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Jane Shevtsov has been at 2 events

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Science on Google+589,345Join us for a @105917944266111687812  Hangout on Air as we speak to Professor @116255230904882614629 and Dr @107413067341871105647 about the recent Ebola outbreak. We will discuss the basics of Ebola, why the epidemic has spread, how it might be curtailed, and debunk some of the myths surrounding this outbreak. Please leave your questions on the Event page. Vincent is a professor of virology at the University of Columbia and is a fantastic science communicator. Tara is an epidemiologist at Kent State University who has written numerous articles debunking some of the myths surrounding Ebola. This HOA will be hosted by Dr @108510686109338749229  and Dr @110756968351492254645. You can tune in on *Sunday August 10th at 2.30 PM Pacific, 5.30 PM Eastern*. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.Science HOAs2014-08-10 23:30:0084  
Dawn Mission Education and Communications (E/C)1,750Update: Video here! http://www.youtube.com/user/NoisyAstronomer?v=SqIszii4H0c and here: https://plus.google.com/b/114633249213698877766/114633249213698877766/posts/Qq2jowbYN5h After an awesome year exploring asteroid Vesta, NASA’s Dawn Mission cruises on to Ceres 2015! Celebrate at a Dawn Mission Team Hangout!. Moderated by Dawn’s education and public outreach (E/PO) liaison, Dr. Britney Schmidt, and CosmoQuest, we'll talk about the results, the spacecraft, and our hopes for Ceres in 2015. You'll have a chance to ask questions and get involved. Stars of the show so far?  • Dr. Tom Prettyman, Science Team and GRaND lead, Planetary Science Institute • Drs. Tim Weise and Charles Gardner, NASA JPL Flight Operations Team • Drs. Lucille Le Corre and Vishnu Reddy, Framing Camera Team, Max Plank       Institute for Solar System Research • Dr. Debra Buczkowski, Participating Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Submit your questions for the Dawn team by leaving them in the comments section below, on Dawn’s Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #HastaLaVesta on Twitter. Visit this event page on September 8, 2012 to watch the _Hangout On Air_, and to chime in on the conversation. Official website: http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/hasta_la_vesta.asp Twitter: https://twitter.com/nasa_dawn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawn.mission As the schedule and guest list is secured, we'll continue updating this page. Stay tuned for additional details.Dawn Mission Google+ Hangout with CosmoQuest2012-09-08 21:00:00112  

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2015-05-25 01:58:11 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm doing some work in R after having mainly used Sage and Python for a while and had to Google a couple of things. Is it me, or is there a cultural difference between how R people and Python people answer questions on mailing lists, StackExchange, etc? With R, I'm seeing a lot of RTFM-type answers and comments that have a "you don't know what you're doing" subtext, while in the Python community, the same kinds of questions are answered matter-of-factly and often supportively. ("Did you intend to use X rather than Y?") Has anyone else noticed this? Any speculation about possible reasons for the difference?

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2015-05-15 17:19:15 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-01 18:17:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-01 07:25:12 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-01 05:12:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Snakes in a substation!

Snakes in a substation!___

2015-06-01 03:11:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A good follow-up to that article about self-driving trucks. Electric vehicles are benefiting businesses that have charging facilities.

Nigo said that business owners need to take into account how much additional business these charging stations can bring in by attracting new and loyal customers eager to patronize businesses that are supporting the transition to electric mobility. According the EV charging infrastructure company ChargePoint, the installation of an EV charging stations increases customer "dwell-time" significantly -by an average of 50 minutes per customer according to one business customer.  This means more time for customers to spend money.

A good follow-up to that article about self-driving trucks. Electric vehicles are benefiting businesses that have charging facilities.

Nigo said that business owners need to take into account how much additional business these charging stations can bring in by attracting new and loyal customers eager to patronize businesses that are supporting the transition to electric mobility. According the EV charging infrastructure company ChargePoint, the installation of an EV charging stations increases customer "dwell-time" significantly -by an average of 50 minutes per customer according to one business customer.  This means more time for customers to spend money.___

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2015-05-31 21:04:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

WTF?

