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News for Thursday, October 23, 2014
National Geographic is saying that birdwatching is racist. That’s quite an accusation. What do you think?  americanthinker.com   
Do you live near a high-risk chemical plant? This map will let you know. Now, what to do about it?  usactions.greenpeace.org 
What’s new in archeology? Interesting!  sciencealert.com  
Sign the petition to stop the slaughter of birds in migration through Lebanon and parts of Europe. The birds are NOT generally used for food…just for killing sport.  causes.com  
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Animal architects and their amazing structures.  boredpanda.com   
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When someone calls you a Neanderthal, agree with them because, in part, you are. We all are.  Sex among some of our earliest ancestors. sciencedump    
Might a THORIUM nuclear reactor be much better for us than today’s fuel? An interesting question that just could help us.  sciencedump    

News for Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Video of an aurora in real-time. Crisp, clear and gorgeous!  petapixel.com 
Read this and think of the bounty on coyotes.  sltrib.com   
Jon Stewart shreds the members of congress who dared (and failed miserably) to go up against the President’s Science Advisor, who was very gentle with his responses. This level of thinking is common in congress but is unthinkable when one considers public office.  upworthy    DO NOT MISS THIS! 
A moment of truth with regard to superfoods!  sciencedump.com  

News for Sunday, October 19, 2014
Just added our 470th moth species to the Moth Field Guide. This one was Scalloped Sallow - Hodges #9952 (Eucirroedia pampina) seen 10/16/14.  http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/10/national_geographic_alleges_that_birdwatching_is_racist_an_urban_birdwatcher_responds.htmlhttp://usactions.greenpeace.org/chemicals/map/http://sciencealert.com.au/features/20141010-26312.htmlhttps://www.causes.com/actions/1686641-enforce-hunting-laws-in-lebanon-stop-the-massacrehttp://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141016_winteroutlook.htmlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-announces-official-climate-change-statement-180952822/?no-isthttp://petapixel.com/2014/10/14/scientists-look-to-crowdsource-the-tracking-of-cosmic-ray-particles-using-your-cell-phone/http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-architect-wildlife-home/?image_id=animal-architecture-nests-1-5.jpghttp://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20142010-26366.htmlhttp://www.sciencedump.com/content/sex-lives-early-humanshttp://www.sciencedump.com/content/benefits-liquid-fluoride-thorium-reactors-revolutionary-liquid-reactorhttp://livepage.apple.com/http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58541820-78/coyotes-deer-program-utah.html.csphttp://www.upworthy.com/these-congressmen-think-theyre-smarter-than-scientists-jon-stewart-disproves-that-real-quick?c=ufb1http://www.sciencedump.com/content/truth-about-superfoods%E2%80%8FMoth_Field_Guide_7649-11233.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1shapeimage_4_link_2shapeimage_4_link_3shapeimage_4_link_4shapeimage_4_link_5shapeimage_4_link_6shapeimage_4_link_7shapeimage_4_link_8shapeimage_4_link_9shapeimage_4_link_10shapeimage_4_link_11shapeimage_4_link_12shapeimage_4_link_13shapeimage_4_link_14shapeimage_4_link_15

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East Brunswick, NJ 7/27/2014

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East Brunswick, NJ

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American Lappet Moth

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Hey Mr. Green,

My wife and I are urban-eco-homesteaders whose house has a backyard big enough for a modest vegetable garden. It was built in the early 1900s, so we had the soil tested. 

The results indicate high levels of lead--940 parts per million. We want to live the Urban Renaissance dream, but our ground is too toxic for safe tomatoes and non-life-threatening arugula. What to do? 

What level of remediation is advisable? Will two feet of composted yard waste in raised beds make enough of a difference, or is the lead down below still a hazard? Should we put a barrier between the toxic soil and the compost above? Do we need to have our yard scraped up and hauled away? Or can you make a house call and use your Mr. Green eco-superpowers to extract the lead, leaving behind only clean, life-giving soil?
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Perhaps the best desc ription of us, who we are, where we are, and the overwhelming ramifications of knowing that. From Carl Sagan! It is so very well worth your time to see this fragment from the original Cosmos. Don't skip this all too brief flash of brilliance.

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This IS a moth!

Pink-Shaded Fern Moth - Hodge s#9631 (Callopistria mollissima)

East Brunswick, NJ, 7/31/14.

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A stunningly beautiful time-lapse video of NORWAY.

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