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April 22, 2015

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2:13 PM | One more money quote from the California court decision on tiered water pricing
A friend notes that I may have cut the best part from the “Cadillac Desert” quotation in this week’s California court decision on tiered municipal water rates. We hope there are future scientists, engineers, and legislators with the wisdom to envision and enact water plans to keep our beloved Cadillac Desert habitable. But that is ...Continue reading ‘One more money quote from the California court decision on tiered water pricing’ »
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12:00 PM | Why do village dogs eat endangered sea turtle eggs?
Feral and outdoor cats kill millions of birds each year, proving that when humans encroach on wildlife habitats, the risks to wildlife aren’t strictly human in origin. With humans come our domesticated pets. Cats get a bad rap, and perhaps they deserve it, but dogs aren’t entirely free from blame either. Domestic dogs are perhaps
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10:55 AM | An Earth Day Message in a Bottle
Life finds away -- as ferns thrive in a discarded bottle on Earth Day.
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8:35 AM | DÍA DE LA TIERRA
CELEBRAMOS EL DÍA DE LA TIERRALA TIERRA CUMPLE 4.500 MILLONES DE AÑOSLa Tierra es tu hogar.Solo tienes 1 vida para disfrutarla en donde vives, la Tierra.Deja a tus hijos lo mismo que la Tierra te ha dado.¿Qué sería de ti sin la Tierra? ¿De dónde obtendrías lo necesario para mantenerte vivo?#nuestraTierraGoogle y su cuestionario del Día de la TierraYo soy el Dragón de Komodo y tu ¿qué […]
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8:03 AM | Review: Weather@Home wireless weather station
Checking the weather from the comfort of the sofa This is a chancy time for gardeners. Spring has arrived, and we’re getting some sunny days that can easily cook any seedlings that are left in an unopened cold frame for the day. But there’s still the risk of frost at night. Keeping an eye on the weather forecast is a necessity. If you tend to watch the tv news, or listen to the radio, then the weather forecast comes to you. If you rely on the internet, or an app, then you have to […]
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2:38 AM | Guarding the last male northern white rhino on Earth
Guarding the last male northern white rhino on Earth: climateadaptation: Sudan the rhino and 2 females of his subspecies are under constant surveillance in Kenya, but it may not be enough to save the creatures from extinction.There’s a fundraiser to help protect him.
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2:26 AM | Samm's Savvy Sun Protection Tips
Friends and I pose for a beach picture in our fashionable, sun-protective clothe...
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12:00 AM | A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities
I like to simplify what constitutes urban nature in a given area. I therefore thought it might be interesting to provide an overview and to ask whether anything is missing, or erroneously included. This article expresses my view of the variety of forms that could be included under the “nature of cities” banner. On planning … Continue reading A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities →

