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Sex secrets of the weevil with a curiously long snout

Male giraffe weevils use their impressive snouts to win females, but less-endowed males use sneaky tactics to mate just as often

Ocean acidification threatens economies and cultures around the world (text & video)

Ocean Conservancy intern Alexis Valauri-Orton spent the last three months on a journey around the world learning about ocean acidification. She visited marine communities most at risk from ocean acidification and saw firsthand how dire the need is for more research, guidance and infrastructure to prepare for the challenges ahead. She produced a video, shown […]

The Etiquette of Flags At Sea

John Tissott from the East Fremantle Yacht Club in Perth, Australia has just developed an infographic (below) on the topic of flags flown at sea.  For example, I have just learned that flags are flown by owners and worn by the yacht.  Or in my case a dinghy with substantial hole. Over at the DSN HQ we […]

Subduction-Driven Plate Tectonics MAY Date From MesoArchean

Petrogenesis of Neoarchean TTG rocks in the Yangtze Craton and its implication for the formation of Archean TTGsAuthors:Wu et alAbstract:The Yangtze Craton is one of the most important cratonic blocks in eastern Asia. However, its early evolution has not been well constrained yet, because of the poor exposure of Archean basement rocks. Show More Summary

Japan Procuring 6 F-35s, E-2C "AWACS" Replacement

The Ministry of Defense plans to seek funding for the purchase of six F-35 stealth fighter jets in next fiscal year's budget to strengthen defense of remote southwestern islands against China, which has grown increasingly assertive at sea and in the air.The ministry intends to ask that 124.9 billion yen ($1.2 billion) be set aside. Show More Summary

In our view: acidification harms oceans

When it comes to ocean acidification, the state of Washington is in damage-control mode. There is little doubt such acidification has — and will — take a toll on the state’s economy; the question is, at what cost? At stake is the state’s $270 million shellfish industry — along with Alaska’s $100 million king crab […]

Chinese Fighter Intercepts, Harasses US Navy P-8 Poseidon

The United States has lodged a formal protest with Beijing over an air intercept this week in which a Chinese warplane flew close to a U.S. Navy patrol jet and conducted acrobatic maneuvers around it in international air space, the Pentagon...Show More Summary

8/21-22/14 Peregrine Falcon Takes Center Stage

Thursday, August 21st...they woke me up...not quite 3:00 a.m....K Pod calls...I knew K pod (except the K Klik- K21, K16 and K35) had been up near the Fraser River with J Pod...and from what I was hearing there were lots of K pod calls, but no J pod calls...so maybe J pod didn't come down?...it was four hours later, about 7:00 a.m. Show More Summary

Gorlovka Evac Fundraiser Day 7

This will be the last post asking for help getting our contacts out of Gorlovka. We have raised a total of $1,750 out of the $5,000 we hoped. The good news is we have enough to get them out of the town. The problem is what to do afterwards. Show More Summary

SpaceX's Grasshopper Rocket Explodes

Just in case the embed doesn't work above. Here's the link to the video.

8-20-14 Fun Afternoon With Fun Transients!

Wednesday, August 20th...Ts, Ts, and more Ts...wow......unable to go on the morning trip on Maya's Westside Charters I learned the T100s and T101s were seen...neat groups with some sprouting males in them...next time......but in theShow More Summary

Using Electrocorticography for Mind-Machine Interfaces

Last year, an epilepsy patient awaiting brain surgery at the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital occupied her time with an unusual activity. While doctors and neuroscientists clustered around, she repeatedly reached toward a video screen, which showed a small orange ball on a table. Show More Summary

DARPA's GXV-T: An X Program for Tanks

The US Army has revealed plans to replace tanks with small, 'off road' vehicles covered in smart armour.Military bosses says the current tanks are hindering soldier's ability to get into battle.They say the future is a small vehicleShow More Summary

The Paleoenvironment of Northwest Oxfordian Juassic Spain

Timing of sea level, tectonics and climate events during the uppermost Oxfordian (Planula zone) on the Iberian ramp (northeast Spain)Authors:Colombie et alAbstract:The middle Oxfordian warming climate and sea-level rise initiated the development of vast carbonate platforms in some western European basins. Show More Summary

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