Solving the Lionfish Problem

Lionfish with a prototype of the robot's stunner claw
Lionfish with a prototype of the robot’s stunner claw (Credit: Ocean Support Foundation)
With well over a million infesting the waters of the eastern and southern coasts of North America, lionfish are slow-moving environmental disasters affecting ecosystems from Massachusetts to Mexico. Now Robots in the Service of the Environment (RISE) is working with partners to develop a lionfish-killing robot to help contain – or even reverse – the problem. New Atlas caught up with the executive director of RISE, John Rizzi, to find out more about this piscatorial Terminator.

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A Funny Thing Happened at the Pipeline Protest

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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If you are a regular reader, you will recognize the Dakota Access Pipeline which, when completed, will transport oil from the Bakken oil fields near Stanley, North Dakota to Pakota, Illinois.

The contractor, Precision Pipeline, says the pipeline will be capable of transporting between 450,000 and 570,000 barrels per day of domestic crude. Although not as highly publicized as the now defunct Keystone XL Pipeline project, the Dakota is still a major undertaking spanning four states and costing $3.8 billion.

You may read all about in an article I wrote July, entitled, “The Pipeline We Know Little About.”

As one would expect with projects such as this, there are bound to be protests. After all, it is big oil and who better to protest an easy target like that. read more

In Time There May Be a Place for Us

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The world has gone completely mad. Islamists are murdering people on every continent. Some in banking sectors are warning that a global financial meltdown is imminent. And here in America, what could have and should have been the beginning of a political reformation – a referendum against corruption and progressivism instead has us choosing between a crook and a progressive.

As I’ve said many times – no matter how bad things are here, the rest of the world is worse. But maybe not. There actually is a nation who at least appears to want to better itself.

Just when it seems all hope is lost, Great Britain is showing signs of sanity. First came the famous Brexit vote, where English citizens decided they were tired of being ruled by European Union oligarchs in Brussels. read more

Podcast – Do Hooters Girls Make Good Camp Counselors – Green Weenie Leo DiCaprio’s Latest Hypocrisy

It seems Hooters Colorado thought it would be a fine idea to sponsor a Boy Scout Summer Day Camp. Yes – Hooters and the Boy Scouts – like two peas in a pod. But when some of the parents came to pick up their young male campers at the end of the day, they were more than a bit surprised to see the Hooters girls helping out and taking pictures with the campers.

Segment two, the discussion turns to the new prince of Green Weeniedom, Leonardo DiCaprio who, like so many other idiotic environmental activists, spends his time killing the planet with his globe-trotting in an effort to save it – or at least preach to us about how we all must cut back. He and 500 other A-listers are all flying to St. Tropez to attend Leo’s annual foundation gala. Just how much CO2 are they churning out to get there – I wonder. read more

State Attorneys General Want Conservatives to Cease and Desist

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In January of this year a meeting was held in secret, “hosted by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation (RBF). The stated purpose was ‘to establish in public’s mind that Exxon is a corrupt institution that has pushed humanity (and all creation) toward climate chaos and grave harm.”

This strategy session led Al Gore and 17 state attorneys general (and the Virgin Islands) to file criminal charges against the evil worldwide polluter and destroyer of our precious planet – which as we know, or have been repeatedly told since the 1980s, is on the precipice of destruction. I wrote about its genesis here.

The legal effort to stop Exxon Mobil (EM) from further reeking havoc on our planet is spearheaded by the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He filed RICO (racketeering) charges against EM and has demanded that they turn over all documents pertaining to its correspondence with any polluting sympathizers.

One of these sympathizers was the conservative Washington think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). But being that the CEI doesn’t have billions of dollars to extort, the charges were quickly dropped against them. read more

Fire Starter Drone

A fourth prototype of fire-starting drone has been put to the test at Homestead National Monument ...

A fourth prototype of fire-starting drone has been put to the test at Homestead National Monument of America (Credit: University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Mixing drones with fire sure sounds like a dangerous idea, but under close control thisunlikely pairing could have a beneficial environmental impact. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) have been developing a drone that ignites controlled burns from the air, and the team has now carried out real-world testing of the technology with a view to minimizing risks to conservation crews and avoiding out of control wildfires. read more

Bodyguards for Plant

Its attractive red berries, succulent leaves and brightly colored flowers might look like a tasty snack for a hungry herbivore.

But while the berries of the bittersweet nightshade already hold enough poison to put off even the most enthusiastic of grazers, it seems the plant also has another trick to defend itself – ant bodyguards.

The bittersweet nightshade, also called Solanum dulcamara, produces a sugary nectar directly from wounds inflicted on its leaves by animals chewing on them in a bid to attract ants.

A poisonous woodland plant called bittersweet nightshade has been found to 'bled' a sugary nectar from wounds when slugs and insect larvae eat its leaves. These secretions attract three different species of ant (red ants pictured) which attack the herbivores and protect the plant from suffering further damage

A poisonous woodland plant called bittersweet nightshade has been found to ‘bled’ a sugary nectar from wounds when slugs and insect larvae eat its leaves. These secretions attract three different species of ant (red ants pictured) which attack the herbivores and protect the plant from suffering further damage

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What’s the Point of a Solar Plane?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In case you are unaware, there is a plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Whoop-dee-do, you might say. Unless it’s nonstop, how is that any sort of feat? No, it’s not non-stop – however it is a feat due to the fact that the plane is 100% solar powered.

The plane is dubbed the Solar Impulse 2, being the Solar Impulse 1 didn’t cut the mustard. It has a colorful and inspirational website , which tells the story. The site states: “A new Utopia? A beautiful scene from science fiction? No, a cutting-edge technological challenge! A sufficiently eccentric project to appeal to one’s emotions and get one’s adrenalin pumping: to harness a clean and renewable form of energy, and use it to fly night and day without limit.”

That’s fascinating – tell us more. “The adventure began with Bertrand Piccard’s vision that clean technologies and energy efficiency can reduce our emissions and improve our quality of life.” His vision led to the development of the massive Solar Impulse 2, multi-motor plane.

Although the project has two pilots, the plane is but a single-seater. The pilots must switch off at designated landing sights around the globe. Of course it is never mentioned how the other pilot gets to these designated landing sight, but I’m going to guess by dirty, polluting, commercial aircraft. read more

Podcast – Who Should Be On Our Money – Tribute to Prince – The Sierra Club Now Wants to Kill Gas and Oil

In this episode I give a stirring tribute to the artist known as Prince. The next segment centers on a discussion of just who should be on our paper money. The Donald and his surrogates believe we should leave it alone and that the change is just due to political correctness. I then give my thoughts on just who should adorn our dollar bills.

In the final segment I discuss a recent IBD article regarding the Sierra Club and their attack on our remaining energy sectors. You won’t believe what they admit to. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive


About a month ago, Elon Musk announced Tesla’s release of the Model 3 – an affordable Tesla, the all-electric car that is supposed to revolutionize the electric car market, because it’s an electric that doesn’t look like one.

The “greenies” have been all atwitter over it, as if this zero-emission vehicle will mark the beginning of the end of the polluting gas-powered car.

Whether it will or won’t (and it won’t) is almost immaterial, because governments are already proposing bans on gas- and diesel-powered vehicles. read more