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Neuromedia: art and neuroscience | VIDA | Fundación Telefónica

Neuromedia: art and neuroscience | VIDA | Fundación Telefónica | Found while wandering online | Scoop.it
Until 10th March 2014, the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is hosting Neuromedia: Art and Neuroscience Research, an exhibition by the artist Jill Scott, co-director of the programme Artists-in-Labs in Zurich.
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Scientists Are Closer Than Ever To Solving A 100-Year-Old Mystery About Cosmic Rays

Scientists Are Closer Than Ever To Solving A 100-Year-Old Mystery About Cosmic Rays | Found while wandering online | Scoop.it
Scientists using a telescope buried under the Antarctic ice sheet have found the first sign of high-energy neutrinos that come from outside the solar system.

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Social enterprise today: Friday 29 November

Social enterprise today: Friday 29 November | Found while wandering online | Scoop.it
We round up the latest social enterprise news, including the value of celebrity status for social enterprises
Welcome to today's Guardian Social Enterprise Network daily digest.

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Is Irving deal a path to ‘scientific forestry’ or loophole for clearcutting?

Is Irving deal a path to ‘scientific forestry’ or loophole for clearcutting? | Found while wandering online | Scoop.it

A deal Maine struck with Irving Woodlands, made public Friday, has sparked concern among environmental groups that the state has handed the company a “big loophole” to avoid state regulations on clearcutting.

 

Forestry experts, though, believe those concerns are misplaced and that the deal allows Irving, Maine’s largest landowner, to be more efficient in its harvesting techniques and reflects the evolution of modern forestry practices.

 

Irving signed the five-year deal with the Maine Forest Service in May 2012. It enters the company’s 1.25 million acres, almost all of which are in Aroostook County, into an experimental forestry program known as Outcomes Based Forestry, which was created by statute in 2001. The deal was publicly disclosed for the first time earlier this month in a report the Maine Forest Service prepared for the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry committee, which met on Friday to discuss the program.

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Under the program, Irving is exempt from certain sections of the Forest Practices Act that cover clearcutting. But the company is still required to abide by other state statutes and sustainability goals, is still subject to oversight by the Maine Forest Service and needs to maintain third-party forest certification from groups such as the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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Irving Woodlands, which harvests more than a million tons of softwood and hardwood from only 2 percent of its land each year, denies it’s being given a loophole to avoid regulations.

 

“Outcome based forestry — including provisions regarding clear-cutting — requires more accountability measures that must be submitted to the Maine Forest Service on an annual basis,” Blake Brunsdon, Irving’s chief forester, said in a statement to the BDN. “We believe the forest management we practice is sustainable, based on good science and meets the rigorous standards of the independent Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative forest certification programs.”

 

In its first year of participation in the program, Irving claims its contractors’ earnings have increased 21 percent and its road construction and maintenance budget has decreased by $825,000, according to Mary Keith, a spokeswoman for J.D. Irving Ltd., Irving Woodlands’ parent company.

In addition, Keith said entering the program was “a catalyst and the foundation” of the company’s decision to invest upwards of $30 million to construct a new sawmill in Ashland that will employ 63 people.



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Comet ISON's close pass and may put on a cosmic show for Earth | CNET News

Comet ISON's close pass and may put on a cosmic show for Earth | CNET News | Found while wandering online | Scoop.it

Already visible from Earth with a pair of powerful binoculars, Comet ISON will make its closest approach to the sun on November 28, 2013, when it will come within 1,150,000 miles of it.

If ISON survives its close call with the sun's extreme heat, NASA expects the comet to put on a spectacular show for Earth during the first weeks of December as it continues streaking through the sky, before making its closest approach to our planet on December 26, 2013 at the relatively close cosmic distance of 39.9 million miles.

It appears as if ISON may already be falling apart a bit. But if it survives the flyby, the potential exists for this to be one of the brighter comets of the past century.

You can even stage your own Thanksgiving Day comet watch with an ISON tracking app, aptly called "Comet Watch," which is available for free for the iPhone or iPad.


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Westbrook winning shot okc thunder warriors 11-29

Westbrook winning shot okc thunder warriors 11-29-13 (watched this ridiculous play so many times!
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Audit: Minnesota sustainable forestry program lacks oversight, should be changed or scrapped

Audit: Minnesota sustainable forestry program lacks oversight, should be changed or scrapped | Found while wandering online | Scoop.it

There is so little oversight of a state program that has spent $44 million promoting sustainable forestry on private land that lawmakers should make significant changes to it or scrap it altogether, Minnesota's legislative auditor said Tuesday.

 

The Sustainable Forest Incentive Program was created in 2001 to encourage good forestry on private land by locking in agreements for at least eight years that require landowners to submit and abide by sustainable forest management plans. In return, they get incentive payments set at a flat $7 per acre. About 2,300 landowners participated this year, with over 737,000 enrolled acres. The idea behind the payments was to offset property taxes on private forest land, thus encouraging landowners not to develop it.

 

But Legislative Auditor James Nobles' report said lawmakers should consider ending the program and identifying better ways of encouraging sustainable forestry. The findings follow Gov. Mark Dayton's recent calls for next year's legislative session to focus on eliminating old, unneeded laws and programs.

 

Nobles told an oversight subcommittee his office "is not criticizing the concept of sustainable forest management. We are simply questioning whether this particular tool ... has been designed and implemented in a way that ensures that we are achieving measurable results."


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Scaling up Agroecology: A new report from IATP offers a tool for policy

Scaling up Agroecology: A new report from IATP offers a tool for policy | Found while wandering online | Scoop.it
Agroecology is not just a way of doing agriculture but, equally importantly, a way of thinking about agriculture holistically, systemically, and ecologically. Along with respect for nature -- the soil, water, seeds, etc.

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African Plant Breeding Academy of the African Orphan Crops Consortium

African Plant Breeding Academy of the African Orphan Crops Consortium | Found while wandering online | Scoop.it

Research centre (aka ICRAF) putting trees on farms to raise farmers' income and reduce poverty, working between agriculture and forestry (RT @ICRAF: Dec 3: Neglected African 'Orphan Crops' to get a new lease on life

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