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November 04, 2014

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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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12:59 AM | San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade Highlights
EH Science, based in San Francisco, congratulates the San Francisco Giants!In honor of the Giants' latest World Series win, we bring you highlights from the victory parade. The parade featured each player with his family and friends atop double-decker busses decorated in orange and black, along with trolly cars, pedi-cabs, and floats. Fans cheered their local team all along the Embarcadero, along Steuart Street, and up Market Street as the parade wound slowly through downtown. Enjoy our […]

October 31, 2014

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10:59 PM | A Halloween treat: Lake Mead’s not quite as empty as we expected
I was wrong when I wrote in April that Lake Mead would continue to set “lowest ever for this point in the year” records for all of 2014. As I write this, with a few hours left in October, Mead’s surface elevation is 1,082.79 feet above seal level. That is more than five whole inches above ...Continue reading ‘A Halloween treat: Lake Mead’s not quite as empty as we expected’ »
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7:14 PM | This Week in EPA Science – Halloween Edition
By Kacey Fitzpatrick What do most movies about zombies, aliens, robots, and monsters have in common with Research Recap? It All Starts with Science! Of course, you can’t always believe what you see in the movies. Here’s some real research that’s been highlighted by EPA this week (and won’t give you nightmares). Happy Halloween! Prescriptions […]
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4:29 PM | EPA must look at human health and the environment in updating ozone standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might be preparing to unveil a major air pollution rule change shortly after midterm elections. The new standards would reflect the latest science relating to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:25 PM | Happy Halloween
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4:11 PM | ...and then there were two
The tephritid fruit fly genus Bactrocera is very large and contains about 500 described species. One of those, the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, is considered a very destructive pest of fruit in all areas it occurs. It is established in numerous regions in Asia, and is often intercepted in the United States, sometimes reestablishing infestations that were previously eradicated. The species belongs to a species complex that contains almost 100 morphologically very similar taxa. […]
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3:53 PM | Can Congress Act to Block Fungal Threat to U.S. Amphibians?
Scientists warn that a potent fungus poses a grave threat to American salamanders, with the pet trade the probable path without more controls.
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3:46 PM | Taking Credit for GMO Failures
Earlier this year, the earth scientist Jon Foley wrote an article that laid out why he was skeptical about agricultural biotechnology. Among other things, he said “that GMOs have frequently failed to live up to their potential” because of the way they have been deployed: GMOs have done little to enhance the world’s food security. Mainly, […]The post Taking Credit for GMO Failures appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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2:00 PM | A Historic First: Rosetta Spacecraft Plans to Land Its Probe on a Comet
After 10 years of travel and three months orbiting the comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is poised to deliver its landing probe, Philae, to the comet's surface -- a first in history.
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