May, 2021

Climate Denialism Has No Place at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Union of Concerned Scientists

I choose to remain loyal to the climate science we have performed at LLNL for over three decades. Climate Change Science and Democracy climate attribution climate denial climate deniers Climate Science misinformation



Manzee mezesha moja sitawahi rada ni hii risto ya vile utu umelost kwa society Kenya hii. Na sitastart kutupia mapolitrickcian blame sababu hiyo mtindo haiwesmake. Lakini haimaanishi eti hawana blame. Hebu tucheki risto ya KEMSA ndio tuingize akili. Ni Kenya tu ndio mawadhii incognito wanaweza kupiga kaletha kwa ofee ya gava na wakalaza tender ya mamita. Kabla tuanze kumzushia politrickcian, huyu muthii ametudondoa mamita kupitia biarasha ya udingo ni nani? Sio wewe au mimi?

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The Time Has Come to Rein In the Global Scourge of Palm Oil

Yale E360

The cultivation of palm oil, found in roughly half of U.S. grocery products, has devastated tropical ecosystems, released vast amounts of C02 into the atmosphere, and impoverished rural communities. But efforts are underway that could curb the abuses of this powerful industry. Read more on E360

The Truth About Sea Angels

Ocean Conservancy

Sailors have long reported sights of heavenly creatures swimming just below the water’s surface. They might not have been able to catch glimpses while peering over the rails of their ship, but they were right about one thing: there are sea angels lurking in the oceans.

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Quantum bits make artificial spiking neurons

Physics World

The last few years have seen rising interest in combining quantum computing and machine learning, with the hopes of discovering new capabilities and applications in both.

Strange and Surprising Facts about Opossums

Cool Green Science

Death fainting! Walking embryos! And other weird facts about the underrated Virginia opossum. The post Strange and Surprising Facts about Opossums appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Latest Science Wildlife Mammal Watching Weird Nature

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Kasongo made his way towards the water front. The place was as usually crowded with people waiting to board their boats for different destinations. It resembled an open air market. People had assembled with all sorts of wares. This was not just a voyage along the Congo River…it would also be an opportunity to make a living. The journey would take at least 2 weeks from Kinshasa to Kisangani.

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A Proposal to End the COVID-19 Pandemic


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12 Incredible Historical Illustrations of Shells

Ocean Conservancy

Historical illustrations give us a glimpse into the scientific research of the past—and they can be very cool to look at! We can view thousands of historical illustrations of marine life thanks to the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).

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As the Climate Warms, Could the U.S. Face Another Dust Bowl?

Yale E360

Improved agricultural practices and widespread irrigation may stave off another agricultural calamity in the Great Plains. But scientists are now warning that two inescapable realities — rising temperatures and worsening drought — could still spawn a modern-day Dust Bowl. Read more on E360

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Converting quantum promises into commercial realities

Physics World

We’ve all heard about the promise of quantum technologies to transform business and industry, whether it be for more secure communications networks or vastly more powerful computation.

Why “Infrastructure” Includes the Ground Beneath Our Feet

Union of Concerned Scientists

We’ve heard a lot of opinions about what is, and isn’t, infrastructure. Now I’ll add my hot take: Soil is infrastructure. Climate Change Food and Agriculture Agriculture Resilience Act American Jobs Plan cover crops drinking water farm runoff flooding healthy soil infrastructure nitrate



They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. But to say the same of paintings would be an understatement. Artists put in hours (if not days and weeks) in the work they do. I remember aspiring to be a pencil artist only to realize that the video tutorials we see on YouTube involve people who’ve honed the skill over time. After numerous trial and error sessions, they have made it to a stage where only a few get to.

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Leadership Blog Part 13: Environmental Professionals Day 2021

NAEP Leadership Blog

Last year as COVID restrictions were being initiated throughout the world, NAEP had just shifted from an in-person conference format to a remote conference. At that time, scientists were not being held in high regard in many venues.

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Beer byproduct mixed with manure proves an excellent organic pesticide

Frontier Sin

By Tayyibah Aziz, science writer. A productive lettuce yield following the researchers’ new biodisinfestation method. Image: Maite Gandariasbeitia et al.

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Species Solidarity: Rediscovering Our Connection to the Web of Life

Yale E360

As climate change intensifies and human activity impacts every corner of the planet, repairing our world increasingly means realizing that our fate is intertwined with that of other animal and plant species — not separate from theirs — and that we must think and act accordingly. Read more on E360

Frozen detonation could enable hypersonic flight

Physics World

Scientists in the US have produced a detonation that is fixed in space for the first time. This standing wave detonation was created in a prototype engine and the researchers say that such a system could one day power aircraft at up to 17 times the speed of sound. Most fires are deflagrations.

