Global Warming Visits and Finds Us Unprepared

We’re Still Not Prepared for Global Warming.

It’s hot, but it may not be the new normal yet. Temperatures are still rising.

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

Improve knowledge of the relationships between cultures and biological diversity over time in order to better sustain both.

STEM, STEAM, STEMX, STEMD and beyond..

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

 Photo Credit: Robert Simmon -  NASA image  -  Public Domain

Photo Credit: Robert Simmon - NASA image - Public Domain

Architecture. Survival. A Future Vision Lives On

Paolo Soleri’s radical experiment in urban planning has been running in the middle of the Arizona desert for nearly 50 years.

What can we learn from his vision to help us confront challenges to the planet?

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

Improve knowledge of the relationships between cultures and biological diversity over time in order to better sustain both.

STEM, STEAM, STEMX, STEMD and beyond..

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

 By Cody from Phoenix, AZ (arcosanti vaults) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)],  via Wikimedia Commons

By Cody from Phoenix, AZ (arcosanti vaults) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Toxic Waste: Coming to Your Neighborhood or Already There?

Do you live near toxic waste? Check the list of the 1,317 of the Most Polluted Spots in the U.S. 

Why are they where they are? What can we do about them?

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

STEM, STEAM, STEMX, STEMD and beyond..

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

Gettysburg Cyclorama

One of the most celebrated and widely viewed paintings of the nineteenth century --actually what was called a " Cyclorama"-- almost didn’t survive into the twentieth. The installation provoked an intense, extended and emotional revisiting of America's recent Civil War. Frenchman Paul Philippoteaux's The Battle of Gettysburg, a vast canvas with a vast audience—hundreds of thousands had once flocked to see it—was found by a Boston Globe reporter fifteen years later, moldering in a shed at the back of a vacant lot. 

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Grand Challenge: Understanding the American Experience

Use material culture and documentary collections to research and interpret national milestones and achievements; American life and national identity, cultural expression, the environment and changing landscape, and achievements in science and technology; political and military struggles; economic, scientific, technological, and cultural innovations; and artists and leaders that have defined the United States and the character of its people. 

 

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

 Detail of the cyclorama from  National Park Service

Detail of the cyclorama from National Park Service

Saving the Earth with Help from NASA

There are a slew of Earth Science missions that NASA has planned for the future. We need all of them (and more) for a thriving planet. 

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

Grand Challenge: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

·         Understand the formation, geological diversity, and dynamics of the Earth, the Moon, and other rocky bodies in our solar system.

Understand how stellar processes change clouds of gas and dust into stars and planets, including the Earth, and how life emerged here and perhaps elsewhere.

STEM, STEAM, STEMX, STEMD and beyond...

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

 Photo Credit: NASA

Photo Credit: NASA

The History of Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a modern technology with roots in the origin of the Earth.

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet 

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

 Photo Credit: CC BY-ND 2.0 by  Farm Direct

Photo Credit: CC BY-ND 2.0 by Farm Direct

Tanzania versus Tourism and Modernity

The Tribes of Tanzania: As safari parks encroach on their ancestral lands, indigenous groups struggle to maintain their ways of life.

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Grand Challenge: Valuing World Cultures

Add to knowledge of migrations, diasporas, and interactions of cultural groups.

Shed light on the interconnections among world cultures.

Augment knowledge about the processes leading to the loss of cultural diversity – tangible and intangible heritage.

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

 Photo Credit: Christopher Wilson

Photo Credit: Christopher Wilson

The Great Mississippi Flood Found Footage: Haunting, Poetic

Bill Morrison’s masterpiece of found footage, explores a moment in American history that brought on huge social, demographic and environmental changes.

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Grand Challenge: Understanding the American Experience

Use material culture and documentary collections to research and interpret national milestones and achievements; American life and national identity, cultural expression, the environment and changing landscape, and achievements in science and technology.

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

Scientists literally brought out the big gun to study the origins of water

Did planets like Earth, Mars, Venus, and Mercury form dry out of the dust and heat of the inner solar system, only to be drenched in water delivered from ice-laden comets later on? Or did drier asteroids and asteroid collisions bring the wet stuff?

To really understand how this water delivery system works, you need to watch it happen. But meteorite strikes are notoriously unpredictable, so researchers decided to create their own with the help of a super-sized gun at NASA’s Ames Research Center. 

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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

Understand how stellar processes change clouds of gas and dust into stars and planets, including the Earth, and how life emerged here and perhaps elsewhere.

