EARTH PORTATION curated News February 3rd

ANIMALS - 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Przewalski’s Horses
They're the only species of horse never to be domesticated, and have a fascinating history. .. ...

ANIMALS - More than 400 dead dolphins on north Peru coast
More than 400 dead dolphins were found last month on the Pacific Ocean beaches where twice that amount were encountered in 2012, Peruvian officials said Monday .. ...

ANIMALS - Mosquito sperm have 'sense of smell'
Vanderbilt biologists have discovered that mosquito sperm have a "sense of smell" and that some of same chemicals that the mosquito can smell cause the sperm to swim harder .. ...

ANIMALS - Rat islands 'a laboratory of future evolution': Rats predicted to fill in Earth's emptying ecospace
New research predicts that rats will continue to grow and fill a 'significant chunk' of Earth's emptying ecospace. Their global influence is likely to grow in the future as larger mammals continue to become extinct .. ...

ANIMALS - South American spider females pick their mates according to how well the nuptial gift is wrapped
It's not only what's inside the nuptial gift that a potential suitor brings to a female Paratrechalea ornata spider that counts. It's the whole package, white silk wrappings and all, that can give one male spider the edge over another. So say Mariana Trillo, Valentina Melo-González and María José Albo of the Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable in Uruguay, who carried out the first study to look at the role of silk wrappings d ...

ANIMALS - White silk wrappings key to female spider's heart
South American spider females pick their mates according to how well the nuptial gift is wrapped. It’s not only what’s inside the nuptial gift that a potential suitor brings to a female Paratrechalea ornata spider that counts. It’s the whole package, white silk wrappings and all, that can give one male spider the edge over another .. ...

ART - 6 videos that will open and inspire your art
These videos are a must. Inspiring, uplifting, heart wrenching and lovely. The best of the human spirit. Have a wonderful Monday .. ...

ART - Artist renders complex architectural portraits of nature by hand
It's easy nowadays to do everything by computer, but one artist is sticking to ye old pencil, ruler and compass to construct these stunning works depicting nature's brilliance .. ...

BOOKS - A chart that explains time travel in Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls
There are a few basic ways that time travel works in stories. For the paperback release of Lauren Beukes' time travel serial killer tale The Shining Girls, artists Adam Hill and Sam Wilson put this chart together. It explains The Shining Girls — and oh so much more.Read more...    .. ...

BOOKS - Book Excerpt: With Open Hands
Henri J. M. Nouwen on openness in prayer .. ...

EARTH - 4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt
Archaeologists in southern Egypt have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years .. ...

EARTH - This time-lapse makes me want to move to South Dakota
This is one of the most arresting compilations of landscape and astrovideography we've seen in ages. Titled "Huelux," created by photographer Randy Halverson, the video plays like a greatest-hits reel of natural phenomena in South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah. Read more...    .. ...
This time-lapse makes me want to move to South Dakota

EARTH - Why the Earth is wobbling
The Earth is not the steady round rock we think it is, and it's not turning the graceful circles we imagine. Every little-bit-more-than-a-year, we make a sort of wobble in space called a nutation. Why?Read more...    .. ...
Why the Earth is wobbling

ECONOMICS - Local foods offer tangible economic benefits in some regions
Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists .. ...

EDUCATION - Study challenges claims of single-sex schooling benefits
As many American public school districts adopt single-sex classrooms and even entire schools, a new study finds scant evidence that they offer educational or social benefits. The study was the largest and most thorough effort to examine the issue to date, says Janet Hyde, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison .. ...

ENERGY - Comcast Picks NRG As Electricity Partner in Pennsylvania
NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG), which owns retail electric suppliers Energy Plus and Reliant, will team up with Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) in Pennsylvania. While neither NRG nor Comcast would comment specifically on the plan, Robert Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, said in late January that Comcast was teaming up with a retail electric supplier in the state.  NRG Energy has already been working with Comcast on cross-marketi ...

ENERGY - Natural Gas Isn’t A Bridge Fuel, It’s A Gateway Drug
In his State of the Union, President Obama added to the conventional wisdom that supplanting coal with natural gas will act as a bridge toward a climate solution. Unfortunately, gas is more of a gateway drug than a bridge to a clean energy future.1) It’s still a major greenhouse gas.  Sure, natural gas is cleaner than coal, but that’s setting a pretty low bar.  Even if my shit smells sweeter than most, it’s still shit.Natural gas–powered el .. ...

