100-million-year-old dinosaur remains discovered in Canada look ‘weeks old’

May 15, 2017 by  
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A group of miners in Canada accidentally stumbled upon what is possibly the most intact dinosaur carcass science has ever seen. They discovered the fully-preserved nodosaur, a herbivore that stretched 18-feet-long and weighed nearly 3,000 pounds, in 2011 while working on a project 17 miles north of Alberta, Canada . Even though the dinosaur died over 110 million years ago, scientists say because they were preserved in just the right conditions, the remains appear to be only a few weeks old. The unexpected discovery was primarily made by heavy equipment operator Shawn Funk, who was carving through the Earth in Millennium Mine when his excavator contacted something hard. What looked like walnut brown rocks turned out to be the fossilized remains of an 110-million-years-old nodosaur. The imposing herbivore was intact enough for the front half (from the snout to the hips) to be recovered. To date, the specimen is the best fossil of a nodosaur ever found. According to Michael Greshko of National Geographic , the petrified dinosaur is a wonder to behold. “Fossilized remnants of skin still cover the bumpy armor plates dotting the animal’s skull. Its right forefoot lies by its side, its five digits splayed upward. I can count the scales on its sole,” writes Greshko. Related: World’s largest dinosaur footprint found in Australia’s “Jurassic Park” The dinosaur appears similarly to how it would have millions of years ago because of a rapid undersea burial. The fact that its tissue did not decompose but was instead fossilized is extremely rare, according to paleontologists. Said Paleobiologist Jakob Vinther, an expert on animal coloration from the U.K.’s University of Bristol, the dinosaur is so well-preserved it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago. I’ve never seen anything like this.” When the nodosaur was alive, it didn’t have shin-splitting till clubs like its cousin, the Ankylosauridae. Instead, it wielded thorny armor to deter predators. Alive during the Cretaceous period, the 18-foot-long dinosaur could have been considered the rhinoceros of its day. In other words, it was a grumpy herbivore that kept to itself. Rarely would it be messed with, as it had two 20-inch-long spikes jutting out of its shoulders. Head over to National Geographic for more images! . Via National Geographic Images via Don’tMessWithWildDinosaurs , TwoFeed

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NPS offers $5K reward for information about beloved white wolf shot in Yellowstone

May 15, 2017 by  
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There are only three white wolves known to reside in Yellowstone National Park . But one of them, a 12-year-old alpha female, was recently mortally wounded from a gunshot and had to be put down by park staff. Park superintendent Dan Wenk said this was a criminal act, and the park is offering $5,000 for any information about who might have shot the animal . Hikers came across the severely wounded white wolf last month inside the national park near Gardiner, Montana . Park staff responded and had to euthanize the wolf because her wounds were too grave. She was sent to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon for a necropsy, and this week Yellowstone National Park shared the preliminary results: the wolf suffered from a gunshot. Related: Court condemns Wyoming wolves to first legal hunt in four years Park officials think someone shot the alpha female in the north side of Yellowstone or near the Old Yellowstone Trail. They think she was wounded between 1 AM on April 10 and 2 PM on April 11. Wenk said the park will offer a reward for information that can help them arrest and convict the person or people who criminally shot the wolf. The white wolf was 12 years old, which is double the average Yellowstone wolf’s age. She was the alpha female for more than nine years with one alpha male. She gave birth to at least 20 pups as an alpha female. The park said her range was quite expansive, from Hayden Valley in Wyoming to the Firehole River area, and even up to the northern part of the park near Montana. The park describes her as “one of the most recognizable wolves and sought after by visitors to view and photograph .” The park encourages anyone with information to step forward and call, text, email, or message them on social media; details to get in touch are here . Tips are confidential. Via the National Park Service Images via Yellowstone National Park on Flickr ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 )

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Revolutionary printed solar sheets reach final trial stages in New South Wales

May 15, 2017 by  
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When disaster strikes, whether it be man-made or natural, power is the resource people need most. For this reason, Professor Paul Dastoor has been working for decades to develop a lightweight “printed solar ” panel that is capable of generating power . Now, the invention is in its final trial stages at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. The revolutionary solar panels are made by printing electronic ink onto clear, plastic sheets. The final product is lightweight enough it can be quickly shipped to populations in distress – and that is the point. “What we do know right now is that if there’s a disaster the first thing people need is power,” said Dastoor. “Typically that’s generated by a diesel generator and you have to truck in fuel.” Compared to a silicon model, the lightweight solar panels are made from glass, which makes them much lighter. This, in turn, makes them ideal for developing countries. ”If I had 1000 square metres of typical silicone cells, that would weigh the equivalent of roughly three African Elephants . 1000m2 of this material would weigh about 100 kilograms,” said Vaughan, putting the product’s weight into perspective. The panels are also very economical to produce. After doing extensive economic modeling, the research team has concluded that they can produce the printed solar scales for less than $10 a square meter. “Try buying carpet for less than $10 a square metre,” said Vaughan. Related: MIT unveils new solar 3D printer that can build houses on other planets Based on data collected by the research team thus far, it is estimated that the university’s small printer can produce hundreds of meters of solar cells every day. In Professor Dastoor’s words, this “means that we’ll be able to power using scaled up printers , say thousands and thousands of homes… it’s very exciting.” You can expect to find the printed solar panels available for sale in about three years time. And, they won’t be marketed to just go on roofs . “One of the things about these cells is that they’re not as sensitive to light intensity,” said Dastoor. “Any part of the roof will generate electricity ; even walls, windows, surfaces of vehicles, tents, lightweight structures, roofs that can’t take a heavy conventional silicone solar cells are now accessible to these modules.”The inventor will “massively increase” the area of solar cells so energy can be produced in a variety of new ways. Added Dastoor, “We think it’s going to be a big change to the way in which we think about power being generated renewably .” Via ABC News Images via Kerrin Thomas of ABC News

