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February 26, 2015

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3:13 AM | Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, Nev.
LAS VEGAS – I like the fact that Las Vegas, Nev., is preserving the relics of its water origin story. From “spring hill” at the Springs Preserve municipal park, you can see the towers of Las Vegas’s gambling strip. Visitation at the park this afternoon when I snuck away for a bird-watching walk after a morning ...Continue reading ‘Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, Nev.’ »

February 25, 2015

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11:59 PM | rtamerica:#Google sponsors $30 million ‘Formula 1 kind of race’...
rtamerica:#Google sponsors $30 million ‘Formula 1 kind of race’ on moon A “full-on Formula 1 kind of race” on the surface of the Moon is to be held as soon as next year. Private rovers will fight to grab the Google Lunar XPRIZE of $30 million.Two companies leading in the competition – the Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic and Japanese rover-developer HAKUTO – have agreed to simultaneously release their rovers. The expect both machines to land on the Moon’s […]
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11:27 PM | "When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in..."
“When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do […]
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9:58 PM | Prehistoric Crocodiles Ruled Ancient Peru
Today, the Amazon River basin is well known for its biodiversity, but the area also has a long history of abundant life. Thanks to an international team of researchers, we now know that thirteen million years ago at least seven different species of prehistoric crocodile hunted in the swampy waters of what is now northeastern […] The post Prehistoric Crocodiles Ruled Ancient Peru appeared first on EH Science.
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8:39 PM | Dust for the oceans will sustain the plankton blooms
Scientists prove dust from the Sahara desert provides most of the iron found in the Atlantic ocean. Marine scientists report in the Journal Nature they... The post Dust for the oceans will sustain the plankton blooms appeared first on Russ George.
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6:35 PM | Critically Endangered Plant with Brilliant Purple Flowers Discovered in Hawaii
Here’s the crazy thing about living in Hawaii: Even though the islands are home to more than 18,000 unique species that live nowhere else on Earth, the people of Hawaii rarely see those native plants... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:16 PM | engadget:Mind-controlled drones promise a future of hands-free...
engadget:Mind-controlled drones promise a future of hands-free flying Lovely synthesis of fields: BCI & Drones. This, combined with a first person perspective from the drone (e.g. with an immersive headset), could make for an incredible experience.
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5:22 PM | Life is Flourishing in the Iron Curtain’s Death Zone
Phil McKenna, reporting for a piece NOVA Next jointly published with the Big Roundtable: Twenty-five years earlier, in 1989, the man in front of me had hatched a plan to transform the former no-man’s land that separated Western Europe from the Eastern Bloc into an eco-corridor running through the heart of Europe. It was a […]∞
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5:07 PM | Applying EPA Research to the Underworlds
By Dustin Renwick Flushing a toilet eliminates waste, but when we flush information about our health circles down the pipes too. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have launched the Underworlds project to study community health by monitoring sewage. The project builds on the work of EPA scientist Christian Daughton. “If we could actually gauge […]
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5:07 PM | The fossil calibration database
Fossils are not only fascinating finds that allow a glimpse into past biodiversity, they also provide the age data needed to unlock the timing of major evolutionary events. Very often fossil data are used to calibrate molecular clocks which can reveal the ages of groups that lack good fossil records. An example is shown in the image on the left. I did this analysis about 10 years ago and you can see in the tree some values that marked with an asterisk. These represent calibration points based […]
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4:30 PM | Opinions on vaccinations heavily influenced by online comments
Opinions on vaccinations heavily influenced by online comments: With measles and other diseases once thought eradicated making a comeback in the United States, healthcare websites are on the spot to educate consumers about important health risks. Researchers say that people may be influenced more by online comments than by credible public service announcements.Does this mean you should go out of your way to correct your social-media friends when they say vaccines don’t work, supporting […]
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4:19 PM | Ford is developing a ride-sharing app and companion vehicle
Emily Badger, reporting for the Washington Post: Ford is trying to develop its own Uber-like “ride-sharing” app with a twist that only an automaker can bring to this rapidly shifting market — Ford is also working on a vehicle to go with it. Not a theoretical autonomous car, as Uber has fantasized (and begun researching […]∞
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2:12 PM | On Keystone and Climate, Bloomberg Presses Obama to Negotiate with Canada Instead of Congress
Former Mayor Bloomberg presses Obama to bypass Keystone gridlock by seeking climate progress in Canada.
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1:00 PM | For ocean acidification, think globally but act locally
The oyster industry in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States has already lost nearly $110 million in revenue and some 3,200 jobs due to climate change. Of all the carbon dioxide emissions that we pump into the atmosphere, about a quarter of it winds up becoming dissolved in the ocean. All that dissolved
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8:02 AM | science666:if you order protons AND electrons we’ll send you neutrons free of charge
science666:if you order protons AND electrons we’ll send you neutrons free of charge
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8:00 AM | Soils at Imaggeo: Fly ash dyke or landfill or pond
Kripal Singh, CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, India Description Fly ash, generated during coal combustion for thermal power generation, is dumped in man made ponds is a big problem to manage in several countries. In this picture, natural grasses are growing on a fly ash pond on National Thermal Power Plant, Unchahar, Uttar Pradesh, India. About Imaggeo Imaggeo is the EGU’s online open access geosciences image repository. All geoscientists (and […]
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6:37 AM | Video: Rose of Jericho resurrection plant
Resurrection plants can survive extreme dehydration, even over months or years. In scientific terms, they are called poikilohydric. This one, the Rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica), is native to the deserts of North Africa. Not a plant you’re likely to find in a garden, but you may unleash a horde of zombie plants without realising it! This blog posting is © copyright Emma Cooper 2015. Unauthorized duplication and/or republication is not permitted.
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3:12 AM | The Ultimate Cure for Hubris
Yes, I know, I'm obsessed with the Sun. And I swear — I really wan't intending to post another image of it for awhile. But after I visited the Solar Dynamics Observatory's "Little SDO" Facebook page today, I couldn't resist. I found a mind-blowing image there showing a big glowing splurge of plasma erupting from the Sun out into space. It's called a solar prominence, and you can see it in the image above. It is twelve and a half Earths in length, or ~160,000 […]
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2:55 AM | Sahara Dust Sustains The Amazon Rainforest And More
The Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest are so different and far apart one might not imagine that they share a vital ecological link. A... The post Sahara Dust Sustains The Amazon Rainforest And More appeared first on Russ George.
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2:15 AM | Railroads, Big Oil Move to Ease Fears Over Crude Shipments
Railroads and oil companies stage a show-and-tell in Sacramento to highlight safety measures they've put in place. Environmentalists and community activists remain skeptical.

