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We are GO for deep space…finally!  cbsnews  
Is Elon Musk getting close to a battery breakthrough that could cause the electric vehicle age to really start in earnest?  thinkprogress   
Hummingbirds ARE pollinators. birding.about.com  
Superb video of a shuttle launch (from 2 different launches) from cameras on the SRBs (solid rocket boosters). With speed indications. GREAT!  physicsbyumer     
What’s the absolutely smallest thing in the universe?  Nope! No. Try again. Keep going.  physicsbyumer  
Maybe this is the truth about extraterrestrials.  salon.com   
A possible new energy source with…nanotubes!  pbs.org  
If you’re an environmentalist, and want to know which politicians benefit from which food companies (think GMOs), there’s an app for that.  It may help you to become a more informed buyer.  billmoyers.com  
Neil de Grasse Tyson and the scientific bias of both sides. Interesting.  patheos.com  

News for Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - News update:
How dams are ruining river systems, and our lives, worldwide.  ENN  
Yet another study links climate change to US and our abuse of the environment.  universetoday  
Finally, scientists believe the Monarch Butterfly population is set for an increase. It’s been a long time coming.  cbc.ca  Remember, don’t cut down milkweed, and plant flowers that will be helpful to them. 
Remember Doc Brown’s Mr. Fusion powered vehicle at the end of Back to the Future I? Well, this may not be so very far off. nextbigfuture.com  
Some animal testing is needed to secure a healthier world for us. In testing of certain chemical compounds, it has been found that negative effects from exposure to certain chemicals can linger for generations. ScienceDaily   
Like the canary in the mine, the listing of 1,300 endangered bird species is a signal to us that we cannot ignore. Saving the birds may mean saving our own lives.  Nat’l Geo  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nasa-commits-to-heavy-lift-mega-rocket/http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/31/3476807/tesla-electric-car-battery-breakthrough/http://birding.about.com/od/birdbehavior/fl/Hummingbirds-and-Pollination.htmhttp://physicsbyumer.blogspot.com/2014/08/absolutely-mindblowing-video-shot-from.html#.VASbIUuWT8shttp://physicsbyumer.blogspot.com/2014/08/what-is-smallest-thing-in-universe.html#.U_9W7kuWT8shttp://www.salon.com/2014/08/27/the_truth_about_extraterrestrials_will_we_ever_discover_intelligent_life_in_the_universe_partner/http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/tech/carbon-nanotube-fuses-unleash-surge-electrons-called-thermopower-wave/http://billmoyers.com/2014/08/20/do-you-know-which-politicians-benefit-from-your-grocery-dollars/http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2014/08/neil-degrasse-tyson-on-liberal-science-denial-and-gmos/http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/47761http://www.universetoday.com/114076/extreme-weather-is-linked-to-global-warming-a-new-study-suggests/http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/monarch-butterfly-population-set-to-rise-this-year-1.2744262http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/08/helion-energy-now-has-helium-3-fuel.htmlhttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140825185836.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fearth_climate+%28Earth+%26+Climate+News+--+ScienceDaily%29http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140825-bird-environment-chemical-contaminant-climate-change-science-winged-warning/shapeimage_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_14

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 Hodges#6987  Antepione thisoaria)

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Elm Spanworm - Hodges #6798 (Ennomos subsignaria)

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American Lappet Moth

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