EARTH PORTATION curated News April 1st

ANIMALS - Dog watch: How attention changes in the course of a dog's life
Dogs are known to be Man's best friend. No other pet has adjusted to Man's lifestyle as this four-legged animal. Scientists at the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna, have been the first to investigate the evolution of dogs' attentiveness in the course of their lives and to what extent they resemble Man in this regard. The outcome: dogs' attentional and sensorimotor control developmental trajectories are very similar to those fou ...

ANIMALS - Global warming may be causing surge in numbers of pink salmon
(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, one with the University of Alaska, the other with Independent, Auke Bay are suggesting in a paper they've had printed in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that global warming is partially responsible for large increases in pink salmon populations in North America and Asia. Alan Springer and Gus van Vliet claim that rising ocean temperatures are at least partly to blame for increased pink salmon po ...

ANIMALS - Scientists solve the riddle of zebras' stripes
Why zebras have black and white stripes is a question that has intrigued scientists and spectators for centuries. A research team led by the University of California, Davis, has now examined this riddle systematically. Their answer is published April 1 in the online journal Nature Communications .. ...

ANIMALS - Will roe deer persist? Climate change spells disaster for species unable to keep up
As the climate continues to change, it's unclear to what extent different species will be able to keep pace with altered temperatures and shifted seasons. Living organisms are the survivors of previous environmental changes and might therefore be expected to adapt, but are there limits .. ...

ART - The top 10 drinkers in art
From Bacchus weaving his spell in a Spanish street to Gilbert and George getting gradually drunk on Gordon's, here's our pick of pieces in which booze plays a key partThe top 10 sexiest artworks everThe 10 weirdest artworks everThe 10 most criminal artists eve .. ...
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BIRDS - 100 years ago: Suburban gardens lead to abundance of birds
Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 31 March 1914The weather yesterday was mild, and light showers fell in some places throughout the day. At an early hour this morning it was bright and sunny, and the calm, genial air seemed to have set every bird in the parish singing. As I passed through the fields larks, thrushes, blackbirds, robins, hedge-sparrows, linnets, and a number of other small songsters were doing their best to attract ...

BOOKS - Book Excerpt: A Year with Hafiz
Daniel Ladinsky's version of a poem by Hafiz about teachers .. ...

BOOKS - Book Excerpt: How To Be Happy All the Time
Paramhansa Yogananda on exploring the nature and meaning of happiness .. ...

BOOKS - Book Excerpt: The Ten Commitments
David Simon on making a commitment to peace .. ...

CLIMATE - Frame Climate Change as a Food Issue, Experts Say
As IPCC report warns of climate impact on food security, researchers are looking at whether talking about food could break political deadlock on global warming.Reframing climate change as a food issue as the world’s leading scientists did this week could provide an opportunity to mobilise people, experts say.Academics and campaigners were already looking at food as a way to better connect with public on climate change when the Intergovernmental P ...

CLIMATE - If This Terrifying Report Doesn’t Wake You Up to the Realities of What We’re Doing to This Planet, What Will?
The impacts of climate change are likely to be “severe, pervasive, and irreversible,” the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said Sunday night in Yokohama, Japan, as the world’s leading climate experts released a new survey of how our planet is likely to change in the near future, and what we can do about it.Here’s what you need to know:We’re already feeling the impacts of climate change. Glaciers are already shrinking, changi ...

CLIMATE - To Fight Climate Change, the Entire World Will Have to Eat Less Meat
Meat. Climate. Here’s the connection.LWY/FlickrSerious about battling climate change? Then you might want to consider going vegetarian. That’s because it’s looking like world temperatures will continue to climb unless people stop chowing on so much meat and dairy, according to new research from Sweden.The United Nations believes it’s imperative to keep future warming from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. To meet tha ...

CLIMATE - WATCH: Is This Man the Greenest Governor in America?
If Jay Inslee succeeds in his ambitious climate and energy goals, the impacts will extend far beyond Washington state.When Jay Inslee was elected governor of the state of Washington in November of 2012, climate campaigners rejoiced. As a congressman, Inslee had a top-tier environmental record, and not just that: He knew climate and clean energy issues inside-out. The co-author of the 2007 book entitled Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Ener ...

ECONOMICS - Should family businesses always keep it in the family?
From the Murdochs to the Hiltons, families have long sought to keep their businesses in the bloodline. But new research from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business shows that's not necessarily the best method of management .. ...

EDUCATION - Coding Literacy for Students
This is a great piece about the changing job market and how schools are preparing students for computer-centered jobs .. ...

EDUCATION - Engage students with humanitarian open source projects
A full-day workshop on teaching open source practices, tools, and techniques by engaging students as contributors to humanitarian projects .. ...

EDUCATION - Rebuilding America's Schools
America’s schools are in disrepair. Meanwhile, student populations are rising as budgets are slashed. How will America stay competitive in the future without sufficient school buildings today .. ...

EDUCATION - Transforming Study Abroad: A Workshop for Students
Are you a student preparing for extended international travel? Interested in growing from this exciting experience while also staying safe? Learn to make the most of your travel abroad from professional researchers who have worked in unstable environments worldwide.If you believe in inquiry, exploration, and meaningful personal development, you won’t want to miss this specially designed course that will prepare you to learn, research, and study a ...