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How to communicate the urgency of climate change

April 28, 2017 by  
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Jon Meyersohn, co-executive producer of National Geographic series “Years of Living Dangerously,” discusses the challenge of climate change reporting.

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Leonardo DiCaprio gave Ivanka Trump a DVD of his climate change documentary

December 5, 2016 by  
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In a gracious attempt to help America’s next first family get a firm grip on the reality of climate change, actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio gifted Ivanka Trump a DVD copy of his recently released environmental documentary , “Before the Flood.” The future first daughter is primed to be a strong inside force in the Trump administration, with the 35-year-old and her husband Jared Kushner acting as key advisers to her father, President-elect Donald Trump. Ivanka has already been vocal about women’s issues, authoring a book on the topic, and there is reason to suspect she may have some influence over the Trump administration’s environmental policies as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9xFFyUOpXo&feature=youtu.be Reportedly, DiCaprio met privately with the president-elect’s eldest daughter to discuss environmental issues, which the actor has become a champion of in recent years through his nonprofit foundation and honorary position as UN Messenger of Peace. Media speculation has already toyed with the notion that Ivanka could become “the most powerful first daughter in history,” and in his capacity as an activist, DiCaprio grasped the opportunity to help educate her about the severity of climate change, something her father has mostly dismissed. During the meeting, according to aids from both sides, DiCaprio handed over a DVD of Before the Flood, the documentary he produced with National Geographic and released in October. Related: Elon Musk and Leonardo DiCaprio discuss climate issues in Before the Flood documentary The film streamed for free for one week in November on YouTube after its limited theatre debut in Los Angeles and New York City, and can now be accessed online through various platforms . The film paints the broad strokes of the effects of climate change and the importance of altering human behaviors in order to ward off the destruction of our planet. With any luck, DiCaprio’s personal gift will shed some light on issues that the president-elect has been denying for years. The real question is: will Ivanka become the Trump family’s voice of reason where climate change is concerned? Via GQ Images via United Nations

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Chile to sanction largest protected marine park in the Americas

October 6, 2015 by  
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The largest marine park in the Americas will soon protect the waters around Chile . Announced by President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, the forthcoming Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park will encompass a whopping 114,872 square miles of ocean. Applauded by non-profit Oceana , the new marine park will protect 12 percent of Chile’s marine surface area, fighting against environmental destruction in the region. Read the rest of Chile to sanction largest protected marine park in the Americas

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Solar-powered DURAhome is a 100% self-sufficient shelter built for disaster zones

October 6, 2015 by  
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Cultivating Havana: An Organic Farming And Urban Garden Revolution

September 24, 2015 by  
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In the United States, we have taken for granted that we’ll always have plentiful food at affordable prices. For many years, food has only cost us around 10% of our income. However, according to a National Geographic article, Inside the Looming Food…

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Insiders say that National Geographic will continue to operate autonomously, despite new relationship with Fox

September 16, 2015 by  
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Last week, a single piece of news rocked the internet in a way that few other headlines have. The world learned that 21st Century Fox – an outfit headed by known climate denier Rupert Murdoch – will pay $725 million to increase its stake in National Geographic . This move gives Murdoch’s company a 73 percent share of the company, which has been a nonprofit scientific institution for the last 127 years. News of the deal had a lot of people freaking out, as concerns over the possible “Foxification” of one of the world’s most beloved nature spread across the internet as fast as the cutest of kitten videos, but insiders are saying that the expanded partnership may not be as bad as people fear. Read the rest of Insiders say that National Geographic will continue to operate autonomously, despite new relationship with Fox

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Your personal bill for fossil fuel use is 12,000 dollars

September 16, 2015 by  
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We ought to be thanking our lucky stars that Mother Nature isn’t a debt collector, because we’re all in it pretty deep when it comes to the cost of each person’s carbon emissions on the planet. Researchers have revealed new data  that shows that if we were to get a bill for America’s output between the years of 1990 and 2013, an even split among citizens would result in about a $12,000 balance each. Ouch. Read the rest of Your personal bill for fossil fuel use is 12,000 dollars

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