he not only realized the fact of climate change, but was taking serious steps to address it.Like/Reblog if you agree. Maybe we can help send a message to the polito-sphere.
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7:50 PM | While you’re waiting for the bus
The math of Ferguson: percentages don’t show how bad it really is “What’s our Nature paper?” Are walking and cycling as green as we imagine? The other issue is that cars look relatively good because the comparison is on a … Continue reading →
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6:50 PM | Antarctic Ice Shelves are Thinning Rapidly — and the Losses are Accelerating in West Antarctica
Yesterday, I posted a story about the Halley Research Station on Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf. I titled it a "Winter Postcard from Antarctica," and it included photos and comments about life at the station from Tom Welsh, the wintertime manager there. Well, I was so busy putting that post together that I missed the big news yesterday about Antarctic ice shelves in general: They are thinning faster than previously thought. This is a big deal because these ice shelves act like dams […]
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6:50 PM | eDNA - the next big thing in conservation monitoring?
Gathering data on the distribution and abundance of species is essential for bio...
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6:35 PM | Researchers at SLAC Study Promising Alternative to Morphine
Researchers are now studying a new kind of pain reliever with less side effects than morphine, using the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
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5:39 PM | How to start your vegetable garden for less
Beautiful bounty needn’t be expensive At the moment I’m building a new garden from scratch, and as I’m putting in hard landscaping it’s taking some time (which is frustrating) and the project has a budget. This is in complete contrast to when I started my first garden, which started small, had no plan, and no budget to speak of. When you start a new vegetable patch, it’s easy to be bamboozled by all of the gardening products on the market, and to end up […]
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4:30 PM | txchnologist: New Nanofiber Filter Could Help Residents Breathe...
In this demonstration, the new filter is positioned between two connected jars. An incense stick provides the smoke that is caught while air moves through. Smoke in the far jar can't make it through the new Stanford filter. The filter can trap 10 times its weight in particulate matter. In-situ time evolution study of PM capture by transparent filter. Video was made 16 times faster than the real process. Continuous flow with high concentration of smoke PM was fed to the filter.txchnologist: New […]
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3:45 PM | kateoplis:Astronaut Scott Kelly will return from a year in space...
kateoplis:Astronaut Scott Kelly will return from a year in space both older and younger than his twin brotherConsumer space travel, quantum phenomena, brain-computer interafaces: we’re steadily heading into a very strange future. Guess we’d better get used to bizarre article titles like this. Also, check out the article, quite interesting. You got cosmic rays accelerating physical aging, and relativity causing time itself to pass more slowly for the astronaut. Awesome, mind-blowing […]
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3:28 PM | Who the hell doesn’t know Stromae?
So sometimes I get really sad and dance and somebody wrote a song for that.* Stromae is kind of insanely famous not-in-America. When he played at SXSW the marketing and crowd were very weird. All over SXSW, kiosks were plastered … Continue reading →
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3:25 PM | newyorker:A cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz, from this week’s...
newyorker:A cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz, from this week’s issue.I had not known whether this would be the best Schrodinger Cat joke I’ve ever seen or (/and) just another lame meme. But I checked it out. It’s hilarious.
