Sci/tech

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets
December 13, 2017 03:57 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer.

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets
December 13, 2017 03:57 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer.

North Sea Water and Recycled Metal Combined to Help Reduce Global Warming
December 13, 2017 03:51 PM - University of York

Scientists at the University of York have used sea water collected from Whitby in North Yorkshire, and scrap metal to develop a technology that could help capture more than 850 million tonnes of unwanted carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Monkeys Infected by Mosquito Bites Further Zika Virus Research
December 13, 2017 03:44 PM - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Monkeys who catch Zika virus through bites from infected mosquitoes develop infections that look like human Zika cases, and may help researchers understand the many ways Zika can be transmitted.

East Antarctic Ice Sheet Has History of Instability
December 13, 2017 03:41 PM - University of Texas at Austin

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet locks away enough water to raise sea level an estimated 53 meters (174 feet), more than any other ice sheet on the planet. It’s also thought to be among the most stable, not gaining or losing mass even as ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland shrink.

NASA Sees Developing System 96W Affecting Central Philippines
December 13, 2017 03:30 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

A developing area of tropical low pressure designated System 96W was affecting the central Philippines when NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead.

High-Resolution Climate Models Present Alarming New Projections For U.S.
December 13, 2017 03:25 PM - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Approaching the second half of the century, the United States is likely to experience increases in the number of days with extreme heat, the frequency and duration of heat waves, and the length of the growing season. In response, it is anticipated that societal, agricultural and ecological needs will increase the demand on already-strained natural resources like water and energy. University of Illinois researchers have developed new, high-resolution climate models that may help policymakers mitigate these effects at a local level.

Engineers create plants that glow
December 13, 2017 11:59 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk.

Researchers capture oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions
December 13, 2017 11:42 AM - Ohio State University

The oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions may contain ice that formed during the Stone Age—more than 600,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared.

Researchers from the United States and China are now studying the core—nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall—to assemble one of the longest-ever records of Earth’s climate history.

What they’ve found so far provides dramatic evidence of a recent and rapid temperature rise at some of the highest, coldest mountain peaks in the world.

Human-Caused Warming Likely Intensified Hurricane Harvey's Rains
December 13, 2017 11:37 AM - American Geophysical Union

New research shows human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented rainfall. The new findings are being published in two separate studies and being presented in a press conference today at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, along with additional new findings about recent Atlantic Ocean hurricanes.

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