EARTH PORTATION curated News March 30th

AIR - Effect of important air pollutants may be absent from key precipitation observations
Pioneering new research from the University of Exeter could have a major impact on climate and environmental science by drastically transforming the perceived reliability of key observations of precipitation, which includes rain, sleet and snow .. ...

AIR - Health costs of air pollution from agriculture clarified
Ammonia pollution from agricultural sources poses larger health costs than previously estimated, according to research. Computer models, including a NASA model of chemical reactions in the atmosphere, were used to better represent how ammonia interacts in the atmosphere to form harmful particulate matter. The improved simulation helped the scientists narrow in on the estimated health costs from air pollution associated with food produced for expo ...

ANIMALS - Britain's endangered dog breeds - in pictures
Meet the 10 most endangered dog breeds in BritainFor more information on breeds and breeders, contact thekennelclub.org.u .. ...
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ANIMALS - These Amazing Photos Will Make You Think Twice About Animal Deformities (PHOTOS)
Brandon Ballengée is really into frogs and amphibians. His interest isn't like ours -- common folk that used to stumble upon them in ponds as a kid and thought they were cute -- but to the extent where this artist-biologist-environmental activist has made them his life's work. Ballengée, whose research focuses on population declines and causes of deformities in amphibians, has been collecting these tiny critters from all over the world for more t ...
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ANIMALS - When male fish turn female!
In what can be termed as a perfect case of gender-bender among fish, biologists have found evidence of "feminisation" of male fish in the estuaries in the Basque coast of Spain.    .. ...

ART - Arts | New Jersey: Afghan Visual Scene Is Focus of Exhibition in Ewing
“Art Amongst War” at the College of New Jersey Art Gallery includes “war rugs,” photographs, a silk-screen calligraphy and more.    .. ...

ART - Is This The Self-Portrait Of The Future?
This is a photo of "21st Century Self-Portrait" by Joshua Harker, made using a 3D scan of his face and a CT scan of his skull. From there, he used a 3D printer and his own filigree style to create this sculpture.Read more...    .. ...
Is This The Self-Portrait Of The Future?

ART - Maritime Maps by the Harbour
Part topography, part bathymetry, part meteorology, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum has one intense carpet. Two hundred square meters of the museum are dedicated to this maritime map of the Hong Kong harbour.Read more...    .. ...
Maritime Maps by the Harbour

BIRDS - Photo: Flight of the hummingbird
This incredibly clear photo captures an amazing moment of flight .. ...

BOOKS - Book Excerpt: Adventure of Ascent
Luci Shaw on how impermanence intrudes on our longing for a lasting legacy .. ...

EARTH - A Zen-like approach to flood risks
Can a Zen-like approach help flood-threatened countries .. ...

EARTH - Earth Hour around the world in pictures
Lights were switched off at famous landmarks in cities across the globe for an hour on Saturday night to mark Earth Hou .. ...

EARTH - Infographic Reveals How Tourism Has Changed Over 150 Years
The mid-19th century represents the dawn of modern tourism for Americans and Europeans, but the destinations to which Victorian era tourists flocked are a bit different from the hot spots of today.Read more...    .. ...
Infographic Reveals How Tourism Has Changed Over 150 Years

ECONOMICS - China Weakness No Match For World's Largest Bank
ICBC not only increases bottom line, but non-performing loans lower than 1% .. ...

EDUCATION - 50 Crazy Ideas To Change Education

EDUCATION - An Ad Agency Staffed by Former Addicts
The Creative Matters Agency helps people in recovery learn new skills and make the most of their unusual expertise .. ...

EDUCATION - Interactive Maps Show How English Words Translate Across Europe
Here's a fun language web toy to while away your afternoon. Type in an English word, and you'll see a map of how that word translates in different parts of Europe.Read more...    .. ...
Interactive Maps Show How English Words Translate Across Europe

EDUCATION - Should feminism be taught in primary schools?
Our children’s education is reinforcing the idea that it is natural for women and girls to be decorative, whereas men and boys are the active ones. Do we want them to be learning blind faith in gender stereotypes .. ...

