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News for Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The strange things the Rosetta Mission is learning about its host comet. Wired   
Here are the senators that can’t wrap their heads around the real cause of climate change.  wired  
Cats ARE magic and here are 13 facts to prove it.  thedodo.com  
Here are 7 food practices that Europe has banned but are just find in our country.  yahoo.com  
Why whales are far more important to the oceans than we ever might have believed.  upworthy.com  
Time lapse imagery of the forest itself. Amazing!  onejive.com   
Why fertilizer issues (of which there are many) may disappear.  edf.org   

News for Friday, January 16, 2015
Fortunately, this will give us a wide berth. Someday, a really big one will not and we’d better be prepared.  Space  
While we never knew with 100% certainty, most of us (those who believed in science) thought this to be the case. UFOs…many sightings easily explained by what wasn’t told to us at the time.  Space  
Some basic facts about our expanding universe. Interesting!  Space  
How does rain really cause that heady aroma right after it starts to rain. The answer may be simple, but also may have been unexpected.  ENN  
In farm country (Iowa), it’s becoming the city folks against the farmers when it comes to their water supplies.  NPR   
New pollutants caused in fracking fluids. (Who’d a thunk it?)  ENN  

News for Thursday, January 15, 2015
Water collected from the air, with nothing very sophisticated.  Wired 
Look how good solar is for our economy, too.  motherjones  
A (fixable) glitch to save Monarch butterflies.  sciencemag.org  
Marine myths measured. Exactly how big are some things that live in our oceans?  phenomena.nationalgrographic.com    
The loneliest frog in the world. Sad!  huffingtonpost.com  http://www.wired.com/2015/01/weirdest-coolest-stuff-weve-learned-rosettas-comet-far/http://www.wired.com/2015/01/senators-dont-believe-human-caused-climate-change/https://www.thedodo.com/cats-basically-magic-930287101.htmlhttp://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/05/7-dodgy-foodag-practices-banned-europe-just-fine-herehttp://www.upworthy.com/something-alive-is-moving-about-half-of-the-water-in-the-oceans?c=ufb2http://onejive.com/several-cameras-installed-forest-captured-wont-able-take-eyes-off-images/http://www.edf.org/blog/2015/01/20/4-reasons-fertilizer-pollution-may-soon-be-thing-pasthttp://www.space.com/28260-asteroid-flying-by-earth-could-be-half-kilometer-wide-orbit-animation.htmlhttp://www.space.com/28256-ufo-sightings-cia-u2-aircraft.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+spaceheadlines+%28SPACE.com+Headline+Feed%29http://www.space.com/52-the-expanding-universe-from-the-big-bang-to-today.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+spaceheadlines+%28SPACE.com+Headline+Feed%29http://www.enn.com/sci-tech/article/48178http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/01/12/376139473/iowas-largest-city-sues-over-farm-fertilizer-runoff-in-rivers?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=environmenthttp://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/48181http://www.wired.com/2015/01/architecture-and-vision-warkawater/?source=fb&subsource=20150114Generalfb01&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=20150114Generalfb01http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/01/solar-jobs-economyhttp://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/01/plan-save-monarch-butterflies-backfireshttp://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/13/how-big-are-the-biggest-squid-whales-sharks-jellyfish/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20150113ph-oceangraphic&utm_campaign=Content&sf6899990=1http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leilani-munter/the-loneliest-frog-in-the_b_5940426.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_15shapeimage_4_link_16shapeimage_4_link_17


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• “When I hear of the destruction of a species I feel just as if all the works of some great writer had perished,"
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• We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.                                - David Brower
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• “When observing nature, chance favors the prepared mind…”                                                    Louis Pasteur, 1854
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”                              - John Burroughs
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American Lappet Moth

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Hey Mr. Green, Where Can I Recycle Small Batteries?

If they're rechargeable, at loads of places. If they're single-use, you'll have to do some digging. 

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This is a problem that has been vexing me for years. My town does NOT accept regular batteries for recycling, and that’s a shame. They would have access to resources that can dispose of them properly, but they chose not to. 
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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.

The Pale Blue Dot

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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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