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November 27, 2014

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4:24 PM | a diversion to something icy
In words stolen from the old Monty Python shows – and now for something completely different. I moved away from the pleasant world of my garden to the arctic world I occasionally visit in this article over at Sustainable Collective, check it out here. I’ll get back to garden posts shortly.

November 26, 2014

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4:03 PM | Polar Bears Use Scent as a Trail of Bread Crumbs
By Emily Shenk National Geographic Imagine you’ve drawn a line across a jigsaw puzzle, and you’re following that line from beginning to end. Suddenly the puzzle breaks apart and the pieces move in different directions. How do you follow the line to your destination? In the case of polar bears, the destination is a potential…
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12:42 PM | Life on Earth’s Cold Shoulder – Film
The talented folk down at the University of Derby’s TEL Media Production have whipped up this short introduction to the fascinating world of glacier microbes. We hope it makes you question whether […]

November 20, 2014

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1:08 PM | Meet the lab: Sarah Loboda
This is the second in a series of posts that will introduce the members of the arthropod ecology lab. This one is about Sarah Loboda: I am not one of those people who can reflect back on my childhood with memories of chasing butterflies with a net. Instead, I could be found shouting loudly when […]

November 17, 2014

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3:42 AM | Effective stress and FDL science
"It's a very dynamic slope," Margaret Darrow said, standing in front of frozen debris lobe -A. FDL-A is a slow landslide; among the frozen debris lobes documented it's the closest to the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Although the lobes likely began their life as debris left over when Pleistocene glaciers disappeared 10 to 14 thousand years ago, their speed has recently increased. Now when Darrow describes FDL-A she states truly: "It moves so fast that you can watch it... […]
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3:42 AM | Effective stress and FDL science
"It's a very dynamic slope," Margaret Darrow said, standing in front of frozen debris lobe -A. FDL-A is a slow landslide; among the frozen debris lobes documented it's the closest to the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Although the lobes likely began their life as debris left over when Pleistocene glaciers disappeared 10 to 14 thousand years ago, their speed has recently increased. Now when Darrow describes FDL-A she states truly: "It moves so fast that you can watch it... […]

November 13, 2014

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6:09 PM | The Peel River Watershed: The Endangered Wilderness of Canada’s Yukon
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by Peter Mather, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers. From the front seat of our Cessna 172, the…

November 11, 2014

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1:00 PM | Bronze Bell from Long-Lost Arctic Shipwreck Revealed
Divers recovered a bronze bell from the wreck of the HMS Erebus, a British ship that was missing for nearly 170 years after an ill-fated expedition to the Canadian Arctic.
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1:00 PM | Bronze Bell from Long-Lost Arctic Shipwreck Revealed
Divers recovered a bronze bell from the wreck of the HMS Erebus, a British ship that was missing for nearly 170 years after an ill-fated expedition to the Canadian Arctic.

November 10, 2014

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4:30 PM | Can't Help Envying the Russians This
A Russian safari park may soon have a breeding pair of polar bear cubs. "“If it turns out to be a male, we will have a bridegroom for our female polar bear cub of about the same age, who arrived here from the Arctic in August.”" The Russian zoo's newest little bear would pay no attention to me. ["Safari park attendants say the baby polar bear is not afraid of people. “It only growls at tall males and seems to take no notice of those who are not that tall.”] The little […]

November 06, 2014

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9:30 PM | Climate Change Risks, Impacts Focus of Reports
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report warning that greenhouse gas levels are at the highest they have been in 800,000 years. “We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within the 2C of warming closes,” said IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri. “To keep a…
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6:43 PM | Temperamental machinery and FDL science
When the machinery mounted to the man-height pole announced "RTK initialized," the scientists gave a cheer. It was late afternoon and the morning's downpour had finally cleared. They were gathered in a sunny spot discussing what was still on the agenda for the day when the rover – the pole and its paramount differential GPS unit – announced its good news. Geologist Ronald Daanen grabbed the rover and raced to the toe of the lobe, hoping to get the measurement... Read more
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6:43 PM | Temperamental machinery and FDL science
When the machinery mounted to the man-height pole announced "RTK initialized," the scientists gave a cheer. It was late afternoon and the morning's downpour had finally cleared. They were gathered in a sunny spot discussing what was still on the agenda for the day when the rover – the pole and its paramount differential GPS unit – announced its good news. Geologist Ronald Daanen grabbed the rover and raced to the toe of the lobe, hoping to get the measurement... Read more
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3:00 PM | Life Aboard a ‘Polar Roller’: America’s Last Heavy Icebreaker
And a trick to prevent seasickness that the skipper swears by (other than staying ashore).

November 05, 2014

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7:49 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #73
With over 700,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page, the Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end of the year… We need your help to achieve this world-changing effort to celebrate the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild. Share your favorite…

November 03, 2014

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11:08 PM | November 2, 2014: Exploring Underwater Caves, Boxing With Ghana’s World Champs and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they cycle around the world, ski some of the world's "pretty faces," tell the world of the price of rhino poaching, explore underwater caves, tell stories of the past in song, box with Ghana's world champions, mourn the loss of our cultural heritage to war, and solve the melting impacts of black carbon on ice sheets.
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