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February 19, 2015

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8:41 PM | Experts Recommend How to Deal With Artificial Earthquakes
Scientists must play catch-up to industry as we figure out ways to use the deep underground without triggering earthquakes.
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7:55 PM | Lemurs: Where Will They Go?
Anticipated climate changes are likely to leave a lot of Madagascar’s lemurs looking for new places to live. The results of a new study from Duke University show where lemurs may seek refuge and food as temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change across the 225,000-square-mile island over the next 65 years. Average temperatures throughout the […] The post Lemurs: Where Will They Go? appeared first on EH Science.
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7:44 PM | Look Out Lemurs: Climate Change Is Taking Your Land
As if rampant deforestation and poaching weren’t bad enough, climate change will have a devastating effect on the majority of Madagascar’s lemur species, most of them already imperiled, according to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:09 PM | Scientists Announce Anti-HIV Agent so Powerful it can Work as a...
Scientists Announce Anti-HIV Agent so Powerful it can Work as a VaccineThis sounds, frankly, just amazing. I don’t know if their approach is more widely applicable, but this sounds almost too good to be true. Maybe it’s because so many people have suffered from HIV for so long that we just get used to it, but I really hope this study is as effective as it sounds.RCS Highlights:…The study shows that the new drug candidate blocks every strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV (simian […]
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6:54 PM | Les terriers des renards véloces en bref
Lorsque février arrive, les renards véloces que nous protégeons dans le cadre du programme Restaurer la nature se cherchent un terrier dans lequel ils peuvent donner naissance à leurs petits
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6:39 PM | Another Roadside Attraction
The endless argument about CO2 driven climate change is a nauseating two actor drama we are all being forced to endure. It seems to be... The post Another Roadside Attraction appeared first on Russ George.
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6:10 PM | Scientists Create Giant E-Coli Bacteria, 750x Longer Than...
Scientists Create Giant E-Coli Bacteria, 750x Longer Than Normal![Edit: Link to Article]While the idea of giant bacteria is a bit frightening, curious, and hilarious, the truth is that this could teach us a lot about cell division and open up some interesting possibilities for bio-tech, as the article explains. Highlights:The typical Escherichia coli, the laboratory rat of microbiology, is a tiny 1-2 thousandths of a millimeter long. Now, by blocking cell division, two researchers at Concordia […]
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5:39 PM | Throwback Thursday: The First U.S. Energy Storage Plant
In July 1930, the magazine Popular Science ran an article announcing start of operations at the first U.S. “ten-mile storage battery”—or pumped-hydro energy storage plant—near New Milford,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:32 PM | Fast Facts about Swift Fox Dens
Buckle up for a speedy dive into the underground world of swift fox dens
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4:30 PM | Take Your VR Experience To The Next Level… On Your Own Two...
Take Your VR Experience To The Next Level… On Your Own Two Feet!I was wondering when they would build a treadmill that allows you to physically engage in your VR worlds by allowing you to walk through them. You could use a treadmill, but then you only walk forward. So, I was happily surprised to find that there are already a number of companies working on that, such as the “Infinadeck”. It allows you to walk in any direction during your immersive experience. Of course, this […]
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3:18 PM | For the Colorado Basin, a good news forecast for a change
While the current snowpack numbers look lousy for Colorado River Basin runoff, a glimmer of hope for a late-season uptick in the latest Climate Prediction Center seasonal outlook. Green means “odd tipped toward wet”: I prefer to ignore, then the cognitive dissonance caused by this:
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2:00 PM | Greenways or freeways?
Greenways are a breath of fresh air in polluted, crowded cities. Now researchers have found that a greenway can attract office workers and boost nearby employment density, revitalizing urban areas that have lost businesses to the suburbs. The team studied the Cheonggyecheon greenway in Seoul, Korea, a stream flanked by landscaped pedestrian walkways that replaced
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8:26 AM | Time for a cuppa?
Being British, whenever anything out of the ordinary occurs, my first inclination is to put the kettle on and make a nice cup of tea. And we tend to mark the passing of the day with strategically-placed brews. I know from my travels that I can, if need be, go for two weeks without a proper cup, but it’s rare for me to have tea-free days. And although I am slowly broadening my horizons and exploring the world of tea, most of my cups are Standard black “builder’s” […]
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7:35 AM | Chizmi: A Village of Butterflies in Nagaland
Yellow Coster is one of the 212 species of butterflies documented at the village of Chizmi Chizmi may give the impression of any other typical village in North-East India- scenic with lush greenery and its forests. But today this village stands out as an illustrative example of Nagaland’s butterfly diversity. As per the results of a butterfly survey conducted at Chizmi for a period of three
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7:05 AM | I really needed this here.
I really needed this here.
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1:52 AM | "Until 2009, student loans in the US made up the smallest proportion of Americans’ household debt...."
“Until 2009, student loans in the US made up the smallest proportion of Americans’ household debt. That changed when Americans paid down their home and car loans during the recession but continued to borrow for school, even as tuition costs continued to rise. Just five years later, the $1.2 trillion in Americans’ outstanding student debt is higher than all other types of non-mortgage debt (mortgage debt, at $8.2 trillion, remains 69% of Americans’ total […]
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1:50 AM | The Nature of Holy Cities
While it is undoubtedly true that thousands of cities around the world share a wide spectrum of common denominators, from garbage to biodiversity, from air pollution to sophisticated bike-path networks, or from unemployment to entrepreneurship (to mention only a sample few) it is perhaps important to examine common urban denominators that are not universal, but … Continue reading The Nature of Holy Cities →