There’s No Compromising on Science When it Comes to Protecting Water Quality in the Nation’s Rivers and Streams

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science and water quality should be prioritized over the demands of big industry. Science and Democracy Priorities for the Biden Administration Waters of the US

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The mound of plastic waste kept growing by the day. When the size reached a ‘climax’ of sorts, the ‘boys’ would light it up and see it go in flames. These were all sorts of plastics: From electric accessories to plastic utensils…. From furniture waste to waste packages…. From pharmaceutical products to cosmetics…. The list is endless. But before burning, these ‘plastics’ don’t just remain dormant.

War and the Environment

Legal Planet

This post was delayed due to a technical problem at Legal Planet, but it was originally scheduled for Memorial Day — an apt date to think about how wars, along with their other tragic costs, impact the environment.

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Extreme Heat Risks May Be Widely Underestimated and Sometimes Left Out of Major Climate Reports

Inside Climate News

New studies sharpen warnings for unlivable heat in the tropics, and nearly unthinkable extremes in major Northern Hemisphere cities.

In Colombia, Indigenous Lands Are Ground Zero for a Wind Energy Boom

Yale E360

The northernmost tip of South America, home to the Indigenous Wayúu people, is the epicenter of Colombia’s nascent wind energy industry. But Wayúu leaders are concerned that the government and wind companies are not dealing fairly with the inhabitants of this long-neglected land. Read more on E360

Fighting algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence

Physics World

In 2011, during her undergraduate degree at Georgia Institute of Technology, Ghanaian-US computer scientist Joy Buolamwini discovered that getting a robot to play a simple game of peek-a-boo with her was impossible – the machine was incapable of seeing her dark-skinned face.

Scientific Integrity Task Force Will Tackle Politicization in Federal Science

Union of Concerned Scientists

Yesterday, the Biden-Harris administration announced the formation of a task force whose goal is to review and strengthen scientific integrity across the federal government. The task force was mandated by a presidential memorandum signed by President Biden on January 27 of this year.



It seemed as if the toil would not end. And what made it even harder was that elusive payday. But this did not stop the ‘powers-that-be’ from demanding that we meet the strict deadlines. So I kept on working on the unfinished business…unfinished work. But the more I kept going on, the less I felt motivated. The ‘money’ wasn’t coming any time soon. Infact, I wasn’t even sure if it would come.

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Bald Eagle Cams Are Active. Here Are 4 of the Best

Cool Green Science

Baby eagles are hatching: it’s time to tune into nest cams! The post Bald Eagle Cams Are Active. Here Are 4 of the Best appeared first on Cool Green Science. Birds & Birding From the Field Wildlife Camera Traps Nest Cams

How Does Applied Microeconomic Research Accelerate Climate Change Adaptation?

Environmental and Urban Economics

In May 2021, I am quite aware that I am now an "old guy" in the academic economics profession. While this has obvious costs, it offers at least one benefit. I can blog and offer "big thoughts". With that preamble, let's begin. We face a serious climate change adaptation challenge. How does economics research inform our path forward? I encounter such pessimism among the young about their future.

Net-Zero Emissions: Winning Strategy or Destined for Failure?

Yale E360

Net-zero emissions — balancing emissions by absorbing equivalent amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere — is the defining approach of international climate efforts. But some scientists are arguing that this strategy simply allows the perpetuation of the status quo and is certain to fail.

MRI reveals deterioration of brain’s reward circuitry in younger-onset dementia

Physics World

MR images show that anhedonia, a distinct clinical feature of frontotemporal dementia, is correlated with decreased grey matter intensity in different brain regions (the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), insula and striatum) to those seen in apathy or depression.

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Climate Change Threatens Africa’s Cultural Heritage

Union of Concerned Scientists

Africa Day celebrates independence, freedom from colonialism, and looking forwards to a peacful and thriving future in the 55 African Union nations. This year’s theme is “Arts, Culture and Heritage” and UCS is helping to raise up climate change in that context.



Cosmetics make a whole lot of a difference. We love it when our wives look good courtesy of them. Infact at times we cheer them on to use them. In no way is this article meant to paint cosmetics badly. After all great multinationals such as L’Oreal and Nivea have grown due to the insatiable demand for cosmetics and personal care products around the world.

DNA: The Ultimate Data-Storage Solution

Scientific American

The double helix can archive a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume. -- Read more on Tech Computing

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Tesla, Plug Power, GE Snag Top Spots for Most-Searched Renewable Energy Stock

Environmental Leader

The renewable energy industry is growing faster than ever, and, correspondingly, searches for “renewable energy stock” have spiked in recent years. Worldwide, Tesla is the most-searched renewable energy stock, with an average of 21.8

Meet the Argonaut, The World’s Weirdest Octopus

Cool Green Science

Octopuses are awesome. These eight-legged oddballs of the ocean have always had a dedicated fanclub, and the recent documentary My Octopus Teacher helped millions more people fall in love with them.