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August 22, 2014

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5:50 PM | Change The Little Things For A Greener Planet
Nearly everyday there are stories out there about greenhouse gases, carbon emissions and environmental challenges. The issue most of us face is how to combat these startling statistics and help create a better future. Do the Little Things There are … Continue reading →
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5:36 PM | Come Fly With Me, Let’s Fly Let’s Fly Away…
My friend and colleague Andrew Revkin found this wonderful video on the National Weather Service New York Facebook page and posted it to DotEarth, his N.Y. Times blog, this morning. It’s so impossibly cool I just had to share it with you too. As rain showers disperse, there is an outward explosion visible in the […]The post Come Fly With Me, Let’s Fly Let’s Fly Away… appeared first on ImaGeo.
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3:57 PM | Weekend Reads: Pizzly Bears and Wolfyotes?, Ancient Volcano Forests, the Truth about Caveman Diets
By Jason Bittel Seeds of DoubtFighting Monsanto and genetically modified foods has made Vandana Shiva a world famous activist. But as Michael Specter reveals in this wide-reaching profile, many of Shiva’s firmly held beliefs don’t hold up to scientific scrutiny. What follows is not only a probe into the arguments against GMOs, but also an attempt to answer a very pressing question: How are we going to feed Earth’s people—all 7 […]
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3:36 PM | Observed Planet: A Dawn Torrent of Tree Swallows
Weather radar captures a stunning view of a spectacular daily bird commute.
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3:00 PM | San Francisco Wants to Know: Is Your Living Room Window Killing Migratory Birds?
Between 100 million and one billion birds die each year from colliding with glass windows of commercial or residential buildings. San Francisco is launching a program to track the damage caused by windows in homes.
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2:29 PM | A Jellyfish Jamboree
By Jason Bittel Most people do their best to keep a safe distance from jellyfish and their cousins, the Portuguese man-of-war, but U.S. Navy combat photographer Aaron Ansarov isn't afraid of a little sting. He gets up close to these cnidarians in order to capture some seriously stunning footage. Getting to know these creatures may be a good idea since climate change is going to bring a whole lot more of them. (In possibly related news, billions of little […]
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2:09 PM | Colorado River Basin forecast for the winter of 2014-15: “meh”
Even with the fizzling El Niño forecast, the winter outlook for the United States released by the Climate Prediction Center yesterday looks awfully El Niño-like, with odds favoring wetter weather across the southern tier of states. But for the bulk of the Colorado River Basin’s water-producing region, which is in the central Rockies, the forecast looks ...Continue reading ‘Colorado River Basin forecast for the winter of 2014-15: “meh”’ »
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2:00 PM | ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft Makes a First-Ever Comet Rendezvous
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta has reached its target -- the Comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko -- becoming the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet.
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1:13 PM | Did Congestion Charging Just Go Viral?
What is congestion charging? Congestion charging or pricing is the practice of setting up cordon tolls around the city on a large-scale to charge entrants for entering during peak hours. Ideally,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:05 PM | On Double Standards and the Union of Concerned Scientists
Several weeks ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists posted a hard-hitting rebuttal to a famous environmentalist, someone who is normally an ally. Here’s a taste: A new and misnamed book co-authored by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak,  is filled with exactly the kinds of misrepresentations of facts and slippery slope distortions of […]The post On Double Standards and the Union of Concerned Scientists appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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1:04 PM | Friday Fiction Facts: Ray Bradbury on Writing
Welcome to Friday Fiction Facts: sciency things that fiction writers need to know. This is a different kind of Friday Fiction post, but in honor of Ray Bradbury’s birthday today I wanted to share his advice to fiction writers. Yes, I know it’s long. An hour is like 100 years in internet time. But just […]
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12:00 PM | How can whale shark tourism be kept sustainable?
When the revenue generated by wildlife-related tourism is higher than that generated by the consumption of that wildlife, then the animals in question are worth more alive than dead. This seems intuitive, but the economics of wildlife tourism aren’t always easy to work out. Over the last couple decades, one form of wildlife-based tourism that
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11:21 AM | A Middle Eastern garden
Al-Andalus display at the Eden Project, 2010 I was talking recently about having Palestinian plants in my new garden (and there’s still no news on when we will be moving in!), and yesterday morning it occurred to me that it might be nice to go a lot further than that, and design a garden with Middle Eastern influences. The main part of the garden is almost square, with fences on two sides and a wall on the third, so it could pass as a courtyard garden. I’m thinking tiles and […]

