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April 18, 2014

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4:58 PM | California Snowpack Melts With Breathtaking Speed as Drought Continues in Most of the Western United States
Severe drought continues in a large portion of the West, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, issued yesterday. In California, already particularly hard hit by drought, the situation is worsening. Temperatures there were 9 to 12 degrees above normal, which caused breathtakingly rapid melt of the California snowpack. Some areas of the Sierra […]The post California Snowpack Melts With Breathtaking Speed as Drought Continues in Most of the Western United States appeared […]

April 17, 2014

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4:08 PM | California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change?
Here we are in mid-April and the Midwest is experiencing yet another unusual wintry blast. No wonder there’s still quite a lot of ice in the Great Lakes, as you can see in the remarkable image above, captured under a full moon at night by the Suomi NPP satellite. Click on it to enlarge it. […]The post California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change? appeared first on ImaGeo.

April 15, 2014

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6:28 PM | While Rest of Globe Basked, U.S. Mostly Shivered in March
The globe overall might have been quite warm in March, but here in the United States the picture was quite different. Following yesterday’s release by NASA of data showing that this past March was the fourth warmest globally in 134 years of record-keeping, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced that the United States […]The post While Rest of Globe Basked, U.S. Mostly Shivered in March appeared first on ImaGeo.
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2:33 PM | The Vicious Valparaiso Wildfire as Seen From Space
As a raging wildfire swept through Chile’s coastal city of Valparaiso last weekend, destroying 2,000 homes and killing at least 15 people, NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the blaze as it passed overhead. A plume of smoke is clearly visible streaming northwestward over the Pacific Ocean from areas outlined in red where the […]The post The Vicious Valparaiso Wildfire as Seen From Space appeared first on ImaGeo.

April 14, 2014

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11:56 PM | Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest
An area of extraordinarily high temperature stretching more than half way around the globe helped propel this past March into the record books as the fourth warmest since historical record-keeping began in 1880, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The global average temperature for March was warmer only in 2002, 2010 and 1990. The […]The post Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest appeared first on ImaGeo.
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12:05 AM | Documenting the Disappearing Rio Grande
From its headwaters amidst towering Colorado peaks to its mouth in a small delta along the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande flows 1,896 miles — a ribbon of life-giving water through a parched land. And it is disappearing. As environmental journalist and adventurer Colin McDonald tells it: For more than 3,000 years it has supported […]The post Documenting the Disappearing Rio Grande appeared first on ImaGeo.

April 12, 2014

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6:06 PM | Tropical Cyclone Ita Lumbers Along Australian Coast
After making landfall in Queensland, Australia on Friday, April 11 as a category 4 storm, Tropical Cyclone Ita has been lashing coastal areas between Cairns and Townsville with heavy rain and gale force winds, including gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Despite having remained mostly over land since landfall, Ita’s cyclonic structure has remained fairly […]The post Tropical Cyclone Ita Lumbers Along Australian Coast appeared first on ImaGeo.

April 10, 2014

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1:50 PM | El Niño Looks Increasingly Likely
The odds that an El Niño will develop by summer appear to be getting stronger. In a report released yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology raised the odds of an El Niño developing by summer (winter in the Southern Hemisphere) to greater than 70 percent. And in his monthly analysis, Klaus Wolter of NOAA’s Earth […]The post El Niño Looks Increasingly Likely appeared first on ImaGeo.

April 09, 2014

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10:14 PM | New York’s type foundry district
Tobias Frere-Jones: I re-read Maurice Annenberg’s “Type Foundries of America and their Catalogs”, tracked down business directories of the period, and spent too much time in Google Earth. But I was able to plot out the locations for every foundry that had been active in New York between 1828 (the earliest records I could find […]∞
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8:00 PM | Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures?
Fun quiz by Rose Eveleth for Nautilus. (I missed number nine, but at least I my guess was a city in a similar biome.) When you’re done, come back and see if you can tell urban from rural. ∞∞

April 07, 2014

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8:54 PM | Album covers in street view
Halley Docherty puts classic album covers like “Physical Graffiti” by Led Zepplin and the Beatles “Abbey Road” in context.  ∞∞
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6:15 PM | Redrawing North America, 1980s edition
Matt Novak: In the early 1980s, Washington Post editor Joel Garreau outlined the nine different Americas he and his fellow journalists saw when they looked at a map of North America. ∞∞
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6:04 PM | The United States of cell phone usage
People just love redrawing boundaries. Researchers at an alphabet soup of institutions—AT&T, IBM, and MIT—are no exception. Where past flights of geographical fancy used currency or just plain whimsy, they used data from cell phone usage.  (Via Ellie Kesselman.) ∞∞
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4:22 PM | High-speed rail in Texas
A Texas network is often included in maps of potential high-speed rail corridors, but given the freeway-friendly politics of the state, you’d be forgiven in thinking its a long shot. Apparently, some businessmen in Texas disagree, and they have plans to open a 90-minute link between Dallas and Houston by 2021 using Shinkansen technology. ∞∞