April 21, 2015

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11:12 PM | While you’re waiting for the bus
Predatory credit score-based insurance fees The achievement gap: whose problem is it? The Dangerous Myth of Appomattox The solution to Ghost Apartments is Obvious, and Not Done White womens feminisms still center around equality. Black womens feminisms demand justice Report … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | This makes me uncomfortable.
This makes me uncomfortable.
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10:42 PM | laughingsquid: A 10-Piece Set of Stackable Brain Specimen...
laughingsquid: A 10-Piece Set of Stackable Brain Specimen Coasters This is a bit too macabre for me, but still pretty awesome
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9:45 PM | A glimmer of good water supply news for New Mexico’s middle Rio Grande farmers
Despite some hilariously complex argument over the accounting details, there finally is enough water in Elephant Butte Reservoir on the Rio Grande that everybody agrees it’s now legal for the middle Rio Grande’s farm water agency to store some water behind upstream dams to help stretch out this summer’s irrigation season. The runoff forecast is still ...Continue reading ‘A glimmer of good water supply news for New Mexico’s middle Rio Grande farmers’ […]
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8:52 PM | asapscience: Nope, the blood in your veins isn’t blue. Sorry!...
asapscience: Nope, the blood in your veins isn’t blue. Sorry! Source: http://bit.ly/1PcsI9y  Reading (/learning) this is a good reminder of how little I really know.
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8:05 PM | How Much Land Would it Take to Power the US via Solar?
How Much Land Would it Take to Power the US via Solar?: I’ve seen some pieces in the media lately questioning this, so allow me to point to some facts based on real-world data.  We’ll probably never power the world entirely on solar, but if we did, it would take a rather small fraction of the world’s land area: Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s land area to provide for current electricity needs. I thought the article was pretty good.And for those itching for the […]
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7:31 PM | The Ask Box is open
psydoctor8: davideagleman: I really enjoyed doing the AMA’s on Reddit. But I’m here now, so let’s do this. Have a question about the brain? Shoot it over and I’ll pick a couple to answer and reply to you on video.  This is my bright idea tumblr, so let’s have it. Make with the neuroscience questions or send a comment.  I’ll pop in his office at the end of the week, record his answer to you & it’ll get posted up. 
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6:08 PM | txchnologist: In Significant Advance for Artificial...
txchnologist: In Significant Advance for Artificial Photosynthesis, a Machine and Living Bacteria Work Together to Make Fuel Scientists say they have merged living organisms with nanotechnology to mimic the photosynthesis plants use to make energy.   Blending chemistry, biology and materials science, the team from the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory created a living-synthetic hybrid system. The process brings together nanowires and […]
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6:02 PM | Expanding the Village Green Project to Measure Local Air Quality
By Esteban Herrera, Gayle Hagler and John White We have been busy for a few years with the Village Green Project, exploring new ways of measuring air pollution using next generation air quality technology put into a park bench.  After testing our first Village Green station in Durham, N.C., we are now in the process […]
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6:00 PM | Ultrasound Technique Could Help Restore Memory Of Alzheimer's Patients: Study
Ultrasound Technique Could Help Restore Memory Of Alzheimer's Patients: Study: betterworlds: The researchers hope to begin human trials in 2017.by B. Lana GuggenheimA new technique using ultrasound has proven effective at breaking down amyloid plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are one of the two types of lesions found in the brains of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, which form protein blocks that inhibit the transportation of nutrients and cell materials among the brain […]
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5:06 PM | hemantmehta: http://ift.tt/1yMkJvJ lol
hemantmehta: http://ift.tt/1yMkJvJ lol
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5:01 PM | Better Understanding the Human Grip
The human hand is an evolutionary wonder: 26 percent of the bones in our bodies are in our hands. Now, scientists are coming to better understand the grip and special grasping ability of humans and other primates. In a new study, a research team found that even the oldest known human ancestors may have had […] The post Better Understanding the Human Grip appeared first on EH Science.
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4:56 PM | Discoveries of the week #35
Hisonotus vespucciiA new species of Hisonotus is described from the rio São Francisco basin. The new species can be distinguished from congeners by having (1) a unique coloration pattern of caudal fin with one black spot extending from its origin to the ventral lobe and two dark spots at the end of the lobe’s rays; (2) odontodes forming longitudinally aligned rows on head and trunk; (3) a functional V-shaped spinelet; (4) a single rostral plate at the tip of the snout; (5) by […]
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4:52 PM | ri-science: Purple doesn’t exist. Sort of.Why is there no...
ri-science: Purple doesn’t exist. Sort of.Why is there no purple (or ‘magenta’) in the rainbow? Isn’t the rainbow the full spectrum of colours? Our experience of colours is as much to do with the biology of our sight as physics. Your eyes don’t measure the wavelength of light. You have red, green and blue cone cells. Each set of cells detect the presence of red, green or blue light respectively, and let your brain know what colour has been […]
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4:52 PM | The Power of the Deepwater Horizon Story
I bet I’ll look back in 40 years and consider the Deepwater Horizon oil spill a defining event of my life. It was the first major disaster that I followed obsessively on the news as a recent college graduate. I wrote about it repeatedly on my blog Culturing Science, including one post about Normal Accident Theory that remains on point. […]
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3:00 PM | Blobfish plush
mostlysignssomeportents:Thinkgeek bills their $40 Blobfish Plush as a “Grumpy Cat of the sea.” While its true that the “world’s ugliest animal” is actually pretty unremarkable looking when it is compressed by the awesome high-pressure environment of the sea, there’s no denying that it looks like a newspaper caricature of a sad, downtrodden shlub when brought to the surface, which makes it the perfect gift…for that someone special in your […]
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2:45 PM | Imaging the urban wild: Fourteen photographers and artists show and talk about their work
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2:07 PM | Tiered water rates in the Cadillac Desert
From yesterday’s landmark California court ruling on the legality of tiered municipal water rates (pdf): Southern California is a “semi-desert with a desert heart.”1 Visionary engineers and scientists have done a remarkable job of making our home habitable, and too many of us south of the Tehachapis never give a thought to its remarkable reclamation. ...Continue reading ‘Tiered water rates in the Cadillac Desert’ »
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1:58 PM | A thousand murders, a thousand stories to tell
Bancha Noppawong is a very rare kind of man, simply because we know his name. He hit the headlines in October 2000, in Phuket, Thailand, when he drove a pick-up truck into a motorbike and knocked the two people on it into the road. The passenger, an 18-year old woman, sustained minor injuries to her […]
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12:00 PM | Survey says: “shifting baselines” happen fast
Over the last 25 years, outbreaks of spruce bark beetles have killed trees across more than a million acres of forests on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, southwest of Anchorage. But people living in the area are losing a sense of just how bad the environmental damage caused by these insects has been, according to new research. The
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2:19 AM | New Study Finds That Tank-Vapor Systems Better Than “Cigalikes”...
New Study Finds That Tank-Vapor Systems Better Than “Cigalikes” For Vapers Trying To Quit SmokingPrevious studies have suffered from a generalizations in their methods, which is problematic for studying vape systems since there are many different types and variations. A new study looked at the difference between usage and type of vapor system:…Many experts think e-cigarettes, which heat nicotine-laced liquid into an inhalable vapour, are a lower-risk alternative to smoking, […]
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12:42 AM | Lake Powell spring runoff forecast this year now less than half of average
At the risk of nickel-and-diming you with bad forecast news, today’s Bureau of Reclamation mid-month report is bad forecast news. April-July flow into Lake Powell is now forecast to be just 3.4 million acre feet, 47 percent of average (pdf). That’s down from 3.75 maf (52 percent) just two weeks ago. Runoff for the full ...Continue reading ‘Lake Powell spring runoff forecast this year now less than half of average’ »
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