Goodhue Street Tour Oct. 18th 2016

If you just pass by Goodhue on Hwy 58 it doesn’t look like there’s much to it. Don’t be fooled – the town’s grown quite a bit in recent years, and here’s a little 20 minute drive weaving through what you won’t see from the highway.

Drought Map for Oct. 18th 2016

Puffball – Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Bellchester, Minnesota Oct. 18th 2016

Harry & Mable Bucholtz Farm Oct. 18th 2016

Bear Play

Elon Musk Is Treating Mars Like It’s a Moore’s Law Problem. It’s Not

Elon Musk Is Treating Mars Like It’s a Moore’s Law Problem. It’s Not

Vision without funding is hallucination. Mars is not a how problem, it is a why problem. I grow weary of pretty pictures of rockets. Musk has done the easy part of sketching the obvious destination. The hard part is why—why pay for it? And that has been on hold for decades. Musk’s rocket blueprints put us no closer today than we were half a century ago.


President Obama Orders Government To Plan For ‘Space Weather’

President Barack Obama today issued an Executive Order that defines what the nation’s response should be to a catastrophic space weather event that takes out large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation. The Executive Order ideally will coordinate the responses across government agencies such as NASA, the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy and others to help minimize economic loss and save lives by enhancing national security, identifying successful mitigation technologies, and ordering the creation of nationwide response and recovery plans and procedures, the White House stated. Further, the Executive Order will enhance the scientific and technical capabilities of the United States, including improved prediction of space-weather events and their effects on infrastructure systems and services. By this action, the Federal Government will lead by example and help motivate State and local governments, and other nations, to create communities that are more resilient to the hazards of space weather. The Executive Order reinforces the formal National Space Weather Strategy and accompanying Action Plan which were announced last year. It also bolsters other work such as the replacement of aging satellites that monitor and help forecast space weather, proposing space-weather standards for both the national and international air space, development of regulations to ensure the continued operation of the electric grid during an extreme space weather event, proposing a new option for replacing crucial Extra High Voltage (EHV) transformers damaged by space weather, and developing domestic production sources for EHV transformers, the White House wrote

Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could nearly double the production of soybeans and legumes

Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could nearly double the production of soybeans and legumes which make up 30% of the world’s crops

Washington State University biologist Mechthild Tegeder has developed a way to dramatically increase the yield and quality of soybeans.

Her greenhouse-grown soybean plants fix twice as much nitrogen from the atmosphere as their natural counterparts, grow larger and produce up to 36 percent more seeds.

Tegeder designed a novel way to increase the flow of nitrogen, an essential nutrient, from specialized bacteria in soybean root nodules to the seed-producing organs. She and Amanda Carter, a biological sciences graduate student, found the increased rate of nitrogen transport kicked the plants into overdrive.

Current Biology- Increasing Nitrogen Fixation and Seed Development in Soybean Requires Complex Adjustments of Nodule Nitrogen Metabolism and Partitioning Processes

Drought Map for Oct. 11th 2016