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August 12, 2014

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7:09 PM | What is the Best Way to Combat Confirmation Bias?
If I was 20 years younger and participated in a certain body art trend, I might have a tattoo inscribed on my forearm that said something like this: Confirmation bias MT @jayphilips: “The assumptions you start with dictate the conclusions you arrive at.” @james_christie #CAST2014 — Josh Meier (@moshjeier) August 12, 2014 As the Skeptics […]The post What is the Best Way to Combat Confirmation Bias? appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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6:33 PM | X-Rays Track Chemical Reactions in EV Battery Materials
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory are using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions.
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6:08 PM | EPA Science In Action: Keeping an Eye on Harmful Algal Blooms
By Cindy Sonich-Mullin A half million people living in and around Toledo, Ohio recently experienced a weekend without tap water. A “harmful algal bloom” of cyanobacteria in Lake Erie, Toledo’s water source, produced unsafe levels of the toxin microcystin. The toxin is known to cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and at high exposure levels, liver […]
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4:56 PM | Swift Action Needed
The swifts have gone. They left about a week ago and the sky is silent over British towns and cities. By now they will be well on their way south, quartering marshes in the south of France and Spain, making … Continue reading →
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4:45 PM | Researchers to Turn Methane Into Liquid Fuel
Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) were awarded $2 million over the course of 2 years to fund studies on hybrid fuel cells from the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E).
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4:38 PM | Discoveries of the week
And another weekly dose of new discoveries. Readers have started to send me copies of their publications including new descriptions. I am happy to post them here in this weekly column as well.Turcinoemacheilus bahaii, Turcinoemacheilus minimus, Turcinoemacheilus saadiiTurcinoemacheilus bahaiiTurcinoemacheilus minimusThree new species of Turcinoemacheilus are described from Iran and Turkey raising the number of species in this genus to six, five of them in the Middle East. […]
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2:29 PM | Rainy States to Cali: Thanks for All the Bottled Water!
By Jason Bittel In California, severe drought is just about everywhere you look, from the dwindling snowpack to the sun-scorched riverbeds. In fact, Californians are struggling through the worst drought in recorded history. So it’s sort of mindboggling that so many of the nation’s bottled water companies choose to make their home in this cracked carcass of a state, as shown in this graphic from Mother Jones. Agriculture still slurps up most of […]
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1:00 PM | Reaching deep: BP oil spill had big impact on deep-sea coral
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill left some indelible images on most of our minds: the burning rig, the oiled birds and fish and turtles, the slicks stretching for what seemed like infinity across the ocean. But much of the oil that was released either never reached the Gulf of Mexico’s surface, or it came up
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4:01 AM | Getting Media Savvy
“There is increasing recognition of the broader social responsibility of scientists to engage with the wider public in meaningful ways” MBIE, 2014 Does this mean that scientists need to be […]
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12:27 AM | Been to Martins Beach? The California Coastal Commission Wants to Hear From You
The popular San Mateo County beach was open to the public for almost a century. Then in 2008, a Silicon Valley billionaire bought the property and closed the only road leading to the beach.

