Happy #PenguinAwarenessDay!

It’s Penguin awareness day (not to be confused withWorld Penguin Day on Apr 25)! How aware of penguins are you? Take this simple test from The Telegraph to find out! And also, check out #PenguinAwarenessDay on twitter!

An Emporer Penguin on ice

An Emperor Penguin on ice. Photo: Paul Souders/Barcroft Media

A World of Change

If you haven’t had a chance to check out NASA’s Earth Observatory, do it now!  Their mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

Amazing images and cool features every day.  One thing to check out is their “World of Change“, which features images of the changes occurring to our planet over the course of several years.  Some are depressing, others are quite fascinating.  Here are a few to check out:

Aral Sea

Artcic Sea Ice

Urbanization of Dubai

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#Ebola Quotable: President Obama describes the threat and outlines the plan for Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Here’s the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes we have never seen before. It’s spiraling out of control. It is getting worse. It is spreading faster and exponentially.

Today, thousand of people in West Africa are infected. That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands. And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us.

So this is an epidemic that is not just a threat to regional security, it’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down, if their economies break down, if people panic. That has profound effects on all of us even if we are not directly contracting the disease.