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March 02, 2015

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7:39 AM | Bill Nye Had a Fixed View on GMOs. Then Something Happened.
A decade ago, Bill Nye, aka The Science Guy, did a segment on GMOs for his TV show. His approach surprised some who saw it years later. "It was weightily anti-GMO, something I wouldn't have expected from Bill Nye," one writer has noted. You can watch it yourself and decide. Others have rendered their judgement: Greenpeace, which campaigns against genetically modified crops (when it is not ripping them up), has given the Nye GMO episode a thumbs up. Rodale, a well known organization […]
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4:00 AM | Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne’s BioBlitz
Every day, citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world (Bonney et al., 2014). They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little other than recreational enjoyment or the personal satisfaction of helping others. However, as we learnt … Continue reading Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne’s BioBlitz →

March 01, 2015

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7:28 PM | Documents spur investigation of climate sceptic
Documents spur investigation of climate sceptic: climateadaptation:Questions raised about conflict-of-interest disclosures by Willie Soon.The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has launched an inquiry into one of its researchers, solar physicist and global warming sceptic Willie Soon, following the release of documents that detail research funds he and the institution received from the energy industry and a conservative foundation.Obtained by Greenpeace through a Freedom of […]
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7:18 PM | 8bitfuture:It’s official, you should drink more coffee.The US...
8bitfuture:It’s official, you should drink more coffee.The US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - which brings together the top healthcare panel in the US - has broken its silence on caffeine. The panel says that with no studies showing negative effects on caffeine consumption on health, and a number of positive associations, it can now recommend drinking between 3 -5 cups per day - well above the current average of around 1 cup per day.From their report:Currently, strong […]
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5:30 PM | billdomonkos: GIF: Bill Domonkos, 2014 (Photo: Karl August...
billdomonkos: GIF: Bill Domonkos, 2014 (Photo: Karl August Andersson) (Pendulum Animation, H. Christiaen)
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4:17 PM | Sargassum Through the Window – 17 Degrees North
Some of you know that I am fortunate enough to divide my time now between Canada and Belize. As I write this, the World Outside My Window includes a view of the Caribbean Sea and the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world. A view that right now also includes […]
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8:49 AM | Glutbusters: March 2015
Snowdrops, the first flowers of the year It doesn’t feel like it, but we’re apparently having the sunniest winter since 1929, although it has also been on the wet side. Everyone I know is glad that there are signs that spring is on its way, and that it might finally be possible to get outside and do some gardening! The garden centres are filling up with lots of lovely goodies to plant and sow, although it’s still a little early for most things. Keen gardeners are loading […]
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3:15 AM | Matt Jenkins on Pat Mulroy
Matt Jenkins, the best journalist we’ve got covering water in the western United States, has an insightful cover story in the latest High Country News on Pat Mulroy, the recently retired head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. (Not on line yet – subscribe!) Mulroy is known for being brash and pugnacious, but Matt gets ...Continue reading ‘Matt Jenkins on Pat Mulroy’ »
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12:33 AM | Watch the Breath of the Earth in This Very Cool Animation
Driven by energy from the Sun, air circulates in our planet's atmosphere in complex but regular patterns. Call it the breath of the planet. And now you can watch it, thanks to this video released by NASA. When you watch it, you won't exactly be seeing the wind itself. But you will see the weather systems that, in a sense, make those winds visible. More specifically, the animation is the first ever to offer a global mapping of rainfall and snowfall. And it consists of data from 12 satel

February 28, 2015

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10:49 PM | Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research
Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research: climateadaptation:The “reform” measure makes room for industry-funded experts on the EPA’s advisory board.Expect much more shenanigans like this over the next several years - all because Democrats, young people, and the left failed to vote in the midterms. Good times.. ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…………And Michael, c’mon, the real problem […]
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10:41 PM | imadeit-davidjanes:"Microsoft AR" lol
imadeit-davidjanes:"Microsoft AR" lol
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10:31 PM | "Shhhh…. stay very still.”
"Shhhh…. stay very still.”
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10:30 PM | Illustrated timeline of anti-fun moral panics
Illustrated timeline of anti-fun moral panics: mostlysignssomeportents: Tor.com has republished a great chart from Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun! The chart details the central thesis of the book: that “the long-standing campaign against fun” is a recurring story in which anxious, killjoy grownups make up stupid explanations for why the stuff their kids…Read the rest… I really enjoyed this, lends some perspective on nay-sayers nowadays, but I’d like […]
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10:14 PM | Most Important Largest And Smallest Things In Universe Discovered
This week discoveries of the two most important things in the Universe have been announced. First a Black Hole so large it may not be... The post Most Important Largest And Smallest Things In Universe Discovered appeared first on Russ George.
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10:12 PM | Arctic Invasion Chokes East Coast Waters With Ice
The Arctic invasion that has gripped so much of the United States for so long has turned the waters in and around New York City into something resembling the winter shores of Qaanaaq, Greenland. Well, I guess that's an exaggeration. But when I went to NASA's Earth Observatory today and saw satellite images of the ice choked waters around Gotham, the first thing that came to my mind was the floating sea ice off Greenland. As the Earth Observatory observes, "Baby It's Cold […]
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5:30 PM | startalkradio:Teen Girls Take Swipe At World Hunger With Google...
startalkradio:Teen Girls Take Swipe At World Hunger With Google Science Fair Idea, Remind Us All To Dream BigThree teen girls from Ireland had an idea, and it was a big one. They believed they had found a way to boost cereal crop yields and could help solve the world’s hunger crisis. But the adults in their lives cast doubt on their vision. Their scheme wouldn’t work, they were told.Fortunately for us, the girls refused to be discouraged. They started conducting extensive research […]
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12:35 PM | Top Ten Animals with Scary Looking Teeth
The animal dentist will see you now, time to open up and say ahhh!
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5:23 AM | Arizona Republic tackling the Colorado River
Brandon Loomis at the Arizona Republic, with an O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism through the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, is trying to help us with this: Will Arizona and the Southwest continue to lead the nation in growth as the Colorado River dries? The first round of stories, with Republic photographer ...Continue reading ‘Arizona Republic tackling the Colorado River’ »
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4:34 AM | Equilibrium in the Colorado River Basin
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – I was standing at a pullout on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam late this afternoon, taking pictures of the big empty, when a Japanese family got out of their car and walked up to the edge. One of the men pointed down at the big empty, then made a broad ...Continue reading ‘Equilibrium in the Colorado River Basin’ »

