Sci/tech

Night vision for bird- & bat-friendly offshore wind power
August 11, 2017 09:55 AM - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The same technology that enables soldiers to see in the dark can also help protect birds and bats near offshore wind turbines.

Night vision goggles use thermal imaging, which captures infrared light that's invisible to the human eye. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using thermal imaging to help birds and bats near offshore wind farms. PNNL is developing software called ThermalTracker to automatically categorize birds and bats in thermal video. Birds and bats fly over offshore waters, but they're difficult to track in such remote locations.

OSC helps researchers unveil most accurate map of the invisible universe
August 10, 2017 01:43 PM - Ohio Supercomputer Center

The Ohio Supercomputer Center played a critical role in helping researchers reach a milestone mapping the growth of the universe from its infancy to present day.

OSC helps researchers unveil most accurate map of the invisible universe
August 10, 2017 01:43 PM - Ohio Supercomputer Center

The Ohio Supercomputer Center played a critical role in helping researchers reach a milestone mapping the growth of the universe from its infancy to present day.

NASA Analyzed Intensifying Franklin's Rains Before Landfall
August 10, 2017 01:06 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Before Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall in east-central Mexico, the storm was intensifying. Two NASA satellites provided a look at the storm's cloud heights and extent and rainfall within.

Portland State laser mapping project shows global warming effects in Antarctica
August 10, 2017 12:57 PM - Portland State University

Portland State University researchers and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have publically released high-resolution maps of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a globally unique Antarctic polar desert.

Human-Caused Warming Likely Led to Recent Streak of Record-Breaking Temperatures, New Study Finds
August 10, 2017 12:42 PM - American Geophysical Union

It is “extremely unlikely” 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.

UNH Researcher Develops Innovative Way to Understand Nature of an Entire Tiny Particle
August 10, 2017 12:12 PM - University of New Hampshire

New research from the University of New Hampshire has led to the development of a novel technique to determine the surface area and volume of small particles, the size of a grain of sand or smaller. Due to their tiny size, irregular shape and limited viewing angle, commonly used microscopic imaging techniques cannot always capture the whole object’s shape often leaving out valuable information that can be important in numerous areas of science, engineering and medicine.

UNH Researcher Develops Innovative Way to Understand Nature of an Entire Tiny Particle
August 10, 2017 12:12 PM - University of New Hampshire

New research from the University of New Hampshire has led to the development of a novel technique to determine the surface area and volume of small particles, the size of a grain of sand or smaller. Due to their tiny size, irregular shape and limited viewing angle, commonly used microscopic imaging techniques cannot always capture the whole object’s shape often leaving out valuable information that can be important in numerous areas of science, engineering and medicine.

NASA Airborne Mission Returns to Africa to Study Smoke, Clouds
August 10, 2017 12:10 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's P-3 research plane begins flights this month through both clouds and smoke over the South Atlantic Ocean to understand how tiny airborne particles called aerosols change the properties of clouds and how they influence the amount of incoming sunlight the clouds reflect or absorb.

New Technique Offers Clues to Measure Ocean Deoxygenation
August 9, 2017 02:54 PM - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The living, breathing ocean may be slowly starting to suffocate. More than two percent of the ocean’s oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, according to reports, and marine “dead zones” continue to expand throughout the global ocean. This deoxygenation, triggered mainly by more fertilizers and wastewater flowing into the ocean, pose a serious threat to marine life and ecosystems.

Yet despite the critical role of oxygen in the ocean, scientists haven’t had a way to measure how fast deoxygenation occurs—today, or in the past when so-called major “anoxic events” led to catastrophic extinction of marine life.

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