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April 18, 2015

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2:11 AM | You should read Cynthia Barnett’s new book, “Rain”
I presume that the audience for this blog is, in significant measure, made of people who think a lot about water. Many of your are probably already familiar with Florida write Cynthia Barnett’s books, Mirage, and Blue Revolution. For you, the news that Cynthia has a new book is self-recommending. There’s so much good to ...Continue reading ‘You should read Cynthia Barnett’s new book, “Rain”’ »
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1:08 AM | Decades of dry on the Rio Grande
Seventeen of the last 20 years have had below-average runoff at Otowi (north-central New Mexico) on the Rio Grande: That’s from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s 2015 Annual Operating Plan presentation, done in Albuquerque last week. “Average” is the 1895-2014 mean.

April 17, 2015

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10:11 PM | Young people’s political identification isn’t about what’s trendy. You just left Marxism off your survey.
Measured by self-identification, partisanship is actually declining — growing numbers of Americans describe themselves as “independent” rather than loyal to one of the parties. But measured by actual voting behavior, the opposite is happening: Straight ticket voting continues to grow. … Continue reading →
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8:53 PM | just-shower-thoughts: Self-Driving cars that brake for pedestrians will be horrible to have during...
just-shower-thoughts: Self-Driving cars that brake for pedestrians will be horrible to have during a zombie apocalypse.
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8:00 PM | the-awesome-quotes: Extremely Beautiful Minerals And...
the-awesome-quotes: Extremely Beautiful Minerals And Stones. gorgeous
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6:17 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick April 18 marks the start of National Park Week and you can visit any of America’s National Parks for free this weekend! But before you get outside to enjoy the spring weather and the great outdoors, be sure to catch up on the latest EPA science. Here’s what we’re highlighting this week. […]
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6:07 PM | nrdc: mothernaturenetwork: America’s tire mountains: 90...
nrdc: mothernaturenetwork: America’s tire mountains: 90 percent are gone, thanks to recycling programsOnce we had 2 billion tires scattered around the U.S. landscape, but now 90 percent of the piles are gone. Ground rubber from tires is becoming roadways, playground equipment and auto floor mats. Environmental success story! 
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5:33 PM | Niche partitioning in diatoms
Life on Earth is diverse and abundant, and there's no need to look any farther than the ocean's surface for proof. There are over 200,000 species of phytoplankton alone, and all of those species of microscopic marine plants that form the base of the marine food web need the same basic resources to grow--light and nutrients. This diversity of phytoplankton has puzzled researchers for a long time. The many different species coexist in this relatively stable environment, competing for the […]
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4:42 PM | theolduvaigorge: Ask our authors anything: new PLOS ‘AMA’...
theolduvaigorge: Ask our authors anything: new PLOS ‘AMA’ series debuts on redditscienceby Victoria Costello“PLOS, in conjunction with reddit, is pleased to announce the April 22 launch of ‘PLOS Science Wednesday’ a weekly Ask Me Anything (AMA) series featuring PLOS authors in live chats on redditscience(/r/science), the popular online gathering place for researchers, students and others interested in science.For each PLOS Science Wednesday an expected audience of […]
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4:36 PM | luxxrays:time lapse of a potted cactus blooming [x] gorgeous
luxxrays:time lapse of a potted cactus blooming [x] gorgeous
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4:21 PM | wilwheaton: Saw this on Reddit. It’s “Building the Atomium for...
wilwheaton: Saw this on Reddit. It’s “Building the Atomium for the World Expo in Brussels, Belgium”, in 1957. I love how this could be artwork from a SF story. freaking cool
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3:19 PM | A New Tool for Conservation Genetics: Seal Placentas
It’s a sad fact that as members of a species become rarer they tend to suffer from inbreeding. This lack of genetic diversity can lead to birth defects and other problems, making a species even more... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:00 PM | Bouncing Batteries
osmium:steingart: I am super psyched to be able to share this with the interweb. We wrote a paper explaining why this happens. The coefficient of restitution of alkaline batteries has been shown to increase as a function of depth of discharge. In this work, using non-destructive mechanical testing, the change in coefficient of restitution is compared to in situ energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction data to determine the cause of the macroscopic change in coefficient of restitu- tion. The […]
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3:00 PM | realcleverscience: Instead of Bashing Brains, the RoboGames...
realcleverscience: Instead of Bashing Brains, the RoboGames Builds Them… And Also Smash, Burn, Toss & Otherwise Wickedly Destroy Some Cool Robots!The 2015 RoboGames happened earlier this month. This internationally attended event invites roboticists and enthusiasts to build robots for a variety of battling competitions. The game is meant to encourage interest in engineering as well as further robotics as a field. Personally, I thought this was a great match. Similar overall design, […]
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3:00 PM | Forbes.Com: “Their Product Is Doubt: Deceptive Government...
Forbes.Com: “Their Product Is Doubt: Deceptive Government Campaign Against Electronic Cigarettes”Great article from Forbes about the current smear campaign against e-cigs, and why it’s not only wrong, but misguided. Highlights:Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and, independently, the California Department of Public Health launched public education ad campaigns aimed at derailing the future of e-cigs. The ads are teeming with half-truths, speculative harms, and […]
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3:00 PM | "The U.S. hearing aid industry converted to 100% additive manufacturing in less than 500 days."
“The U.S. hearing aid industry converted to 100% additive manufacturing in less than 500 days.” - https://hbr.org/2015/05/the-3-d-printing-revolution”…according to one industry CEO, and not one company that stuck to traditional manufacturing methods survived.”Great article on the ever growing disruptive technology of 3d Printing.
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3:00 PM | boingboing: ‘90s computer teacher schools you on how to use new...
boingboing: ‘90s computer teacher schools you on how to use new thing that looks like a TV called a computer Hard to believe how magical I thought computers were back then. Even the “clock” program seemed amazing.
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2:34 PM | "Bombogenesis": Watch as a Storm in the North Atlantic Explodes into a Powerful Cyclone
https://youtu.be/tbI_Dxo2zSA Want to cook up a nice meteorological stew called "bombogenesis" (otherwise known as explosive growth of an extratropical cyclone)?  Here's the recipe: Take a low pressure system mix in a big dollop of heat coming off the Gulf Stream. Now, move the developing storm into the North Atlantic where you've got relatively warm air to the southeast and frigid, polar air to the northwest. Stir... The video above shows what you […]
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2:29 PM | Dix faits amusants sur les renards
Nous allons partager avec vous des faits amusants à propos des renards, ils sont des animaux fascinants.
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1:00 PM | More Exoplanet Thrills on the Horizon
The number of planets we have found orbiting other stars has snowballed in recent years, thanks to discoveries by the Kepler spacecraft. Now, NASA's next missions toward understanding the Milky Way's abundant worlds are preparing for launch.
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12:00 PM | To keep birds from striking aircraft, think like a bird
On the afternoon of January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 took off from New York’s La Guardia Airport bound for Charlotte, North Carolina. Several minutes after taking off, the aircraft’s engines met with a flock of Canada geese. In airplane parlance, it’s called a “bird strike,” and the Airbus A320 hit enough birds to
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10:18 AM | The Not-So-Brief History of Climate Change Science
Climate change seems like a recent issue, but it’s been a topic of scientific research since at least the 1800s. A nice four-minute video history of climate change science by Meg Rosenburg: claimtoken-5533fb3e9de7a
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4:25 AM | A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers
Meager river flows may not be enough to stem the tide of salt water that threatens freshwater supplies.
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4:00 AM | I am quite pleased with this.
I am quite pleased with this.
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1:40 AM | blunt-science: Bill Nye’s answer when asked: “Who would win in...
blunt-science: Bill Nye’s answer when asked: “Who would win in a fight between you and Neil deGrasse Tyson”.(ChasingAtlantis) I’d rather see them team up with other science giants of today to form a Voltron-esque pseudoscience-butt-kicking machine.
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1:16 AM | nrdc: We’ll be hopping on Reddit tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST to...
nrdc: We’ll be hopping on Reddit tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST to discuss the BP oil disaster with community experts and scientists. Join in the fun, link to follow! So, who here thinks the oil disaster there is all cleaned up?Bueller?.. Bueller?..Join the AMA over at reddit tomorrow. Let’s figure out the status, how we can help, and how we can avoid disasters like this in the future.
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1:13 AM | Is this what you meant, Nike?
Is this what you meant, Nike?

