The week that was, May 15-21, 2016

Posted on | May 22, 2016 | No Comments

Upper Colorado River. USGS

So much for the long-assumed notion that groundwater can be used as a get-out-of-jail-free card when rivers are over-drafted. Click on the image from the USGS for the survey’s study showing that as much as half of the streamflow in the Upper Colorado River Basin originates as groundwater.

“I thought it was too long, and just a piano and voice.” — Paul Simon on “Bridge over Troubled Water,” Paul Simon has never stood still, Belfast Telegraph, 5/19/16

 The nation’s largest man-made reservoir slipped to a new record low sometime after 7 p.m. Wednesday, and forecasters from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expect see its surface drop another 2 feet through the end of June. — Lake Mead hits record low, Las Vegas Review Journal, 5/18/16 Read more

The weeks that were, May 1-14, 2016

Posted on | May 8, 2016 | No Comments

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UPDATED: Apologies. I am on deadline for KCET and “The week that was” is again postponed. For those who didn’t check it out last week, please accept as an apology a link to this delicious nugget from the UK’s Daily Telegraph about the 18th century British peer Lord Rokeby. Click on the rendering from the UK’s National Portrait Gallery to read Hazel Davis’s delightful sketch of the “original hipster,” a locavore who built public drinking fountains then paid neighbors to use them.

The week that was, April 24-30, 2016

Posted on | May 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

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Source: Wikipedia

Puerto Rico has become the primary American front in the public-health fight against Zika, just as the health, economic, and social infrastructure needed to fight the virus are eroding. — A commonwealth in crisis, The Atlantic, 4/27/16

The great debate over statehood has to wait; that’s Rose and Jack on the Titanic asking, When’s our next date? — Lin-Manuel Miranda on the crisis in Puerto Rico, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 4/24/16

The island has 707 confirmed Zika cases, including 89 pregnant women. —
First Zika virus-related death reported in U.S. in Puerto Rico, Washington Post, 4/29/16 

“… you need to take it seriously.” — CDC entomologist Janet McAllister, New discovery means more US states will face a risk from Zika, Washington Post, 4/29/16 Read more

The week that was, April 17-23, 2016

Posted on | April 24, 2016 | No Comments

Mexican Navy sails into Cartagena, sailors poised throughout the rigging. Source: Bernard, Ships of Sail, Mexicanosenespana.blogspot.com

This gorgeous file photo by Bernard, Ships of Sail on Pinterest, captures the style of ARM Cuauhtémoc as the Mexican Navy crew proudly straddle the tall ship’s soaring rigging. The ship arrived in Baltimore yesterday as part of a festival marking the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Bicentennial. Click on the image for a full schedule from Sail Baltimore of tall ship arrivals in the Chesapeake.

Let it be said: The Mexican Navy knows how to make an entrance. — The Mexican Navy’s Cuauhtémoc arrives in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Baltimore Sun, 4/24/16*

“We found a reef where the textbooks said there shouldn’t be one.” — Fabiano Thompson, co-author of a report in Science Advances of a newly discovered reef the size of Delaware, Surprising, vibrant reef discovered in the muddy Amazon, National Geographic, 4/22/16

“The other possibility is that they just do it for fun.” — Cal State University shark lab director Chris Lowe on why sharks leap, Surfer captures video of great white shark jumping out of ocean at OC beach, 4/20/16  Read more

The week that was, April 10-16, 2016

Posted on | April 17, 2016 | No Comments

Interstellar rain.

Interstellar rain. Source: NYT/Bill Saxton, National Science Foundation, Associated Universities, Inc, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Nestle has been extracting millions of gallons annually [in the San Bernardino National Forest’s Strawberry Creek] to supply its Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water brand on a permit that expired 28 years ago. — Open house draws about 100 to learn about Nestle water study, San Bernardino Sun, 4/16/2016 

“… your average kid isn’t going to put down his Fanta for a kale shake, that’s why we saw PERKii as a great opportunity to bridge the gap between taste and health.” — Former Coca Cola executive Randy Milne, Queensland drink PERKii takes on $50bn global probiotics market, Courier-Mail, 4/13/16 

… the same liquid we drink and that fills the oceans may be millions of years older than the solar system itself. — The water in your glass might be older than the sun, The New York Times, 4/15/16  Read more

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