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July 22, 2014

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9:26 PM | Wild Births are Big Steps for Rare California Condors and Mexican Wolves
Two species that couldn’t be more different have had similarly good news this week. First we go to Utah’s Zion National Park, where a pair of California condors (Gymnogyps californianus)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:05 PM | Mike Adams, Monsanto, Nazis, and a Very Disturbing Article
I really thought Mike Adams couldn’t write anything more possibly deranged than he already has at his Natural News website. (Readers of this blog have seen a freaky side of Adams.) Jon Entine has the scoop on his editorial output and alt-med empire. Entine’s piece, which Forbes cravenly took down (after Adams threatened to sue), asked if […]The post Mike Adams, Monsanto, Nazis, and a Very Disturbing Article appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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7:40 PM | Treacherous Times
By Suzanne Goldenberg This post originally appeared at The Guardian. OnEarth is part of the Guardian Environment Network.Forget the future. The world is already nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts, […]
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6:57 PM | To Unlock Wind, Build Transmission Lines Linking the Plains to the Cities
A vital factor affecting the economics of any energy source is transportation: where is the fuel extracted, where is it used, and how does it get from point A to point B? An example is the case of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:44 PM | Exfoliating Method Makes Water-Splitting Catalysts More Efficient
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a new method for improving the catalysis of water-splitting reactions.
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4:55 PM | OPEC’s Annual Statistical Bulletin 2014 Released
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has released the 49th online edition of its Annual Statistical Bulletin.
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4:28 PM | Reactions to the Kennedy Profile
My recent Washington Post magazine piece on Robert Kennedy Jr. has prompted numerous reactions in media outlets, on Twitter, and in the blogosphere. Generally speaking, readers have found the story both compelling and maddening. What folks seem to be divided on is how Kennedy comes off in the story. Laura Helmuth at Slate says I […]The post Reactions to the Kennedy Profile appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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4:05 PM | Gene drives on Greater Boston
The nice folks at Greater Boston had me and Kevin Esvelt on to talk about the powerful new gene editing technique he devised. ∞∞
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3:44 PM | New Material Stores Industrial, Coal Plant Waste
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a new material that combines sodium bentonite clay and polymers to create a substance that can withstand industrial, coal plant waste.
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3:36 PM | Researchers Question Expansion of Antarctica’s Fringe of Sea Ice
Antarctic sea ice may not be expanding as much as recent estimates concluded.
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2:24 PM | EIA Expects Light-Duty Vehicles’ Share in Energy Use to Decrease
Transportation energy consumption, including energy demand from light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, aircraft, marine vessels, rail, and other sources, reached 13.8 million barrels per day oil equivalent (boe/d) in 2012 (28% of all energy consumption in the United States), down from a peak of 14.6 million boe/d in 2007.
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2:23 PM | NHL Crosschecks Climate Change, Shazam for Bird Song, Hey New Orleans, Show Us Your Butts!
By Jason Bittel Sanctuary!: The Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to phase out neonicotinoid pesticides in federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific. (Earlier this month NRDC—which publishes OnEarth—filed a legal petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the use of these pesticides.) Neonics wreak havoc on bee populations, and recent research also links them to declines in bird […]
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1:55 PM | Security and risk at Sport Mega Events
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Findings on Sport Mega Events from two former IHRR researchers, Dr Francisco Klauser and Dr Richard Giulianotti, reveals that these are far more complex and dynamic than is normally realised. Their work shows the variety of public, government, and commercial [...] The post Security and risk at Sport Mega Events appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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1:54 PM | Genetically Engineering Almost Anything
Yours truly and Eleanor Nelsen, reporting for NOVA Next: With gene drives—so named because they drive a gene through a population—researchers just have to slip a new gene into a drive system and let nature take care of the rest. Subsequent generations of whatever species we choose to modify—frogs, weeds, mosquitoes—will have more and more […]∞
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1:13 PM | World’s Largest Carbon Capture Facility To Be Built Near Houston
The world’s largest carbon capture facility is coming to Texas.  The US Department of Energy has announced that work will soon begin a project to capture up to 90% of the carbon emissions from the W.A, Parish Generating Station; a … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Is kosher seafood an accidental eco-label?