April 16, 2015

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11:52 PM | laughingsquid: An Astonishingly Detailed Cut-Paper Sculpture of...
laughingsquid: An Astonishingly Detailed Cut-Paper Sculpture of an ‘E. Coli’ Bacterium wow, totally thought this was a picture at first.
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11:41 PM | Vaping Becoming More Common Among Adolescents - Should We Be...
Vaping Becoming More Common Among Adolescents - Should We Be Scared?A new study was published recently which reported, among other things, that:1) Vapor use amongst high-school students rose from 1.5% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2014. 2) Regular cigarette usage fell from 15.8% to 9.2% in that same time. (That’s a 40% decrease.)This is definitely cause for concern, as adolescents should not be using nicotine because it can still affect their development (a point pro-vaping advocates agree on, […]
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10:56 PM | I’m doubtful. See my reply below.ucsdhealthsciences: Smokers...
I’m doubtful. See my reply below.ucsdhealthsciences: Smokers Who Use E-Cigarettes Less Likely to QuitStudy rebuts contention that devices assist tobacco cessationThe rapid increase in use of e-cigarettes has led to heated debates between opponents who question the safety of these devices and proponents who claim the battery-operated products are a useful cessation tool. A study, published online on April 16 in the American Journal of Public Health, suggests proponents are in […]
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