WTF?___

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2015-05-30 17:23:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-30 17:23:23 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-29 19:03:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Mountain porters and guides will be hired to help deliver aid in Nepal. 

Mountain porters and guides will be hired to help deliver aid in Nepal. ___

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2015-05-29 17:43:33 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Ummm...

Ummm...___

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2015-05-28 18:09:00 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The year 2015 marks the end of the monitoring period for the Millennium Development Goal targets. 72 out of 129 developing countries have reached the MDG 1c hunger target of halving the proportion of the chronically undernourished. The #UNFAO Hunger Map 2015 highlights the progress made towards the goal of achieving a world free of #hunger and the challenges that still need to be faced: http://bit.ly/1GFSWz1

The year 2015 marks the end of the monitoring period for the Millennium Development Goal targets. 72 out of 129 developing countries have reached the MDG 1c hunger target of halving the proportion of the chronically undernourished. The #UNFAO Hunger Map 2015 highlights the progress made towards the goal of achieving a world free of #hunger and the challenges that still need to be faced: http://bit.ly/1GFSWz1___

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2015-05-28 07:35:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-27 19:23:42 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Very good news. 

Very good news. ___

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2015-05-27 17:21:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

via +Scot Waring 

A chemical compound used to stimulate weight gain in cows is contaminating rivers in United States and causing phenotypic sex reversal in fish, or altering their endocrine function. This study was published in Nature Communications and can be read here: http://bit.ly/1FD0el8___via +Scot Waring 

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2015-05-27 06:22:09 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Solar power for those in need

Solar power for those in need___

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2015-05-27 05:42:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Ooookaaaayyy....
#idonteven

Ooookaaaayyy....
#idonteven___

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2015-05-25 07:38:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Absolutely beautiful, if a bit long.

Absolutely beautiful, if a bit long.___

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2015-05-25 06:49:02 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Were we able to turn back the clock, as they urge, most of us would be toiling all day in the fields or the kitchen; many of us would be starving. Nostalgia is not what we need.

What we need is an ethos that comes to terms with contemporary, industrialized food, not one that dismisses it, an ethos that opens choices for everyone, not one that closes them for many so that a few may enjoy their labor, and an ethos that does not prejudge, but decides case by case when natural is preferable to processed, fresh to preserved, old to new, slow to fast, artisanal to industrial.

I agree with this so hard.___Were we able to turn back the clock, as they urge, most of us would be toiling all day in the fields or the kitchen; many of us would be starving. Nostalgia is not what we need.

What we need is an ethos that comes to terms with contemporary, industrialized food, not one that dismisses it, an ethos that opens choices for everyone, not one that closes them for many so that a few may enjoy their labor, and an ethos that does not prejudge, but decides case by case when natural is preferable to processed, fresh to preserved, old to new, slow to fast, artisanal to industrial.

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2015-05-25 04:18:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Only the third Guest Post on my blog ever: something to think about on Memorial Day.

Only the third Guest Post on my blog ever: something to think about on Memorial Day.___

2015-05-25 01:58:11 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm doing some work in R after having mainly used Sage and Python for a while and had to Google a couple of things. Is it me, or is there a cultural difference between how R people and Python people answer questions on mailing lists, StackExchange, etc? With R, I'm seeing a lot of RTFM-type answers and comments that have a "you don't know what you're doing" subtext, while in the Python community, the same kinds of questions are answered matter-of-factly and often supportively. ("Did you intend to use X rather than Y?") Has anyone else noticed this? Any speculation about possible reasons for the difference?

I'm doing some work in R after having mainly used Sage and Python for a while and had to Google a couple of things. Is it me, or is there a cultural difference between how R people and Python people answer questions on mailing lists, StackExchange, etc? With R, I'm seeing a lot of RTFM-type answers and comments that have a "you don't know what you're doing" subtext, while in the Python community, the same kinds of questions are answered matter-of-factly and often supportively. ("Did you intend to use X rather than Y?") Has anyone else noticed this? Any speculation about possible reasons for the difference?___

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2015-05-24 22:16:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A very interesting article about the history of the Olympics. Its one flaw is unnecessary cynicism.

