SCIENCE

Summer Super Moon Rises Saturday Night

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The largest, brightest full moon of the year will rise in the sky this weekend, a phenomenon that ranks as one of the biggest celestial events of the year in what astronomers call a “perigee full moon.” Tides will be stronger than usual along the shores, and watch for the crazy people out around the…

Female Eastern Bluebird Feeds Clutch of Chicks on Her Own

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Watch the video here – All photos by Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved. CLICK on the IMAGES for a Larger View. It is unclear what happened to the male Eastern bluebird [Sialia sialis] who spawned this clutch with the attractive female in the photos, although for the past two days, she has been feeding them…

The Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Reaches Another Dangerous Benchmark

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The level of the most significant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, passed a long-feared benchmark this week, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for three million years, scientists reported Friday. Carbon dioxide gauges atop Mauna Loa, the volcano on the big island of Hawaii that has long been ground zero for…

Birds of Alabama: A Continuing Study of Nature as Art

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While the Alabama Sierra Club executive committee was meeting in Vestavia Hills on Saturday, I took the opportunity at every break to photograph the birds on the feeders in Margo Rebar’s beautiful back yard. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a clear shot of the yellow-bellied sapsucker who likes to hang upside down and…

New Report on Honey Bee Health Cites Pesticides in Declining Populations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health on Thursday pointing to multiple factors in the decline of honey bee colony declines in recent years, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. “There is an important link…

President Obama Stresses Importance of Science and Technology as National Academy of Sciences Celebrates 150th Anniversary

President Obama Stresses Importance of Science and Technology to the Nation’s Future from The National Academies on Vimeo. The National Academy of Sciences is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. President Barack Obama addressed the group in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 29. The President reflected on Abraham Lincoln’s founding of the National Academy of…

Tick Season is Upon Us: What You Should Know

If you live in the yellow area, you live in tickville – Under the Microscope – By Glynn Wilson – This may sound like a good line for a blues song, but it’s not the good kind of blues sung by the likes of B.B. King. I woke up this morning with a tick on…

The Sun Is Rising in the West on Alternative Energy

Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a few weeks ago that his city would be off coal power entirely by 2025, it was both exciting and, as Al Gore put it, “a really big deal.” It was also only part of the story. The other part —…

Camping With WiFi in the Talladega National Forest

Get Involved to Stop Fracking on Public Land – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – CANE CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here by the creek listening to the water flow over the rocks and the birds sing in the trees, it’s hard to believe anyone would want to clear off the top of every…

Public Concern About Global Warming is On the Rise Again

A Majority in the U.S. Believe Global Warming is Happening Already – By Glynn Wilson – Apparently all the recent attention in the media about global warming and climate change is having an effect on public opinion. Public concern about global warming is on the rise again after several years of growing skepticism due to…

E.O. Wilson: Many Great Scientist Are Not Good at Math

Here’s a secret: Discoveries emerge from ideas, not number-crunching – By E.O. Wilson – For many young people who aspire to be scientists, the great bugbear is mathematics. Without advanced math, how can you do serious work in the sciences? Well, I have a professional secret to share: Many of the most successful scientists in…

Climate Scientist James Hansen Announces Retirement from NASA

Pledges Full Time Activism on Climate Change Policy – By Glynn Wilson – James E. Hansen, perhaps the most outspoken scientist on global warming, is stepping down from his federal position at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies after 46 years at the agency to engage full time on the issue, citing a moral obligation…

EPA Updates Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under the mercury and air toxics standards on Friday, based on new information and analysis that became available to the agency after the rule was finalized. The updates are largely technical in nature and will have no impact on the “sensible,…