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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

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Lensing the wind

Japan suffered from an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale earlier this year. It released a massive tsunami that devastated coastal communities and also collapsed a nuclear power complex with multiple electrical generators. The consequences of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are still unfolding for the Japanese economy and the country's people. It isn't surprising that the Japanese have investigating alternative energy technologies that might reduce their nation's dependency on ...
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Sharks require another update

Riled Up has paid close attention to sharks with previous posts on their conservation situation and the massive overfishing of these top ocean predators to produce a status-symbol soup in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The unsustainable demand in Asia poses the threat of extinction for these iconic marine creatures that have survived since the dinosaurs. It seems that many others around the world have been paying attention to their precarious situation also. Both the BBC and Public ...
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The Dolphin in the Mirror

The Dolphin in the Mirror is a newly published book by marine mammal researcher Diana Reiss, dolphin research director at Baltimore's National Aquarium. Her radio interview on the Diane Rehm Show was an excellent introduction to marine mammal intelligence and issues of dolphin conservation worldwide. It is well worth capturing the podcast for later listening. In particular, the interview focused on self recognition in dolphins-- one of the cognitive psychological keys to an animals ...
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24 Hours of Reality

Al Gore has prepared a new climate change project-- 24 Hours of Reality --that will present commentaries on the impacts of climate change on global screens, September 14th. Scientists, businessmen, and environmentalists will live-stream their climate related experiences and perspectives to viewers around the World. Presentations will focus on the connections between recent extreme weather and how weather patterns are changing under the influence of increased atmospheric CO2 ...
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The European Space Organization announced the new discovery of 50 more extra solar planets including one planet within the temperate zone of its star. The planet could potentially support life but nothing quite like we know it. [caption id="attachment_7484" align="aligncenter" width="825" caption="Exoplanet within habitable zone (credit: concept image)"][/caption] The newly exoplanet is designated as HD-85512b, weighs in at nearly 4 times the mass of Earth, is estimated to be hot and ...
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Sharks, a status report

Anyone concerned about the oceans should be equally worried about the status of sharks, one of the marine world's top predators. As we have previously noted, sharks are being harvested at a rate far beyond any standard of sustainability to satisfy Asian demand for their fins used in Chinese cooking. The demand for shark fins has the potential to eliminate these critical creatures from the oceans if it isn't not stopped. One Atlantic shark population has decline nearly 90 percent in just ...
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Two beacons

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From space, Texas in flames

The worst wildfires in Texas history are now seen from space: [caption id="attachment_7411" align="aligncenter" width="575" caption="Texas wildfires from space (credit: NASA)"][/caption] Perhaps an image from NASA's lofty vantage point will provide some connections between temperature increases, drought, and climate change in the Lone Star State and elsewhere. WHB
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Free Energy

It's a holiday, so time for an arty animated video on freedom: Happiness from Bran Dougherty-Johnson on Vimeo. Riled Up
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Crater lake

The European Space Agency has released a spectacular photograph confirming liquid water once flowed on Mars. The liquidity may have been a long time back-- 3+ billion years ago --but this is an essential piece of the puzzle to determine if life ever evolved on the Red Planet. The photo shows Eberswalde Crater where a rare instance of a martian river delta is seen. Channels that fed a lake inside the crater are obvious. Delta deposits and channels provide the best evidence yet of liquid ...
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Opals on Mars

Grab those picks and shovels, Mars may have regions covered in opals if recent images from JPL's HiRise camera are confirmed. [caption id="attachment_7158" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Potential opal deposits on Mars (credit: JPL/NASA)"][/caption] Even if the rocks don't turn out to be those fiery, iridescent gemstones, the JPL image is a beauty. WHB
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Warren Calls It Like It Is

by Conrad Anker On August 14th, Warren Buffet called for the re-evaluation of the tax rates for the mega-rich in a guest column for the New York Times. When one of America’s wealthiest citizens calls for an increase on his own tax, people take notice. As the primary shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway Inc., an investment and holding company, Mr. Buffett is a wildly successful investor. For many Mr. Buffett is the icon of wealth. His sage insight, based on sound business practices, has ...
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