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3:14 PM | Climate change in disturbed ecosystems
Climate change poses a serious challenge for science as researchers have to develop new concepts for research and modelling to provide better and more realistic answers and predictions of what the impacts will be. INCREASE is an EU-funded infrastructure of seven large-scale climate change experiments in shrublands, which was created in 2009 to meet these challenges by further developing non-intrusive technologies for realistic climate manipulations, by devising non destructive sampling […]
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2:30 PM | Keeping Tiny Delta Smelt Alive in Captivity Is No Small Feat
The delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) may be all but extinct in the wild, but it turns out that hope is not quite lost for this controversial California fish. Although a recent survey turned up... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:00 PM | $1.34 billion per year could save 841 endangered species
The Mount Lefo brush-furred mouse, Lophuromys eisentrauti, is a species that is simultaneously one of the most highly endangered and most likely to become extinct very soon. That’s primarily because it’s found only in one place: Mount Lefo, in western Cameroon. There’s also the Tahiti monarch Pomarea nigra, a bird from French Polynesia, and Turkey’s
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4:41 AM | Rhees to head USBR Upper Colorado office
The Bureau of Reclamation today named Brent Rhees to head its Salt Lake City-based Upper Colorado office: As deputy regional director, Rhees managed several complex and high profile issues, including the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, dam safety modifications, implementation of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, the Colorado River Salinity Control Program and ...Continue reading ‘Rhees to head USBR Upper Colorado office’ »
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2:25 AM | The Colorado – as human construct, and face to flow
Water journalist Brett Walton wrote a lovely piece about finally meeting the Colorado River for the first time: I have reported on the Colorado River for five years. I know it as a legal argument, as a topographic feature, as an obstacle, and as a matrix of charts, calculations, and grim projections. I’ve read its ...Continue reading ‘The Colorado – as human construct, and face to flow’ »
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12:29 AM | As Seen From Space: Russian Volcano Throws A Tantrum
Shiveluch is at it again. The volcano — one of the largest and most active on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula — erupted yesterday, belching a giant plume of ash high into the atmosphere. You can see the plume in the animation above. I created it using two images captured by NASA's Terra satellite. In the natural color image, Shiveluch's eruption plume is brownish in color. In the false-color image, tiny water droplets make the plume appear white, […]

March 26, 2015

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10:10 PM | Spring Blooms Convert Vast Amounts of CO2 Into Ocean Life And Oxygen
New report shows ocean pastures bloom with the seasons and enrich the ocean with oxygen to far greater depths than formerly believed. The spring blooms... The post Spring Blooms Convert Vast Amounts of CO2 Into Ocean Life And Oxygen appeared first on Russ George.
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10:00 PM | Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad
After a hectic start to 2015, I finally managed to slow down the pace. A few days ago, I attempted to catch up on some overdue readings—my way to keep in the loop. Among the many documents piling up on my computer desktop was this short podcast from TNOC: “Closing the Sustainability and Equity Gap: … Continue reading Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad →
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8:17 PM | High and Rising CO2 Helping Trees Conserve Water
Dramatic water conserving effects of rising CO2 in European trees is revealed in 100 years of data Italian researcher(s) Tognetti et al. (2014) show that... The post High and Rising CO2 Helping Trees Conserve Water appeared first on Russ George.
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7:27 PM | designersofthings: China’s First 3D Printed Car Costs Only $1700...
designersofthings: China’s First 3D Printed Car Costs Only $1700 to Make Chinese companies have already shown us how they are using 3D printers to build homes. This week Chinese tech firm, Sanya Si Hai 3D, unveiled its first 3D printed car, a bold orange Sedan called Shuya. The car was printed in five days and cost only $1700 to make.  Read More So this is pretty amazing. And hell, I’d buy one! But more importantly, this is a sign of what’s to come, the opportunities […]
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6:35 PM | usagov:From the Department of Interior:Here’s some serious cute...
usagov:From the Department of Interior:Here’s some serious cute for your morning: Two bear cubs holding paws at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. Lake Clark is home to a diverse population of wildlife, including brown bears. During the summer months, it’s common for visitors to see a gathering of bears along Lake Clark’s Cook Inlet. Photo by Mary Gretchen Kaplan (www.sharetheexperience.org). Everyone needs some cute animals on their dash now and then.
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6:25 PM | Winter Postcard From Antarctica: Life on Ice at the British Halley Research Station
Back in February, I stumbled across a Tweet about a 'not so nice day' at the British Halley Research Station in Antarctica. It featured a photo of a person wearing ski goggles and a big puffy parka being pummeled by wind-blown snow standing in front of an intriguing structure in the background. A 'not so nice day' at Halley VI Research Station...Read more about life on an #Antarctic base http://t.co/VqhT1wa3gH pic.twitter.com/tJUse3eCKq — Antarctic Survey (@BAS_News) […]
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5:06 PM | News from the DNA Barcoding intro course
Posting has been light these days as there is a lot going on at the institute and because I am teaching the online DNA Barcoding Introduction course. This course is one for the record books with 44 participants from 30 nations:Such a large international group is a great resource for information and interesting stories especially when it spreads across almost all continents. The course has a number of interactive elements such as discussion forums one of which started this week. Participants get […]
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