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July 27, 2014

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6:17 PM | Holy Grail of Battery Design: A lithium anode
Technology has been racing forward at an ever increasing rate. Unfortunately, anyone who owns a smartphone will tell you that the battery life doesn’t match the advancements. That is probably […]

Liu N, Lu Z, Zhao J, McDowell MT, Lee HW, Zhao W & Cui Y (2014). A pomegranate-inspired nanoscale design for large-volume-change lithium battery anodes., Nature nanotechnology, 9 (3) 187-92. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24531496

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3:28 PM | B is for Boma, K is for Kraal
I’m just south of the Zambezi river, in the Caprivi, the long eastern panhandle of Namibia that stretches from the Okavango River to Victoria falls. Angola and Zambia are only 40 miles away to the north, Botswana 10 to the south, and Zimbabwe less than 150 to the east. It’s certainly Africa’s most geographically complicated…

July 26, 2014

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8:02 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 25/07/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Star Wars […]
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8:02 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 25/07/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Star Wars […]
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6:33 PM | Here Are The First Wolf Pups in the Cascade Mountains Since The 1940s
Remember the "wandering wolf," OR-7, who traveled from Oregon to California and back while wearing a GPS collar? The US Fish and Wildlife Service discovered that he's now a proud dad to at least three pups, thanks to some camera trap photos. Read more...

July 25, 2014

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9:36 PM | How Wildlife Decline Leads to Slavery and Terrorism
The harvest of wild animals each year injects more than $400 billion dollars into the world economy. That harvest provides 15% of the planet's human population with a livelihood. It's the primary source of animal protein for more than a billion of our species. It's also led to piracy, slavery, and terrorism.Read more...
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8:17 PM | The Fall and Rise of the Amphibian Empire
In 1970, a group of experts on frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians noticed that populations of the Yosemite Park Toad in California had suddenly crashed. The habitat was suitable, there seemed to be nothing wrong but their numbers had crashed to very low levels. People scratched their heads and thought of it as just one…
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8:17 PM | The Fall and Rise of the Amphibian Empire
In 1970, a group of experts on frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians noticed that populations of the Yosemite Park Toad in California had suddenly crashed. The habitat was suitable, there seemed to be nothing wrong but their numbers had crashed to very low levels. People scratched their heads and thought of it as just one…
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10:46 AM | Terrified of Twitter? Social Media for Marine Conservation
Terrified of Twitter? Social Media for Marine Conservation: How many times have you heard, or even...
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10:46 AM | Terrified of Twitter? Social Media for Marine Conservation
Terrified of Twitter? Social Media for Marine Conservation: How many times have you heard, or even...
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10:00 AM | Smithsonian celebrates 1st birthday of first Przewalski’s horse born by artificial insemination
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., are celebrating the anniversary of the first birth of a Przewalski’s horse by artificial […] The post Smithsonian celebrates 1st birthday of first Przewalski’s horse born by artificial insemination appeared first on Smithsonian Science.

