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PLOS One Journal:
The GPS unit with its battery pack is inserted into a cavity bored into the top of the rock. The GPS continuously logs its position after a switch is triggered by the stone moving away from a magnet set in the playa. The surface of the playa is frozen in this image, but the ice had melted or was floating when the trail formed. (Image by Mike Hartmann.
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Caught On Camera: Mystery Of Death Valley’s ‘Sailing Rocks’ Solved, Mother Nature Is A Fan Of Curling

Using GPS-fitted boulders in the flat, parched desert of Death Valley, and tying in the data to a weather station, researchers with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego have confirmed that rocks weighing hundreds of pounds are pushed along on a thin sheet of ice by light winds, in a sort of natural display of truly Olympic “curling.”

08/29/2014

Lizz Westman

New Study Values Silicon Valley’s Natural Capital At $1.6 Billion

A new study is attempting to put a dollar amount on the value of nature and other open spaces in Silicon Valley.

06/16/2014

Earthquake

Study Shows Central Valley Groundwater Depletion Can Increase Earthquake Risk On San Andreas Fault

Excessive groundwater pumping for irrigation in California’s agricultural belt can stress the San Andreas Fault, potentially increasing the risk of future small earthquakes, a new study suggests.

05/14/2014

Morgan Fire Monitoring Station

Nature ‘Nerds’ Keep A Photographic Eye Trained On Mount Diablo

A group of self-described “nerds” is keeping close watch on Mount Diablo as it recovers from last summer’s massive wildfire.

05/09/2014

The Bobcat was sedated during her examination and medicated for pain upon intake. | (Ashley Kinney/WCSV)

Young Bobcat Released Into Wild Months After Being Run Over In San Jose

Nearly five months after being hit by a car in San Jose a juvenile bobcat was set for release back into the wild Tuesday.

04/15/2014

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9 Professional Tips For Taking Insane Adventure Photographs

Jeremiah Watt captures people dangling off boulders and surfing down mountains, highlining between cliffs and deepwater diving into the abyss. We asked Watt for his top tips for taking amazing adventure photographs, and here’s what he had to say.

03/14/2014

Praying Mantises are exclusively predatory. Larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents. Most species are known to engage in cannibalism. Sexual cannibalism is common among mantises in captivity, and under some circumstances may also be observed in the field. The female may start feeding by biting off the male's head and if mating had begun, the male's movements may become even more vigorous in its delivery of sperms. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sexual Cannibalism: Who Are The Most Feared Lovers In The Animal Kingdom?

Pat Benatar famously sang “Love is a Battlefield”, but for some species that practice sexual cannibalism, it couldn’t be clearer.

02/14/2014

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The World’s 10 Coolest Treehouse Hotels

Looking for a vacation with an edge? Instead of traveling to a city, take your next trip to nature and hang out at these treehouse hotels.

02/06/2014

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The Most Epically Remote Places On Earth

Need a cool vacation idea? Why not visit some of the most epically remote places on earth? Check out our list of favorites provided by Thrillist.

12/03/2013

Star Wars Fans Train As Jedis In Lightsaber Class In San Francisco

Star Wars Breakthrough: Physicists Close To Creating Real-Life Lightsabers

The moment “Star Wars” fans have been waiting for might finally be here: Lightsabers are no longer just a figment of George Lucas’ imagination. They could soon be more than a plastic Hollywood prop or a Halloween accessory.

09/30/2013

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