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February 16, 2015

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4:30 PM | courtenaybird:"25% of the world’s prisoners are incarcerated in...
courtenaybird:"25% of the world’s prisoners are incarcerated in America, even though it hosts only 5% of the world’s population." Food for thought.
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2:43 PM | Sowing cool chillies
My early sowings of pansies and cardamom (old seeds) have come to nothing, so today I turfed the plugs out into the garlic tub and sowed some chillies instead. Although the trend in recent years has been to go as hot as possible, I’ve gone the other way – I’d like the flavour without the heat. And so I’ve chosen two fire-free chillies from Victoriana Nursery Gardens – Jalapeño Fooled You and Cayenne Sweet Chilli. I’ve also sown some Padron […]
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2:00 PM | Does California Need More National Monuments?
Despite initial objections, most national monuments have withstood the test of time. We get some perspective from a leading authority on public lands law.
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1:21 PM | Seal Your Home To Save Money On Your Energy Bill
Cold winter weather and hot summer sunshine mean high heating and cooling bills. New homeowners may be especially surprised at the utility bills as they experience the seasons for the first time in their new home. Fortunately, there are plenty … Continue reading →
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10:57 AM | Monday paper: Short-term changes in soil Munsell colour value, organic matter content and soil water repellency after a spring grassland fire in Lithuania
Pereira P, Úbeda X, Mataix-Solera J, Oliva M, Novara A: Short-term changes in soil Munsell colour value, organic matter content and soil water repellency after a spring grassland fire in Lithuania. Solid Earth, 5, 209-225. DOI: 10.5194/se-5-209-2014. Abstract Fire is a natural phenomenon with important implications on soil properties. The degree of this impact depends upon fire severity, the ecosystem affected, topography of the burned area and post-fire meteorological conditions. […]
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10:29 AM | Monday paper: Thermal shock and splash effects on burned gypseous soils from the Ebro Basin (NE Spain)
León J, Seeger M, Badía D, Peters P, Echevarría T: Thermal shock and splash effects on burned gypseous soils from the Ebro Basin (NE Spain). Solid Earth, 5, 131-140. DOI: 10.5194/se-5-131-2014. Abstract Fire is a natural factor of landscape evolution in Mediterranean ecosystems. The middle Ebro Valley has extreme aridity, which results in a low plant cover and high soil erodibility, especially on gypseous substrates. The aim of this research is to analyze the effects […]
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7:03 AM | did-you-kno:Scientists have predicted that western America will...
did-you-kno:Scientists have predicted that western America will have a 35-year “megadrought” by the end of the century. Researchers from NASA and Columbia and Cornell Universities predict that if the world continues the same level of greenhouse gas emissions, the Southwest and central Great Plains have over an 80% chance of experiencing the worst drought in 1,000 years. Source -sigh-

February 15, 2015

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9:46 PM | Tale of Two Seals: Winners and Losers in a Warming Arctic
Editor's note: With the Arctic warming faster than any other region on Earth, floating sea ice in the region has been in decline: The average area of Arctic sea ice shrank at a rate of 57,000 square kilometers each year between 1996 and last year. That's an area slightly larger than the state of Michigan. For the animals and other living things that manage to scrape a living in the harsh Arctic environment, you might think that this would be welcome new. And you'd be right […]
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9:34 PM | Connectivity: an emerging issue
Antonio Jordán (University of Seville, Spain) Paulo Pereira (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania) Saskia Keesstra (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) Artemi Cerdà (University of Valencia, Spain)   What is connectivity? Over the recent decades, a growing number of studies have highlighted the role of hydrological and sediment connectivity processes in relation to watershed management, topography, aspect, soil erosion (Bracken and Croke, 2007; Heckmann et al., 2010; Hopp […]
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9:18 PM | neuromorphogenesis:The science of what excites kinky people...
neuromorphogenesis:The science of what excites kinky people doesn’t end with armchair psychology Though popular tropes all hold that people interested in BDSM were all abused or are disturbed, the biological basis of kink deserves more study.  When it comes to explaining the how and why of sexual desire, there are few answers more reassuring than “because it’s in our DNA”, or “because we’re wired that way”. From why men love boobs to why both […]
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8:48 PM | rhamphotheca:Oldest fur seal identified, ending...
rhamphotheca:Oldest fur seal identified, ending five-million-year ‘ghost lineage’provided by : University of OtagoThe oldest known fur seal has been discovered by a Geology PhD student at New Zealand’s University of Otago, providing a missing link that helps to resolve a more than 5-million-year gap in fur seal and sea lion evolutionary history. Otago’s Robert Boessenecker and colleague Morgan Churchill from the University of Wyoming have named this new genus and […]
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7:08 PM | Bad January, worse February in Colorado, Rio Grande basins
January was bad for snowpack and therefore spring runoff in the Colorado and Rio Grande basins. February has been worse. But we don’t use water at the basin scale, we use it one irrigation district and city at the time. Here I will attempt to sum up the current snowpack and water supply situation and ...Continue reading ‘Bad January, worse February in Colorado, Rio Grande basins’ »
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4:30 PM | troyesivan: keinepopsongs: An elephant got caught on security...
troyesivan: keinepopsongs: An elephant got caught on security camera picking up trash and putting it in a garbage can IT APPEARS THAT A CLUMSY, ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS ELEPHANT HAS STOLEN MY HEART
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2:46 PM | London, L.A., Beijing, Delhi, Nairobi… Is Smog an Inevitable Urban Growing Pain?
Does the urban climb from developing to developed economies have to be smoggy? So far, yes.
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2:30 PM | The Wild Beast as the Other: Framing of Urban Wildlife in Popular Imagination
India is on a rapid path to urbanisation. While currently only 30% of India’s population lives in cities, this is changing rapidly. Plans have been recently announced to build 100 new “smart cities” across India, with an ambitious plan that includes the proposed investment of 1.2 billion US dollars in 2015. Many of these predicted … Continue reading The Wild Beast as the Other: Framing of Urban Wildlife in Popular Imagination →
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1:30 AM | Birds of India – Streaked Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron lineatum)
Streaked Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron lineatum) is a passerine seen in North India, especially in the Himalayas. It is a common bird you will find in the hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh. It has a wider geographic range including countries Afghanistan; China; Nepal; Pakistan; Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Recorded from Galu Devi temple in Dharamkot, near Dharamshala in HP. This is a part of
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12:40 AM | Hurricane-Force Blizzard Takes Aim at New England, With Another Blockbuster Storm Possibly Coming Next Week
As I'm writing this, a storm barreling down from the Great Lakes has approached the Atlantic coast near Washington, D.C. It's forecast to start marching northeast toward New England tonight into Sunday. If it sets up as expected, parts of New England could well get walloped by a hurricane-force blizzard. I'm not using that word lightly. The forecast is for hurricane force winds by Cape Cod: [Max Wind Gusts] An updated graphic now shows the forecast (& […]

