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November 05, 2014

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12:59 PM | Republican Takeover of Senate Will Spotlight Climate Denial
Now that the Republicans control Congress for the next two years, what’s in store for U.S. climate politics? Well, Keystone is the first order of business, and then probably a whole lot of bombast and theater, which many will find unappetizing: Most vocal climate change skeptic in the Senate now runs the Senate’s environmental committee: […]The post Republican Takeover of Senate Will Spotlight Climate Denial appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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3:55 AM | Digital Dinosaurs: Paleontologists Use New Technology to Digitally Restore a Dinosaur Fossil
Fossils are usually crushed or incomplete when they are found. Millions of years can take a toll, after all. Consequently, fossils have to be studied very carefully to avoid damage and sometimes they are hard to access. Now, an international team of scientists has found a better way to examine delicate fossils and reconstruct their original forms. An artist's rendition of Erlikosaurus, depicted with feathers(Arthur Weasley)The team has been using high-resolution X-ray computed tomography […]
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2:04 AM | New Numbers Highlight Contrasts in California Water Use
Who's using the most -- and the least water? The numbers are in -- but officials warn that they can be misleading.

November 04, 2014

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9:03 PM | Discoveries of the week
Rana kauffeldiWe describe a new cryptic species of leopard frog from the New York City metropolitan area and surrounding coastal regions. This species is morphologically similar to two largely parapatric eastern congeners, Rana sphenocephala and R. pipiens. We primarily use bioacoustic and molecular data to characterize the new species, but also examine other lines of evidence. This discovery is unexpected in one of the largest and most densely populated urban parts of the world. It also […]
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4:26 PM | Interns Summer in Review, Part 5: Learning (and teaching) the art of scientific investigations
It has been over two years since I was last in the woods of New Hampshire collecting invasive plant data for my undergraduate research. From then to now, I have thought little about data sets or statistical variability. Instead, I have focused on getting thirteen-year-old kids to simply grasp the concept that Earth has seasons … Continue reading »
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4:18 PM | No Love in Boulder for Colorado’s GMO Labeling Proposition
The following is a guest post from Paul McDivitt, a second-year master’s student studying journalism and mass communication research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Follow him on twitter @paulmcdivitt. Today, Colorado voters will decide if the state should require genetically modified foods to be labeled as such. The ballot measure is called Proposition 105. A Suffolk University poll […]The post No Love in Boulder for Colorado’s GMO Labeling Proposition […]
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3:00 PM | The Amazing Life of Sand
There’s a story in every grain of sand: tales of life and death, fire and water. If you scooped up a handful of sand from every beach, you'd have a history of the world sifting through your fingers. From mountain boulders to the shells of tiny ocean creatures, follow the journey that sand takes through thousands of years across entire continents to wind up stuck between your toes.
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2:34 PM | Your next Mission is just around the corner!
Find out when the next Mission is launching!
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2:00 PM | Wandering manta rays highlight gaps in marine conservation
Earlier this year we showcased a study showing how reef fish don’t exactly pay much attention to where humans draw conservation lines. Just because a Marine Protected Area, or MPA, exists, doesn’t mean a species we might be keen on saving will stay inside its borders. Manta rays, a charismatic and threatened group of animals, are now
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1:04 PM | Seeing the Science in Everything
Science oriented people — scientists, science communica […]
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10:00 AM | Astronomers Have Identified the Bizarre Object at the Center of Our Galaxy
For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre, fuzzy-looking object in the center of the Milky Way. The object was suspected of being a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy's enormous black hole. However, it's not a gas cloud. It's something much more awesome.Telescopes at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii(Ethan Tweedie)In astronomy circles, the mysterious object is known as G2. It is circling the black hole at the center of our galaxy like a rubber duck circling a bathtub […]

