Environment

The Roomba Air-Pollution Detector

The Roomba Air-Pollution Detector

The Roomba floor-cleaning robot has been around for a few years now, and while most of us have seen it’s infomercial on late night television, researchers at the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) and the Rhode Island ...

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Salamanders as an Ecological Indicator

The world’s smallest salamander, pictured here next to a dime, is found in Georgia. (photo courtesy UGA) The California Tiger Salamander is on the verge of extinction (photo courtesy National Geographic Society) Ranging from the tiny Patch-Nosed Salamander with adults ...

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Pre-Industrial Cloud Formation

Pre-Industrial Cloud Formation

Scientists at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts have been exploring the origins of clouds and the chemical composition of the particles that form them. The researchers were able to isolate air from a pristine environment high above a remote region ...

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Ocean Color Predicts Hurricanes

Ocean Color Predicts Hurricanes

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey discovered a correlation between the color of ocean water and the paths taken by ...

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The Aerosol Conundrum

The Aerosol Conundrum

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently discovered a new reason for Earth’s warming. Apparently, aerosols are not only responsible for Earth’s cooling, but they make our planet warmer. Since human activity partially creates these particles, the new ...

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Explaining Hole-Punch Clouds

Explaining Hole-Punch Clouds

Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado have discovered how airplanes create hole-punch clouds when flying under specific atmospheric conditions and how their creation can temporarily change local weather conditions. These clouds – so called ...

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Earth’s Atmosphere Came From Outer Space

Earth’s Atmosphere Came From Outer Space

A joint team of researchers, from the University of Manchester and the University of Houston, has discovered that the gases which formed the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans probably come from outer space. Their recently published report challenges traditional theories ...

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Fool’s Gold in Solar Cells

Fool’s Gold in Solar Cells

Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley are developing new solar cells based on pyrite, otherwise known as fool’s gold. Fool’s gold is four or five times more plentiful than the silicon most commonly used in solar cells and ...

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Images from SMOS Arrive

Images from SMOS Arrive

The first callibrated images from the European Space Agency’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Satellite are available less than four months from the satellite’s launch. As the mission name implies, these images provide information on global soil moisture and ...

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