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November 26, 2014

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5:37 PM | Prairies could make flying safer
Cara Giaimo, reporting for NOVA Next: By turning hundreds of these acres back into prairie, Slaybaugh aims to mitigate the airport’s environmental impact. As part of a recent sustainability initiative, Dayton International Airport compared the potential carbon footprint of different land uses and found that rewilding would put them in the black: for every acre […]∞
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11:00 AM | Dana’s Super-Gargantuan Guide to Science Books Suitable for Gift-Giving
It’s the gifting time o’ year! You’ve got science readers on your list, but you’re not sure what books to get them, right? For those of you who can’t just say heck with... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

November 25, 2014

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2:30 PM | Spatial modelling with OGD and OSM data
While Open Government Data are currently a big deal in the German-speaking countries, the OpenStreetMap project celebrates its 10th anniversary . How these different data sources can be dealt with in spatial modelling approaches and how they can even be used in combination were the two major topics of a presentation, I’ve given last friday […]

November 21, 2014

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10:05 PM | World’s largest tree planter wins award
A jury of architects and real estate investors awarded Bosco Verticale the “International Highrise Award”. The project, they say, is a “role model” for other densely populated areas. I respectfully disagree. (Perhaps not coincidentally, the jury chair won the last installment of the prize for his high-rise in Sidney. It has a handful of trees […]∞
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9:02 PM | Dramatic Growth of Australian Bushfire as Seen from Space
Much of the United States may have been shivering over the past week or so, with poor Buffalonians worried that their roofs might collapse under staggering amounts of snow. But on the other side of the Earth, Australians have had a far different experience. For Australia, it was the second warmest October on record. (Globally, two […]The post Dramatic Growth of Australian Bushfire as Seen from Space appeared first on ImaGeo.
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7:18 PM | Buying the Farm, Building a Subdivision
Photographer Scott Strazzante spent years documenting the why and how of the farm-to-subdivision transition. Having seen both the before and after several times while growing up, his photos are particularly poignant.  ∞∞

November 20, 2014

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9:05 PM | Estimate bicycle flows with agent-based simulation
Knowing when and where how many people cycle would be valuable for many questions associated with bicycle research, planning and promotion. As I’ve already noted on several occasions, the data availability and quality is generally very poor in this context. For motorized traffic and public transportation networks, a whole lot of different traffic models and extensive […]
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9:50 AM | Geologists’ Manslaughter Verdict Overturned and Other Stories: A Cornucopia of Earth Science Links
Whilst I’ve been off designing geology-themed holiday cards and working on other time-devouring things, other folks in the geoblogosphere have been doing some fascinating writing. I thought... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:19 AM | Stunning New Satellite Image of Brutal Lake Effect Snow
For Buffalonians and others in the Great Lakes region, the snow just keeps on coming. And coming, and coming, and… Yesterday, some suburban areas of Buffalo got 60 inches or more, prompting the National Weather Service to Tweet that the area may have set a record for “highest 24hr snow in a populated area.” Time […]The post Stunning New Satellite Image of Brutal Lake Effect Snow appeared first on ImaGeo.

November 19, 2014

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10:06 PM | A day in my life
Siri Carpenter interviewed me for The Open Notebook, a fantastic resource for journalists—professional and aspiring—that helps lift the veil on the craft. Head on over if you’re curious about what I do during a typical day. ∞∞
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9:39 PM | Olympic-Sized Burdens
In terms of sheer spectacle, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing stood far above any Olympics that had come before it. Everything about the Beijing games was exaggerated. Some aspects, […]
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9:18 PM | New life for the artificial leaf?
Three years ago, the world was wowed by the advances in building artificial leaves—essentially solar cells that convert water and sunlight into energy. Reality fell short of the promise, but, as Phil McKenna reports for Ensia, there may be new hope for the promise.  ∞∞
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8:18 PM | What happened to Google’s renewable energy moonshot?
Ross Koningstein and David Fork, two Google engineers, writing at IEEE Spectrum: Google’s boldest energy move was an effort known as RE<C, which aimed to develop renewable energy sources that would generate electricity more cheaply than coal-fired power plants do. The company announced that Google would help promising technologies mature by investing in start-ups and […]∞
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7:18 PM | Why Doesn’t Everyone Believe Humans Are Causing Climate Change?
Brad Balukjian, reporting for NOVA Next: Only 40% of Americans attribute global warming to human activity, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. This, despite decades of scientific evidence and the fact that Americans generally trust climate scientists. That apparent cognitive dissonance has vexed two scientists in particular: Michael Ranney, a professor of education […]∞
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