Washington State Launches New Plan to Combat Ocean Acidification

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The state of Washington, the leading US producer of farmed shellfish, announced that it is launching a 42-step plan to reduce ocean acidification. The initiative made by a governor-appointed panel of scientists, policy-makers and shellfish industry representatives. It’s the first US-state-funded effort to tackle ocean acidification.

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Ethanol Production Stalls in Brazil

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Brazil experienced a biofuel boom in March 2007, topping out at second in world output behind the USA. The fermentation of sugars produced motor fuel that lowered carbon dioxide emissions, and Brazil became a model for how it was possible to stop relying on fossil fuels.

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Commercial Network of Microsatellites Aims to Help Weather Prediction

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Most orbiting satellites point down towards Earth, but the satellites of the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology look sideways. Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) look towards the curving horizon in order to track the dozens of satellites that are part of the Global Positioning System. By tracking their radio signals, COSMIC is providing atmospheric data that enhances weather forecasts and climate models.

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If Bilbo Baggins Used iOS 6 Maps

There’s more than a few unkind words to be said about Apple’s decision to boot out Google Maps and use their own, hobbled version instead. Didn’t someone just get fired over this? That being said, I wonder if Bilbo Baggins had used an iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Maps, would he have gotten completely lost? The guys over at Bullz-Eye wondered the same, and came up with this approximation of what his journey might have looked like.

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Blue Whales Use 360 Degree Body Rolls to Get at Krill

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Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) reveal their agile side thanks to video cameras and motion sensors strapped to their bodies. The scientists equipped 22 B. musculus to capture the whales doing underwater pirouettes as they lunge at patches of krill.

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LazerWood Lace iPhone Cover Shows of Your iPhone’s Sexy Underthings

I’ve never really tried to customize the back of my iPhone, since I use cases, but if you use a pouch or have your iPhone naked, then this back cover has got some interesting design elements that might catch your eye by dressing your iPhone in a little black lacy thing.

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Antarctic Lake Vida Has a Bounty of Microbial Life

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Lake Vida in Antarctica is covered by an ice cap up to 27 meters thick, is six times saltier than sea water, and with an average temperature of −13 °C is one of the coldest aquatic environments on the planet. However, it is teeming with microbial life.

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Rising Temperatures & Persistent Drought Threaten to Create a Second Dust Bowl

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Rising temperatures, persistent drought, and depleted aquifers could set the stage for a second Dust Bowl, a period of drought and dust storms that affected the prairies in the USA and Canada during the 1930s.

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Watershed Big Creek Backpack: Keep Your Precious Gear Safe from the Elements

I get paranoid sometimes when I am carrying around some of my fancier electronics. It’s not that I’m worried about getting mugged, it’s more a question of getting them wet, because we all know that water and gizmos don’t really gel.

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Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale: Wireless Weigh-Ins to Combat the Holidays

It’s never good when your bathroom scale gives you inconsistent readings. That’s probably one of the reasons why people seem to like these new high-tech scales that can track your weight history via your smartphone. There aren’t too many available on the market yet, so it’s good to see more alternatives popping up like this one from Wahoo Fitness.

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