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Charlie Hohn
Works at Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
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Long time followers of this blog (if there are any) and my friends may remember that several years ago I made a silly little computer game called 'buckthorn bash'. You played as a tiny little inter...
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This is why we should not do conservation planning specifically for warming. It's also another good reason to winterize our house more fully.
 
Just what this CT native wants to read. Shouldn't complain cold east beats dry West.

"Last winter’s curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the East. A University of Utah-led study shows that pattern became more pronounced 4,000 years ago, and suggests it may worsen as Earth’s climate warms.

“If this trend continues, it could contribute to more extreme winter weather events in North America, as experienced this year with warm conditions in California and Alaska and intrusion of cold Arctic air across the eastern USA,” says geochemist Gabe Bowen, senior author of the study.

http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/warm-u-s-west-cold-east-a-4000-year-pattern/
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+Shane Celis. I've been way busy but gotta work on my game thingie more.
 
Can Video Games Make Us Less Violent?

"The author points to a virtual reality game developed at the Georgia University that places the player in the sights and sounds of a computerised woodland and gives them a virtual chainsaw.  They are then required to cut down a tree using a vibrating controller.  After teh tree falls, the forest goes quiet and birds stop chirping."

"Just two minutes changed people's real-world environmental behavior for an entire week; they used 25% less paper products."  People who simply watched a video of trees being cut down did not change their behavior."

This is a fascinating nugget of information (the rest of the article is also good), and I'd be interested to see the science behind why there is a difference between virtual reality and video.  If I had to guess, I would think it probably has something to do with our species tendency to expect other people to do good, even when we do not, and the tactile experience of the controller vibrating.
The online Games for Change Festival is linking with the Tribeca Film Festival to promote peace and creativity.
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Try this online Trees of Vermont field guide! If people like it I will add more features and info to it...
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Wow, this is an awesome reference +Charlie Hohn, thank you!
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To anyone and everyone in the #Minecraft  community, this is a plea for help from those of us in the #autism  community.

Things need to be better. The #bullying  needs to stop.
Please help. On April 2nd, let's do better. On Autism Awareness Day, let's do more than just raise awareness.
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Another one for +Shane Celis
 
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Scientists are studying evolutionary concepts with robot mice

Studying evolution is tricky -- it's a process that happens over countless generations and thousands of years, but the men tasked with studying it live less than a century. Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have found one way around the problem: robots. OIST's Dr. Stefan Elfwing has been using small, rodent-like robots to study the long-term effects of disparate mating strategies, observing the evolution of the simulated species for over 1,000 generations. Two groups of robo-mice were programmed to forage for food (battery-powered recharge stations) and to find a mate (trade data through an embedded IR port), with each group following a different mating strategy. Robots dubbed "foragers" would focus on recharging, only mating if it didn't get in the way of feeding, while "trackers" would actively seek mates and go without charging if it increased their chances of linking up IR ports.

The experiment eventually yielded a population with both phenotypes, mirroring populations of real species with similarly distinct mating strategies -- which shows that robot simulations are a viable way to study long-term evolutionary concepts. Wondering what Elfwing's biological conclusions were? No worries, you can find the formal results of his research

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0093622#authcontrib

http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/14/scientists-are-studying-evolutionary-concepts-with-robot-mice/?ncid=rss_truncated
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A chart of mnemonics for western bird sounds! You can find this one in my store here: http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=TO&Category_Code=ROMO
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Ecologist, botanist, vegetation mapper
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I like nature, technology, and creative endeavors. I live in a small town in Vermont.
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Water, plants, mountains.  Friends, garden, river.  Dogs, Fire, Beer.  Art, music, science.  Slowwatermovement.blogspot.com .  Vermont!
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