Sci/tech

Using Data Mining to Make Sense of Climate Change
January 18, 2018 02:07 PM - Georgia Institute of Technology

Big data and data mining have provided several breakthroughs in fields such as health informatics, smart cities and marketing. The same techniques, however, have not delivered consistent key findings for climate change.

Turning heat into electricity
January 18, 2018 09:06 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun’s heat during a warm summer’s day? With advancements in thermoelectric technology, this sustainable solution might one day become a reality.

Fruit fly breakthrough may help human blindness research
January 18, 2018 08:26 AM - Purdue University

For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn’t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study has found how this light kills cells in the flies’ eyes, and that could prove a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration.

Researchers Explore Psychological Effects of Climate Change
January 17, 2018 04:26 PM - University of Arizona

Wildfires, extreme storms and major weather events can seem like a distant threat, but for those whose lives have been directly impacted by these events, the threat hits much closer to home.

Aid for Oceans and Fisheries in Developing World Drops by 30%
January 17, 2018 04:13 PM - University of British Columbia

Financial aid to fisheries in developing countries has declined by 30 percent, finds a new study from UBC and Stockholm Resilience Centre researchers, published in Marine Policy. Projects focusing on climate issues in fisheries had a 77 percent decline over the five years studied.

Ocean Waters Prevent Release of Ancient Methane
January 17, 2018 04:06 PM - University of Rochester

Ocean sediments are a massive storehouse for the potent greenhouse gas methane.

NASA IMERG Reveals Rainfall Rates of Tropical Cyclone Berguitta
January 17, 2018 03:27 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Heavy rain surrounded Tropical Cyclone Berguitta as it continued to move toward the island of Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean. NASA calculated the rate in which rain was falling within the hurricane-strength storm in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions
January 17, 2018 02:42 PM - RIKEN

Using the power of Japan’s K computer, scientists from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science and collaborators have shown that incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals—ten minutes in the case of this study—into weather prediction models can significantly improve the rainfall predictions of the models and allow more precise predictions of the rapid development of a typhoon.

Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions
January 17, 2018 02:42 PM - RIKEN

Using the power of Japan’s K computer, scientists from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science and collaborators have shown that incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals—ten minutes in the case of this study—into weather prediction models can significantly improve the rainfall predictions of the models and allow more precise predictions of the rapid development of a typhoon.

Scientists on the road to discovering impact of urban road dust
January 17, 2018 08:32 AM - University of Alberta

In an attempt to better understand the urban environment and its components, scientists have discovered that sunlight causes chemical reactions in the dust found on Edmonton roads.

“We found that when you shine light on road dust, it produces a reactive form of oxygen called singlet oxygen,” said environmental chemist Sarah Styler. “It acts as an oxidant in the environment and can cause or influence other chemical reactions.”

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