August 21, 2014

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9:05 PM | Leaching Lake Superior
By Rocky Kistner You've probably never heard of Wisconsin's Penokee Hills, a.k.a. "the Everglades of the North." But just as in Alaska's Bristol Bay and the Mexican state of Sonora (where 10 millions gallons of acid spilled and closed 88 schools this week), the people of the Penokee Hills are fighting to protect their watershed from a giant mining project. As seen in this video produced by Midwest Environmental Advocates, a non-profit legal group, those […]
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7:37 PM | Epic Drought in West Is Literally Moving Mountains
Some parts of California’s mountains have been uplifted by as much as half an inch in the past 18 months because the massive amount of water lost in the drought is no longer weighing down the land, causing it to rise a bit like an uncoiled spring.
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7:12 PM | New-Generation Earthquake Forecasting Swings into Operation in Italy
Italy is approaching the next frontier in earthquake forecasting: an "operational" system that will make quake forecasts routine, whose contents we can take in stride.
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7:04 PM | Laser Helps Channel Electricity Through Air
Researchers at the University of Arizona have created a column of plasma in the air between two electrodes using a femtosecond laser.
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6:51 PM | Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress Released
Today, EPA released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress, sharing our progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics. Many of the data, findings, and conclusions of the report are supported by Agency clean air research. Cleaner air: it all starts with science. Learn more about the report in the blog, reposted from Environmental Justice […]
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5:51 PM | JRC Releases Overview of Nuclear Safety and Security Research
The European Commission’s own research body, the Joint Research Center (JRC), has released a new report presenting an overview of its research on nuclear safety and security.
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4:15 PM | U.S. DOE Invests $67 Million in Nuclear Energy Research
The Energy Department announced nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.
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4:07 PM | LifeScanner
Unpacked and ready to go.Do you want to know which bug just ate all the tomato plants in your backyard? Do you want to know what fish species you just had for dinner? Do you want to know what mysterious animal roams around in the nearby park but all you have is a couple of hairs it left behind?As announced via twitter yesterday - I have received my LifeScanner kit and as promised here is my blog post about the first encounter. Actually it wasn't the first, as my wife got a kit earlier […]
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3:55 PM | Plastic Bear Honey and the “Terroir” of Industrial Food
It’s August.  Welcome to the days of summer honey. If you are only familiar with the mass-produced product in squeezable plastic bears, you may think that there is just one honey and that it is of uniform golden colour and singular mild flavour. That’s what I used to believe until I started frequenting farmers’ markets […]
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2:30 PM | Bionic Liquids to Improve Biofuel Production
So-called bionic liquids derived from lignin and hemicellulose show remarkable performance in the biomass pretreatment process.
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2:24 PM | Blowing Off Steam
By Brian Palmer It’s not quite a sharknado, but the possible impending eruption of a mile-high volcano under Iceland’s largest glacier represents a fascinating example of a real-life natural disaster combo—quite literally fire and ice. Seismologists have detected some 3,000 tremors in the vicinity of Bárðarbunga since Saturday, a sign that the mountain might just be ready to blow.Four years ago, the eruption of […]
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2:13 PM | Sea Wolf Wake-Up
By Jason Bittel You have to get up pretty early in the morning if you want to record Alaska’s wild sounds with author Hank Lentfer and his audio partner Richard Nelson. (I mean, who eats breakfast at 3:30 a.m.?) But when you hear the result—a wolf’s long, solemn howl by the seashore—you’ll be wide awake. The experience feels like you’re being transported to the mist-wrapped forests of humanity’s dawn. Shivers. […]
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1:00 PM | More scuba diving means sicker coral reefs
The gorgeous coral reefs around Koh Tao, Thailand draw thousands of tourists every year. But frequent scuba diving appears to be increasing the rate of coral disease, threatening to spoil the natural resource that locals depend on for their livelihood. Compared to fishing, tourism may seem like a relatively sustainable way to boost the local economy.
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10:08 AM | #8: Offshore for two weeks!
Similar to last year, a team of five researchers and Captain Joe have headed offshore on the Shelagh to survey Roseway Basin for right whales. This year, however, the team will be away from the Lubec field station for two weeks! They are hoping to find lots of right whales, and will also be helping Dalhousie University to deploy several acoustic devices that will record underwater noises (
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7:43 AM | Birds of India - Red Billed Blue Magpie
Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythroryncha), one of the most beautiful birds in Himachal Pradesh.It is known to have five subspecies, among which the one found in HP is occipitalis. The clip here shows a red billed magpie enjoying the shower near Dramman in #Kangra District of #Himachal Pradesh in #India.  This is the first of a series of posts on birds of India.  You may also visit
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3:42 AM | Alaska Salmon Bounty Breaking Half A Record Again This Year
The Alaska salmon catch last year was an all time high at 272 million fish. This year Alaska is on a trajectory for another record... The post Alaska Salmon Bounty Breaking Half A Record Again This Year appeared first on Russ George.
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2:26 AM | Camera traps offer a peek into the minds of nervous deer
Last summer I was going fishing as part of an inland fisheries class with North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Wildlife Summer Camp. While I was walking around the pond to secure a section of the bank to fish, I stumbled upon a baby white-tailed deer, which was curled into a ball near the pond bank. […]
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