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October 12, 2014

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3:11 AM | The newest Colorado River management widget: the “System Conservation Program”
tl;dr The new Colorado River conservation program may not conserve a whole lot of water. But growing the “civic community” needed to solve the basin’s water problems may be far more important. Longer Version: The Colorado River Pilot System Water Conservation Program crept forward last week, in the process demonstrating an endearing quirk of Colorado ...Continue reading ‘The newest Colorado River management widget: the “System Conservation Program”’ […]

October 11, 2014

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5:26 PM | The Media and Conventional Wisdom
The Nation has published an excellent article on the U.S. government’s vendetta against James Risen, a New York Times investigative journalist. The campaign is part of a larger effort by the Obama Administrations to punish government whistleblowers and “intimidate other investigative reporters,” as Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg told The Nation. This week Risen gave a talk at […]The post The Media and Conventional Wisdom appeared first on […]
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3:40 PM | While you’re waiting for the bus
Stuff worth reading Comment on Toxic academic mentors by GermanPostdoc Bad supervisors have extraordinary power over people’s careers in academia Frameworks for Understanding the Future of Work Adobe’s e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text. Considering … Continue reading →
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2:27 PM | Top Ten Animals in Disguise
These species may look like one thing, but they are actually something else!
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4:48 AM | Jack-O-Lantern Sun
This is no Rorschach test — the Sun really does look like a Jack-O-Lantern in this image captured on October 8th by NASA’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory. To be sure, we’re looking at the Sun in two particular wavelengths (171 and 193 Angstroms) that have been colorized in Halloween-appropriate gold and yellow. Whether the folks […]The post Jack-O-Lantern Sun appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 10, 2014

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11:23 PM | Typhoon Vongfong Lashes Okinawa, Poses Threat to Japanese Mainland Over the Weekend
As I’m writing this, Typhoon Vongfong is slamming Okinawa and will soon pass directly over it. Vongfong has been lashing the Japanese island with winds exceeding 50 miles per hour for most of the past 12 hours. The typhoon’s forecast track takes it on a projected course along the length of Japan this weekend, posing […]The post Typhoon Vongfong Lashes Okinawa, Poses Threat to Japanese Mainland Over the Weekend appeared first on ImaGeo.
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7:42 PM | Team Sunflower!
Meet Elizabeth, Tia, Alannah and Shawnice – four friends working together to help protect animals and preserve the environment.
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6:54 PM | Caution: Do Not Touch, Eat, or Inhale
By Susan Cosier We already know that cigarette smoke can cause cancer. Flame retardants in our couches, too. But I bet you didn’t know that fence posts and telephone poles can be a cancer risk. That’s because they’re often treated with a wood preservative that just made the government’s watch list of substances that might cause cancer in humans.That list is now 243 items long, after the Department of Health and Human Services added […]
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6:43 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick Happy Friday! Like most people, I love Fridays—and not just because that’s when Research Recap is posted. This Friday is especially happy because it’s a long weekend which means an extra day to relax and recharge. Did you know that mental breaks actually increase productivity and encourage creativity? Before you head out […]
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6:09 PM | Glittering Curtains of Auroral Fire on #SpaceVine
U.S. astronaut Reid Weiseman sure is having fun up on the International Space Station. Two days ago, he spent six hours and 13 minutes on a spacewalk And when he hasn’t been outside the ISS with the Earth rushing by more than 200 miles below him he’s been busy taking pictures and shooting little Vine […]The post Glittering Curtains of Auroral Fire on #SpaceVine appeared first on ImaGeo.
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6:00 PM | I Have Seen the Future of Transit and It Is in Raleigh
We long ago lost the skill of paying for the things we need: I won’t bore you with the statistics of how far we are behind in our infrastructure investments. You’ve heard them from me... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:35 PM | Of headless elephants and diving flippers
Today at Perranporth I found an assortment of children’s toys washed up by the spring high tides. A tractor wheel, a headless elephant, loom bands (a current trend in children’s fashion) and a lego divers flipper: The significance of such a find comes down to the small Lego flipper, which has been drifting around the Cornish […]
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4:13 PM | Stunning New Finds from Ancient Greek Shipwreck, Using Rebreather Technology
An international team of divers and archaeologists has retrieved amazing new finds from an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago. Because of it's large size and luxury cargo, they are calling this ship the "Titanic of the ancient world."Greek technical diver Alexandros Sotiriou discovers an intact ceramic table jug and a bronze rigging ring on the Antikythera Shipwreck.  (Brett Seymour, Return to Antikythera 2014)The Antikythera wreck was first discovered in 1900 […]
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4:06 PM | Can Peru Control the Murderous Resource Rush on its Forest Frontiers?
A fresh push builds for Peru to bring law and order to its violent Amazon forest frontier.
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3:24 PM | A case of pudding hysteria resolved with a case of pudding
Do you remember the pudding hysteria incident? If you do not, let me refresh your memory: coming out of a migraine, feeling terrible, I developed an overwhelming craving for pudding. When I realized there was no pudding, my migraine brain … Continue reading →
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3:20 PM | Trouble in Paradise
By Brooke Borel This story is a part of OnEarth's Invasive Species Week.Aloft in a helicopter, I look down on the Alakai Wilderness Preserve, a dark, billowing blanket punctuated by smatterings of bright green. From where I’m sitting, it’s hard to see anything but a seemingly endless expanse of tree cover. This 9,000-acre forest on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is a sanctuary for native trees like olapa and ohia, which combine on nearly […]
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1:44 PM | Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Defenders of Children’s Rights
Two campaigners for children's rights are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
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1:08 PM | Drinking coffee maybe good for your liver
The beverage on the right is good for your liver. I am not so sure about the cookies though.Important news for academia!Researchers from the National Cancer Institute report that decaffeinated coffee drinking may benefit liver health. Results of a new study show that higher coffee consumption, regardless of caffeine content, was linked to lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes. This suggests that chemical compounds in coffee other than caffeine may help protect the liver. The compounds are yet […]
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12:29 PM | Purple Mountains Majesty—and a Heck of a Playground for L.A.
By Susan Cosier Hey Los Angeles, President Obama wants you to go play outside. And he's even creating the 550-square-mile San Gabriel National Monument today to help you do it—all while conserving habitat for endangered animals such as Nelson's Bighorn sheep, California condors, mountain lions, spotted owls, and mountain yellow-legged frogs. Located in the Angeles National Forest, the new monument is just a 90-minute drive for about 15 […]
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12:00 PM | All Those Drops Add Up: Small Spills at the Gas Station
First, you pull into the gas station. You open the cover to the fuel tank, unscrew the cap, insert the nozzle, and pump away. Once you’ve filled up your tank, you dislodge the nozzle and return it to its starting position. But in between – perhaps without even noticing – you spilled a few drops
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10:17 AM | Music for dancing around while putting your laundry away and thinking about your lovers
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10:00 AM | Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
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2:15 AM | Every Day Wonders: Sun Dogs Over the Rockies
As I was picking up Moe, my Labradoodle, from doggie daycare a couple of days ago, I noticed bright, rainbow-like features on either side of the setting sun. So I grabbed my camera, zoomed in, and took some shots. In the photo above, you’re looking at a classic “sun dog,” part of a halo around […]The post Every Day Wonders: Sun Dogs Over the Rockies appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 09, 2014

