Suggestions for Posts?

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26 thoughts on “Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Mayordomo says:

    “An Ecosystem’s Lifeblood, Flowing Through Gravel” (NYT)
    “In a paper published earlier this year, a team of ecologists sought to outline the essential role of gravel-bed rivers in Western mountain ecosystems — the first time an interdisciplinary team has looked at river systems on such a large scale.
    “A river doesn’t just flow down the channel,” said F. Richard Hauer, a professor of stream ecology at the University of Montana and the lead author of the paper. “It flows over and through the entire flood plain system, from valley wall to valley wall, and supports an extraordinary diversity of life.”
    Perhaps most surprising of all: “Most of the water in these systems is not in the river — it’s in the gravel.”

  2. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    In the northernmost and least populous territory of northern Canada hunters in a remote community are concerned about a mysterious sound that appears to be coming from the sea floor. The “pinging” sound, sometimes also described as a “hum” or “beep,” has been heard in Fury and Hecla Strait — roughly 120 kilometres northwest of the hamlet of Igloolik — throughout the summer. Whatever the cause, local officials say it’s scaring the animals away. “That passage is a migratory route for bowhead whales, and also bearded seals and ringed seals. There would be so many in that particular area,” George Qulaut told CBC News, recalling his own days of hunting there. “This summer there was none.”

  3. Santayana says:

    “Japanese American Internment Wasn’t Just Immoral — It Was a Strategic Error : Trump camp cites a black spot from history to justify new bad ideas”
    “We did it during World War II with Japanese, which you know, call it what you will, may be wrong,” Trump surrogate Carl Higbie told Fox News host Megyn Kelly during a November 2016 interview. He was discussing proposals for a national registry of Muslims that the incoming Donald Trump administration is mulling over.”

  4. Will C. says:

    The International Energy Agency forecasts that global gasoline consumption has all but peaked as more efficient cars and the advent of electric vehicles from new players such as Tesla Motors Inc. halt demand growth in the next 25 years. That shift will have profound consequences for the oil-refining industry because gasoline accounts for one in four barrels consumed worldwide.

  5. 8 to the bar says:

    Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Also: “Experiencing music at an early age can contribute to better brain development, optimizing the creation and establishment of neural networks, and stimulating the existing brain tracts”

  6. McLeod says:

    “102 million dead trees in California since 2010 will make for one helluva wildfire season.
    Sixty-two million trees perished in the state in the last year alone, mostly in the Sierra Nevada, according to the U.S. Forest Service. That’s a lot of kindling.
    Trees killed by rising temperatures, pests, and sustained drought “elevate the risk of wildfire,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.” Western fires in general are now bigger, and fire seasons last longer than they did a few decades ago, due to extended drought and elevated temperatures.

    • Harbinger says:

      (November 29, 2016) “Smoky Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Over 14K as Flames Threaten Tourist Towns” “…Elsewhere in Gatlinburg, the scene was utter devastation: At least 30 structures were destroyed overnight, including a 16-story hotel and an apartment complex, officials said. About 75 to 100 homes in the Cobbly Nob section were also gutted. Hampering fighting the fires has been the winds. Sustained winds were at 30 to 40 mph for about 10 to 12 hours overnight, said Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash, who called the area inferno “unprecedented.” The winds at times reached 80 mph.”

  7. Sheeple says:

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  8. Cassandra says:

    “The Great Plains region—stretching from northern Texas all the way up through Montana and the Dakotas into Canada – lost more grassland to agriculture in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, says a recent report from the World Wildlife Fund. And it argues that the continued expansion of cropland in the region may be threatening birds, pollinators and even drinking water, while releasing millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.” The WWF’s Plowprint Report, which includes both a general information and technical version, has been developed to broaden public awareness of grasslands loss, and to offer a consistent way for the conservation community to track year-to-year grassland conversion to cropland across the focal regions of the Mississippi River Basin and Great Plains. This is the first edition of the report, which will be released on an annual basis.

  9. Last gasp says:

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to set aside sufficient money to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill.
    The proposal follows a 2015 court order for the government to enforce a long-ignored provision in the 1980 federal Superfund law. The EPA spent $1.1 billion on cleanup work at abandoned hard rock mining and processing sites from 2010 to 2014. Companies can avoid cleanup costs by declaring bankruptcy. The National Mining Association says the new rule is unnecessary because existing programs prevent mines from becoming Superfund sites.
    The EPA is considering similar actions for additional industries including chemical manufacturing, power generation and petroleum refining.

  10. Reichswehreid says:

    “Concern over Militarization of U.S. Policy Arises from Trump’s Ceding Civilian Leadership Posts to Generals” No fewer than three combat-experienced retired Army and Marine leaders, with multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, are on tap for high-level government jobs normally reserved for civilians. Others are entrenched in Trump’s organization as close advisers.
    …the nation was founded on the idea of civilian control and some Democrats oppose passing a law overriding a prohibition on an officer leading the Defense Department before he has been out of the military for seven years. That law has been waived only once in American history, for George Marshall in 1950. Flynn’s appointment does not require congressional approval, and there is no similar law for Homeland Security.
    Vikram Singh, a former senior adviser at the Defense Department and now vice president at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, said the law requiring a gap between military service and leading the Pentagon “exists to preserve civilian control of the military, a cornerstone of American democracy, and appointing a general so recently retired from active service to be secretary of defense is a serious matter, no matter how qualified that general may be for the position.”

  11. Buck v. Bell says:

    In a report released this week titled “Setting the Record Straight: The Unjustifiable Attack on Women’s Health Care and Life-Saving Research,” Democratic members of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives skewered the majority in the committee for using “McCarthy-era tactics” to conduct “an end-to-end attack on fetal tissue donation and women’s health care.”
    Congressional Republicans formed the Select Panel after controversial, heavily edited videos of Planned Parenthood by anti-abortion activists went viral in 2015. Those videos led to unproven claims that abortion clinics across the country were selling fetal tissue for profit.
    See also–ENTIRE%20REPORT-2.pdf

  12. Space Ace says:

    “Crack discovered in Earth’s magnetic shield” (November 3, 2016) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research [ ]
    Summary: The GRAPES-3 muon telescope [ ] recorded a burst of galactic cosmic rays of about 20 GeV, on 22 June 2015 lasting for two hours. The burst occurred when a giant cloud of plasma ejected from the solar corona, and moving with a speed of about 2.5 million kilometers per hour struck our planet, causing a severe compression of Earth’s magnetosphere from 11 to 4 times the radius of Earth. It triggered a severe geomagnetic storm that generated aurora borealis, and radio signal blackouts in many high latitude countries. The data was analyzed and interpreted through extensive simulation over several weeks by using the 1280-core computing farm that was built in-house by the GRAPES-3 team of physicists and engineers at the Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ooty.
    See also “Transient Weakening of Earth’s Magnetic Shield Probed by a Cosmic Ray Burst” Physical Review Letters, 20 October 2016

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