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NASA sees a new depression form after another fizzled
IMAGE: NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a look at Tropical Depression 27W on Oct. 20 at 0315 UTC (Oct. 19 at 11:15 p.m. EDT) that showed it was still disorganized…. view more  Credit: Credits: NASA/NRL The Northwestern Pacific Ocean generated another tropical depression hours after a different system quickly faded. NASA’s... Read more
California's wildfires could make 2017 a very unusual wine vintage
This month, Northern California experienced some of the worst fires it’s ever had, killing dozens of people and leaving thousands without homes. The ongoing fires started in Napa and Sonoma counties and spread to Mendocino and Solano, all regions world-renowned for their wine. While it’s certainly far from the... Read more
Carbon coating gives biochar its garden-greening power
IMAGE: This is a field experiment in Switzerland, with setup of compost windrows from mixed manure before adding the biochar. view more  Credit: Nikolas Hagemann/University of Tübingen For more than 100 years, biochar, a carbon-rich, charcoal-like substance made from oxygen-deprived plant or other organic matter, has both delighted and puzzled... Read more
Mountain glaciers shrinking across the West
IMAGE: This map shows the elevation change of Mount Rainier glaciers between 1970 and 2016. The earlier observations are from USGS maps, while the recent data use the satellite stereo imaging… view more  Credit: David Shean/University of Washington Until recently, glaciers in the United States have been measured in two... Read more
NASA-NOAA satellite sees Typhoon Lan's 50 nautical-mile wide eye
IMAGE: NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite took a visible light picture of Typhoon Lan on Oct. 20 at 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 UTC) and saw a clear eye in the powerful hurricane…. view more  Credit: Credits: NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and captured an image... Read more
Your memories are less accurate than you think
Earlier this year, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations reported that a cold case of nearly 14 years had finally been cracked. In 2015, a woman who was attacked by her Air Force instructor in 2000 had been able to describe a family portrait she noticed in his... Read more
Cool roofs have water saving benefits too
IMAGE: Berkeley Lab researchers Pouya Vahmani and Andrew Jones found that implementing cool-roofs over NorCal (a) and SoCal (b) leads to average urban evaporative water demand reductions of 15% and 18%,… view more  Credit: Berkeley Lab The energy and climate benefits of cool roofs have been well established: By reflecting... Read more
Forest fires on the rise as JRC study warns of danger to air quality
IMAGE: The Rapid Damage Assessment module of EFFIS shows the extent of fire damage in Spain and Portugal in 2016. view more  Credit: EU, 2017 The JRC’s annual forest fires report confirms a trend towards longer and more intense fire seasons in Europe and neighbouring regions, with wildfires now occurring... Read more
Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on
IMAGE: Wallace’s flying frog. view more  Credit: University of Sheffield: Rebecca Senior New study shows logged rainforests shouldn’t be written off as they have long-term conservation value Logged areas found to have the same temperature as pristine forests Study shows animals like the Bornean horned frog, Bornean keeled pit viper... Read more
Launch of the 'Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence'
IMAGE: Launch of the Severo Ochoa and Maria de Maeztu excellence Alliance. view more  Credit: SEIDI The 25 centres and 16 research units accredited with the “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu” excellence distinctions formally established this afternoon the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Alliance (SOMMa) in their first... Read more