August 11, 2014

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9:30 PM | What Am I Going to Do With All This Food?
By Brian Palmer More than a third of the food produced in the United States winds up in the garbage—a problem that some states, particularly in New England, are trying to tackle for financial and environmental reasons. Massachusetts landfills will soon be off-limits to hospitals, large restaurants, and supermarkets looking to dump their uneaten food. As of October 1, establishments in the Bay State that generate more than a ton of food waste per week […]
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6:05 PM | 2 x Bemisia tabaci
The silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) is one of several whiteflies that are currently important agricultural pests.Their nymphs use their mouth parts to stab into the plant and consume the plant’s juices. The honeydew they leave behind can induce the growth of sooty molds, which can then reduce the plants ability to absorb light. This results in less growth, lower yield, and poor quality plants. It is thought that the United States alone has suffered crop and ornamental plant damages […]
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4:27 PM | Summertime Science Roundup
What have you been doing this summer? Have you gone to the beach? How about fishing? Or do you prefer to stay home and garden? A few weeks ago I took a look through this summer’s Science Borealis blog feed to find stories where science overlaps with summer fun. Click on over there to read […]
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4:00 PM | Some of Us May Have a Genetic Predisposition to Disliking Exercise
About 90% of us over the age of 12 fail to get as much exercise as we should. This is almost certainly not because we don’t believe in those benefits. Instead, it looks like at least part of the reason may be that some of us are genetically programmed to hate exercise.
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2:37 PM | Attraction in the World of Bats
We spend much of our lives attempting to figure out the opposite sex in the hopes that it will lead to increased opportunities to attract a mate. But even when in a relationship, looking back to see how it all kicked off can still leave … Continue reading →
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2:15 PM | From the inbox
Sounds like a great learning opportunity and Innsbruck is a wonderful city:Course module on Molecular Analysis of Trophic Interactions held at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.This course welcomes anyone interested in the analysis of food web interactions using DNA-based approaches. The module includes a lecture and seminar series as well as a practical lab course and runs from 29 September to 10 October 2014.
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2:09 PM | Fire, Forests, and Fighter Jets
By Jason Bittel The 35,284-acre Oregon Gulch fire burning about 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, is now 64 percent contained, but last week, the blaze sent rare pyrocumulus (that’s fire + cumulus) clouds high into the sky. That’s when aerial photographer Jim “Hazy” Haseltine was able to capture this shot of an F-15C from Oregon’s Air National Guard with a bad-ass backdrop. A combination of lightning and dry conditions (read: […]
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1:30 PM | Schizophrenia: What It’s Like to Hear Voices
People who hear auditory hallucinations say the voices can be quiet or cacophonous, singular or crowd-like, but they are almost always harsh and disapproving.
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9:46 AM | Writing environment: the basic things
The last instalment in my short series about environment writing. For now. I say this because recently, when I’ve been telling people about my imminent departure, everyone’s asking if I keep writing. And I usually say yes.
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7:25 AM | The Cyclic Nature of “Crazy Bad” Air Pollution and Fuel Transitions
  China has become an icon for global air quality discussions – with its infamously horrible airpocolypses leading to widely publicized health impacts on the local population including... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:54 AM | #5: A Successful Second Survey
On Friday, we left the dock around 6:45 AM, eager to see what our second survey would hold. Not too far in to our tracklines, the dark clouds that seemed so far away decided to let a few raindrops loose on us. The worst of the weather ended up on land, where folks experienced a severe storm. Lightning even struck not too far from our field station in Lubec! Quatro at the

August 10, 2014

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8:09 PM | Atlantic Cod Declining Even More — We Can Bring Them Back
More bad news as federal regulators declare populations of Atlantic cod continue to diminish, despite severe cuts in fishing quotas. We can bring the cod... The post Atlantic Cod Declining Even More — We Can Bring Them Back appeared first on Russ George.
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5:29 PM | Guest blog posts for CSP and CSWA
This past week I blogged about the Mount Polley mine disaster, an event that I think we won’t hear the end of anytime soon as clean up (hopefully) gets underway. At the same time that I posted that blog, I also had a couple of guest posts go up. The first was at the Canadian…
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3:21 PM | USBR: Gila diversion costs exceed benefits
On the scale of Colorado River water diversions yet unbuilt, the possibility of taking water out of the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico is small stuff – 14,000 acre feet per year, or maybe less if the water’s simply not there. But the current debate in New Mexico illustrates a common refrain as western ...Continue reading ‘USBR: Gila diversion costs exceed benefits’ »

August 09, 2014

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10:18 AM | Detrimental dissent – impacts of uncertainty on public support for environmental policy
Environmental issues are inherently complex and multi-faceted. The innate variab...
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3:35 AM | The problem with “drought”
I’m increasingly at a loss about how to do useful journalism because of the gap between the technical world I try to understand (risks associated with water contamination, for example, or the problem of drought) and the public reaction to my efforts to provide a nuanced but accurate explanation of the thing at hand. Mark ...Continue reading ‘The problem with “drought”’ »

August 08, 2014

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10:54 PM | Tropical Cyclones Parade Across the Pacific
Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii today, Aug. 8th — only the second tropical storm in recorded history ever to do so, and one of four cyclones that have been swirling in the Pacific Ocean. Iselle struck with winds of 60 miles per hour, and it brought torrential rains of […]The post Tropical Cyclones Parade Across the Pacific appeared first on ImaGeo.
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9:08 PM | Clearest Water On Earth Grows In Area – The Wonder – The Horror
What do you think of when you hear a report of the clearest water on earth? For most the idea that comes to mind is... The post Clearest Water On Earth Grows In Area – The Wonder – The Horror appeared first on Russ George.
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6:48 PM | 8/8/2014 This Week in Energy: Beyond Headlines
Here’s a bit of energy news that didn’t make it into our daily coverage during the past week. In this review, we collected some of less big, but nonetheless interesting news, of the week that went by, from the world of energy science and technology.
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6:26 PM | More Facts on Climate Change = What?
Climate concerned advocates received some welcome news yesterday: A new study finds that when they understand climate basics, some conservatives are more likely to accept that climate change is happening I continue to be amazed at how much time and resources are spent justifying attempts to win over the most ideologically entrenched demographic in the climate […]The post More Facts on Climate Change = What? appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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