November 03, 2014

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8:26 PM | Latest IPCC Report: Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change Will Require Leaving Most Remaining Fossil Fuels in the Ground
If humanity is to avoid dangerous impacts from climate change, we’re going to have to do something that seems almost unthinkable: walk away from the massive riches of fossil fuels still left in the ground. For me, that’s the key message of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released yesterday. The […]The post Latest IPCC Report: Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change Will Require Leaving Most Remaining Fossil Fuels in the Ground appeared first on […]
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6:19 PM | Fanged Musk Deer Found Alive in Afghanistan
The endangered Kashmir musk deer and it's unusual set of fangs hasn't been seen in about 60 years, until now.A musk deer photographed in Siberia(Julie Larsen Maher © WCS)The strange deer with tusks that look like vampire fangs has been sighted in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan, according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The team confirmed the presence of the deer in Nuristan Province during recent surveys. So where has the deer […]
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5:48 PM | Introducing the new garden
Well, we’ve been here a couple of weeks now, so it’s time I introduced you to the garden :) It’s a real blank canvas at the moment, waiting for me to have the time to start working on it. The front garden is the sunniest spot, and can be considered to be in full sun: My front garden The front garden is 6.8 m along the house and 3.1 m wide. That trellis panel is prime plant real estate – possibly the best spot in the garden for something that likes it sunny. I […]
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4:39 PM | Do You Think it’s Possible for the U.S. to Become the World’s Leading Producer of Oil and Gas?
It’s not just possible, it’s happening… The United States is already overtaking Russia to become the largest oil and gas producer in the world. This question appeared on the latest UT Energy Poll to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:17 PM | Planting a tree in the city is not enough
No doubt, the creation of green spaces in cities has environmental benefits. They filter pollutants and dust from the air, they provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and they even reduce erosion of soil into waterways. However, it has also been assumed that planting trees and creating green space in cities is good for attracting species but according to a study from the University of Iowa it may not be enough to ensure biodiversity in these artificially build […]
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3:00 PM | Oldest Sequenced Genome From 45,000-Year-Old DNA
In a technological tour de force, a group of scientists have managed to read most of the DNA from the thigh bone of a 45,000 year-old-man. They were able to estimate that humans and Neanderthals bred in a major way 50,000-60,000 years ago and to confirm that the human mutation rate is a bit slower than scientists previously thought.
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9:06 AM | In brief: the IPCC Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report
Ignorance can no longer be used as an excuse for no action Michel Jarraud – World Meteorological Organization    What is the Synthesis Report?  The newly published IPCC Synthesis Report, released on 2nd November, draws together the key findings of the three Working Groups of the IPCC (The Physical Science Basis; Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability; Mitigation of Climate Change) as well as two Special Reports. It forms the final, and possibly most important, instalment of […]
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8:01 AM | Aging U.S. Icebreaker Fleet May Imperil Polar Science
The last of the Coast Guard's big icebreakers departs San Francisco Bay this week, a rare sight on the Bay and a reminder that the U.S. is falling behind in the race for polar dominance -- and knowledge.
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5:34 AM | Artists cultivating Food Systems
When I’m asked how Lanchonete.org is art by a curator, I often feel like it’s a test to see whether I’ll reference Gordon Matta-Clark’s FOOD, a restaurant the artist/ architect and colleagues started in lower Manhattan in the 1970. Sometimes … Continue reading →
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1:56 AM | Starbucks’ new Vonnegut cups
My daughter noticed the new Starbucks Vonnegut cups: Really psyched about the Starbucks Vonnegut cups: "This is a picture of an asshole" pic.twitter.com/cKfwReOUFK — Norapinephrine (@NoraReed) November 2, 2014

November 02, 2014

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10:21 PM | State-level “water resource fees”
About a decade ago, New Mexico state Rep. Mimi Stewart introduced legislation to collect a “water resource fee” on all water use in the state – $2 per acre foot for ag, $20 per acre foot for municipal and most other water users. (details in a 2003 talk by Steward here – pdf) The idea ...Continue reading ‘State-level “water resource fees”’ »
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7:04 PM | How can art (in all its forms), exhibits, installations and provocations be a better catalyst to raise awareness, support and momentum for urban nature and green spaces? 
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5:08 PM | Panel’s Latest Warming Warning Misses Global Slumber Party on Energy Research
The latest global warming report from the U.N. climate panel helpfully clarifies risks but largely misses a key factor in driving an energy transformation -- research.
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1:47 PM | Beautiful Sunday: One Sexy Cephalopod
Do you love this? I love this! And look, there’s […]
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8:37 AM | Gardening offers 2/11
Sweet chestnuts at Kew I have a couple of last minute offers to share today. If you’re a Sarah Raven fan, then you may be interested to learn that you can save 15% on lights and candles until midnight tonight – to ‘celebrate’ the clocks going back. (I have yet to find anyone who thinks that’s a cause for celebration!). Anyway, if it’s time to add more light to your life then click through to see the list of products on offer – the discounted prices […]

November 01, 2014

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3:29 PM | Here’s what ag water conservation might look like
A lovely fall day in the Rio Grande Valley, on Albuquerque’s west side. The green field in the lower left of this picture is alfalfa. The scraggly brown stuff in the middle and right foreground is a part of the same field left fallow this year. The cottonwoods, God love ‘em, suck up water no ...Continue reading ‘Here’s what ag water conservation might look like’ »
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2:48 PM | Why is Nassim Taleb So Venomous on Twitter?
Watching Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan and other books, engage on twitter, is like being ringside at a verbal boxing match with the intellectual equivalent of Clubber Lang, the snarling, contempuous boxer played by Mr. T in Rocky 3. In the movie, Clubber Lang was so mean and nasty the performance was almost a […]The post Why is Nassim Taleb So Venomous on Twitter? appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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1:17 PM | Top Ten Animals Getting Better Sleep Than You
Check out this list of animals that have found the perfect place for a little shut eye!
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8:09 AM | Glutbusters: November 2014
Disappearing ‘Chinese lanterns’, the ornamental Physalis alkekengi It has been a long, warm autumn in my area, and we have yet to experience the first frost of winter – but the leaves are falling and it’s clear that colder weather is on the way. Very little sown or planted now will put on much growth, as the days are short and there isn’t enough light. But bulbs, perennials and hardy veg will be putting down roots, ready to emerge as the days begin to get longer […]
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