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Un-bee-lievable. What a cool idea:
Photo by William Eakin Photos by William Eakin In North America, Europe and many other parts of the world, bee populations have plummeted 30-50% due to colony collapse disorder, a fact not lost on artist Aganetha Dyck who for years has been working with the industrious insects to create delicate s
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Things just got interesting:
TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and "beat Amazon at its own game." It has..
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Slow earthquakes: 
If you live in Victoria, B.C., you experience a "slow earthquake" every 14 months. Now an Ottawa scientist and his U.S. colleague have figured out why these weird quakes recur so regularly.
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Very curious about unthought of implications: 
Get used the word 'superhydrophobic' - it's about to change thousands of products in the marketplace by giving them the world’s most liquid-resistant coating.
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A simple idea with a large impact (awesome!):
Some icons are so commonplace that we've come to not think twice about them—until they're changed. One such image undergoing a makeover is the ‘Internation
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Time for summer?
Backyard lighting is as much about decoration as it is about safety, allowing you to enjoy your artificial oasis at night without the risk of accidentally stepping on a hidden rake. But why run lights to every corner of your yard when you can just mount a decorative Japanese lantern to a quadruped and simply have it follow you around all night?
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Unexpected consequences of green energy:
Birds flying over a California solar plant are being set on fire by the mirrors that concentrate the sun's rays to generate electricity.
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Extremely interesting:
 
Complex interrelationships between Earth and life. Changing levels of a single species can have far-reaching impacts on local plants and animals - and even change the course of rivers. 

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

We have discovered that food chains are also webs - and that complex interrelationships can have far-reaching impacts that are difficult to predict.

The human-led near-extermination of the wolves changed Yellowstone. The human-led attempt to undo the damage changed it, too.  But additional studies show that not all that was lost has been restored:

● Stream hydrology limits recovery of riparian ecosystems after wolf reintroduction. (http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1756/20122977)

● Are wolves saving Yellowstone's aspen? A landscape-level test of a behaviorally mediated trophic cascade. (http://www.wyocoopunit.org/index.php/archives/2010/kauffman-m-j-j-brodie-and-e-s-jules-2010-are-wolves-saving-yello/)

We know that the activities of humans and other species can create fascinating and long-term changes in our environment. Predicting those changes - and how those changes may affect us - remains a difficult and important challenge.

+Stanford University scientists published a study on the loss of animals in the Anthropocene, the Earth's current geologic time period,  where the rise of humans and human activities have begun a significant impact on the Earth's ecosystems. 

[H]uman impacts on animal biodiversity are an under-recognized form of global environmental change. Among terrestrial vertebrates, 322 species have become extinct since 1500, and populations of the remaining species show 25% average decline in abundance. Invertebrate patterns are equally dire: 67% of monitored populations show 45% mean abundance decline. Such animal declines will cascade onto ecosystem functioning and human well-being.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6195/401

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140724171956.htm

"Two billion years ago, cyanobacteria oxygenated the atmosphere and powerfully disrupted life on earth,” [Andrew Revkin] says. “But they didn’t know it. We’re the first species that’s become a planet-scale influence and is aware of that reality. That’s what distinguishes us.”

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-is-the-anthropocene-and-are-we-in-it-164801414/#u4Rc8ff87u3KmGAL.99

  #interconnected   #ecology   #earthscience   #lifescience
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Super-interesting. It's amazing how seemingly unrelated things are actually closely connected.
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What tree rings can sound like (via piano): 
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