February 24, 2015

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11:09 PM | Vetoed Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport Oil Extracted in Gigantic Open Pit Mines That Are Visible From Space
The news is in: President Obama has just vetoed legislation approved by both houses of the U.S. Congress that would have allowed construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to go forward. He wielded the veto pen just a matter of hours after the bill reached his desk. The pipeline has become a symbol in the political battle over climate change. But lost in the clamor is a discussion of the environmental impact of extracting the petroleum from Canada's vast oil sands fields. So I […]
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10:48 PM | sixpenceee:A Hot Ball of Nickel Meeting a Block of IceHey,...
sixpenceee:A Hot Ball of Nickel Meeting a Block of IceHey, that’s pretty… cool   =]
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10:12 PM | Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will vote no later than March 3 to override the veto. But Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the veto.
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9:00 PM | rtamerica:President Obama vetoes #KeystoneXL pipeline...
rtamerica:President Obama vetoes #KeystoneXL pipeline bill President Obama has vetoed the bill that allowed the construction of the Keystone pipeline. As expected, the President rejected the efforts of Republicans and some Democrats to push for a controversial oil pipeline from Canada. w00t!  Reblog and share to help show public support for the veto!Let’s stop investing in dirty energy, and put our efforts toward alternative fuels that will give our country autonomy, help us […]
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8:57 PM | alithographicaart:Whatever mom, I’ll fossilize if I want to....
alithographicaart:Whatever mom, I’ll fossilize if I want to. Compsognathus’ mom let her fossilize like all the time.Archaeopteryx lithographica for most dramatic fossil. I’m working on an anatomy gif and this just came to mind…Reference = Berlin specimen.Facebook | deviantArtlol
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8:54 PM | On Rajendra Pachauri’s Resignation from the U.N. Climate Panel
The longtime head of the U.N. climate science panel steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations.
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8:49 PM | Discoveries of the week #27
Phyllopteryx dewyseanThe exploration of Earth's biodiversity is an exciting and ongoing endeavour. Here, we report a new species of seadragon from Western Australia with substantial morphological and genetic differences to the only two other known species. We describe it as Phyllopteryx dewysea n. sp. Although the leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques) and the common seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) occur along Australia's southern coast, generally among relatively shallow macroalgal reefs, the […]
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8:19 PM | Terror for Pteropods Unless We Help
Shellfish are in the news threatened by our CO2 driven ocean acidification. Typically the news we are shown is all about the shellfish we humans... The post Terror for Pteropods Unless We Help appeared first on Russ George.
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7:34 PM | The Science of Sloshing: Why Foam is Important
Most of us know that carrying a full cup of hot coffee can be precarious and just one wrong move could send a wave of java sloshing over the rim. But have you ever noticed that adding a bit of foam to the top of the coffee makes moving with it easier? Scientists have found […] The post The Science of Sloshing: Why Foam is Important appeared first on EH Science.
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7:27 PM | mothernaturenetwork:Olivia Newton-John launches ‘One Tree Per...
mothernaturenetwork:Olivia Newton-John launches ‘One Tree Per Child’ campaignGlobal effort will start in the U.K. city of Bristol with more than 36,000 children planting saplings. I kind of love this idea. Not sure how much of a dent it’d make as far as climate change and urban health are concerned, but I see the main benefit in the effect it can have on children."We’re hoping millions of children will have the wonderful experience of planting a tree at a young age," […]
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