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Wasps in the Sand

Sand wasp Bembix oculata with prey (a bombyliid, I think), copyright Carlos Enrique Hermosilla. The sand wasps of the tribe Bembicini are a diverse group of about 500 species of wasp that get their name because, obviously, of their habit of constructing burrows in sand-banks. Show More Summary

Video: Rare Blue Whale Footage Captured Off California

Underwater footage of the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) off Laguna Beach. (Photo: Rich German / YouTube) While paddling off Laguna Beach recently, one lucky paddle boarder was in the right place at the right time to spot an elusive blue whale—an endangered marine mammal that’s rarely spotted. Show More Summary

Ukraine: Back to Simmering the Lyagushka

The ceasefire apparently stipulated everyone stayed in place. Therefore, the LNR, DNR, Russians and Ukrainians are supposed to stay where they are. However, there are clashes across the front lines. Most notably near Mariupol: Vice News had a dramatic declaration of the ceasefire being over. Show More Summary

Ukraine: Hard Boiled Frog

Events have been rapidly degrading in Donbass for Ukraine. The Ukrainian army appears to be retreating before a more Russian style comprehensive artillery barrage. The Ukrianians have all but abandoned Lugansk. They still hold the Donetsk airport. Show More Summary

Ukraine: Boiling the Frog

Map source. It has been a while since I posted an update for what is happening in Ukraine. I have been dealing with a lot in the rocket business, some zaniness with the day job and working on the evac of contacts out of Gorlovka. That said, in the time since I posted, a lot has happened. Show More Summary

The First Synthetic Leaf

The "first man-made biological leaf" could enable humans to colonise space from Dezeen on Vimeo. hmm. I wonder how the chloroplasts can be sustained outside the plant cell...

Obama Administration Approves Seismic Airgun Use off the Atlantic Coast In Spite of Local Opposition and Threats to Marine Life

A North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species that will be impacted by this decision. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons) For more than 30 years, the Atlantic coast has been off limits to offshore drilling. Show More Summary

Kure Beach Mayor’s Support for Seismic Airgun Blasting Spurs Public Outcry

Kure Beach citizens show their opposition to Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth’s support for seismic airgun blasting. (Photo: Oceana / Randy Sturgill) In January, Kure Beach, North Carolina Mayor Dean Lambeth voiced his support for the American Energy Forum’s push to approve seismic airgun blasting off the Atlantic coast. Show More Summary

Ukraine: Patterns of Death

Ukraine suffers. There's no other way to put it. The bombardment of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk continues. There are some pretty depressing videos coming out of there about the civvies. There is VERY heavy fighting at Shchastya (Schaste). Show More Summary

Ukraine: The Pattern of Nearing the Bonfire

The Ukrainian 'Anti Terrorist Operation' continues in the East. Fighting has moved into the city of Slavyansk, apparently on Artema Street. Fighting is also reported at Semenivka and Kramatorsk. Weirdness continues with the Little Green Men. Show More Summary

Ukraine: Fire Storm of the Patterns

Shelling in Slavyansk. The shoot down of the AN-30 on a recon mission over Slavyansk. The Ukrainians have been fighting the LGM at the Lugansk airport. This seems to be a repeat of what happened in Kiev. Aftermath of the LGM attack on one of the border guard's stations. Show More Summary

Died This Day: Julie Ege

Nov. 12, 1943 – April 29, 2008 The late Julie Ege had the lead role as Nala in the 1971 Hammer film, “Creatures The World Forgot”.

Save Penguins and Threatened Wildlife at Earth’s Remotest Places

  On March 16, 2011, a horrific environmental disaster occurred at the most remote inhabited island group in the world, Tristan da Cunha, that threatened the second largest concentration of seabirds in the world. Marine scientist Dr. David E. Guggenheim, president of  Ocean Doctor, was aboard a ship that received a distress call from a […]

Australian Fire Tornado

"Pillar of fire" Australia- in real-time from chris tangey on Vimeo.

Happy 100th Birthday to Gertie the Dinosaur!

One hundred years ago today, Winsor McCay's animated film, Gertie the Dinosaur, premiered. Gertie is considered by many as the first true animated character to be featured in a film. For this cartoon, McCay (Sept. 26, 1987 – July 26, 1934) hand drew each frame of film. Show More Summary

Robopocalypse: Prosthetic Hand With Sense of Touch Developed

Researchers have designed a new kind of prosthetic hand that allowed an amputee to experience the sensation of touch in real-time again. The prosthetic, which uses microelectric implants and sensors to create sensation, made it possible for the individual to distinguish between objects of varying shape and rigidity, such as a baseball and an orange. Show More Summary

Ozeanversauerung – Ökosysteme im Wandel (video, in German)

Wissenschaftler des Alfred-Wegener-Institutes blicken unter die Oberfläche des arktischen Ozeans. Sie wollen wissen, wie steigende Temperaturen und die Ozeanversauerung das Leben im Hohen Norden verändern. In den Gewässern um Spitzbergen sind die Biologen auf der Suche nach zwei Fischarten: dem Atlantischen Kabeljau und dem Polardorsch. Show More Summary

OMG! Snowden Reveals ALL on NSA Developing Quantum Computers!!!

In room-size metal boxes ­secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records...Show More Summary

VIDEO: What Columbus Might Have Seen

I’ve just returned from Cuba and before my wetsuit has finished drying, I am packing my bags again. Before I return to Cuba, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a short video I shot during my recent trip at Cuba’s spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park (Jardines de la Reina), the country’s […]

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