April 04, 2014

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4:13 AM | Riding the social media wave
Sometime in the last few days I passed 2000 followers on Twitter. I was keeping track because Paige Brown (@FromTheLabBench) wrote a great blog post when she hit 2000 followers, complete with a list of excellent Twitter etiquette tips. I’d recommend them to everyone – whether you’re just starting out or have been here for…

April 03, 2014

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10:59 PM | The Great Barrier Reef: an obituary
This interactive from the Guardian takes a bit to get into (click “scroll down” a few times), but it’s worth it. I spent six days on the reef in 2002 after setting out from Gladstone, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget. I told myself I’d get back one day, now I’m not sure I’ll […]∞
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6:45 PM | Give the people what they want, sort of
Architect Mitchell Joachim, being interviewed by Diana Budds for Dwell: Green technology has to be more affordable. We have to find systems that will leapfrog previous ones and are actually cheaper at the point of purchase. Moreover, we have to accept that we can’t change the American value system. Everyone wants to own property and […]∞
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5:59 PM | San Francisco’s variable parking rates reduce circling for parking
Stephen J. Smith, writing for Next City: SFpark, the city’s variable-rate parking program, is perhaps the most complete implementation of Shoup’s ideas to date. Started three years ago, the program gradually adjusts rates on electronic parking meters in the most congested parts of the city. (All are near downtown.) Rates can differ by time of […]∞

April 02, 2014

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3:13 PM | Despite Storms, Scant Relief for California Snowpack
When surveyors for California’s Department of Water Resources skied back down from sites high in California’s Sierra Nevada range yesterday, they brought sobering news: Although late-season storms have boosted the snowpack, it is still shockingly below average as the melt season looms. According to a DWR report issued yesterday, the water content of the snowpack is […]The post Despite Storms, Scant Relief for California Snowpack appeared first on ImaGeo.

April 01, 2014

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11:59 PM | Shorts: Straight Outta Chevy Chase
From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.
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12:53 AM | Climate Change Impacts Around the World — In One Graphic
Here’s my take-away on the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was released today: Regardless of what you may hear on radio and television shout-fests masquerading as journalism, the best science leads to one simple conclusion: If we want to reduce the risks of significant climate change that would challenge our […]The post Climate Change Impacts Around the World — In One Graphic appeared first on ImaGeo.

March 28, 2014

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3:42 PM | Why China’s cities need to get denser, not bigger
Lily Kuo, writing for Quartz: If higher density makes so much sense, why haven’t Chinese cities embraced it already? One major reason is that local governments are highly dependent on selling undeveloped land to developers. Redeveloping existing cities to make them more dense wouldn’t result in any local government revenue. ∞∞

March 27, 2014

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8:35 PM | Origin of the Blue Marble images
NASA’s Blue Marble series was inspired by the whole-Earth image taken by Apollo 17 in 1972, but aside from that, I haven’t heard much about why it was revived as a series in 2002. Well, Quartz has the backstory: [Robert] Simmon and his colleague at NASA at the time, Reto Stöckli, created the iconic image […]∞
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6:15 PM | Months after Comcast payment, Netflix shows its hand
Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix: [O]n other big ISPs, due to a lack of sufficient interconnectivity, Netflix performance has been constrained, subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality. A recent Wall Street Journal article chronicled this degradation using our public […]∞
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4:16 PM | One rail yard, four city blocks, five skyscrapers
Nick Stockton, writing for Wired Map Lab: Hudson Yards is the largest private development project in U.S. history, and it’s being built without footings or foundations. Instead, the project is going to sit atop 300 concrete-sleeved, steel caissons jammed deep into the underlying bedrock. Work on the platform broke ground last week, and will take […]∞

March 26, 2014

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9:21 AM | Oso Mudslide: Links to the Geology Behind the Tragedy
On Saturday, the Seattle region experienced one of the worst landslide disasters in its history. A lot of the hills around here are unconsolidated glacial deposits, and they’re ready to fall at... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 25, 2014

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10:59 PM | Shorts: KILL 'EM ALL
They buzz. They bite. And they have killed more people than cancer, war, or heart disease. Here’s the question: If you could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the planet, would you?

March 22, 2014

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9:36 PM | I see spring
Living in a landscape as dynamic as the West Coast, you can’t avoid the heady drama of the region’s seasonal cycles. On this the third day of spring, the neighbours have been burning brush fallen on their property during the many winter storms, and the scent of woodsmoke is thick in the air. The market…

March 20, 2014

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6:33 PM | ■ In 40 years, will self-driving cars send us packing for the suburbs?
Most urbanists will tell you that we’ll be living at higher densities sooner in not time. But if technology changes rapidly, that may not happen.
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4:26 PM | Satellite Images Show Floating Objects in Indian Ocean
Could floating objects seen in satellite images of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia be wreckage from the missing Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared on March 8? The Australian government thought the satellite images above, and another pair lower down in this post, warranted a search by aircraft. But the first try has […]The post Satellite Images Show Floating Objects in Indian Ocean appeared first on ImaGeo.
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