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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Down the Mighty Columbia River, Where a Power Struggle Looms

quote [ Now, the Trump administration has proposed rethinking the entire system, with a plan to sell the transmission network of wires and substations owned by the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency that distributes most of the Columbia basin?s output, to private buyers. ]

I don't see what good can come of this. Article in full post.

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

New Zealand needs to kill these adorable rabbits

quote [ Every year on Easter in the Otago region of New Zealand, people gather to shoot thousands of bunnies. A police officer is on hand, not to arrest the hunters but rather to spur them on. This is the annual Easter bunny hunt, and by the time the day is done there will be literal piles of rabbit carcasses.

In bunny lore, this is a ritualistic massacre. In human terms, it?s a culling. New Zealand is overrun with rabbits, and those adorable bun-buns you may have seen perched atop sheep are no exception. ]

NZ is a blood-soaked killing field for all the little cuties.

Seriously, they've got to go.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Day the Fire Came

quote [ A tale of love and loss on the Panhandle plains. ]

A detailed personal account of some of the largest plains fires in modern times.

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Fire ants build towers with three simple rules

quote [ When faced with rushing floodwaters, fire ants are known to build two types of structures. A quickly formed raft lets the insects float to safety. And once they find a branch or tree to hold on to, the ants might form a tower up to 30 ants high, with eggs, brood and queen tucked safely inside. Neither structure requires a set of plans or a foreman ant leading the construction, though. Instead, both structures form by three simple rules:

1. If you have an ant or ants on top of you, don?t move.
2. If you?re standing on top of ants, keep moving a short distance in any direction.
3. If you find a space next to ants that aren?t moving, occupy that space and link up. ]

Ants don't need no bosses telling them what to do.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Just How Big Is The Larsen C Iceberg?

quote [ It's hard to imagine the Larsen C iceberg. These images help make it clear how massive it is...
With an area the size of Delaware and a volume of 277 cubic miles, its measurements boggle the mind. ]

That's a lot of ice cubes. I need a whisky.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Ravens ignore a treat in favor of a useful tool for the future

quote [ Two cognitive scientists at Lund University in Sweden, Can Kabadayi and Mathias Osvath, conducted a series of experiments with five captive, hand-raised ravens.

First, the ravens had to be given an experience they could plan for. They learned how to operate a puzzle box that opened to yield a reward, but the box could only be opened with a specific tool. The next day, they were shown the puzzle, loaded with food, but no tool. Only an hour later they were shown a tray of objects, including the tool, and given the opportunity to choose just one thing. Fifteen minutes later, the puzzle came back, and if the raven had chosen the right tool, they could open it. ]

I JOECAM THIS STUFF! /15 chars
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia?s tigers back from brink

quote [ A WWF appeal aims to highlight the threat of habitat destruction and climate change on wild populations ]

Some good news now and then.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The massive volcano that scientists can't find

quote [ It was the biggest eruption for 700 years but scientists still can't find the volcano responsible. ]

Ground she's movin' under me
Tidal waves out on the sea
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Norway to become the first country in the world to ban the the use of oil for heating

quote [ Vidar Helgesenlaid, the nation?s Environment Minister, laid out the plans in a statement, saying: ?Those using fossil oil for heating must find other options by 2020.?

The country advises its citizens to research alternatives to oil such as heat pumps, hydroelectricity, and even special stoves that burn wood chips. By some stage, the legislation could be widened to include restrictions on using natural gas to heat buildings.

The Ministry of Climate and Environment said the ban would apply to both new and old buildings and cover both private homes and the public space of businesses and state-owned facilities. ]

Norway shows leadership taking taking climate change and environment seriously, though they must be conflicted, oil being a main export.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money

quote [ In a windsurfers? paradise, turbines capture gusts that pick up at exactly the right time - or the wrong time, if you're trying to sell natural gas. ]
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