ENERGY - Five states and the Gulf of Mexico produce more than 80% of U.S. crude oil
Five states and the Gulf of Mexico supplied more than 80%, or 6 million barrels per day, of the crude oil (including lease condensate) produced in the United States in 2013. Texas alone provided almost 35%, according to preliminary 2013 data released in EIA’s March Petroleum Supply Monthly. The second-largest state producer was North Dakota […]The post Five states and the Gulf of Mexico produce more than 80% of U.S. crude oil appeared first on EV ...

ENERGY - Hydrogen Unlikely to be 21st Century’s Chief Alternative Energy Source
Countries across the globe are desperately looking for alternate sources of power that are dense enough to accommodate consumption needs, while preserving the global ecosystem. Amongst the contenders for mainstream alternative energy production is hydrogen – an energy carrier which increasingly appears to be an unlikely candidate. “The process to extract hydrogen from water –.. .. ...

ENERGY - RES Americas Announces Operation of First Energy Storage System
PRNewswire—Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), a leader in the development and construction of wind and solar projects in North America, announced the operation of the company’s first energy storage system. RES Americas conceived, developed, and constructed the energy storage system, which it will own and operate. Located in Sunbury, Ohio, just outside of.. .. ...
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FURNITURE - Biofoam chairs upcycle discarded wood shavings
Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw set out to put wood shavings to good use, after learning that 50 to 80 percent of raw timber is wasted .. ...

GARDENS - Magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias shine in this Cornish garden
Caerhays, Cornwall: Flashes of sunshine enhance the brilliance and luxuriance of the trees and shrubsPrimroses line the narrow lanes in steep valleys beneath the ploughed and sprayed plateau fields above Veryan Bay. Close to, but out of sight of, the sea, the hilltop church of St Michael Caerhays is buffeted by a cold wind. Over the blocked north door, a Norman tympanum features a lamb, its head worn away but its sturdy legs like those of the woo ...
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PERMACULTURE - Countertop composter claims it can turn food waste into odorless compost in just 3 hours
The average person sends hundreds of pounds of food waste each year to the landfill, which could instead be composted to build healthy soil. This little unit promises to make that composting process much simpler .. ...

SCIENCE - A new mathematics for experimental science
Mathematics is the ultimate scientific tool. For centuries it has been used to describe the forces of nature, from planetary motion to fluid dynamics. It helped unlock the secrets of DNA and unleashed the Digital Revolution. Today, in the age of high-resolution detectors and international research collaborations, math again has the potential to transform science and accelerate discovery. But this work will require state-of-the-art mathematics, ca ...

SCIENCE - Overcoming structural uncertainty in computer models
A computer model is a representation of the functional relationship between one set of parameters, which forms the model input, and a corresponding set of target parameters, which forms the model output. A true model for a particular problem can rarely be defined with certainty. The most we can do to mitigate error is to quantify the uncertainty in the model .. ...

SCIENCE - ‘Synapses Lost and Found’ is theme of Gruber Science Fellowship Lecture
"Synapses Lost and Found: Developmental Critical Periods and Alzheimer's Disease” is the topic of this year’s Gruber Science Fellowship Lecture, to be held 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave .. ...

SUSTAINABILITY - One Sustainability App to Rule Them All?
Intelligent efficiency software for buildings can be lumped into three broad categories: dashboarding and visualization; actionable energy intelligence; and enterprise sustainability. The actual products within those categories vary widely. Dashboarding is a staple of all offerings. Supply chain management and carbon accounting are core to sustainability offerings. And utility bill analysis, demand response and continuous commissioning are key c ...

URBAN - Billboard ads "replaced" with old master paintings in Paris and Milan
What if advertisements on billboards were replaced with old masters--it almost happened in Paris .. ...

URBAN - Car-free living in the cold... and the heat
My article on living car-free for 10 years generated quite a bit of questions and commentary. Here's another follow-up with some of my answers and extra commentary .. ...

URBAN - London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally
Under pressure from other more sustainable buildings popping up around the world, London’s Gherkin Tower, designed by Norman Foster, has recently begun testing an innovative vegetated facade panel which promises to change the face of building design forever. This new “Green wall” product, known as the Core Hydraulic Integrated Arboury panel, promises to bring the benefits of green roofs to any exterior surface of any skyscraper.Read the rest of L ...
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URBAN - TALL PLASTIC: The future of building in America
New technology is announced that can build towers up to 30 stories high out of good American recyclable clean plastic .. ...

WIND - New Insight Into the Best Arrangement of Wind Turbines on Large Installations
As wind farms grow in importance across the globe as sources of clean, renewable energy, one key consideration in their construction is their physical design — spacing and orienting individual turbines to maximize their efficiency and minimize any “wake effects,” where the swooping blades of one reduces the energy in the wind available for the.. .. ...
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WIND - Utility Exelon Wants to Kill Wind and Solar Subsidies While Keeping Nukes
Exelon, the biggest owner of U.S. nuclear power, has renewed its fight to kill wind’s production tax credit -- and if Exelon gets its way, solar’s investment tax credit may be next. Sources say renewal of wind’s $0.023 per kilowatt-hour production tax credit (PTC), which expired at the end of 2013, will fight its way into the revision of the upcoming Senate Finance Committee’s tax extenders package. The solar industry is already pushing for the ...

WIND - Watch How Fast Wind Farms Have Spread Across the US
Two new online interactive maps produced by the federal government show where the nation’s wind farms are, how quickly they were built and what impact they may have on the landscape. Wind energy is expected to make up about 4.6 percent of total U.S. electric power generation by 2015, totaling about 77,000 megawatts of wind power capacity nationwide, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. That’s up from 3 percent in 2012, when total U. ...


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