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April 26, 2015

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1:00 PM | In the Future, Will We Build Cities for Wildlife and Design the Countryside for People?
Cities have long been known as hotspots for innovation. In the past, much of this could be attributed to cities being the centralised physical location of businesses, investors, consumers, markets, and places of learning, and as nodes for connecting with other people and cities around the world. Yet in the new era of global communication, … Continue reading In the Future, Will We Build Cities for Wildlife and Design the Countryside for People? →
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10:09 AM | Japan Now Has More EV Chargers Than Gas Stations
For any alternative fuel in transport, the key question is: what about infrastructure? As in, how much does infrastructure cost, what are the environmental effects, and who is actually going to pay... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:15 AM | Lissa’s iris and cacti, in the manner of Johnny Appleseed
It was free iris (and a little cactus) day today at the Lissa Heineman Garden and Art Emporium. The garden, a project of 20-plus years’ duration, has come to be Lissa’s best work of art (at least that’s what I think), a constantly evolving thing that is great in part because it will never be ...Continue reading ‘Lissa’s iris and cacti, in the manner of Johnny Appleseed’ »
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2:42 AM | 1080.18: Lake Mead breaks another record, lowest since it was filled
At the 7 p.m. Pacific Time reading this evening, the surface elevation of Lake Mead dropped to 1080.18 feet above sea level, surpassing the previous low set last August to mark the lowest the big Colorado River Reservoir has been since it was filled in the 1930s: The record came as Hoover Dam’s operators ramped ...Continue reading ‘1080.18: Lake Mead breaks another record, lowest since it was filled’ »

April 25, 2015

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6:40 PM | Hello, you like science, I like science. I like you. *readies high-five*
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5:00 PM | scientiflix: The One Thing That Makes You Smarter! Exercise...
scientiflix: The One Thing That Makes You Smarter! Exercise isn’t just good for your body - it’s good for your brain! Find out how exercise increases gray matter. By: Think Tank. Fun video from the folks at theyoungturks. Also, there’s been a lot of research about exercise and smarts (e.g. x, x, x).So take advantage of spring, and go run wild… before getting home and geeking out stronger than ever =]
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5:00 PM | ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful...
ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful fossil shells like these ones.
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4:00 PM | Plastic Bag Pollution: Sadly, Even Worse Than We ThoughtSo we...
Plastic Bag Pollution: Sadly, Even Worse Than We ThoughtSo we already know how plastic bags can harm larger animals, but now we know it also harms smaller ones and soils as well. The Week summarized the findings well:Researchers from Trinity College in Dublin and Plymouth University in England found that over the course of a nine-week period, plastic bags were able to smother coastal sediment, blocking light and oxygen flow for the micro-algae beneath the bags. And since those algae are […]
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3:00 PM | ohscience:Water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae...
ohscience:Water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae (5x) Cool and terrifying.
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2:30 PM | In Coachella Valley, poor people who are always in drought
The Desert Sun has been doing a great series on California’s drought, but this is surely the most important of the stories. While the rest of California worries about a dwindling supply, some poor residents of the palmy, leafy, lawny Coachella Valley, playground of Southern California wealth, don’t have a safe drinking supply at all, ...Continue reading ‘In Coachella Valley, poor people who are always in drought’ »
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1:00 PM | Top Ten Reasons Earth Month is for the Animals
Here are ten of the biggest threats that are causing animal populations to decline
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12:44 PM | Long-Predicted Death Toll in Nepal Earthquake Reflects Wider Himalayan Seismic Risk
The major earthquake that has shattered buildings across Katmandu and killed hundreds will likely produce a vast toll.
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8:41 AM | Camassia: hero and edimental
Camassia quamash, Quamash, growing in the RISC roof garden I don’t tend of think of myself as a trendsetter, but I can honestly say that you heard it here first – you need to grow Camassia. Apparently it’s one of the ‘hero’ plants of Chelsea 2015, a real stunner that will add to your garden. There’s a number of species of Camassia, but the article mentions C. quamash, which is edible as well as ornamental – an edimental, as my friend Stephen Barstow […]
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5:13 AM | “I’m stuck in my ways.”
It was only when I was captioning and filing my pictures from my recent tours of the old bits of Arizona’s Lower Colorado River water infrastructure that I noticed what the graffiti here said: “I’m stuck in my ways.” It’s a surreal spot – springing from the side of a harsh desert canyon, a remarkable ...Continue reading ‘“I’m stuck in my ways.”’ »
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12:11 AM | Western Bluebird Populations Expand in the Bay Area
After their populations plunged in the mid-20th century, bluebirds have made a comeback with help from volunteers who make and monitor nest boxes.

