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July 25, 2014

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8:12 PM | California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon
OR-7 has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.
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3:00 PM | California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters
More than 4,000 low-level offenders making $2 a day are a crucial component in how the state battles wildfires.

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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8:45 PM | Rule for Regulating Existing Power Plants under Fire
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on “EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants.” Debate about the proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants has swirled since the rule’s release last month. Coal-heavy states and others have criticized both the…
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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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8:20 PM | Scientists have identified whale-ship collisions as a possible factor in why blue whale population n
Scientists have identified whale-ship collisions as a possible factor in why blue whale population numbers have remained low, despite international laws against hunting. One possible solution: speed restrictions in shipping lanes would give whales time to get out of the way. Read more...
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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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7:05 PM | Desperate measures: researchers say radical approaches needed to beat extinctions
Today, in the midst of what has been termed the “Sixth Great Extinction” by many in the scientific community, humans are contributing to dizzying rates of species loss and ecosystem changes. A new analysis suggests the time may have come to start widely applying intensive, controversial methods currently used only as “last resort” strategies to save the word’s most imperiled species.
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6:20 PM | How the West was Lost
Just as the settling and development of the arid American West was fueled by harnessing its available fresh water, the growing lack of water availability may well be its undoing. California’s epic drought is just the latest example of what is shaping up to be the new normal out west.  Last year was the driest…
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6:01 PM | Eliminating lawn mower pollution Cutting your grass with a gas...
Eliminating lawn mower pollution Cutting your grass with a gas powered mower is 11 times more polluting than driving a car.  Students at UC Riverside have developed a small device to cut down on these emissions. Essentially it fits into the exhaust pipe and can get rid of up to 87% of pollutants: The device can be thought of as a three stage system. First, a filter captures the harmful pollutants. Then an ultra-fine spray of urea solution is dispersed into the exhaust stream. The urea […]
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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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12:10 PM | Science advisers should be supported, not sacked
A coalition of environmental NGOs is calling for the post of Europe's chief scientist to be axed. Roger Pielke Jr explains why this is a misguided and shortsighted proposalOn Tuesday, a group of European health and environmental NGOs sent a letter to the president-elect of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, urging him to scrap the position of chief scientific adviser to the president of the Commission, a role currently held by Professor Anne Glover. On seeing this demand, my thoughts […]
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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...
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10:00 AM | Drought Hastens Groundwater Depletion in the Texas Panhandle
Persistent drought in northwest Texas is leading farmers to pump more water from the Ogallala Aquifer, hastening the depletion of this crucial water supply. Over the last decade, from 2004-2014, average underground water levels across the 16-county High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) have dropped 8.83 feet (2.69 meters), with three counties seeing average…

July 23, 2014

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11:30 PM | Harnessing the power of waves
Ocean waves are one of the most powerful natural forces on our planet. Dense with energy, they pack a lot of punch and travel enormous distances across our oceans.  What’s more, they’re very reliable - it is very easy to predict which way a wave will move. It’s for these reasons that waves are being touted […]
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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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8:38 PM | A Tahitian Welcome for the Worldwide Voyage
The Worldwide Voyage received a colorful and memorable welcome to Tahiti, which Hōkūle‘a crew member Ana Yawaramai writes about from her own perspective.
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7:50 PM | Team “Uniting Nations” Wins 2,400-Mile Great Pacific Race
Winners of the inaugural Great Pacific Race, team Uniting Nations just arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, having contributed to marine research as they rowed more than 2,400 miles across the Pacific.
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5:41 PM | Wind Turbines Provide Feeding Opportunities for Wildlife
Scientists at the University of St Andrews have discovered that offshore pipelines and wind turbines can provide new feeding opportunities for the wildlife population in the area.
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3:24 PM | The Computational Chemist said...what?
So I like cruising around Reddit.com's subreddit on chemistry from time to time because it's a generally useful place for seeing others' work, help out aspiring academics, and generally have a place to get extra help on advanced chemistry techniques. The atmosphere around there is full of polite, like-minded individuals all looking to have a good time in their field.But sometimes people get a little too helpful, and step outside their comfort zone.I took this little screen grab from a […]
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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. 
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12:16 AM | How did Australia’s plants and animals get to be so unique?
Australia’s Biodiversity series – Part 2: Major Features Australia is known for its weird and wonderful critters and plant life – the kangaroo, platypus, Banksias, wattles, emu… the list could go on and on. But how did these icons come to evolve in the ways that they did? Science can help us piece together the […]

July 22, 2014

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8:40 PM | ​Track The Path Of Any Object Drifting on the Ocean
In 1992, a cargo container filled with more than 28,000 rubber ducks plunged into the North Pacific, and spent more than ten years floating around the world. By studying the travelogue of the ducks, scientists were later able to gather enough data to predict the dynamics of objects floating in the oceans.Read more...
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7:45 PM | Like May 2014, June Was Hottest on Record
This June was the hottest on record, continuing a 38-year trend.
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6:18 PM | Over-depleted and undermanaged: can Indonesia turn around its fisheries? (Part III)
Compared to maritime ministries worldwide, Indonesia's Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) is a teenaged neophyte. The governing body was formed a mere 13 years ago;a staggering fact for a country made up of two-thirds water where many of the 250 million people depend on fish for both protein and income. Mongabay.org's SRI Fellow Melati Kaye reports on the state of Indonesian fisheries in the third installment of a four-part series.
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4:17 PM | Invisible Remnants of Dead Stuff Hiding in Water
Ready for a little test?  Try to list all of the things you can think of that are found in a river or lake… I’m sure you came up with things like fish, algae, dirt, plants, and many others.  But one thing found in these water bodies that you may not have thought of and […]
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3:44 PM | New Material Stores Industrial, Coal Plant Waste
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a new material that combines sodium bentonite clay and polymers to create a substance that can withstand industrial, coal plant waste.
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