A very interesting article about the history of the Olympics. Its one flaw is unnecessary cynicism.___

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2015-05-24 20:32:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I tend to agree with the authors of The New Universe that we are on the edge of either greatness or doom with our global society. I think that before the end of this century, humanity has to shed those ancient cultural and even instinctual views and behaviors which make us continue to act like we are still in little disconnected villages where the collective view of the world ends at our local horizons and warring on other groups will only have consequences for the enemy. We also need to be more aware of the potential threats from beyond Earth as well, such as from the planetoids and comets that wander out Sol system which could one day strike our world and cause devastation on a global scale.

I tend to agree with the authors of The New Universe that we are on the edge of either greatness or doom with our global society. I think that before the end of this century, humanity has to shed those ancient cultural and even instinctual views and behaviors which make us continue to act like we are still in little disconnected villages where the collective view of the world ends at our local horizons and warring on other groups will only have consequences for the enemy. We also need to be more aware of the potential threats from beyond Earth as well, such as from the planetoids and comets that wander out Sol system which could one day strike our world and cause devastation on a global scale.___

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2015-05-24 19:49:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-24 18:57:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Libyan Desert: View 2 | International Space Station

Image Credit: Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev/Roscosmos
Release Date: May 24, 2015

#Roscosmos #Space #ISS #Earth #Libya #Desert #‏ليبيا #BlueDot
#Россия #Cosmonaut #OlegArtemyev #Russia #Orbital #Photography #Art #Science #Expedition40 #Expedition41

Libyan Desert: View 2 | International Space Station

Image Credit: Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev/Roscosmos
Release Date: May 24, 2015

#Roscosmos #Space #ISS #Earth #Libya #Desert #‏ليبيا #BlueDot
#Россия #Cosmonaut #OlegArtemyev #Russia #Orbital #Photography #Art #Science #Expedition40 #Expedition41___

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2015-05-24 18:56:43 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

via +James Karaganis 

"I heard Ted Cruz announce his plan to run for president. I gotta be honest: not my favorite Ted Talk."

"I'm the kind of guy that Carl Sagan warned you about." #TedCruzCampaignSlogans

#TedCruz___via +James Karaganis 

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2015-05-24 06:00:06 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The air is cleaner and injuries are fewer," writes Jeff Potter, who published an article about Mackinac. "Island residents are healthier due to the exercise. There’s a cherished egalitarianism: everyone gets around the same way. They also save a tremendous amount of money that would normally go to commuting by cars."

The air is cleaner and injuries are fewer," writes Jeff Potter, who published an article about Mackinac. "Island residents are healthier due to the exercise. There’s a cherished egalitarianism: everyone gets around the same way. They also save a tremendous amount of money that would normally go to commuting by cars."___

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2015-05-23 19:17:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Have a good night/day :-) 

Have a good night/day :-) ___

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2015-05-23 19:17:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Coral Cohabiters: Time for a Status Update?

● Symbiosis derives from the terms sym for together, and biosis for life. The coral reef appears to be a poster child for a lifetime of togetherness. The soft tissues of coral polyps are embedded with hundreds of single-celled, free-swimming dinoflagellates, captured from nutrient poor, crystal clear tropical waters. Photosynthesis by dinoflagellates provides 95% of the organic food used by the polyps. In return, the dinoflagellates are housed in a safe environment where their hosts supply them with carbon dioxide and minerals needed for photosynthesis. 

Friends with Benefits: Like a Facebook status, the relationship of coral symbionts is complicated. Clearly, the coral benefits: oxygen and sugars produced by trapped dinoflagellates enable these corals to grow as much as three times faster as those withoutsymb... more »

Coral Cohabiters: Time for a Status Update?

● Symbiosis derives from the terms sym for together, and biosis for life. The coral reef appears to be a poster child for a lifetime of togetherness. The soft tissues of coral polyps are embedded with hundreds of single-celled, free-swimming dinoflagellates, captured from nutrient poor, crystal clear tropical waters. Photosynthesis by dinoflagellates provides 95% of the organic food used by the polyps. In return, the dinoflagellates are housed in a safe environment where their hosts supply them with carbon dioxide and minerals needed for photosynthesis. 

