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April 12, 2014

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2:00 PM | Weekend Species Snapshot: Spix’s Macaw
You or your kids may have seen the fabulous blue macaw in the movie “Rio” or the just-released “Rio 2.” Unfortunately, more people have seen these movies than will ever see... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:38 AM | Rapid pulse
Ryan and I have been clearing out our cupboards and running down our food supplies, inadvertently doing so at the same time as the Guardian’s Live Better campaign was looking at food waste. In one memorable day I used up four spare eggs, making pancake batter and two batches of Snickerdoodle dough (one which went into the freezer for later) and roasted the butternut squash that had been sitting on the counter for… a while. Mostly it has been less eventful, just making use of […]
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6:27 AM | tossing out of the light
I’ve quoted before Don DeLillo’s great description of how, at a night baseball game, under the lights, “the players seem completely separate from the night around them.” At our Albuquerque Isotopes’ home opener this evening, the players’ home whites seemed impossibly white, the grass seemed impossibly green, the sky behind the lights impossibly inky black. In ...Continue reading ‘tossing out of the light’ » Related posts:8-?-2 Notes […]
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1:19 AM | Cape Cod Bay Update
Our colleagues at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown, MA (http://www.coastalstudies.org/) have been very busy in the last few weeks as their annual spring right whale surveys continue in and around Cape Cod Bay. In recent days CCS has reported seeing as many as 100 right whales in the Bay! Most of the whales are feeding at or just below the surface on the high concentrations of

April 11, 2014

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11:24 PM | Weekend Reads: Big Bird Puppet Masters, Green Jobs for Ex-Cons, Mosquitos: to Kill or Not to Kill?
By Melissa Mahony Reared by PuppetsWhen the California condor population fell to just 22 birds in 1987, conservationists took drastic measures to save the species, collecting every last wild condor and bringing them to the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos for breeding. The birds got to it. Problem is when they released the next generation into the wild, these scavengers had lost their wild ways. You see, instead of their real parents teaching them proper […]
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10:09 PM | California Wildfire Study: Spend on Prevention to Save on Disasters
A new study finds that investing in forest management could shrink the size of wildfires and save California hundreds of millions of dollars.
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8:29 PM | 4 Ways To Reduce Your Home Energy Use & Save Money This Summer
Keeping your home cool and your energy consumption low during the torrid months of summer is a challenge. The average household electricity bill for the June-through-August time period last year was a staggering $395, according to the U.S. Energy Information … Continue reading →
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7:20 PM | Study to Determine ‘How Solar Users Think’
Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, but one UA study is gaining insight into what truly motivates them to go green. Read more »
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6:26 PM | A different take on Escargot
Gastropod shells and bodies extracted after microwavingAnd today for something completely different. Let's start with a description of the problem:Extracting DNA from gastropods presents particular difficulties due to the capacity of the living animal to retract into the shell, resulting in poor penetration of the ethanol into the tissues. Because the shell is essential to establish the link between sequences and traditional taxonomic identity, cracking the shell to facilitate fixation is not […]
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5:50 PM | Right-Sizing U.S. Electrical Grid Could Reduce Blackout Risk
David Newman, a physicist at the University of Alaska, believes that smaller grids would reduce the likelihood of severe outages, such as the 2003 Northeast blackout that cut power to 50 million people in the United States and Canada for up to two days. Read more »

Carreras, B., Newman, D. & Dobson, I. (2014). Does size matter?, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 24 (2) 23104. DOI:

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4:45 PM | NASA Wants to Replace Battery Technology With Something Better
NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program. Read more »
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3:09 PM | Scientists Suggest Planting Biofuel Crops on Solar Farms
A new model for solar farms that “co-locates” biofuel crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable plants along with solar energy. Read more »

Ravi, S., Lobell, D. & Field, C. (2014). Tradeoffs and Synergies between Biofuel Production and Large Solar Infrastructure in Deserts, Environmental Science & Technology, 48 (5) 3021-3030. DOI:

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2:00 PM | Soil Science May Be Important Key to Tackling Climate Change
Studying the important partnership between soil and plants may lead to some solutions for the ongoing problems arising from climate change. The East Bay Regional Park District's Sharol Nelson-Embry highlights a recent panel discussion in San Francisco with local soil scientists and author Kristin Ohlson on carbon sequestration.
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1:51 PM | Organic Solar Cell Benefit From Face-On Alignment of Molecules
New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor. This finding may aid in the design and manufacture of more efficient and economically viable organic solar cell technology. Read more »

Tumbleston, J., Collins, B., Yang, L., Stuart, A., Gann, E., Ma, W., You, W. & Ade, H. (2014). The influence of molecular orientation on organic bulk heterojunction solar cells, Nature Photonics, DOI:

