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motherjones:

Extreme weather will drive up food prices and supercharge world hunger in the next two decades… unless we act fast on climate change.

motherjones:

Extreme weather will drive up food prices and supercharge world hunger in the next two decades… unless we act fast on climate change.

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"“Morphologically, we’ve built a jellyfish. Functionally, we’ve built a jellyfish. Genetically, this thing is a rat,” says Kit Parker, a biophysicist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the work."

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Artificial jellyfish built from rat cells

It’s official, we are living in the future. 

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"… I’m charmed by the idea that when a school teacher writes her name on a blackboard on the first day of class, what she’s really doing is crushing the skeletons of terribly ancient earthlings into a form that spells out the name “Mrs. Guttenheimer.” Does she know?"

Source: npr

"We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature. The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe."

- CERN director general Rolf Heuer • Saying that his group has discovered the “God particle,” also known as Higgs boson, in a speech on Wednesday. The boson, conjured and named for theoretical physicist Peter Higgs 50 years ago, was found while Higgs himself was still alive — which is a feat amazing in and of itself. “It is an incredible thing that it has happened in my lifetime,” Higgs said. (via shortformblog)

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Source: reuters.com

discoverynews:

Mutant Crabs Showing Up in the Gulf
BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be related to the eyeless shrimp, clawless crabs and other deformed animals now found in the Gulf, reported Al Jazeera. Fishers and marine biologists believe tremendous amounts of highly toxic chemicals may have had a negative effect on creatures that are constantly bathed in them, contrary to what BP asserts.
Al Jazeera quoted numerous fisherman who had pulled warped crustaceans from the waters where nearly 5 million barrels of oils spewed forth after the 2010 explosion that cost 11 mens’ lives on the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
“I’ve seen the brown shrimp catch drop by two-thirds, and so far the white shrimp have been wiped out,” Keath Ladner, a seafood processor in Hancock County, Mississippi told Al Jazeera. “The shrimp are immune compromised. We are finding shrimp with tumors on their heads, and are seeing this everyday.”
Tracy Kuhns and her husband Mike Roberts, commercial fishers from Barataria, Louisiana, found eyeless shrimp and: “We are also finding eyeless crabs, crabs with their shells soft instead of hard, full grown crabs that are one-fifth their normal size, clawless crabs, and crabs with shells that don’t have their usual spikes … they look like they’ve been burned off by chemicals.”
“We also seeing eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye-sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills, and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills,” Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana said.
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Mutant Crabs Showing Up in the Gulf

BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be related to the eyeless shrimp, clawless crabs and other deformed animals now found in the Gulf, reported Al Jazeera. Fishers and marine biologists believe tremendous amounts of highly toxic chemicals may have had a negative effect on creatures that are constantly bathed in them, contrary to what BP asserts.

Al Jazeera quoted numerous fisherman who had pulled warped crustaceans from the waters where nearly 5 million barrels of oils spewed forth after the 2010 explosion that cost 11 mens’ lives on the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

  • “I’ve seen the brown shrimp catch drop by two-thirds, and so far the white shrimp have been wiped out,” Keath Ladner, a seafood processor in Hancock County, Mississippi told Al Jazeera. “The shrimp are immune compromised. We are finding shrimp with tumors on their heads, and are seeing this everyday.”
  • Tracy Kuhns and her husband Mike Roberts, commercial fishers from Barataria, Louisiana, found eyeless shrimp and: “We are also finding eyeless crabs, crabs with their shells soft instead of hard, full grown crabs that are one-fifth their normal size, clawless crabs, and crabs with shells that don’t have their usual spikes … they look like they’ve been burned off by chemicals.”
  • “We also seeing eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye-sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills, and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills,” Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana said.

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laughingsquid:

Why Do Cats Purr?

Why Do Cats Purr?

Source: fakescience

"The Rain

Galileo was in love with God.
He pursued Her in the cosmos,
with blunt instruments hardly suited to peer
into the Gracious, I imagined he prayed through
his telescope lens, waiting for a glimpse of Breath
on the glass, hoping to prove that the sun was just a breadcrumb
to lead us back home. His was a harmony of faith and facts, mathematics
with the sole purpose of encrypting lullabies,
he pried them open, was teased with glimpses
and when the Church inquired about his progress,
he’d say, “still praying.”

There was a time when Science was a celebration of God.
When there was more to the discussion than intelligent design and stem cells,
when the blueprint of creation was just a classroom away.
In high school biology while we pinched ourselves to stay awake
I wish it’d occurred to me to say,
“Mrs. Edmonds, tell me when you first witnessed the communion of photosynthesis and slipped into awe, tell me when your microscope first revealed Breath on the glass. I want to know when you knew this was more than pop quiz material, when you knew you were sharing the building blocks of ecstasy. This knowledge is not enough for me, I want to know if this is how you pray.”

It’s common knowledge that playing little kids Mozart helps them feel smarter, so I wonder how many of their parents will tell them his mind was a playground of the unspeakable, that his harmonies were architecture of the highest order for the purpose of glorifying God, when they teach kids about da Vinci, do they mention that The Last Supper was a model of geometry, linear perspective and proportion, when they teach of the Earth orbiting the sun, do they mention that Galileo treated science as the left brain of God?

