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Good news for public lands in California

Falling real estate prices and stalled development have created opportunities for national and state non-profit organizations like the Conservation Fund, Save the Redwoods League and the Trust for Public Land to acquire thousands of acres in California at bargain prices.…

2011: looking back, looking forward…

Charles Pierce has something to say as 2011 comes to an end–his post is titled America Will Only Get Better When It Is Ours Again. [O]f course, we must never make the perfect the enemy of the good. But you…

Too much, too little: 2011 in review

As National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spokesman Christopher Vaccaro put it: In many ways, 2011 rewrote the record books. For the Guardian’s series “2011 In Review”,  John Vidal sums up the past year. The year 2011 was another ecologically tumultuous…

Do we have a problem here?

The Transportation Security Administration, commonly referred to as the TSA, has a budget of $8.1 billion for 2012 and plans to add about 3,000 more employees. According to the Mission statement on its own website, TSA “protects the Nation’s transportation…

Sun-Believable. Solar paint

That’s the name researchers at the University of Notre Dame have given to their solar paint that uses nanoparticles to generate electricity. “We want to do something transformative, to move beyond current silicon-based solar technology,” says Prashant Kamat, John A.…

Think of the children. Routinely arrested

The various National Longitudinal Surveys done annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have provided data for researchers for over 40 years. One of the groups tracked by the BLS is a cohort of young people; the most recent study…

Big Data and you

Frank Pasquale at Concurring Opinions begins his recent post titled “Gamifying Control of the Scored Self” with this paragraph: Social sorting is big business. Bosses and bankers crave “predictive analytics:” ways of deciding who will be the best worker, borrower, or customer.…