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The Field Lab - Mon, 2023/05/29 - 3:51pm

replaced a 2 year old swamp cooler padresurrected a 25 year old furby86,90,56,0,B
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Antarctica cruises are more popular than ever. Experts say they need more regulations

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/05/29 - 1:26pm

Cruises to Antarctica, already popular, have grown dramatically in recent years. Scientists and advocacy groups say tighter regulation is needed to minimize the impact on wildlife and the environment.

Categories: Environment

The Colorado River deal won't be enough to save the river long term, experts say

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2023/05/29 - 1:21pm

There are winners and losers in the new landmark deal to avert a water shortage crisis on the Colorado River. But experts say it doesn't go far enough and no one should be celebrating.

Categories: Environment


The Field Lab - Sun, 2023/05/28 - 11:15am

Job 5:8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: 9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields: 11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety. 12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. 13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. 14 They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night. 15 But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. 16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth. 17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:  

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California is still at risk of flooding. Maybe rivers just need some space

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2023/05/28 - 3:00am

To prevent flooding, communities often raise levees next to rivers higher and higher. Now, a new approach is about backing off, moving levees away from rivers to create floodplains.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/NPR)

Categories: Environment

Holy Roof!

The Field Lab - Sat, 2023/05/27 - 4:11pm
Well...the polycarbonate "window" in the greenhouse roof survived for 12 years and 4 months before sustaining any damage. Over the years there have been about 8 pea sized hail events that lasted about 5 minutes and one nickel sized hail event that lasted about one minute. The storms usually came out of the north. This time it came from the south and was golf ball size and lasted about 15 minutes - and now lots of holes. I noticed that not a whole lot of water gets in from all these little holes, so I don't have to be in a big rush to fix it. Just had to tarp a few things off and move a few things out from under major drips. I plan on replacing all of the polycarbonate with metal and eliminate "the window" by this fall. It has been many years since this building officially functioned as a greenhouse anyway. Guess I will start calling it the workshop instead of the greenhouse from now on. 78,86,66, .19",B
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Fixit culture is on the rise, but repair legislation faces resistance

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2023/05/27 - 5:17am

U.S. consumers are showing an increased interest in prolonging the life of the things they own, rather than throwing them out. But some products are easier to fix than others.

(Image credit: Chloe Veltman/NPR)

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Come along on a canoe trip through a flooded forest in a Vermont bird sanctuary

NPR News - Environment - Sat, 2023/05/27 - 4:00am

In springtime, Vermont's Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is a paradise of migratory birds where you can paddle through flooded maple forests.

(Image credit: Brian Mann/NPR)

Categories: Environment


The Field Lab - Fri, 2023/05/26 - 4:24pm
Last night's storm only lasted about 30 minutes but ended up with nearly an inch of rain. That much rain that fast is pretty devastating to my road. Planning on a drone road check tomorrow. Also got some golf ball size hail that didn't damage any solar panels but took quite a toll on the greenhouse polycarbonate roof section. 86,90,65,0,B
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The Supreme Court narrows the scope of the Clean Water Act

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/05/26 - 2:11am

In a major win for industry and developers, the Supreme Court is significantly limiting the number and type of U.S. waterways that get federal protection.

Categories: Environment

Vietnam's human rights record is being scrutinized ahead of $15 billion climate deal

NPR News - Environment - Fri, 2023/05/26 - 2:06am

Environmental and human rights groups say Vietnam's crackdown on civil society will undermine an international climate program that's also aimed at boosting the country's economic development.

(Image credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Categories: Environment

Double Feature

The Field Lab - Thu, 2023/05/25 - 4:15pm
Audio from Mike North's YouTube JawDuino video.
Got the line level audio working well with the "talking" skull.  Still working on getting it to tell the time
85,89,67, .80,G,Hail
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Supreme Court ruling narrows scope of Clean Water Act's wetlands jurisdiction

NPR News - Environment - Thu, 2023/05/25 - 1:36pm

The U.S. Supreme Court placed new restrictions on the scope of the jurisdiction the Clean Water Act has over wetlands, ruling in favor of Idaho landowners who had challenged the law.

Categories: Environment

sort of working

The Field Lab - Wed, 2023/05/24 - 4:57pm

Can get both programs to work independently, but can't seem to get them to work together...yet.84,97,64,0,W

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Tribes doing vital conservation work can't access federal funds to support it

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2023/05/24 - 1:25pm

Tribal governments manage significant wildlife habitat across the U.S., but they don't get the same tax revenue as states for conservation.

Categories: Environment

Rapids — and rafting — roar back to life as Sierra Nevada snowpack melts

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2023/05/24 - 1:25pm

As California's massive winter snowpack melts, one industry is having a great year. Across the state, whitewater rafting is roaring back to life after years of debilitating drought.

Categories: Environment

Baby bison euthanized after being handled by a Yellowstone guest, rejected by herd

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2023/05/24 - 5:51am

The newborn got separated from its mother while trying to cross the Lamar River. A man stepped in to try to help, but only ended the animal's chances of survival, the National Park Service says.

(Image credit: Hellen Jack/National Park Service)

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California wants to store floodwaters underground. It's harder than it sounds

NPR News - Environment - Wed, 2023/05/24 - 3:00am

Even during epic floods, California is trying to prepare for the next drought by capturing water from this year's epic winter storms.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

Categories: Environment

one down - one to go

The Field Lab - Tue, 2023/05/23 - 4:12pm
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The Field Lab - Mon, 2023/05/22 - 4:01pm

Just got a new component to use for this.  It is part of the build for my next clock project.  I will have to combine two different Arduino programs to make it happen.  The idea is that the raven skull I posted about will move as audio from a "talking clock" Arduino program announces the time - so it looks as if the raven is telling the time.  Talking clock parts arrive Wednesday.  83,93,64,T,B 

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