I want to meet the physicist that teeters on the edge and dares God to prove him right.
Show me the chemist that dreams of dying in water.
I want to read the chapter where Mary tells her son, “Energy is neither created or destroyed, but changes from one form to another, so go on baby, I’ll be with you if you promise to visit me in rainfall.” I wonder what Mrs. Edmonds would tell me, if I asked her about God.
I imagine she’d blink, and smile awkwardly. She’d tell me this isn’t the place to discuss such things.
Then, maybe, she’d smile softly, and tell us how the grass glows, when it rains."

- by Khary Jackson.  For more of Khary, check out his site. (via bostonpoetryslam)

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Source: layitbare.com

shortformblog:

Stephen Hawking turns 70, misses his own birthday speech: Hawking, one of many famous people (Elvis, David Bowie, Kim Jong-Un) to have a birthday today, was recovering from an infection, but pre-recorded the speech ahead of time. He’s turning 70, despite doctors predicting he wouldn’t pass 25. source Follow ShortFormBlog

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Stephen Hawking turns 70, misses his own birthday speech: Hawking, one of many famous people (Elvis, David Bowie, Kim Jong-Un) to have a birthday today, was recovering from an infection, but pre-recorded the speech ahead of time. He’s turning 70, despite doctors predicting he wouldn’t pass 25. source

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futurejournalismproject:

CIA Rejects Freedom of Information Act Request for Climate Data
Via Secrecy News:

When the Central Intelligence Agency established a Center on Climate Change and National Security in 2009, it drew fierce opposition from congressional Republicans who disputed the need for an intelligence initiative on this topic.  But now there is a different, and possibly better, reason to doubt the value of the Center:  It has adopted an extreme view of classification policy which holds that everything the Center does is a national security secret.
Last week, the CIA categorically denied (pdf) a request under the Freedom of Information Act for a copy of any Center studies or reports concerning the impacts of global warming.
“We completed a thorough search for records responsive to your request and located material that we determined is currently and properly classified and must be denied in its entirety…,” wrote CIA’s Susan Viscuso to requester Jeffrey Richelson, an intelligence historian affiliated with the National Security Archive.
With some effort, one can imagine records related to climate change that would be properly classified.  Such records might, for example, include information that was derived from classified collection methods or sources that could be compromised by their disclosure.  Or perhaps such records might present analysis reflecting imminent threats to national security that would be exacerbated rather than corrected by publicizing them.
But that’s not what CIA said.  Rather, it said that all of the Center’s work is classified and there is not even a single study, or a single passage in a single study, that could be released without damage to national security.  That’s a familiar song, and it became tiresome long ago.

Image: Global Temperature Trends via NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

futurejournalismproject:

CIA Rejects Freedom of Information Act Request for Climate Data

Via Secrecy News:

When the Central Intelligence Agency established a Center on Climate Change and National Security in 2009, it drew fierce opposition from congressional Republicans who disputed the need for an intelligence initiative on this topic. But now there is a different, and possibly better, reason to doubt the value of the Center: It has adopted an extreme view of classification policy which holds that everything the Center does is a national security secret.

Last week, the CIA categorically denied (pdf) a request under the Freedom of Information Act for a copy of any Center studies or reports concerning the impacts of global warming.

“We completed a thorough search for records responsive to your request and located material that we determined is currently and properly classified and must be denied in its entirety…,” wrote CIA’s Susan Viscuso to requester Jeffrey Richelson, an intelligence historian affiliated with the National Security Archive.

With some effort, one can imagine records related to climate change that would be properly classified. Such records might, for example, include information that was derived from classified collection methods or sources that could be compromised by their disclosure. Or perhaps such records might present analysis reflecting imminent threats to national security that would be exacerbated rather than corrected by publicizing them.

But that’s not what CIA said. Rather, it said that all of the Center’s work is classified and there is not even a single study, or a single passage in a single study, that could be released without damage to national security. That’s a familiar song, and it became tiresome long ago.

Image: Global Temperature Trends via NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

Source: futurejournalismproject

climateadaptation:

Great example how science becomes life saving environmental policy. This fantastically produced piece shows the history of how the Antarctic Ozone Hole was discovered by a graduate student, then reported in a few newspapers. Chemicals dumped into the environment were the cause.

The public picked up the story of the Ozone Hole and got really, really worried that corporations were putting too much pollution into the air. They formed partnerships with environmental groups, universities, and certain governments, and lobbied other world leaders to help fill in the Ozone Hole.

Eventually, leaders agreed on the Montreal Protocol - a system of cap and trade that limited the amounts of pollution companies could dump into the environment. A must watch for budding environmentalists, policies wonks, and science-types.

Today, the Montreal Protocol loosely serves as the model for cap-and-trade system of the Kyoto Protocol, European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, California’s AB 32, and many other systems around the world.

Today is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Take a deep breath.

Have a look at the UNDEP’s ozone website for more information.

excellent video

Source: climateadaptation

scandalattheparkade:

whiporwill:

Michelle Bachmann completely misses the point about CO2 emissions

never have i wanted so much to punch a politician 

I can almost hear the point whooshing over her head.

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