Environment

First deployment of an earlier version of the Ice-tethered acoustic Buoy (ITAB), March 2017. Credit: U.S. Navy U.S. Naval Research Laboratory scientists developed Ice-tethered Acoustic Buoys to monitor the acoustic and oceanographic environment in the changing Arctic. The buoys provide critical oceanographic data to improve prediction capabilities of ocean and climate models. These buoys validated
0 Comments
Credit: CC0 Public Domain People living in Balkan farming villages along the Danube River have long suffered from a unique type of kidney disease known as Balkan endemic nephropathy. Recently, scientists linked the disorder to compounds from a local weed that could be taken up into food crops from the soil. Now, researchers reporting in
0 Comments
Researcher Jim Elser and research technician Laura Steger taking samples of water for chemical analysis. Credit: Elser Lab/ASU The Cuatro Cienegas Basin, located in Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico, was once a shallow sea that became isolated from the Gulf of Mexico around 43 million years ago. This basin has an unusual characteristic of being particularly
0 Comments
Credit: CC0 Public Domain One of South America’s most prominent volcanoes is producing early warning signals of a potential collapse, new research has shown. Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador—known locally as “The Black Giant”—is displaying the hallmarks of flank instability, which could result in a colossal landslide. New research, led by Dr. James Hickey from the
0 Comments
Flinders University synthetic chemistry lab Associate Professor Justin Chalker, right, with Chalker Lab researcher Nicholas Lundquist. Credit: Flinders University/SA Government New Australian technology that could fix some of the world’s biggest environmental pollution problems—oil spills, mercury pollution and fertiliser runoff—will soon be available to global markets following the signing of a landmark partnership with Flinders
0 Comments
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Historically, the oceans have done much of the planet’s heavy lifting when it comes to sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Microscopic organisms known collectively as phytoplankton, which grow throughout the sunlit surface oceans and absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis, are a key player. To help stem escalating carbon dioxide emissions
0 Comments
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Mediterranean-type climates face immediate drops in rainfall when greenhouse gases rise, but this could be interrupted quickly if emissions are cut. This is the finding of new research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which adds to the list of known benefits of rapidly reducing greenhouse gas
0 Comments
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine. As reported today in Nature, the laboratories of
0 Comments
Credit: Etaphop photo/Shutterstock.com Research by Cass Business School academics has presented a methodology for identifying how winter tourism operators can protect themselves against the risk of decreasing visitor numbers to ski destinations and lost revenues. Due to the effects of climate change, ski tourism in the Alps is becoming endangered by decreasing levels of snow
0 Comments
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A wife-husband team will present both high-tech and low-tech solutions for improving water security at this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Feb. 16. Northwestern University’s Sera Young and Julius Lucks come from different ends of the science spectrum but meet in
0 Comments
A Louisiana State University geology professor now has a scientific namesake—a newly discovered variety of tourmaline. Barbara Dutrow says she’s surprised and thrilled by the honor. “A lifelong passion has been to discover and decode the geologic information embedded in tourmaline; this recognition is a highlight of our discoveries!” she said in a news release
0 Comments