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Annihilation Reminds Us Why We Need Ecological Horror Stories

Annihilation isn’t a perfect movie. But it deserves credit for striving to tackle a subject few mainstream films ever take more than a glancing interest in: the inherent weirdness, and fragility, of ecological systems. And given the harsh realities of our rapidly deteriorating biosphere, that’s something we could use…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Jellyfish Are the Badass Deep Sea Predators You Never Saw Coming

The deep ocean may be Earth’s largest ecosystem, but for obvious reasons it’s difficult to figure out what’s happening down there. A team of researchers is now shedding some light on the question of who eats whom in the deep, by examining decades of footage collected by robots off the central California coast. The…Read more… […]

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White House Approves Climate Change Report Directly Contradicting Trump’s Official Stance

In a telling sign of how utterly chaotic, dysfunctional and idiotic the Trump White House is, 13 federal agencies unveiled today what the New York Times called an “exhaustive scientific report” that states humans “are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has occurred …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Mescaline and the Mother Earth – A Return to the Amazon Jungle (Pt 1)

Editor’s note: I have held off releasing this series of essays for some time now, for reasons I’m not quite sure I know how to articulate. Perhaps it was partially due to feeling emotionally and artistically ‘blocked’ after the election of Donald Trump, or perhaps it has been my own nervousness …Continue reading Continue Reading […]

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Could Evaporating Water Be the Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy?

Each day, our Sun pours its energy down onto the Earth’s surface, turning vast expanses of open water into vapor. New research shows the surprising degree to which this clean and renewable process could be used to produce electricity—enough, perhaps, to meet 70 percent of US energy needs. But before this energy…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Why the Everglades Might Never Look the Same After Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma rakes the west coast of Florida, all eyes are on the cities and human lives in the storm’s path. But Irma is also hammering the Florida Everglades, and the scientists familiar with this fragile ecosystem are concerned the storm could deliver a devastating blow.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Really Into Bats? You Need This Bat-Locator App

Bats are woefully understudied. Perhaps it is because they are not cute, or because they’re nocturnal and we don’t see them very often, or, as “citizen scientist” Danielle Gustafson says in a Bloomberg report on a new bat app, because they just don’t have good P.R. in pop culture. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Bantercast #7: Chris Bradshaw – The Vegetable Man

In today’s show, we talk to Washington D.C’s most notorious gardener, Chris Bradshaw of the non-profit “Dreaming Out Loud”. Chris spoke to us about how gardening can heal communities and provide a way of feeding people without relying on giant supermarkets and fast food chains. His non-profit aims …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Mountain Lions Are Terrified of Humans—and That’s a Problem

We typically think of large predatory animals like mountain lions as fearless beasts that’ll stop at nothing to procure a meal—even if that meal consists of human flesh. New research suggests that this view is wrong, and that big cats don’t like to bump into us any more than we like to bump into them. […]

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Rotting Wildebeest Carcasses Are a Force of Nature in the Serengeti

Each year, thousands of wildebeest drown while making their annual migration through the Serengeti. New research shows how the resulting two million pounds of rotting flesh performs a crucial role in maintaining the region’s vibrant ecosystem.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: What Psychedelics Taught Me About Humanity’s Terrifying Ecological Crisis

We are experiencing an extreme moment in human history that is greatly destabilizing and emotionally traumatizing for many, many people and it is easy to get incredibly depressed about it all. While Donald Trump may appear to be the biggest impediment to the change we so desperately need, I have an …Continue reading Continue Reading […]

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You Will Feel Unclean Watching This Video of Bee Sex

For those who came here expecting the uncut version of Bee Movie, you’re in the wrong place. This is a blog about some very unnerving bee-on-bee action—not some culmination of sexual tension between Renee Zellweger and Jerry Seinfeld’s characters in the 2007 cult movie. Apparently, long-horned bees copulating is…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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These Beloved Penguins May Be Doomed

It seems like everything on this trash planet is doomed to go extinct before humans do, much to my chagrin. The woeful tale of New Zealand’s yellow-eyed penguin is no different: the adorable bird—which even makes an appearance on the country’s currency—is dangerously close to extinction, at least at one well-monitored…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Disruptive Undersea Air Gun Blasts Okayed By Trump

Extremely loud air gun blasts have not been used to hunt for oil deposits in the mid and south Atlantic ocean for the last 30 years, but since the industrial practices of the ‘80s are apparently in vogue again, on Wednesday the Trump administration restarted the application process to use seismic surveying.…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Killer Whales Eat Enormous Great White Shark in South Africa

If you’re afraid of sharks, well, this blog should convince you it’s actually orcas you should avoid. Orcas are among the most savage killers in the ocean, wrecking tiger sharks, seals, beaked whales—and probably one of the most infamous apex predators out there, the great white shark.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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