ENERGY - Biomass Heating System Reduces Energy Costs by $40,000 Per Year.
Wallowa Resources Slashes Energy Costs with Biomass Heating System, Recognized for Leadership Washington, DC, March 30, 2014 –Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced that Wallowa Resources has become the newest participant in the Biomass Green Heat Registered Site program, a BTEC initiative to acknowledge sites with biomass heating systems across the United States... .. ...
biomass heaters

ENERGY - The Weekly Oil & Gas Follies
The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 39, March 31, 201 .. ...

ENERGY - Why The Oil & Gas Industry Makes Such A Big Deal Of The Shale (Retirement) Party
Originally posted on EnergyPost and Oilprice.com.By James StaffordPhoto Credit: CseemanHow much faith can we put in our ability to decipher all the numbers out there telling us the US will soon be cornering the global oil market? There’s another side to the story of the relentless US shale boom, one that says that some of the numbers are misunderstood, while others are simply preposterous. According to energy expert Arthur Berman, a geologi .. ...

ENVIRONMENT - Japan's whaling future in balance as ICJ set to rule on hunting in Antarctic
Activists say case brought before international court of justice by Australia is make-or-break for whales' future in Southern OceanThe leading court at the UN will rule on Monday on whether Japan has the right to hunt whales in the Antarctic, an emotive case that activists say is make-or-break for the mammals' future.Australiatook Japan to the international court of justice (ICJ) in the Hague in 2010, accusing Tokyo of exploiting a loophole by hu ...

HOMES - NYC Mayor's Next Big Push: Affordable Housing
NYC mayor's next big plans include expansion of affordable housing, increase in wage .. ...

MOVIES - 'Noah' Rises to Top of Box Office With $44M Debut
Paramount biblical tale 'Noah' rises to top of box office with $44M debu .. ...

MUSIC - Arts | Long Island: Long Island Guitar Festival at L.I.U. Post in Brookville
A guitar festival from April 2 to April 6 at L.I.U. Post in Brookville includes both homegrown musicians and talents from across the world.    .. ...

PEOPLE - Girl's plea to Pope Francis results in father's release from US detention
Relative sees 10-year-old girl on television asking for pontiff's help and helps post bond for man facing deportationAfter a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.Mario Vargas was freed from a detention facility in Louisiana after he posted $5,000 bond. A relative who saw the girl on television pleading ...

PEOPLE - Hunting Was a Driving Force in Human Evolution
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PEOPLE - Prince George poses for Mother's Day photo
Eight-month-old royal appears in informal picture at Kensington Palace ahead of tour of New Zealand and Australi .. ...
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PLANTS - Central America coffee workers' stories
Across Central America, the changing climate has caused catastrophe for those who depend on the region's most important cash crop: coffee. In the last two years, warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels have contributed to the spread of the roya - or coffee rust a fungus that attacks leaves and fruits. Whole plantations have been destroyed and tens of thousands of campesinos have lost their jobs.Alex Renton travelled to Guatemala and Nicara ...
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SCIENCE - Evolution in morphological, optical, and electronic properties of ZnO:Al thin films undergoing a laser annealing and etching process
Publication date: June 2014Source:Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Volume 125 Author(s): C. Charpentier , R. Boukhicha , P. Prod?homme , T. Emeraud , J.-F. Lerat , P. Roca i Cabarrocas , E.V. JohnsonThe use of a combined excimer (XeCl=308nm) laser annealing (ELA) and chemical etching process (dubbed the “LaText” process) to generate textured ZnO:Al thin films suitable for thin-film silicon photovoltaic applications has been prev ...

