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September 02, 2014

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7:10 AM | Our Hidden Bacterial Friends Keep Us All Alive – Shewanella oneidensis
While the word “bacteria” conjures images of human illness and death for many people, the vast majority of bacteria in the world allow for the healthy functioning of humans and ecosystems. The way they do this ranges from breaking down food in animals’ digestive systems (yes, even ours) to cycling life-giving chemical elements from things […]

September 01, 2014

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10:37 PM | The Future of the Past in Palau
Enric Sala and team are back in the big blue on their latest expedition to explore and document the world's most pristine seas. This time, the destination is the Micronesian island group of Palau.
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9:23 PM | The MPA Wave
In 2004, Australia created the first large-scale marine protected area (MPA) in the world. Its Great Barrier Reef Marine Park had been a world heritage site since 1981, but ten years ago the government of Australia did the unthinkable – they banned all fishing, both recreational and commercial, from 33% of the park. In one…
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12:23 PM | EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard
In a global state of emergency, it is prudent to call on government and industry to contribute. Continue reading →
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12:23 PM | EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard
In a global state of emergency, it is prudent to call on government and industry to contribute. Continue reading →
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12:34 AM | The Shark-o-meter
Counting sharks isn’t quite like counting sheep – you can’t just sit underwater going ‘One, two, three …’ and hope for an accurate result. But it’s something that has to be done. It’s important for measuring the condition of the marine ecosystem and it informs policies about conservation or harvesting of sharks. The counting sheep […]

August 31, 2014

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6:55 PM | The Juneau Tour: Scientific American Alaska Cruise, Part 3
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 31st, which allows us to post audio from a fascinating taxi trip through Juneau on August 28th. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:30 PM | Zoning Plan For Earth: Optimizing Where Roads Should And Should Not Go
More than 15 million miles of new roads will be built worldwide by 2050, pushing back the frontiers of progress. Of course, progress may mean a loss of wilderness if it is not managed carefully, and authors have created a ‘global roadmap’ for prioritizing road building across the planet, to try to balance the competing demands of development and environmental protection.read more

August 30, 2014

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10:35 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 29/08/2014
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”. **** Feather, fur […]
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10:35 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 29/08/2014
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”. **** Feather, fur […]
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5:54 PM | Getting Droned On Greenland’s Ice Sheet
If you’re as fascinated by the science of our planet as I am, you’ve probably seen all sorts of imagery of the world’s frozen places, including dramatic photos of summer meltwater coursing across the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. And now, for a new and thoroughly spectacular perspective, check out the video above. Shot […]The post Getting Droned On Greenland’s Ice Sheet appeared first on ImaGeo.
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3:13 AM | Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk
The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.

August 29, 2014

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7:37 PM | Five New “Flying Monkeys” Identified in Amazon
Five species of acrobatic monkey that have long flown under the scientific radar have been named in South America, a new study says.
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6:51 PM | More trouble with tar sands: oil extraction leading to big forest loss in Alberta
Tar sands operations have been the subject of much controversy over the past few years as expected economic gains for Canada the may come at the cost of environmental damage from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Now another negative impact has come to light - deforestation of the boreal forest overlying the oil deposits.
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5:28 PM | Wilderness: As it Was in the Beginning
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and Photography by iLCP Fellow Krista Schlyer September 3rd, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act–Americans will be…
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5:26 PM | Whether in Iceland or on Mars, Follow the Water
Bethany Ehlmann is touring with students in Iceland to learn more about the dynamic geological processes that mold and carve our planet in order to gain insight on other planets, particularly Mars. Crystals and underground rivers speak of the cycle of fire and ice.
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6:00 AM | Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science | David Robert Grimes
Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidenceThe observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology it is not bound to […]
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3:48 AM | A Map to Build Roads to a Better Future
When I learned that the pesticide DDT–widely toxic and now widely banned–has snaked its way into polar bears and beluga whales, I questioned if any environment remains pristine on terrestrial Earth. Perhaps, the thick, hostile and unyielding rainforests of Borneo might prove a bastion? Then in 2013, satellite images showed roads penetrating deep into Borneo. […]

Laurance, W., Clements, G., Sloan, S., O’Connell, C., Mueller, N., Goosem, M., Venter, O., Edwards, D., Phalan, B., Balmford, A. & Van Der Ree, R. (2014). A global strategy for road building, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13717

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2:17 AM | Reading Diary: Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni
“Even if a small fraction of the Arctic carbon were released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked…We’re on a trajectory to an unmanageable heating scenario, and we need to get off it. We’re fucked at a certain point, right? It just becomes unmanageable. The climate dragon is being poked, and eventually the dragon becomes pissed off…

August 28, 2014

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8:34 PM | Obama May Use Executive Power to Forge International Climate Change Deal as U.N. Draft Report Paints Stark Climate Picture
A leaked draft of a report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that global warming is already affecting all continents and that additional pollution from heat-trapping gases will worsen the situation. “Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the…
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7:27 PM | Breaking Down Rocks in the Deep Ocean
When I witness adults cooing over Eocene-era rocks, or tasting 15 million-year-old ocean sediments, I instantly wonder what their childhood was like. Were they kids that didn’t want to leave the sandbox after recess? Were they shy and looked at the ground more than they looked at the sky? Why curiosity for inanimate objects over, say, plants or something with eyes and a heart?
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6:14 PM | Louisiana Is Losing An Entire Football Field Of Land Every Hour
Louisiana's coastline is changing — and changing fast, as you can see in the above map which shows the coastal land lost between 1922 and today. And the losses are only getting faster.Read more...
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5:54 PM | #Okavango14: Listen to the Sound of a Golden Okavango Morning
Listen to the sounds of a morning in the Okavango River Delta, courtesy of Steve Boyes and the Okavango Expedition!
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4:52 PM | The Things Living on your Toothbrush…
Did you remember to brush? I hope you did, but you may be throwing away your toothbrush soon. Get ready for your daily amount of gross, because have I got […]

Morris DW, Goldschmidt M, Keene H & Cron SG (2014). Microbial contamination of power toothbrushes: a comparison of solid-head versus hollow-head designs., Journal of dental hygiene : JDH / American Dental Hygienists' Association, 88 (4) 237-42. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25134956

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3:55 PM | C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes Featured in Cities Today
This month’s issue of Cities Today – a magazine for urban planners and other city experts – featured an interview with C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Mayor Paes. In the interview, Mayor Paes talks about his goals as the new chair of C40 Cities, and shares the major sustainability efforts his city has…
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3:45 PM | Juneau Where I Am: <i>Scientific American</i> Alaska Cruise, Part 2
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Juneau, Alaska -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:00 PM | The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"
During the 1930s, America's High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience "megadroughts" lasting for several decades.Read more...
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2:00 PM | Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills
Could the Nebraska Sandhills resemble the Sahara? They have before. Join QUEST as we explore dating and recreating drought in dunes.
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12:34 PM | Winged Warning: Heavy Metal Song Distortion
A series on birds as environmental sentinels includes a story on how mercury contamination distorts birds' songs.
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12:00 AM | Can we feed the world and save our species?
Australia’s Biodiversity series – Part 7: Farming, pastoralism and forestry Australian agriculture provides food and fibre for millions of people in Australia and around the world, but it can come at a cost to our environment and biodiversity. There is a range of intensities of primary production in Australia today. Hunting and gathering and use […]
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