April 24, 2015

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10:24 PM | did-you-kno: We recently found a supermassive black hole that’s...
did-you-kno: We recently found a supermassive black hole that’s 12 billion times bigger than the sun. Because it was formed just 900 million years after the Big Bang, scientists cannot explain how a black hole of this size could have emerged so early in cosmic history. Source Technical point, it’s 12,000x more massive. (The Guardian article corrected this error). Also, just freaking fascinating!
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10:19 PM | "Ideally, the only goal of a robot should be to make humans happier."
“Ideally, the only goal of a robot should be to make humans happier.” - Stuart Russell on SciFri, April 10th, 2015 (via sciencefriday)geez, Russel, that’s rather human-centric of you. Where’s your programmed sense of empathy?
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9:00 PM | myampgoesto11: Artist on Tumblr Eugenia Loli
myampgoesto11: Artist on Tumblr Eugenia Loli
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8:15 PM | grimmgreenindustries: Very interesting video that raises some...
grimmgreenindustries: Very interesting video that raises some good questions and has some pretty fantastic info as well.  Thanks to James for posting this on Facebook -Grimm Agreed. A decent intro to the vapor controversy. Also, shout-out to VapeNY, where I used to go back on the East coast.
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8:01 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick This week people all around the world came together to celebrate Earth Day, but it was business-as-usual here at EPA. Our researchers work year-round to protect human health and the environment and make Earth Day every day. Dr. Tom Burke, Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development, highlighted some […]
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7:56 PM | About Those Blue Street LightsSo there’s been an interesting...
About Those Blue Street LightsSo there’s been an interesting post going around about how some places installed blue street lights and saw a reduction in crime and suicide. Which is great. But the weird thing is, no-one is really sure why it works.There appear to be three main ideas so far:The light color is new and unusual, causing people to act more cautiously in the area (as a person is unsure what to expect in the unusually-lit area). Blue is a light color almost universally […]
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6:26 PM | engadget: How cheap VR helped a Stanford professor bring his...
engadget: How cheap VR helped a Stanford professor bring his dream to Tribeca Just gotta say, that picture is pretty creepy.
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6:00 PM | engadget: Technology turns touchscreen displays into biometric...
engadget: Technology turns touchscreen displays into biometric scanners Kinda genius.
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5:58 PM | Ray-Guns!Some interesting news: The army is testing...
Ray-Guns!Some interesting news: The army is testing truck-mounted and gun-mounted ray guns! However, they’re not for firing at people, but for frying electronics, like drones and bombs. But don’t worry, the army has had actual “ahhh!!-my-skin-feels-like-it’s-on-fire!” ray guns for some time. I wonder how long it’ll be till bullets seem quaint.
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5:47 PM | elegantbuffalo: !
elegantbuffalo: !
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5:30 PM | i-heart-histo: The view from inside a blood vessel. An erythro...
i-heart-histo: The view from inside a blood vessel. An erythro sight to behold!i♡histo I want to go tubing.
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5:26 PM | fuckyeahfluiddynamics: Milk and juice vibrating on a speaker...
fuckyeahfluiddynamics: Milk and juice vibrating on a speaker can put on a veritable fireworks display of fluid dynamics. Vibrating a fluid can cause small standing waves, called Faraday waves, on the surface of the fluid. Add more energy and the instabilities grow nonlinearly, quickly leading to tiny ligaments and jets of liquid shooting upward. With sufficiently high energy, the jets shoot beyond the point where surface tension can hold the liquid together, resulting in a spray of droplets. […]
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5:24 PM | As drought persists, desalination could be California's last resort
As drought persists, desalination could be California's last resort: climateadaptation: rjzimmerman: Good article about the growing interest in the use of desalination in California. The article also looks at the alternatives to desalination, from a cost perspective, including the use of direct or indirect potable water recycling.Excerpt:How does desal work?Removing salt from seawater is a simple if energy-intensive process. Here’s a step-by-step description of one of the most common […]
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4:29 PM | Lake Mead, always with the record setting lows
As I write, the surface elevation of Lake Mead is 2 1/2 inches away from setting yet another record for its lowest levels since it was filled in the 1930s. Henry Brean, with characteristic flair, writes that the threshold will likely be crossed Sunday: The last time Lake Mead was this low was May 1937, ...Continue reading ‘Lake Mead, always with the record setting lows’ »
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