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10:31 PM | Join a Series of Geological Treasure Hunts With Earth Science Week 2014
The annual open-ended celebration of geology and its related sciences takes place all this coming week. See what's happening and where to take part.
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8:54 PM | Poison Dart Frog Threatened by Toxic Gold Mines
A tiny species of poison dart frog barely the size of a human fingernail has been discovered in a pocket of forest in central Panama, but its unique chirps may not be heard for much longer. The new... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:27 PM | Looking Back at the Water Taste Challenge
Find out what Earth Rangers like you had to say about the Water Taste Challenge!
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6:39 PM | Why Must the Media Supersize Everything?
An emerging scandal–no matter how trivial or short-lived–is often sensationalized with the “gate” suffix. A similar hyping tendency is perhaps now on display with large, powerful storms. The hurricane that developed in the Caribbean in 2012, before weakening and making landfall in New York and New Jersey, was christened Superstorm Sandy. A year later, the tropical cyclone […]The post Why Must the Media Supersize Everything? appeared first on […]
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5:47 PM | Eating Our Troubles Away
By Alexis Sobel Fitts So I’m at Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, Connecticut, seated across from food historian Paul Freedman, chair of the history of science program at Yale. In front of us sit two bowls of miso soup, thick with puréed pumpkin, acorn squash, and, uh, “dead man’s fingers.”“Wonderful…complicated,” says Freedman, slurping the broth. He looks up at Bun Lai, chef and proprietor, hoping for an […]
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5:30 PM | Violin evolution
And Now for Something Completely Different.What could the diversity and beauty of plant leaves have in common with one of humankind's greatest creative inventions, the violin? Certainly more than I imagined. There are many parallels between leaves and violins. Both have beautiful shapes that are potentially functional, change over time, or result from mimicry. Shape is information that can tell us a story. Just as evolutionary changes in leaf shape inform us about mechanisms that […]
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4:35 PM | New Hope for Amputees: Luke Skywalker's Prosthetic Hand is a Reality
Robotic arms and hands controlled by neuromuscular implants are now a clinical reality. These prosthetic limbs are giving amputees new opportunities in their personal and professional lives.An early prosthetic hand prototype,Photo courtesy University of WashingtonMind ControlIn January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a replacement arm that is surgically connected directly to his bone, nerves and muscles. He can control it with his brain."We have used […]
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