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July 31, 2014

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10:59 PM | Even as Spectacular Storms Bring Relief to U.S. Southwest, Drought Conditions Persist — and Worsen in California
After a profound lack of precipitation, parts of the Southwestern United States have finally begun to get some desperately needed relief. New Mexico, where the spectacular photo above was taken yesterday, has been suffering through four years of drought. And while the drought hasn’t ended (not by a long shot), the storms have finally come […]The post Even as Spectacular Storms Bring Relief to U.S. Southwest, Drought Conditions Persist — and Worsen in California appeared first […]
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9:58 PM | Minneapolis buildings could produce up to 18 percent of the city’s electricity
Brendon Slotterback has a nice rundown of the solar potential of Minneapolis, concluding that rooftop solar could produce nearly 20 percent of the city’s total demand. It’s a promising number, especially considering that the population density of cities reduces the potential for solar to meet 100 percent of demand. (Suburbs, on the other hand, with […]∞
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9:16 PM | The ‘Tahoe Tsunami’: New Study Envisions Early Geologic Event
A new paper marshals evidence detailing the catastrophic landslide and mega-tsunami that struck Lake Tahoe during the late Pleistocene.
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9:15 PM | Global Dust Observations From Space Reveal Dramatic Declines
Our ability to observe and measure dust around the world is best served by the satellite fleet. On 19 July 2014, this satellite shows the... The post Global Dust Observations From Space Reveal Dramatic Declines appeared first on Russ George.
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7:05 PM | Novel Inductive Charging System for Cars Proposed
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB) have developed an inductive system for charging electric vehicles from the front end.
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6:59 PM | Modeling Fish on the Move
By: Marguerite Huber How many places have you lived? Why did you move? Personally, I have lived in eight different places because of school and jobs. Other people move to find better opportunities, like housing or a place to raise their children. Fish are sometimes forced to move as well. But, unlike you and I, […]
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6:26 PM | Halloween in July! Wahoo?
By Andrea Thompson This story originally appeared at Climate Central.Folks across the eastern United States could be forgiven for thinking they’d pulled a Rip van Winkle and woken up in October on Wednesday morning. Temperatures dipped down overnight into the 60s, 50s and even 40s, setting record lows left and right.The chill in the air comes courtesy of yet another bout of cool Canadian air that dipped down over the area east of the Rockies earlier […]
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5:12 PM | New Dyes Help Solar Cells Harvest More Light
Researchers have developed zinc porphyrin dyes that harvest light in both the visible and near-infrared parts of the spectrum.
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4:15 PM | Simulation Model to Make Hydroelectric Plants More Efficient
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB in Ilmenau are developing information technology to make water power generation systems more efficient.
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2:43 PM | Payment System Protects Privacy of EV Owners
A new electronic payment system created at A*STAR aims to protect the privacy of EV owners recharging their electric cars.

Au, M., Liu, J., Fang, J., Jiang, Z., Susilo, W. & Zhou, J. (2014). A New Payment System for Enhancing Location Privacy of Electric Vehicles, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 63 (1) 3-18. DOI: 10.1109/TVT.2013.2274288

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2:32 PM | Christians Mingle for Climate, Surf’s Up in the Arctic, the Empire Strikes Back (at Birds!)
By Jason Bittel You gotta have faith: It's no shocker that environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council (which publishes OnEarth) would come out in support of the Obama administration’s new power plant rules (though they want the standards to be even tougher). But other faces in the crowd at the EPA’s public hearings this week might surprise you. More than two-dozen faith leaders, including evangelicals and conservative […]
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1:35 PM | Little janitor of the springs
North Florida has the world's highest concentration of large freshwater springs. For decades, crystal-clear water bubbling from the ground has driven tourism in the form of scuba divers, canoeists, boaters and swimmers, but today, many of those springs don't bubble like they used to; green scum in form of algae often obliterates the view.Although the blame for algae-choked springs is often pinned on excess nitrate, new research indicates that the absence of algae-eating native freshwater snails […]
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1:15 PM | California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy
Stanford launches a major investigation of the state's dwindling groundwater resources and finds "alarming" gaps.
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1:00 PM | Attack of the killer dolphins
Ah, dolphins. So sweet, so playful, so… vicious? Yes, bottlenose dolphins have been known to kill harbor porpoises when the two species’ paths cross. Off the coast of California, warmer waters triggered by El Nino have allowed the dolphins to creep farther north into the porpoises’ territory. From 2007-2009, researchers saw 23 bottlenose dolphins attacking
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5:40 AM | Ocean Canaries Are Dying – It’s the coal mined!
Winter storms a few months ago brought reports of thousands of sea birds dead on the beaches of Europe. We reported the dire state of... The post Ocean Canaries Are Dying – It’s the coal mined! appeared first on Russ George.
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4:07 AM | Curious minds
The opening page of newly developed National Strategic Plan for Science in Society states: “Science literacy is fundamentally important to the future of young New Zealanders”. I’d change that to […]
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12:19 AM | Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project
Richmond's city council has given the green light to a controversial refinery project. Chevron's $1 billion upgrade at its Richmond refinery will allow it to refine higher-sulfur crude oil.

