Here are some noteworthy science and environmental links folks are Digging today:

• Green Inc.: "Environmental Studies Enrollment Soars"

— The New York Times' Kate Galbraith reports on an informal, four-college survey she conducted that seems to indicate a growing interest in universities' environmental programs.

• This Is Reality [video]: "Air Freshener"

— The Coen brothers directed this ad mocking the coal industry's "clean coal" marketing push. It's the funniest commercial for the This Is Reality ad campaign I've seen yet, and features the same kind of clever dialogue that made Coen classics such as The Big LebowskiO Brother Where Art Thou? and No Country for Old Men so genius.

• TinyPic [photo]: "Lightning Strike in Slow Motion"

— Following news that faster cameras are letting scientists study lightning more easily than ever before, this time-delay video of a bolt provides a hypnotizing slo-mo look at the phenomenon.

• BldgBlog: "Nuclear Urbanism"

— This post from BldgBlog highlights a Google Maps mashup that lets you see how various nuclear weapons — and a dinosaur-annihilating asteroid impact — would affect any city in the world. Given a choice, I'd take the nuke.

• Flickr [photo]: "Sunset at Bandon State Park, Oregon, U.S.A."

— Having recently mentioned vroom101's apparent obsession with mountain goats and lightning strikes, I'm obliged to point out this photo vroom Dugg today contains neither. Instead it shows an idyllic, lightning- and goat-free sunset on the Oregon coast.

Russell McLendon

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