Hellish Earth whips round star › News in Science ABC Science

A team of astronomers has discovered an Earth-sized planet where it could be your birthday, Christmas and New Years Eve every day.The planet, named Kepler 78b and discovered by NASAs Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft, whips around its host star once every 8.5 hours.But thats where the fun ends.

via Hellish Earth whips round star › News in Science ABC Science.

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Linux Hackers Rebuild Internet From Silicon Valley Garage | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage.

He’s like Dave Packard or Steve Jobs or Sergey Brin — at least up to a point. The difference is that, from his vantage point here in the 21st century, Polvi views his garage with a certain sense of irony — “straight-up Palo Alto-style,” he says — and he harbors ambitions that suit our particular time. He wants to change the way we build the entire internet, making this worldwide network of computer servers as easy to update as the browsers on our laptops.

via Linux Hackers Rebuild Internet From Silicon Valley Garage | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.

As Conservation Plan Fails, Ecuador OKs Amazon Oil Drilling Plan | @pritheworld

Three summers ago, in August of 2010, we reported on a groundbreaking new plan in Ecuador to protect a key part of the Amazon rainforest from oil drilling.Well, there’s news today on how that plan worked out. And unless you’re in the oil business, it’s not so good.The plan was bold but essentially simple: pay us not to drill for oil.As Ecuador’s UN ambassador Francisco Carreon explained it at the time. He said the idea is that countries, enterprises, NGO’s and people, citizens of the world, as we call them, can put their money in a trust fund to pay to protect part of Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park.

via As Conservation Plan Fails, Ecuador OKs Amazon Oil Drilling Plan | @pritheworld.

Photo of the day

Very delightful and clever.

Fully Myelinated

Another great shot from this past week’s Telegraph animal photo gallery:

You wait all day for a red-headed woodpecker and a two-headed one comes at once! Photographer Marina Scarr took this photograph after a three-hour stake out in Florida. The rare and notoriously unpredictable birds go on lengthy hunting trips for their young and as soon as the mother  returns, the father goes out to forage for some more food
You wait all day for a red-headed woodpecker and a two-headed one comes at once! Photographer Marina Scarr took this photograph after a three-hour stake out in Florida. The rare and notoriously unpredictable birds go on lengthy hunting trips for their young and as soon as the mother returns, the father goes out to forage for some more foodPicture: MARINA SCARR / CATERS NEWS

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Deadly Sea Lion Mystery Draws Biologists to Remote Island in Search of Clues – Wired Science

SAN MIGUEL ISLAND, Calif. – It’s late June, and San Miguel Island’s white sand beaches are filled with barking sea lions. More than 100,000 of them. The marine mammals have come to this windy, remote island to breed and give birth – a rowdy, stinky summer extravaganza that last year, enigmatically, ended in disaster.Related Image Gallery San Miguel Island: Home to Amazing Animals, Weird Plants, and Spooky Remnants of an Ancient ForestWhen the sea lions converged on this most westerly of southern California’s Channel Islands in May 2012, as they do every spring, there was no hint of anything amiss. A year later, thousands of pups – perhaps as many as 70 percent of the newborns – were dead. The struggle to survive led desperate pups from their sandy nursery into the churning, dangerous sea, long before they were ready.

via Deadly Sea Lion Mystery Draws Biologists to Remote Island in Search of Clues – Wired Science.

New species of ‘teddy bear’ carnivore discovered in cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A long-tailed, orange-furred carnivore from South America has been identified by US researchers as the first new mammal discovered in the Americas in 35 years.

The raccoon-sized creature is called an olinguito and lives in the trees in the Andean mountain forests of Ecuador and Colombia.

While the olinguito is new to science, with an official name of Bassaricyon neblina, for more than a century it has been mistaken for its larger close cousin, the olingo.

via New species of ‘teddy bear’ carnivore discovered in cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

How Two Reservoirs Have Become Billboards For What Climate Change Is Doing To The American West | ThinkProgress

worthy, Guest Blogger on August 12, 2013 at 8:11 am

Lake Mead’s “bathtub ring” at the top of the white band shows how high the water used to be.

Lake Mead’s “bathtub ring” at the top of the white band shows how high the water used to be.

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This week, to see how climate change will pull a nasty water surprise on the desert Southwest, you only need to look at one river.

Lake Powell is the giant reservoir on the Utah-Arizona border that backs up behind Glen Canyon Dam and is the linchpin for managing the Colorado River. The Colorado basically makes modern life possible in seven western states by providing water for some 40 million people and irrigating 4 million acres of crops. It is also depended upon by 22 native American tribes, 7 national wildlife refuges and 11 national parks.

via How Two Reservoirs Have Become Billboards For What Climate Change Is Doing To The American West | ThinkProgress.