July 24, 2014

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8:50 PM | It's not just extinction: meet defaunation
Get ready to learn a new word: defaunation. Fauna is the total collection of animals—both in terms of species diversity and abundance—in a given area. So, defaunation, much like deforestation, means the loss of animals in all its myriad forms, including extinction, extirpation, or population declines.
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8:37 PM | Living Walls Turn Maasai Hunters into Lion Defenders (Video)
In a land where the lion truly is king, attitudes about traditional lion hunts are changing. Two Maasai people – one lion slayer and one lion savior – share the stories of their respective journeys. Species are disappearing at a rate that has scientists around the world calling this period the sixth mass extinction. Today,…
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7:48 PM | Journey of the Sea Lion, Part Two: Totem Poles, New and Old
Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall join the voyage of the National Geographic expedition vessel, the Sea Lion, to tour and discover some of the best that the ecosystems and cultures of the Pacific Northwest have to offer. As the journey continues, the Haida people showcase their ongoing way of life and stunning artwork.
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7:48 PM | Journey of the Sea Lion, Part Two: Totem Poles, New and Old
Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall join the voyage of the National Geographic expedition vessel, the Sea Lion, to tour and discover some of the best that the ecosystems and cultures of the Pacific Northwest have to offer. As the journey continues, the Haida people showcase their ongoing way of life and stunning artwork.
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4:40 PM | Why Do Birds Fly Into Glass?
The Minnesota Vikings' glass-filled football stadium raises concerns over bird strikes. So why do birds fly into windows?
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4:34 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests
'In Africa, you can come across Kaya forests of coastal Kenya, customary forests in Uganda, sacred forest groves in Benin, dragon forests in The Gambia or church forests in Ethiopia...You can also come across similar forest patches in South and Southeast Asia including numerous sacred groves in India well-known for their role in conservation of biological diversity,' Dr. Shonil Bhagwat told mongabay.com.
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3:43 PM | Green Snails: Valuable Aliens
By Alison Barrat and Alex Dempsey You don’t have to look too far to find a horror story about an invasive species that has completely disrupted a natural ecosystem. Cane toads in Australia come to mind or pythons in the Everglades or even lionfish in the Caribbean.  But what about introductions that have gone well?…
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3:43 PM | Green Snails: Valuable Aliens
By Alison Barrat and Alex Dempsey You don’t have to look too far to find a horror story about an invasive species that has completely disrupted a natural ecosystem. Cane toads in Australia come to mind or pythons in the Everglades or even lionfish in the Caribbean.  But what about introductions that have gone well?…
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10:55 AM | #okavango14: Over Africa’s Wetland Wilderness
Africa's newly-minted UNESCO World Heritage Site, Botswana's Okavango Delta, from the air and from space... This emerald green oasis buzzes with life during the summer months when grand thunderstorms sweep across the delta...

July 23, 2014

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9:55 PM | Blue Whales Clash With US Shipping Lanes
The feeding grounds of blue whales along the U.S. West Coast overlap dangerously with shipping lanes, placing the behemoths in danger of collisions with ships.
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8:08 PM | Mysterious Fossils in 3D
Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Pteridiniums are ancient organisms full of mystery—and those found in the Outback are much older than anyone previously thought.
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7:59 PM | Western Mediterranean Island Conservation
I am visiting the Iberian Peninsula this week en route to the 14th Rodens et Spatium conference in Portugal. Today in Valencia I am looking out over the Western Mediterranean basin. This area is steeped in human history, including upon its hundreds of islands. Romans colonised these parts over 2,000 years ago, and like everywhere…
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1:41 PM | Disturbing the natural order – the case of neonicotinoid insecticides and farmland birds
  One of my favourite nature writers is Mark Cocker who has the ability to capture a scene or an idea in a few hundred words. Despite his immense knowledge he never loses his sense of awe and with clever … Continue reading →
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1:01 PM | Disturbing the natural order – the case of neonicotinoid insecticides and farmland birds
  One of my favourite nature writers is Mark Cocker who has the ability to capture a scene or an idea in a few hundred words. Despite his immense knowledge he never loses his sense of awe and with clever use of metaphor, his descriptions of nature leap in to life. Here is Cocker writing … Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | China Is Turning Tiger Bones Into Wine
Chinese brewers are making wine from tiger bones despite specific regulations against the trade in tiger bones. And it's not technically illegal, since they're not actually selling the bones. What?Read more...
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9:31 AM | "We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on...
"We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on your plate, you big disgrace Brilliant. 
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9:31 AM | "We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on...
"We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on your plate, you big disgrace Brilliant. 

July 22, 2014

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8:12 PM | Congressional briefing highlights climate adaptation, mitigation efforts in Midwestern United States
On July 17th, the Environment and Energy Study Institut […]
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7:34 PM | Is Eating Kosher Seafood Better for the Environment?
In some ways, absolutely yes. That's the conclusion reached by researchers from NOAA and California State University, Channel Islands. And it mostly has to do with the distance that seafood travels from the ocean to your plate.Read more...
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