Friends with Benefits: Like a Facebook status, the relationship of coral symbionts is complicated. Clearly, the coral benefits: oxygen and sugars produced by trapped dinoflagellates enable these corals to grow as much as three times faster as those without symbionts. But the converse is not true: in the symbiotic relationship, it takes ~70 days for the dinoflagellates to double, in contrast to a mere 3 days outside the coral. So symbiosis has a fitness cost for the algae. In reality, the coral host is more like an active farmer, who lures and engulfs the free-living dinoflagellates into captive domestication. When the coral is stressed, it loses control of the delicate energy balance in this relationship and expels its colorful guests en masse. Coral bleaching devastates the entire reef ecology and is a symptom of climate change which brings warmer, more acidic, nitrogen rich waters.

● All relationships lie along a continuum: from truly mutualistic, where both partners benefit and the success of one is tied to the success of the other, to commensalism, where one partner benefits but the other is neither harmed nor helped, and the extreme cases of parasitism, in which one organism exploits and harms the other. Isn't there a parallel with human relationships as well? 

● The more we learn about the diversity of life and the structure of genomes, the more it appears that much of the evolution of biodiversity is about the manipulation of other species—to gain resources and, in turn, to avoid being manipulated (John Thompson, 1999). True mutualism may be rare in nature. Evolutionary selection tends to maximize individual fitness and conflict of interests are inevitable!

REF: Is the coral-algae symbiosis really ‘mutually beneficial’ for the partners? S.A. Wooldridge (2010) Bioessays 32: 615-625

IMAGES: Check out more stunning coral photographs by +Daniel Stoupin at http://www.microworldsphotography.com/

#ScienceSunday  ___

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2015-05-23 19:13:37 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Because too many states have laws on the books hindering, restricting, and outright banning municipal broadband!

Because too many states have laws on the books hindering, restricting, and outright banning municipal broadband!___

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2015-05-23 19:10:38 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The point of this article isn't that self-driving trucks are bad, although it reads like that at first. It's that technology is going to keep advancing and more and more traditional jobs are going to disappear. Of course, new ones will appear, but probably not at the same rate. The solution: decouple basic income from employment. People need work (not necessarily jobs) and access to resources, but one doesn't have to depend on the other. h/t +Kaikki Kasvissa 

The point of this article isn't that self-driving trucks are bad, although it reads like that at first. It's that technology is going to keep advancing and more and more traditional jobs are going to disappear. Of course, new ones will appear, but probably not at the same rate. The solution: decouple basic income from employment. People need work (not necessarily jobs) and access to resources, but one doesn't have to depend on the other. h/t +Kaikki Kasvissa ___

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2015-05-23 04:18:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-20 05:26:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Yes! 👏🏾✌🏽️🌍💙 Love the new Earth Flag concept! #wireduk #earthflag #oskarpernefeldt #beckmanscollege #beckmanscollegeofdesign #lifeinterconnected #unitedearth #unitedstatesofearth #type1civilization #spaceodyssey #voyagetotheplanets #bbc #2004

https://vimeo.com/127694736

+Jane Shevtsov +Anthony Galli 

Yes! 👏🏾✌🏽️🌍💙 Love the new Earth Flag concept! #wireduk #earthflag #oskarpernefeldt #beckmanscollege #beckmanscollegeofdesign #lifeinterconnected #unitedearth #unitedstatesofearth #type1civilization #spaceodyssey #voyagetotheplanets #bbc #2004

https://vimeo.com/127694736

+Jane Shevtsov +Anthony Galli ___

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2015-05-18 00:58:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Several years later, Henry Shands, then head of the U.S. national seed bank in Fort Collins, Colorado, and I were involved in a project to upgrade the 11 international gene banks run by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. We realized that, although the facilities would be in great shape, they were located in Syria, Peru, Colombia, and Nigeria—places not known for their stability. On the heels of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, we realized bad things could happen anywhere. We revived the idea of storing seeds in Svalbard at a meeting of gene bank directors and they agreed. Norway was open to it and commissioned me to do a feasibility study. It opened in 2008.

