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NASA's giant laser in the sky is helping us better understand our planet's oceans. The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) is a NASA instrument housed aboard the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite launched a decade... Continue »
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“If even one other civilization existed in our galaxy and had a similar or more advanced level of directed-energy technology, we could detect ‘them’ anywhere in our galaxy with a very modest detection approach,” said UC Santa Barbara physicist Philip... Continue »
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On September 21 we filed out of Lennie John's house into the cool predawn light. We were laughing, sharing the excitement of seeing something unprecedented and momentous. Qaamina Hunter lashed his large carved masks to his boats. Eighteen feathers for his grandchildren, 5 for his children. One mask shed tears in the shape of whales. Sacred cedar boughs were lashed to the rails. As we sped over the dark waters we wondered. Was the huge metal big agri-industrial pen system gone? Had it left under cover of darkness? Had we missed witnessing its retreat? My eyes cruised the water and... Continue »
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Last year CERN announced the finding of a new elementary particle, the Higgs particle. But maybe it wasn't the Higgs particle, maybe it just looks like it. And maybe it is not alone. Many calculations indicate that the particle discovered... Continue »
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Last month I was regretting not seeing cool birds like the Blue-headed Vireo. Here he is! The cool fish hook bill, the distinctive eye ring, the devil- may- care attitude.... He was catching bugs...and eating them. I only see them in Fall, so I need to make a note to... Continue »
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"A metaphorical chip holding all the programming for our universe stores information like a quantum computer." This is the radical insight to the foundation of our Universe developed by Mark Van Raamsdonk, a professor of theoretical physics at the University... Continue »
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1. Once migration starts, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds you see today will most likely be replaced by a new group of hummingbirds tomorrow. 2. Adult males typically depart first, with adult females and young birds following. Unfortunately, it's often difficult to... Continue »
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I was watching the Barn Swallows buzz around this bush for a few minutes before I realized what was happening. These Barn Swallow "chicks" are awfully big. They must be lazy. It appeared that two birds were feeding them, so I guess they share the duties. I had never noticed... Continue »
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Between April 17th and April 22nd, many of our customers experienced a service interruption due to a series of large, sophisticated denial of service attacks against our infrastructure. We apologize for the inconvenience and service... Continue »
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On New Year's Day 2009, the first-ever Red-bellied Woodpecker visited my yard in upstate New York. It was a female, who enjoyed a snack at my birdfeeders and was never seen again. Fast forward eighteen months, June 24, 2010, another... Continue »
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Using observations of ancient stars with W. M. Keck Observatory’s 10-meter telescope and state-of-the-art models of their atmospheres has shown that there is no conflict between their lithium-6 and lithium-7 content and predictions of the standard theory of Big Bang... Continue »
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"I love my bathtime!" "No, you can't share my bath!" "Ok, just don't look." "I told you not to look!!" Continue »
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` It's now the season when every time you pass a pond you know you have hundreds of eyes on you! I heard some goliath bullfrogs in this pond, they were big enough to move the reeds. I am kind of glad I didn't run into one. Continue »
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In February 50,000 people marched on the freezing Washington Mall to tell President Obama that he must reject Keystone XL and move forward on climate. Since then, Sierra Club activists and our partners have met President Obama, Vice President Joe... Continue »
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In this new Hubble image, the backlit wisps along the Horsehead's upper ridge are being illuminated by Sigma Orionis, a young five-star system just out of view. Along the nebula's top ridge, two fledgling stars peek out from their now-exposed... Continue »
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Just in case you aren't familiar with the term "photo bomb", it's when someone (or something, in this case) drops in a photo unexpectedly. This Blue Jay seemed to lean in just to get into my photograph of a Common... Continue »
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Riding on momentum from Los Angeles' huge announcement that it will be coal-free in 12 years, 150 clean-energy supporters, utility representatives, and entrepreneurs recently gathered for Huntington Park's first ever "Energy Fair" in Los Angeles County that aims to build... Continue »
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Today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Japan's intention to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact (TPP). With Japan's entry, the trade pact will now include 12 nations along the Pacific Rim, including the United States. It's similar to the... Continue »
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There was a time in my misspent youth when I embraced the libertarian conceit that the Second Amendment was inserted right where it was in the Bill of Rights as a vehicle to make the First Amendment fully enforceable, i.e.,... Continue »
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Why Twenty-First Century Oil Will Break the Bank -- and the Planet By Michael T. Klare Oil prices are now higher than they have ever been -- except for a few frenzied moments before the global economic meltdown of 2008.... Continue »
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