ENERGY - Off-Grid Clean Energy Sees Its First Successful Exit
The number of new entrants in clean energy’s next big market is increasing by the day. However, the market is still in its infancy, making announcements like BBOXX's $3 million pre-Series A revenues significant. Now Impact Energies has achieved another milestone for this nascent industry: its first exit. The firm was just acquired by Persistent Energy Partners, a pay-as-you-go solar provider. Impact Energies is an interesting story. It’s an off- ...

ENVIRONMENT - Flooding threat spreads to Severn and Thames riverside properties
Environment Agency warns high tides, large waves and strong winds could lead to floods in south-west and southern EnglandMore homes and businesses are in danger of being flooded over the next few days as pressure built on the government to take action to prevent a similar crisis in the future and residents of the worst-hit area, the Somerset Levels, prepared for a royal visit.The Environment Agency said high tides, large waves and strong winds wo ...
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ENVIRONMENT - Macrosystems ecology: New scientific field looks at the big picture
Big data is changing the field of ecology. The shift is dramatic enough to warrant the creation of an entirely new field: macrosystems ecology. "Ecologists can no longer sample and study just one or even a handful of ecosystems," said author and macrosystems ecology pioneer .. ...

ENVIRONMENT - Nevada farmers turn to prayer as drought grips western US states
Religious leaders and farmers held multi-faith prayer service in Reno to ask the divine for help easing drought condition .. ...
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GARDENS - DIY: Turn an old gas heater into hot succulent planter
Got a dead wall heater? This crafter shows how she turned hers into a fiesty planter for her succulents .. ...

MOVIES - Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer is absolutely stunning.
If you weren't excited for Marc Webb's sequel to Amazing Spider-Man, this trailer could change your mind fast. Watch what is basically the whole opening act for the second Spider-Man movie. Read more...    .. ...

MOVIES - Doctor Who director says Capaldi brings back the classic dark Doctor
What kind of Doctor will Peter Capaldi portray on the next season of Doctor Who? In our exclusive interview with director Ben Wheatley, we learned a whole lot about what classic influences this new Doctor will be channeling. Plus find out about Wheatley's brilliant plans for the movie of J.G. Ballard's High Rise. Read more...    .. ...
Doctor Who director says Capaldi brings back the classic dark Doctor

PEOPLE - Advice To My Thirteen-Year-Old Self: 50 Letters by 50 Women for Girls Around the World
"Advice to My Thirteen-Year-Old Self" is an anthology of advice letters written by fifty inspirational women to their thirteen-year-old selves. It’s a unique collaboration of women who are changing the world, in both big and small ways, from all over the globe. These women are movers and shakers, homemakers, mothers and doers who paint an international portrait of what it’s like to be a woman today .. ...

PEOPLE - Tools Change But Creative People Are a Constant
Once upon a time, I wrote about five reasons your camera won’t steal my job. In short, the reasons were: 1. Photography cant capture small things 2. .. ...

PERMACULTURE - In defense of organic agriculture
It's not just about the pesticides. It's about supporting a philosophy that cares for the Earth .. ...

PLANTS - Are invasive plants a problem in Europe? Controversial views among invasion biologists
Some introduced (i.e. non-native) plants become abundant, threaten species richness and the well-functioning of ecosystems, the economy, or health (plant invasion). Environmental policies that attempt to restrict the expansion of non-native species are based on a consensus among scientific experts that invasions are a serious environmental problem. An example of a problematic non-native species in many parts of the world is Fallopia japonica, the ...

PLANTS - Dawn attack: how plants anticipate pathogen infection
Like animals, plants are susceptible to infections from bacteria, viruses and fungi. While animals have a wide variety of immune cells and in some cases an interconnected immune system plants must rely on other methods to fight infection. .. ...

SCIENCE - 'Envy-free' algorithm developed for settling disputes from divorce to inheritance
Whether it’s season tickets to Green Bay Packers’ games or silver place settings, divorce and inheritance have bred protracted disputes over the assignment of belongings. But, now, a trio of researchers has found a method for resolving such conflicts in an envy-free way .. ...

SCIENCE - A new Generation of Women in Science
Girls in STEM education. A new generation of women in science and empowering young girls to rethink, reshape and redesign the world for tomorrow .. ...

SCIENCE - How does radioactive waste interact with soil and sediments?
Scientists are developing computer models that show how radioactive waste interacts with soil and sediments, shedding light on waste disposal and how to keep contamination away from drinking water .. ...

