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A Hopeful Earth Day Fable

Earth Family Alpha: The Texas Chronicle April 22, 2038 by Max Stamp Few took notice of a story back in 2016 when a team of Japanese scientists sifting through plastic waste found bacteria capable of breaking down and “eating” one…

Hockey Stick: Unbroken at 20

Scientific American: Two decades ago this week a pair of colleagues and I published the original “hockey stick” graph in Nature, which happened to coincide with the Earth Day 1998 observances. The graph showed Earth’s temperature, relatively stable for 500…

In China – Solar Roads

People get really indignant about the possibility of solar roads, but I think, frankly, if China decides there will be solar roads, there will be solar roads. Bloomberg: The road to China’s autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping…

From 1958: Coriolis Effect Explainer

Above, creative explanation of the Coriolis effect from the Bell Telephone Science hour, 1958. Co·ri·o·lis ef·fect ˌkôrēˈōləs iˌfekt an effect whereby a mass moving in a rotating system experiences a force (the Coriolis force ) acting perpendicular to the direction…

Greens Launching Their Own Damn Satellite

At the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, 20+ thousand earth scientists were in a pretty bleak mood following the election of the most science-hostile administration in history. California Governor Jerry Brown brought them to their feet…

For Drawing Carbon Down, Perennial Grains

Move over, Quinoa. Ellen Abrams, University of Michigan: Agriculture is responsible for 70 percent of global freshwater consumption, in large part due to our prevailing agricultural model based on monoculture of annual crops. This strategy requires annual tilling, which damages…

Can We All Just Take a Breath?

Before there was the Apple II, there was Teapot Apple 2. Things that current events have me pondering. Wiki: The Civil Defense Apple-2 shot on 5 May 1955 was intended to test various building construction types in a nuclear blast.…