February 27, 2015

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7:54 PM | Feather mite barcoding
Feather mites are members of several very diverse groups of mites present in almost all groups of birds. They feed mainly on secretions of the uropygial gland of birds. This gland, probably better known as the preen gland or the oil gland, produces preen oil which is believed to help maintain the integrity of the feather structure, provide waterproofing, and - ironically - is supposed to have an anti-parasitic effect. The nature of the biological relationship between feather mites and […]
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6:56 PM | Building New Homes for Energy Innovation
As discussions begin today at the 10th MIT Energy Conference, the energy sector ponders how industry, government, and the scientific community can combine forces to enable the rapid evolution of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:48 PM | Seagulls Starving At Sea On Pacific Coast
Seagull populations have been crashing on the West Coast of North America according to a new report that say’s they are starving to death as... The post Seagulls Starving At Sea On Pacific Coast appeared first on Russ George.
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6:33 PM | The Greenhouse Effect Is Truly at Work, Observations Show
A long record of atmospheric observations has put an "official" stamp on the foundation of climate-change science: the greenhouse effect really works the way we've always said it does.
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6:31 PM | "Last year Keurig produced 9.8 billion of their branded cups, up from 2013 when the figure was 8.3..."
“Last year Keurig produced 9.8 billion of their branded cups, up from 2013 when the figure was 8.3 billion. After years of non-biodegradable plastic K-Cups being discarded, there could be as many as 60 billion small plastic cups filling landfill sites across the world. Approximately 95% of the non-biodegradable K-Cups end up in landfill because they are made of No.7 plastic which is non-recyclable and it is estimated that in 2013, enough of the plastic cups were discarded to create a […]
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6:02 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick Are you in need of a good indoor activity this very snowy February? How about catching up on what’s been happening in EPA science! Check out the research that we’ve highlighted this week. New Model for Mississippi Nutrient Pollution EPA researchers developed the Coastal General Ecosystem Model to address the nutrient pollution […]
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5:30 PM | kateoplis:"In America [alone] we discard over 146 billion cups...
kateoplis:"In America [alone] we discard over 146 billion cups from coffee consumption annually. Even when we think we are recycling and doing a good deed, the paper itself within these products can only be reused 2-3x before the fibers are unusable and discarded into local landfills without consumer’s knowing.We have developed a post consumer paper based cup which will be able to extract over 1 ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere annually once planted. We have taken those fibers from […]
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5:00 PM | Strongest Natural Material in the World Discovered: Limpet Teeth
The strongest natural material in the world has just been discovered: limpet teeth. Learn more about how this discovery could improve our future technology and innovations through biomimicry.
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4:54 PM | How to Balance Transparency with Academic Freedom?
A succession of stories in recent weeks involving scientists and open records requests have anguished many who cherish two ideals: academic freedom and transparency. I imagine that journalists have also been grappling with a tension between those two ideals. (I know I have.) More on that in a minute. First a recap. Two weeks ago, I reported in Science magazine that an anti-GMO group had filed a flurry of freedom of information requests, "asking administrators to turn over any […]
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3:27 PM | CNN’s Bill Weir Explores the World’s Threatened Wonders
In a CNN series, a seasoned foreign correspondent and noted filmmaker explore the cutting edge of fast-forward environmental and cultural change.
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3:08 PM | teded:The assumption that sadness has an external cause outside...
teded:The assumption that sadness has an external cause outside the self is a relatively new idea. Ancient Greek doctors didn’t view sadness that way. They believed it was a dark fluid inside the body. Melaincholia comes from melaina kole, the phrase for ‘black bile.’From the TED-Ed Lesson A brief history of melancholy - Courtney StephensAnimation by Sharon Colman Graham That’s probably why I got such a good sense of humor.
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