SCIENCE - New bone-like material is lighter than water but as strong as steel
Materials shape human progress – think stone age or bronze age. The 21st century has been referred to as the molecular age, a time when scientists are beginning to manipulate materials at the atomic level to create new substances with astounding properties .. ...

SCIENCE - New moisture-buffering plaster 'sucks up' water vapor
Water vapor generated by cooking, taking a shower or drying damp clothes can condense on cold walls, encouraging the growth of mildew and microbes. Scientists have now developed a special wall plaster to deal with this problem. Its ability to absorb moisture from the air is significantly better than that of conventional lime plaster and even that of clay rendering .. ...

SCIENCE - Scientists Feed Peanut Butter to Jellyfish, Make PB and Jellyfish
Researchers at the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas, TX were curious what would happen if they fed their jellyfish a mix of seawater and peanut butter. Why? Well... two reasons, really.Read more...    .. ...
Scientists Feed Peanut Butter to Jellyfish, Make PB and Jellyfish

SCIENCE - Women Physicists Keep Female Students Psyched
At the West Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, 170 female students gathered to hear from physicists and share their research. Clara Moskowitz reports.  .. ...
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SPACE - Check out the first complete globe of the planet Mercury
Attention fellow globe-enthusiasts: The good folks at Sky & Telescope Magazine have collaborated with members with NASA's Mercury-mapping MESSENGER team to create the first complete globe of our solar system's innermost planet, and it's beautiful. Do want!Read more...    .. ...
Check out the first complete globe of the planet Mercury

SPACE - New technique could be used to search space dust for life's ingredients
While the origin of life remains mysterious, scientists are finding more and more evidence that material created in space and delivered to Earth by comet and meteor impacts could have given a boost to the start of life. Some meteorites supply molecules that can be used as building blocks to make certain kinds of larger molecules that are critical for life .. ...

SPACE - New theory suggests the universe emerged from a long, cold deep freeze
Conventional thinking has it that the universe and all the matter within it exploded out from a single point, the so-called Big Bang Singularity. But a German theoretical physicists says this never happened. Instead, the universe started empty and cold, slowly emerging from a deep freeze.Read more...    .. ...
New theory suggests the universe emerged from a long, cold deep freeze

SPACE - The Ancient Meandering Rivers of Mars
Meandering rivers have been spotted on the Martian surface -- but they are now dry ridges, an eerie reminder of Mars' wet past. Continue reading .. ...

SPACE - We might be destroying the universe just by looking at it
It's not often that astronomy goes well with the book of Genesis. But this is a theory that evokes the line, "But of the tree of the knowledge, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." In this theory, knowledge doesn't just kill you — it kills the entire universe. Indeed, one physicist speculates that continuous observation of the universe might put it into a state that will destroy us all.Read mor ...
We might be destroying the universe just by looking at it

TREES - In praise of … the national tree | Editorial
Scotland's decision to designate the Scots pine as its national tree is clear and logicalScotland's decision last week, following a public consultation, to designate the Scots pine as its national tree is clear and logical. But it prompts the question, probably not often asked until now, of whether the United Kingdom, from which the nationalist government wishes Scotland to separate, itself lays claim to a national tree? England, by general conse ...

URBAN - Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin
Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus just unveiled plans for a spectacular figure 8-shaped residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at Alexanderplatz, Green8 is a “vertical garden city” that is designed to provide healthy food and a community environment. In essence, they are proposing to construct not only a building, but a sustainable urban environment for the 21st century city dweller.Read the rest of Spiraling G ...
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URBAN - These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
Some of these sleek, weird houses look like they've been ripped out of the twenty-second century — and some look like they're from the next millennium. Get ready to move into the freaky saucer homes of tomorrow.Read more...    .. ...

WIND - Wind farms to blink only when necessary
They can be seen from afar – the blinking beacons on wind turbines intended to warn approaching aircraft at night. However, the continual blinking disturbs many people. Beacons that only switch on when necessary find more acceptance .. ...

WRITE - Most awesome essay about science fiction type fonts ever
You know those sexy, sans serif fonts in the movie 2001? They appear in the credits, but also on pretty much all the technical equipment on the spaceship. Well, now a font enthusiast has figured out what those fonts are, and written an incredibly funny, illuminating essay about the typography of 2001.Read more...    .. ...
Most awesome essay about science fiction type fonts ever


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