Amber Marie Spann Boland

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Biodiversity Gold: Photos from the Golden Gate BioBlitz

Wildlife<p>Once famous for its gold deposits, the San Francisco area now hosts a different treasure. The Golden Gate National Parks that surround the city are home to over 35 endangered, rare, and threatened species. The parks are a unique biodiversity hotspot, as they include marine habitats, redwood …

Of Sharks and Men: An Expedition to Study Shark Ecology and Movement Patterns in Fiji

Changing Planet<p><b>“At first, there were just two or three and they just circled us. Each day moving a little bit closer. We would just sit on the bottom…and wait,” Papa says, his voice quieting for effect like a trained storyteller trying to excite a group of boy scouts around a campfire.</b> Manasa …

These 5 Foods Will Be Harder to Grow in a Warmer World

Farmers will need to take increasingly drastic and expensive measures to cope with droughts, frosts, and ever-changing growing seasons, says IPCC's new report.<p>The reality of climate change has already hit farms, ranches, and orchards around the globe, according to the latest report from the UN's …

Exploring Montana’s Sea of Grass

Wildlife<p><i>By Ellen Anderson, American Prairie Reserve –</i><p>In prairie ecosystems, it is difficult to see the biodiversity that is there from the window of a vehicle, even for people who are plant nerds like my husband Lars and me. Who can really distinguish different grass species without walking out …

The Expedition Begins: A Study of Shark Ecology and Movement Patterns in Fiji

Changing Planet<p>A large group of bull sharks swims calmly on Shark Reef in Beqa Lagoon, Fiji. (Photograph by Andy Mann)<p><b>The best adventures begin as dreams, and for me, this trip is no different.</b><p>My dream started over a bad cup of instant coffee and a moderately difficult Sudoku puzzle in my living …

Gulf Oil Spill "Not Over": Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster.<p>Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released today.<p>In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea …

Surreal Images Show What Venice Would Look Like if it was Completely Frozen

Has Venice's famous Grand Canal completely frozen over? Not quite. Though it may appear so in these photos, they're actually the clever work of art director Robert Jahns (or nois7 on Instagram). He's taken photos shot by others, like Venice's Piazza San Marco by Luis Manuel Osorio Fernando, and …

Arbre Blanc : White Tree Tower Inspired by Montpellier’s Tradition of Outdoor Living

<b>Arbre Blanc</b> a.k.a. White Tree tower is the winning design of “Folie Architecturale of the 21st century” for Montpellier, France. This architecture …

Dropbox announces photo-sharing app Carousel

On Wednesday Dropbox announced a batch of new consumer products for both mobile and desktop consumers. But Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO, saved …

​Samsung Gear Fit evolves with newest software

It's a common truth in new tech: a company releases a firmware update, and suddenly there are all-new features to discover. When I reviewed the Samsung Gear Fit , I was using the latest software Samsung had at the time. I couldn't use the Fit's long display in anything other than a …

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Samsung Galaxy S5 pops up 2 weeks early in Korea, borking the global launch

The long-awaited global launch of Samsung Galaxy S5 missed its launch date. It was not delayed; rather, it started selling two weeks ahead of schedule.<p>This was pulled off by Samsung’s distribution partners in Korea – SK Telecom and KT Telecom. SK Telecom was the first to start selling the device on …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

Hair Accessory Trend to Try Now: Black Headbands

If you’re going to embrace any hair trend this season, we suggest one as functional and fashionable as the black headband. Way more work-appropriate …

Adobe Announces Mobile/Tablet Support For Lightroom

In 2007, Adobe released Lightroom to the world and completely revolutionized the workflow for photographers everywhere. With each new release, Adobe …