Several years later, Henry Shands, then head of the U.S. national seed bank in Fort Collins, Colorado, and I were involved in a project to upgrade the 11 international gene banks run by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. We realized that, although the facilities would be in great shape, they were located in Syria, Peru, Colombia, and Nigeria—places not known for their stability. On the heels of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, we realized bad things could happen anywhere. We revived the idea of storing seeds in Svalbard at a meeting of gene bank directors and they agreed. Norway was open to it and commissioned me to do a feasibility study. It opened in 2008.___

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2015-05-18 00:42:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Much of the world's population lacks adequate access to pain relief.

Much of the world's population lacks adequate access to pain relief.___

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2015-05-18 00:36:16 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-18 00:06:17 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I wish there was more information here. Just what did the friendships influence? Looking forward to reading the paper.

I wish there was more information here. Just what did the friendships influence? Looking forward to reading the paper.___

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2015-05-15 17:19:15 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

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No comment.___

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2015-05-15 17:10:36 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Fighting global warming: the tide is turning!

Good news!   We, the citizens of the world, may be starting to burn less carbon - not more!  

In 2014, global carbon dioxide emissions from energy production stopped growing!

This is according to preliminary data from the International Energy Agency.  It seems the big difference is China.  The Chinese made more electricity from renewable sources, such as hydropower, solar and wind, and burned less coal.  

In fact, a report by Greenpeace says that from April 2014 to April 2015, China's carbon emissions dropped by an amount equal to the entire carbon emissions of the United Kingdom!   

I want to check this, because it would be wonderful - a 5% drop.  They say that if this trend continues, China will close out 2015 with the biggest reduction in CO2 emissionsevery reco... more »

Fighting global warming: the tide is turning!

Good news!   We, the citizens of the world, may be starting to burn less carbon - not more!  

In 2014, global carbon dioxide emissions from energy production stopped growing!

This is according to preliminary data from the International Energy Agency.  It seems the big difference is China.  The Chinese made more electricity from renewable sources, such as hydropower, solar and wind, and burned less coal.  

In fact, a report by Greenpeace says that from April 2014 to April 2015, China's carbon emissions dropped by an amount equal to the entire carbon emissions of the United Kingdom!   

I want to check this, because it would be wonderful - a 5% drop.  They say that if this trend continues, China will close out 2015 with the biggest reduction in CO2 emissions every recorded by a single country.

The International Energy Agency also credits Europe's improved attempts to cut carbon emissions for the turnaround.   In the US, carbon emissions has basically been dropping since 2006 - with a big drop in 2009 due to the economic collapse, a partial bounce-back in 2010, but a general downward trend.

In the last 40 years, there have only been 3 times in which emissions stood still or fell compared to the previous year, all during global economic crises: the early 1980's, 1992, and 2009.  In 2014, however, the global economy expanded by 3%.

So, the tide may be turning!   But please remember: while carbon emissions may start dropping, they're still huge.  The amount of the CO2 in the air shot above 400 parts per million this year.  As Erika Podest of NASA put it:

CO2 concentrations haven't been this high in millions of years. Even more alarming is the rate of increase in the last five decades and the fact that CO2 stays in the atmosphere for hundreds or thousands of years. This milestone is a wake up call that our actions in response to climate change need to match the persistent rise in CO2. Climate change is a threat to life on Earth and we can no longer afford to be spectators.

So let's not slack off now!  The battle has just begun.  We need to cut carbon emissions to almost zero.

Here is the announcement by the International Energy Agency:

http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/news/2015/march/global-energy-related-emissions-of-carbon-dioxide-stalled-in-2014.html

"This gives me even more hope that humankind will be able to work together to combat climate change, the most important threat facing us today," said IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol.