February 18, 2015

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11:00 PM | A Look Behind the Headlines on China’s Coal Trends
A reality check on coal trends in China and their implications for the climate.
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10:56 PM | The Biofuel Controversy
Buses powered by soybeans. Agricultural waste transformed into car fuel . The...
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9:10 PM | mothernaturenetwork:Baby born already ‘pregnant’ with her own...
mothernaturenetwork:Baby born already ‘pregnant’ with her own siblingsFetuses were found inside the newborn between her liver and kidney, each attached to an umbilical cord. This is rather amazing, as was the bit about the “stone babies”. Def a weird, fun, quick read.
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8:54 PM | Nature’s Medicine Cabinet for Sick Bees
Around the world, honey bees are in decline and under constant threat from parasites. This ongoing problem threatens fruits, vegetables and other crops that make up much of the food supply for people. However, naturally occurring chemicals found in flowers of certain plants could be just the right prescription for sick bees, according to new […] The post Nature’s Medicine Cabinet for Sick Bees appeared first on EH Science.
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6:47 PM | springwise:Drone hobbyists can now volunteer to assist...
springwise:Drone hobbyists can now volunteer to assist humanitarian crisesThe latest technology is frequently only accessible to large companies and wealthy enthusiasts — those who can afford the high cost of groundbreaking products. Often devices, such as 3D printers and drones, could have a huge positive impact on underprivileged people and areas, but the cost proves to be prohibitive. We have already seen numerous enterprises designed to help bridge this gap — such as E-Nable, […]
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6:40 PM | laughingsquid:Super Slow-Motion Video of a Firecracker Exploding...
laughingsquid:Super Slow-Motion Video of a Firecracker Exploding Inside of a Rubber Band Ball This was actually pretty cool. Not your typical “let’s blow this up” video. I could actually imagine an interesting research paper about it.Also, please, do not try this at home. The people in the video are professional mad scientists.
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6:40 PM | Holy dust, the essence of life on this blue planet
Today, Ash Wednesday, is the holiest day for dust Today is the one day of the year when dust is venerated for the life that... The post Holy dust, the essence of life on this blue planet appeared first on Russ George.
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6:27 PM | astronomy-to-zoology:"Conehead Mantis" (Eumpusa pennata)….a...
astronomy-to-zoology:"Conehead Mantis" (Eumpusa pennata)….a species of Empusid mantid which is known to occur in Spain, parts of Portugal, France, Lebanon, Greece, and Central and Southern Italy. Conehead mantids get their common name from the appendage which protrudes out of their heads as adults. Like most other mantid species, conehead mantids are active predators, camoflaguing themselves and ambushing any insect which gets too […]
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4:48 PM | Fake Checks Are Being Sent To Unsuspecting Victims
People from across the country have been receiving surprise packages with suspicious looking checks inside.  Usually, the checks are for the amount of $2,570 and are made out to the person that lives at the address where the check was … Continue reading →
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4:30 PM | "The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet..."
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” - Douglas Adams (via nathanielstuart)Gotta love Douglas Adams!
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2:30 PM | Climate Change and Terrorism
Last month, after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Nature published a Q & A with an anthropologist who studies the murderous motivations of Islamic extremists. He discussed socio-cultural factors and an allure to a radical ideology. That may help explain Islamic attacks against "infidels" in Europe and the United States, but then what's driving suicide bombers in Somalia, Pakistan, and Iraq where it's Muslims killing Muslims? Is there a common denominator? On Twitter, Jeff […]
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1:00 PM | Flying High: The Ethics of Monitoring Birds with Drones
Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as “drones,” are quickly become useful tools for ecologists and biologists alike. They’re relatively cheap, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand US dollars, and are fairly easy to learn how to operate. They can allow researchers access to landscapes that are otherwise inaccessible and to approach
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8:00 AM | Soils at Imaggeo: Gypsum concretions in a soil horizon
Antonio Jordán, University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain Most Gypsisols are formed when gypsum (calcium sulfate) from gypsiferous parent materials is dissolved and moves through soil water, precipitating in an accumulation soil horizons. Triassic rock outcrops in almost all Andalusia consist mainly of red and variegated clays and in some cases by clays of different colors are known as the iridescent clays of the Triassic, or as variegated clays. Gypsum appears as chemical precipitation […]
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