SCIENCE - New Way To Filter Light — First Directional Selectivity For Light Waves Achieved By Researchers
An entirely new way to filter light, one that has long been sought but until now remained elusive, has been achieved by researchers at MIT.For the first time, it’s become possible to selectively filter light according to its direction of propagation — in other words, to filter it based on where it’s coming from.In this photo of the angular-selective sample (the rectangular region), a beam of white light passes through as if the sample was t .. ...
In this photo of the angular-selective sample (the rectangular region), a beam of white light passes through as if the sample was transparent glass. The red beam, coming in at a different angle, is reflected away, as if the sample was a mirror. The other lines are reflections of the beams. (This setup is immersed in liquid filled with light-scattering ­particles to make the rays visible). Image Credit: Weishun Xu and Yuhao Zhang

SCIENCE - New model reveals multiple compositional components of Earth's deep mantle being carried up to the surface
Seeking to better understand the composition of the lowermost part of Earth's mantle, located nearly 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) below the surface, a team of Arizona State University researchers has developed new simulations that depict the dynamics of deep Earth. A paper published March 30 in Nature Geoscience reports the team's findings, which could be used to explain the complex geochemistry of lava from hotspots such as Hawaii .. ...

SCIENCE - Revolutionary Solar Cells Double as Lasers
Commercial silicon-based solar cells – such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country – operate at about 20% efficiency for converting the Sun’s rays into electrical energy. It’s taken over 20 years to achieve that rate of efficiency. A relatively new type of solar cell based on a perovskite material –.. .. ...
cambridge solar lasers research

SCIENCE - Robot Guesses Mood, Wears Your Friend's Face
SociBot-Mini's contoured plastic face can assume many identities, bringing a more human feel to telepresence. Continue reading .. ...

SCIENCE - What Makes This Substance Boil And Freeze At The Same Time?
A mystery fluid is placed in a container and all the air is removed. The substance begins to freeze and boil at the same time. So what's going on?Read more...    .. ...
What Makes This Substance Boil And Freeze At The Same Time?

SPACE - DNews: Did a Meteorite Finally Reveal Life on Mars?
Recently NASA scientists found evidence of water on a meteorite from the Red Planet! Dr. Ian O'Neill from Discovery News steps in to report on this finding, and reveal some of the possible implications .. ...

URBAN - Hit A Pothole? It's Gonna Cost You - One Way Or Another
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, a pothole is "a bowl-shaped depression in the pavement surface." Those aren't exactly the words that drivers where I live are using to describe them. Those words, I can't post. After one of the snowiest, coldest winters on record in parts of [... .. ...

URBAN - San Francisco’s Castro District Getting Rainbow Crosswalks
San Francisco’s Castro district will soon be home to an intersection with rainbow-colored crosswalks. The design for the historically gay neighborhood’s crosswalks was chosen by vote from amongst a number of other options — with the plan being to complete it in time for the Gay Pride march in June.The move is part of a larger renewal initiative, one which includes: increasing the width of sidewalks, installing bike racks, improving outdoor .. ...
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WATER - MAGNETIDE Project — Purpose Designed Generator For Wave Energy Technologies
The EU’s MAGNETIDE project continues to move forward — 14 months into the projected 24-month development program, the gains are becoming apparent.The project — which is intended to result in the development of a purpose-designed generator for wave energy extraction — has managed to reduce the cost of the system while increasing the efficiency by up to 30%. These improvements were achieved via the modification of the generator’s design, so t .. ...
Researchers have modified the generator's design so that components manufactured using PIM, Powder Injection Moulding, could be installed. Image Credit: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Oficina de Información Científica

WIND - Altaeros Energies Poised to Break World Record with Alaska High Altitude Wind Turbine
Boston, MA – Altaeros Energies, a wind energy company formed out of MIT, announced that its Alaska demonstration project is set to break the world record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed. The $1.3 million, eighteen-month project will deploy the Altaeros BAT at a height 1,000 feet above ground. The BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) […]The post Altaeros Energies Poised to Break World Record with Alaska High Altitude Wind Turbine appeared fir ...

WORK - Greene: Want a job? Deliver, or protect
Bob Greene says America may end up with two dominant occupations in the future. .. ...
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