February 14, 2015

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5:39 PM | Las Vegas, Nev.: “Splendid Climate and Pure Water”
Getting mentally packed for a reporting trip later this month to southern Nevada, I ran across this delightful bit of business, from (I think) 1904: William R. Clark, a U.S. Senator from Montana, had bought an old ranch in the valley in 1902, land that became the staging area for the Union Pacific’s construction of ...Continue reading ‘Las Vegas, Nev.: “Splendid Climate and Pure Water”’ »
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4:30 PM | sci-universe: Turns out a sphere of floating water makes the...
sci-universe: Turns out a sphere of floating water makes the ultimate fisheye lens!Vine by astronaut Reid Wiseman awesome
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2:21 PM | Top Ten Animals in Love
Lovebirds? Not quite, but love is definitely in the air!
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1:45 PM | Nothing says love like a pufferfish
And you thought flowers and chocolate were enough for V […]
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8:29 AM | Aphrodisiacs and botanical livelihoods in Morocco
As it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share this TEDx Marrakesh video, in which ethnobotanist Gary Martin discusses some of the plants harvested in Morocco that are used in herbal aphrodisiacs. Martin raises the theory that the main aim of the British Empire, and of plants hunters in the 19th and early 20th centuries, was to find new ingredients that could be used in love potions! He includes mandrake, pellitory (the infamous ‘vegetable Viagra’) and giant fennel. […]
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5:21 AM | New cars 2015 models
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1:21 AM | Take a Breathtaking Journey to the Sun, Skim its Surface — and Be Amazed!
From Earth, the Sun basically looks like a featureless, burning yellow ball — and one that we obviously shouldn't look at directly. But from its geosynchronous orbit 22,236 miles from Earth, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft has been doing just that. More specifically, SDO has been capturing a highly detailed image of the Sun more than once a second, building up 2,600 terabytes of data. And now, in celebration of the spacecraft's fifth anniversary in space, NASA has […]

February 13, 2015

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10:27 PM | New research finds that standardizing access [to physical...
New research finds that standardizing access [to physical activity services] could help reduce the $6.8-billion [medical] cost associated with a sedentary lifestyle. - xThis is actually a brilliant idea, and as many health care professionals are looking at preventative medicine, this makes a lot of sense. (I’m assuming this Canadian study has relevance to other western nations, like the USA). Also, it could help boost community, through things like organized walks (through […]
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9:12 PM | Can ‘Battery Geniuses’ Transform Cars and the Grid?
Can batteries spark a clean-energy revolution? A new book says, maybe.
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9:08 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick Roses are red, EPA Science is cool. We highlight some here, Like the new SWMM-CAT tool.  Here are this week’s highlights! Moving Away From “High Risk” This week the Government Accountability Office released their biennial High Risk Report, which included EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System Program. EPA’s Lou D’Amico, Ph.D. and Samantha […]
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9:01 PM | plantedcity:It’s Getting Hot In Here: It’s Global Divestment Day...
plantedcity:It’s Getting Hot In Here: It’s Global Divestment Day — 13–14 February 2015From Fossil Free via Youtube: The fossil fuel industry is both fueling the climate crisis and blocking serious action. On Global Divestment Day, we will call on our institutions — our schools, our governments, our banks and our places of worship — to divest from destruction. Each act of divestment takes back power from fossil fuel companies and helps create a mandate […]
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8:37 PM | The Science of Love
fakescience:We’ve got more here.lol
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7:31 PM | Why Did Anti-GMO Group Target Certain University Academics?
In the current issue of Science, I report that a dozen university academics recently received freedom of information requests from a non-profit group opposed to genetically modified (GM) products. Why were these 12 scientists selected? In my piece, I write: The group, U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) of Oakland, California, says it has no vendetta. It has targeted only researchers who have written articles posted on GMO Answers, a website backed by food and biotechnology firms, and work in states wit
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