 

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

 An artist's impression of an asteroid collision in space.  NASA/JPL-Caltech

An artist's impression of an asteroid collision in space. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Migratory Birds Programmed with Their Own Google Maps?

Some hybrid thrushes varied their routes, suggesting that different genes may influence fall and spring migration

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 Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Improve understanding of and access to the biology and natural history of species.

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

 

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

 Photo Credit: Charles Floyd

Photo Credit: Charles Floyd

InSight - Studying the 'Inner Space' of Mars

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago.

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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

Understand the formation, geological diversity, and dynamics of the Earth, the Moon, and other rocky bodies in our solar system.

Understand how stellar processes change clouds of gas and dust into stars and planets, including the Earth, and how life emerged here and perhaps elsewhere.

 

 Photo Credit: NASA.gov

Photo Credit: NASA.gov

To Save an Endangered Species, Conservationists Have to Deal With an Invasive Species First: House Cats

On an island in Florida, a rare wild rodent faces a dangerous feline threat

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.
 

Photo Credit: Gene Bakner on Unsplash

2,000-year-old Blood Sport

A 2,000 year-old Gladiator School in Austria brings the arena back to life. 

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Valuing World Cultures

Study historic and contemporary cultural and artistic heritage, with particular emphasis on the arts of Asia and Africa, the heritage of the Americas, indigenous knowledge and expressive systems, and modern and contemporary art and design.

Shed light on the interconnections among world cultures.

 Photo Credit: Reiner Reidler / Anzenberger Agency

Photo Credit: Reiner Reidler / Anzenberger Agency

Undiscovered Photo of Harriet Tubman

 

Tucked into a rare. almost disintegrated, album’s last page is a previously unknown photo of one of American history’s great figures: abolitionist Harriet Tubman, in what’s believed to be the earliest photo of her in existence.

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Understanding the American Experience

Use material culture and documentary collections to research and interpret national milestones and achievements; American life and national identity, cultural expression, the environment and changing landscape, and achievements in science and technology; political and military struggles; economic, scientific, technological, and cultural innovations; and artists and leaders that have defined the United States and the character of its people.

 Photo Credit: Shawn Miller

Photo Credit: Shawn Miller

Artificial Leaves?

In this excerpt from his new book Taming the Sun, Varun Sivaram follows the research paths of two rival scientists determined to find a way to wring fuel out of thin air.

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

 Photo Credit: Santtu Mustonen 

Photo Credit: Santtu Mustonen 

What Bikini Atoll Looks Like Today

Sixty years after the nuclear tests, the groundwater is contaminated and the coconuts are radioactive. But are the coral reefs thriving?

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

 

ERC Grand Challenges Network: for inquiry, for project design, for activism. 

 NASA Landsat satellite image GeoTIFF archive,  http://glovis.usgs.gov

NASA Landsat satellite image GeoTIFF archive, http://glovis.usgs.gov

Choosing a World Without Mosquitoes: CRISPR

New gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should we use it?

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

 

ERC Grand Challenges Network: for inquiry, for project design, for activism. 

African-American Civil War Veterans Created Their Own Town

After the Civil War, 18 veterans of the United States Colored Troops returned to Talbot County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where their families had toiled for generations. But this time, they had a chance to create something their ancestors had been denied: a village of their own, where everyone was free.

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Understanding the American Experience

Conduct research on historical migrations and diasporas to and within America and on the contemporary movements of people, art, artifacts, and cultural expressions that connect various world cultures to the American experience.

Interpretation of the diverse communities of the United States, particularly African American, Latino, Asian Pacific American, and Native American, as well as the cultural interrelationships among these communities.

 

ERC Grand Challenges Network: for inquiry, for project design, for activism. 

 Photo Credit: Gabriella Demczuk

Photo Credit: Gabriella Demczuk

Journey to the Roof of Africa

Looming high among the volcanic outriders of the Great Rift Valley in northern Ethiopia, is nature with a serious case of gigantism: a basalt escarpment 40 kilometers long, staggered between altitudes of 11,000 and 15,000 feet, populated with super-sized plants and armies of monkeys 500-strong. In 1978, UNESCO dubbed it “one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world,” and consecrated the Simien Mountains National Park in its very first batch of World Heritage Sites, alongside Yellowstone and the Galapagos Islands.

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Improve understanding of and access to the biology and natural history of species – information that is lacking for the vast majority of species on the planet.

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

 

ERC Grand Challenges Network: for inquiry, for project design, for activism. 

 Photo Credit:  Clay Knight  on  Unsplash

Photo Credit: Clay Knight on Unsplash