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U.S. Study Shows Oil Sands Produce 20% More Carbon Than Conventional Crude Heating Up Keystone XL Debate

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July 31, 2015 - Today United States crude production includes 9% contribution from Canadian oil sands. By 2020 that number is expected to climb to 14%. This estimate is independent of whether the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline gets built or not. So the United States has much invested in Canadian oil sands production and as a result the U.S.

Why I'm Angry at Fossil Fuel Companies and ExxonMobil in Particular

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July 30, 2015 - One of my readers who follows my blog through LinkedIn admonished me a couple of weeks ago for being too critical of the fossil fuel industry.

Peter Diamandis Wants You to Bank Your Stem Cells

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July 28, 2015 - If you are a regular reader of this blog then you have read about the importance of our research into stem cells and their therapeutic value. I'm even contemplating having my stem cells harvested to inject into my osteoarthritic left knee to help restore the cartilage I have lost over the years.

Robots in the News - From Millibots in Your Body to Mechanized Workers on the Factory Floor

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July 27, 2015 - Back in June at the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a South Korean robot named HUBO took home the $2 million US grand prize beating out 22 other ro

Agricultural Science and Technology in the News This Past Week

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July 26, 2015 - Three farm stories caught my eye this week. The first, a truly revolutionary one that pushes back the dawn of the age of agriculture some 11,000 years. The second, a GMO story featuring a new rice that produces less greenhouse gas. And the third, a Harvard study about declining zinc levels in food because of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Interesting Space News This Week

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July 25, 2015 - Space has been big in the news in the last week. From the latest Pluto images to the discovery of a potential Earth-twin exoplanet, to new observations about the bright spots on the dwarf planet/asteroid Ceres, to Curiosity's latest findings.

Arctic Sea Ice Grew in Volume After Cool Summers in 2013-14 Bucking the Recent Trend

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July 23, 2015 - Sea ice volume is a different measure than sea ice extent. Volume looks at the thickness of the ice as well as the area of coverage. Extent is just about the latter. When the European Space Agency (ESA) launched CryoSat-2 in 2010, scientists for the first time were able to gauge volume and in the first two years of observation it was in decline.

Raising Kids in Exponential Times

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July 22, 2015 - In his latest email blast Peter Diamandis talks about children and education beginning with the statement "How do you raise kids today during these exponential times?" Unfamiliar with therm "exponential times?" Then visit the website Exponential Times: The Future Comes Faster Than You Think.

SpaceX Thinks It Knows What Went Wrong in Recent Falcon 9 Mission Failure

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July 21, 2015 - In an update sent out by the company yesterday, SpaceX described the events pertaining to the 19th launch of its Falcon 9 rocket which blew up in a second stage mishap at 2 minutes, 19 seconds into the flight on July 2, 2015.

Drought and Farming Made Headlines in Canada's National Newspaper Today

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July 20, 2015 - Talk about a dry place. When Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar Excursion Module to the Moon' surface 46 years ago today he was the first to walk on the driest landscape ever witnessed by a human. Drier than any desert on Earth. It was much later when we discovered that in some parts of the Moon there was water ice deep in polar craters.

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