Their full report will come out in June.  Here is the report by Greenpeace EnergyDesk:

http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2015/05/14/china-coal-consumption-drops-further-carbon-emissions-set-to-fall-by-equivalent-of-uk-total-in-one-year/

I trust them less than the IEA when it comes to using statistics correctly, but someone should be able to verify their claims if true.  The graph here comes from this article:

http://qz.com/405059/chinas-on-track-for-the-biggest-reduction-in-coal-use-ever-recorded/

#globalwarming  ___

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2015-05-15 07:41:46 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

According to Urban’s analysis, the regions hardest hit will be South America, Australia, and New Zealand. In a world that is 4.3⁰ C warmer by mid-century, South America could lose 23 percent of its species. Australia and New Zealand could lose 14% of their species.

According to Urban’s analysis, the regions hardest hit will be South America, Australia, and New Zealand. In a world that is 4.3⁰ C warmer by mid-century, South America could lose 23 percent of its species. Australia and New Zealand could lose 14% of their species.___

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2015-05-15 07:34:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Antibiotic-resistant Escapees

It has been found that simple chlorination in wastewater treatment plants may not be enough to kill certain bacteria that make an enzyme that can defeat the mainstay antibiotic used for treating antibiotic-resistant infections.  Furthermore having proliferated and escaped treatment these bacteria can share those genes that program for this enzyme.

“We often think about sewage treatment plants as a way to protect us, to get rid of all of these disease-causing constituents in wastewater. But it turns out these microbes are growing. They’re eating sewage, so they proliferate. In one wastewater treatment plant, we had four to five of these superbugs coming out for every one that came in.”

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been raising alarms for years, particularly in hospital environments where public health officials fear they canbe tra... more »

Antibiotic-resistant Escapees

It has been found that simple chlorination in wastewater treatment plants may not be enough to kill certain bacteria that make an enzyme that can defeat the mainstay antibiotic used for treating antibiotic-resistant infections.  Furthermore having proliferated and escaped treatment these bacteria can share those genes that program for this enzyme.

“We often think about sewage treatment plants as a way to protect us, to get rid of all of these disease-causing constituents in wastewater. But it turns out these microbes are growing. They’re eating sewage, so they proliferate. In one wastewater treatment plant, we had four to five of these superbugs coming out for every one that came in.”

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been raising alarms for years, particularly in hospital environments where public health officials fear they can be transferred from patient to patient and are very difficult to treat. Bacteria harboring the encoding gene that makes them resistant have been found on every continent except for Antarctica, the researchers wrote.

More here: http://goo.gl/QJ5FJg

Paper (open): http://goo.gl/Fo6FrI___

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2015-05-15 07:27:47 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Good news for the Amazon.

Good news for the Amazon.___

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2015-05-14 19:38:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Latin American countries are addressing climate change. 

Latin American countries are addressing climate change. ___

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2015-05-13 05:54:46 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Good stuff to keep in mind when we read about science literacy survey results.

Good stuff to keep in mind when we read about science literacy survey results.___

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2015-05-13 04:19:25 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-13 04:04:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Because there are some things you just can't help sharing. 

Because there are some things you just can't help sharing. ___

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2015-05-12 18:40:18 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

It would also be interesting to look at white/nonwhite divisions.

It would also be interesting to look at white/nonwhite divisions.___

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2015-05-12 18:11:23 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Because hedgehog.

XD___Because hedgehog.

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2015-05-12 04:37:43 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I doubt malaria eradication is a realistic goal, given that malaria is a much more complex disease than smallpox or polio, but it's an interesting prospect to think about. 

I doubt malaria eradication is a realistic goal, given that malaria is a much more complex disease than smallpox or polio, but it's an interesting prospect to think about. ___

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Very well-done animated infographics depicting how laws on women's suffrage, prohibition, marriage equality and several other issues were passed by states before federal action. I wonder why Southern states were disproportionately represented among those allowing abortion before Roe v. Wade.

Very well-done animated infographics depicting how laws on women's suffrage, prohibition, marriage equality and several other issues were passed by states before federal action. I wonder why Southern states were disproportionately represented among those allowing abortion before Roe v. Wade.___

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