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1:31 PM | Tumbleweed Takeover, More Oil for Enbridge, Bat Disease on the Move
By Susan Cosier The bat signal: White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease responsible for 5.7 million bat deaths in the United States and eastern Canada (see "The Man Who Loves Bats"), is now in two more states: Wisconsin and Michigan. This brings the total number of states to report the disease to 24. Wisconsin has one of the largest bat populations in the Midwest. In fact, they eat so many bugs there that a 2011 study found bats provide up to $1.5 billion in […]
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12:00 PM | Black sea bass survive release better than we thought
Common wisdom held that bottom-dwelling fish can't survive the trauma of being brought to the surface. New research shows they're tougher than we thought.
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11:00 AM | Time for tea and snickerdoodles
It’s a couple of days until the next stop on my virtual book tour, so it’s time to take off the pith helmet and put my feet up with a cup of tea and a biscuit. In my Smashwords author interview I respond to a question I was asked about my favourite biscuit – which has to be Snickerdoodles. You can’t buy them, you have to make them, and they have nothing whatsoever to do with Snickers chocolate bars, or peanuts in general. They are a divine, spiced* biscuit (cookie) […]
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10:26 AM | Earthquake preparedness and geohazard vulnerability in Chile
Dr Sergio Sepulveda from the University of Chile is visiting Durham University as a Cofund Senior Research Fellow through the Institute of Advanced Study, to work with the International Landslide Centre at IHRR that is led by Professor Dave Petley and Dr Nick Rosser from the Department of Geography. Sepulveda is from Chile, one of […]
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8:00 AM | Photo Friday: Rural Electrification (California)
The Point Conception lighthouse is located at the west enterance of the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California. This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:50 AM | Via Nature podcast, Alex Witze on the grand pulse flow experiment
If I’d done the geek stuff right, hit the play button below to hear a really nice piece by Alex Witze of Nature magazine from the Colorado River delta pulse flow. (I know, it’s a magazine, this is audio. Brave new world and all.) If I haven’t done the geek stuff right, you can probably ...Continue reading ‘Via Nature podcast, Alex Witze on the grand pulse flow experiment’ » Related posts:Colorado “pulse flow”: fighting deeply held […]
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2:19 AM | It now looks like 2017 is the earliest we could see a shortage declaration on the Colorado River
The latest Bureau of Reclamation monthly basin operating report, out today (the “24-month study”, pdf), makes it increasingly clear that we’re not going to see Lake Mead drop to levels that would require a shortage declaration in 2016. The shortage is based on Lake Mead’s surface elevation, and the trigger level is 1,075 feet above sea ...Continue reading ‘It now looks like 2017 is the earliest we could see a shortage declaration on the Colorado River’ […]

April 10, 2014

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8:33 PM | Coffee farms could benefit birds while lowering pests
Adding trees to coffee plantations could attract birds, and the pest control benefits they provide offset the production losses.
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8:16 PM | pulse flow progress
Courtesy of the folks at CILA, the Mexican boundary and water commission, the latest Colorado River pulse flow map shows water making it past the Laguna restoration sites in the Colorado River delta, continue its slow push toward the Sea of Cortez: Related posts:Updated Pulse Flow Map Following the flow Plumbing the pulse flow
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8:05 PM | Video Explains ITER Project in Under 6 Minutes
A new video on fusion produced for the Monaco ITER International Fusion Energy Days (MIIFED) conference explains the ITER project in under 6 minutes. Read more »
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8:02 PM | New Stanford Study Examines Geologic Impact of a Massive Asteroid Collision on Ancient Earth
A new paper attempts to describe a realistic picture of the unimaginable: a colossal cosmic impact that left a crater 500 kilometers across on the ancient Earth.
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8:00 PM | Will drinking tea get us thinking about soils? Yes, but only if you help us spread the word!
Taru Lehtinen PhD candidate at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland tmk2@hi.is The Tea Bag Index Project wants to create a global map on decomposition with the help of citizen scientists. We use teabags to collect vital information on the global carbon cycle. With our protocol (see our web page and […]
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7:46 PM | Weekend Reads: Big Bird Puppet Masters, Green Jobs for Ex-Cons, Mosquitos: to Kill or Not to Kill?
By Melissa Mahony Reared by PuppetsWhen the California condor population reached just 22 birds in 1987, conservationists took drastic measures to save the species, collecting every last wild condor and bringing them to the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos for breeding. The birds got to it. Problem is when they released the next generation into the wild, the birds had lost their wild ways. You see, instead of their real parents teaching them proper condor […]
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6:00 PM | Natural Gas, Solar Account for Most of New Generating Capacity in U.S. in 2013
Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 was located in California. In total, a little over 13,500 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity was added in 2013, less than half the capacity added in 2012. Read more »
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3:57 PM | ...and another record
Paul Hebert documenting the exciting findToday's post shows the way in which sampling programs launched for barcode programs can deliver unexpected surprises.Back in 2006 our institute decided to engage in the International Polar Year, a large scientific program that focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic and officially covered two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009. Our contribution was to develop a comprehensive biodiversity inventory for a sub-arctic region, in our case […]
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3:56 PM | EU Project to Test Fuel Cells in Private Homes
Over the next four years, fuel cell-based micro CHP (Close Packed Hexagonal) units will be tested in 1,000 private homes as part of the EU project Ene.field. Read more »
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