Archive for February, 2013

February 7, 2013 – Are you scientifically literate?

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Take The Quiz


February 6, 2013 – weather data

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Weather Data: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Frequently Asked Questions

Quality Control of 19th Century Weather Data

Instrumental termperature record

Links: RealClimate

History of the National Weather Service

Winter Warming Accelerated Since 1970

A comment from Winter Warming Accelerated Since 1970: “…we are changing global chemistry. CO2 affects soil and sea pH. We are acidifying our oceans. The food chain of the seas starts with very small creatures called zoanthids which in turn feed corals and filter feeders. These are calcium carbonate based life forms, they depend on a stable, relatively high pH to maintain and build shells. Corals provide habitat for fish and other animals that feed half a billion people worldwide. Add to this mix all shell fish which feed many more and you are talking about something much more serious. Not only will agriculture and soil based food production be seriously affected, but sea food and related products will be too. It doesn’t take much CO2 to dissolve calcium carbonate shells and kill or reduce shellfish and in turn, fish ecosystems. Already this is being observed in places known for shellfish like Puget Sound, where in some places clam and oyster ‘seedlings’ have very high mortality due to dissolving shells due to CO2 driven low pH.”

Airplane contrails and temperature

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February 5, 2013 – Your Wild Life

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Your Wild Life Exploring the biodiversity that lives on us, in us and around us

The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today by Rob Dunn


February 4, 2013 – Woolly Bear Caterpillar

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Giant Woolly Bear Caterpillar Discovered Near Las Cruces, NM, Predicts Global Warming for Decades to Come WBC


February 3, 2013 – Oak Trees Listen to the Weather

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Oak Trees Listen to the Weather


February 2, 2013 – The Creeping Garden

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The Creeping Garden


February 1, 2013 – Alya Red: A Computational Heart

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Alya Red: A Computational Heart


January 31, 2013 – 10 weirdest animal discoveries of 2012

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The 10 Weirdest Animal Discoveries of 2012


January 30, 2013 – when life goes cloudy

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When Life Goes Cloudy From the abyssal depths to the tropical shallows, the ocean teems with myriad creatures. On land, too, organisms occupy every conceivable niche, from deep in the bowels of the earth to the tops of the highest mountains. The air is different.

Meet the Intraterrestrials


January 29, 2013 – SnowCrystals.com

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SnowCrystals.com This site is all about snow crystals and snowflakes — what they are, where they come from, and just how these remarkably complex and beautiful structures are created, quite literally, out of thin air.


January 28, 2013 – the soldiers who glowed in the dark

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Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark


January 27, 2013 – bear tagging

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Bear Tagging


January 26, 2013 – cold, and living things…

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IN THE GARDEN: Dormant but Not Forgotten


January 25, 2013 – city waste heat altering weather

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Waste Heat From Cities May Be Altering Weather Patterns


January 24, 2013 – dog and human evolution

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Ancient Dogs’ Ability To Stomach Starchy Diet Aided Their Domestication, DNA Study Suggests


January 23, 2013 – the end of cats

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The End of Cats: An Interview With the New Zealand Economist Calling to Eliminate All Kitties


January 22, 2013 – Awaiting a New Darwin

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Awaiting a New Darwin


January 21, 2013 – The Lost Wolves of New England

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The Lost Wolves of New England


January 20, 2013 – Alfred Russel Wallace Letters Put Online In Nod To Co-Discoverer Of Evolution By Natural Selection

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Alfred Russel Wallace The other guy who “invented” evolution.


January 19, 2013 – how to identify poison ivy

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How to Identify Poison Ivy You can get a dose of poison ivy at Fresh Pond Reservation any time of year.

2013 Sony World Photography Awards


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