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August 2014

Climate Change and Fish Bones - August 19, 2014
To prepare for climate change, sometimes it's good to get down to the bare bones. Fish bones, that is. Scientists in Scandinavia are trying to predict how climate change will effect fish populations in the northern oceans. Ecologists and historian...

Humboldt Invasion - August 18, 2014
You've heard about following your bliss. Well, here's a creature that's simply following dinner. The Humboldt is a large squid sometimes called the "red devil" by fishermen in the Gulf of California because of its reddish skin and aggressive pred...

Tracking Pandas - August 15, 2014
Giant pandas are about as cute as an animal can get -- and, just as endangered. Population estimates of pandas in the wild range from just 1,600 to 3,000. Part of the challenge is that they can't live just anywhere. Panda habitat has to offer lots o...

Reversing Urban Sprawl - August 14, 2014
Don't you love urban sprawl? Right. Thirty years ago, car-friendly developments, and the freeways to get us there, were smart planning. Today? They're dumb and dumber. Urban planners now know that freeways attract...traffic! They crea...

Pond Scum Energy - August 13, 2014
To anyone who's ever gone skinny-dipping in a pond, the green stuff floating on top is really disgusting. But to Professor Dave Bayless, blue-green algae -- or "pond scum," as it's commonly called, may just be the Great Green Hope. It turns out t...

International Coastal Cleanup Day - August 12, 2014
It all began with one woman walking along the beach of South Padre Island in Texas. Appalled at the amount of trash she saw, Linda Maraniss felt compelled to do something. The rest, as they say, is history. In 1986 she teamed up with like-minded p...

Making Connections - August 11, 2014
The hand bone's connected to the wrist bone, the wrist bone's connected to the arm bone, and so on and so on. That was a great campfire song. Turns out it illustrates a key environmental concept as well. Here's how. Researchers from...

Elephant Photo ID - August 8, 2014
Probably the last place you'd expect to see a photo I.D. would be in the wilds of India -- featuring a photo of a male Asian elephant no less. But it's true. Researchers from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society have developed individu...

Nano Flakes - August 7, 2014
The biggest power plant on earth is high in the sky -- it's the sun. But, we only get one percent of our energy from it because it typically costs more than other sources of power. A Dutch researcher wants to change that. Martin Aagesen has deve...

Spying Seals - August 6, 2014
Watch out! The shadowy world of espionage has a new agent, the elephant seal. And, they're working as spies in an ocean near you. Miniature listening devices and sensors have created new intelligence-gathering opportunities for these oversized mam...

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