Eco-labeling, from Fair Trade to Organic and beyond, has proliferated rapidly in recent years. Seafood is a particularly interesting arena for this type of labeling: many markets now drop different types of fish into categories like “good” or “avoid” based on the supposed sustainability of the fishery. Though there have been questions whether the labels
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12:47 PM | Environmental risks from Britain’s mining legacy
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Steven Kershaw explains the environmental risks left by coal mining in Britain and how they can be managed Centuries of mining in Britain has left a legacy of abandoned underground mines that continues to represent a risk to public safety [...] The post Environmental risks from Britain’s mining legacy appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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3:23 AM | How well is California weathering the drought?
Peter Gleick runs down some of the impacts of California’s remarkable drought: [W]ater still comes out of my tap, in unrestricted amounts and superb quality, at a reasonable price. And this is true of every resident in the state: drinking water supplies have not been affected, especially for the vast majority of the population that ...Continue reading ‘How well is California weathering the drought?’ »
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3:05 AM | Clouds
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July 21, 2014

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8:38 PM | Hard Facts About Fracking
By Scott Dodd Growing up in northern West Virginia in the 1970s, I remember seeing a lot of big white plastic candy canes sticking out of the ground, marking the natural gas pipelines that ran just below the surface. You’d encounter them along streams and fence lines and the backcountry roads that always made me carsick. What I didn’t realize as a kid was how much of my family history was intertwined with those hidden gas lines. My […]
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7:27 PM | Giant Lithium Titanate Battery to Be Connected to Grid in UK
The UK’s first 2 MW lithium titanate battery will be connected to the electrical grid later this year, as part of new research as a part of a research effort to tackle energy storage challenges.
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6:51 PM | California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms
Weather experts say the next couple of weeks could be some of the worst in state history for wildfires caused by lightning strikes.
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6:00 PM | The Story of Mr. Bisbing, Part III: Spending the Summer at the Outer Banks
This is the third chapter in the story about a great egret that we gave a GPS tracking device on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in spring 2013 (see photo). We followed his movements for about 8 months and reconstructed his story with his GPS and ACC data (see parts I and II). On […]
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5:15 PM | Report Shows European Countries as World’s Most Innovative
The Global Innovation Index 2014, co-authored by Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Dean Soumitra Dutta, was released in Sydney, Australia, July 18 at the B20 international business summit.
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3:52 PM | Catalyst Helps Get More Energy From Biofuel
A new, simple catalyst, developed at the University of Twente, improves the quality of oil produced from biomass before it is even sent to the refinery.
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2:45 PM | Drilling the Atlantic, Germany Wins (Again), Synchronized Swimming with Robots and Hippos
By Jason Bittel Cold calculation: The Obama administration announced Friday that it will open the Eastern Seaboard for offshore drilling, and allow oil and gas companies to use sonic surveying cannons, a technology known to disrupt the communication systems of marine mammals, causing them to beach themselves. But hey, apparently that’s OK with the feds. “The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management acknowledged that thousands of sea creatures will […]
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2:43 PM | New Insight Into Hot Carriers May Help Make Better Solar Cells
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a method to study the properties of “hot carriers” in semiconductors. This method could hold the key to the design and development of new, more efficient solar cells.
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2:32 PM | A cousin of the dodo
The closely related and extinct Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and Rodrigues Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), both in the subfamily Raphinae, are members of a clade of morphologically very diverse pigeons. Genetic analyses have revealed that the Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is the closest living relative of these birds, thereby highlighting their ancestors’ remarkable migration and morphological evolution. The Spotted Green Pigeon (Caloenas maculata) was described in 1783 and showed […]
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2:00 PM | New UC Berkeley Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Rejuvenate Aging Muscles
UC Berkeley researchers have discovered that administering oxytocin may help maintain healthy muscles during aging.
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1:52 PM | The Search for Ithaca
This post unifies two of my absolutely favourite topics: geology and classical Greek history. I have always had a soft spot for the classics. In fact, when I started my undergrad I was planning on doing a double major of geology and classics. I decided to focus on geology, but I have not lost my […]
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