July 30, 2014

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10:54 PM | World’s population if it lived in Europe
Ewa Tuteja was inspired by an early infographic of mine and asked the question of Europe: How much land would the world’s population occupy if they lived at the densities of various famous cities. I’ll say this: Beijing is surprisingly sprawling. ∞∞
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8:56 PM | China’s ghost-town Manhattan
Maybe China’s new urbanization policies will slow construction on debacles like this. ∞∞
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8:51 PM | If you think China is urbanizing quickly now…
Chris Buckley, reporting for the New York Times about changes to China’s household registration policy, which has held restricted growth in many cities: The government document released on Wednesday brought together commitments, some already announced, to steadily and selectively lift some of these barriers. Some cities have already made such changes, including formally erasing the […]∞
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8:42 PM | Nearly Extinct Mussel Gets One Last Chance at Survival
Freshwater mussels have a particularly unusual system of reproduction. Males release their sperm into the water with the hope that a nearby female will siphon them up to fertilize her eggs. Once... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:14 PM | LAS ENFERMEDADES DEL TIROIDES A TRAVÉS DE LA HISTORIA
Actualmente las enfermedades de la glándula tiroides afectan a millones de personas en todo el mundoHasta finales de 2010 se estimaban 800 millones de personas en riesgo de padecer la enfermedad por carencia de yodo, entre ellas 190 millones por bocio y 3 millones por cretinismo.Es un atentado contra la humanidad el que no se solucione drasticámente este problema que actualmente tiene buena predicción, prevención y correcciónLa OMS y otras […]
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6:49 PM | Evangelicals and Climate Change
Nearly a decade ago, I wrote a profile of Richard Cizik for Audubon magazine. He was, at the time, a prominent lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals and a member of good standing among social and political conservatives. But Cizik’s views on a number of hot-button issues were evolving. In 2008 he was forced to […]The post Evangelicals and Climate Change appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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6:30 PM | Scientists Discover New Damage from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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6:00 PM | Deep-Sea Octopus is Mother of the Year
Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute discovered a deep-sea octopus that tends its eggs for 53 months, longer than any known animal.
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5:11 PM | CASCADE Project to Help Airports Reduce Energy Use
Airports consume as much energy as small cities. The EU’s three-year CASCADE project aims to help airports reduce energy consumption and cut CO2emissions.
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4:49 PM | The deep ocean
"... the only other place comparable to these marvelous nether regions, must surely be naked space itself, out far beyond atmosphere, between the stars, where sunlight has no grip upon the dust and rubbish of planetary air, where the blackness of space, the shining planets, comets, suns, and stars must really be closely akin to the world of life as it appears to the eyes of an awed human being, in the open ocean, one half mile down." William Beebe, 1934.As fishing and the harvesting of […]
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4:02 PM | Cool Burning Flames Could Lead to Better Engines
A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to greener, more efficient combustion engines.

Dietrich, D., Nayagam, V., Hicks, M., Ferkul, P., Dryer, F., Farouk, T., Shaw, B., Suh, H., Choi, M., Liu, Y. & Avedisian, C. (2014). Droplet Combustion Experiments Aboard the International Space Station, Microgravity Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1007/s12217-014-9372-2

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2:58 PM | At what scale groundwater management?
Since groundwater is a local resource, solutions to its runaway depletion will likely be local too. That is Sarah Jane Keller, from a High Country News piece on the Castle et al. paper on groundwater depletion in the Colorado River Basin.
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2:34 PM | Research Predicts Global Water Shortage by 2040
According to a new research, there might not be enough water to keep the current energy and power solutions going by 2040.
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