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NASA unveils spectacular suite of new global data products

...IS allows scientists to measure the differences in cloud optical properties for both water and ice clouds. The sensor can characterize the optical thickness of clouds and quantify the size of the particles within them. Moreover, MODIS is the first space-based sensor with a 1.37-m channel, which is particul...

Mountain cloud forests imperiled by lowland deforestation, says Science study

...ase, click here . If you're a tropical mountain cloud forest, having your head in the clouds is a good t...forests may rob these mountain refuges of critical cloud cover. Cloud formation in these areas might be restored by breaking up the currently deforested land...

Anthrax - How to protect ourselves

...ty of the particles. If all are the same size, the cloud is likely to be artificial. But LIDAR doesn't reveal the type of bacteria. So researchers shifted to ultraviolet wavelengths, which can yield signals unique to different pathogens up to 12 kilometres away. Still, the system cannot distinguish betwee...

Conservation International and Starbucks announce new coffee sourcing guidelines

...c benefits for local farmers in the last remaining cloud forest in Southern Mexico. More about this partnership and about CIs Conservation Coffee program can be found online at www.starbucks.com/ongoodgrounds and at www.conservation.org ....

Assaulting the mosquitos sense of smell

...emissions such as carbon dioxide. We all produce a cloud of chemicals and mosquitoes can track the odor trail that we leave for quite a distance, says Zwiebel. Many of these chemical cues are created by the bacteria that cover our bodies. Studies have shown that fewer mosquitoes attack a person after they ...

Like storm clouds, natural disasters carry a silver lining, biologist says

...ple and other species. Optimists claim that every cloud has a silver lining, said Dr. Seth R. Reice, an as...ornados funnel cloud, every forest fires billowing cloud of smoke, indeed every disturbance, has tremendous benefits to the ecosystem it impacts. This is the...

Rainforests harvest the skies

...ew environmental significance in the landscape, as cloud harvesters which add billions of litres of extra f...er security in the event of global warming: if the cloud banks which currently contribute water to the forest via cloud stripping rise in altitude - as they ...

April GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights

...k systems between incoming radiation from the sun, cloud formation, and radiated heat from Earth's surface. In theory, average tropical surface temperatures should not climb much above 30 C (86 F). Paleoclimate studies have previously shown that some subtropical locations on Earth regularly experienced se...

Climate monitoring goes mobile

...mospheric conditions influencing that change. Two cloud radar systems and a pulsed laser system - also known as a lidar - measure cloud properties such as vertical structure and moisture content. Dust, smoke and other air impurities ar...

Changes in rainfall patterns spur plant growth, carbon absorption across U.S.

... data over that time period also show increases in cloud cover, minimum temperatures, soil moisture and stream flows, which are all signs of a changing hydrologic cycle. Whether or not shifting rainfall patterns result in a positive uptake of carbon by land ecosystems depends on complex interactions that ...

What a difference a decade makes

...technique minimizes the amount that head movements cloud the images, thereby making verbal responses feasible. With a verbal response, the researchers could analyze both reaction time and accuracy, and could ensure that the children and adults were in fact performing the task as instructed. The researchers...

Los Alamos researcher conducts volcanic voyeurism

...ry now and then the volcano would blast out a huge cloud of carbon dioxide, which they had not seen previou...clouds form over volcanoes, the water vapor in the cloud effectively scrubs the atmosphere of hydrogen fluoride and hydrogen chloride, which are extremely so...

New study sheds light on frog malformations

...diation entering wetlands, including ozone levels, cloud cover and UVB-absorbing dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in water. Accordingly, in the second study, the researchers measured DOC levels in wetlands in Wisconsin and Minnesota and found that the top five to 20 centimeters of wetlands absorb as much as ...

New research site established in Australia to help predict climate change

...ram works to improve the atmospheric radiation and cloud physics in global climate models, thereby improvin...cted for diversity and significance of climate and cloud conditions. The ARM program concentrates on the complex role and impact that clouds have on the ene...

Pinpointing the mutations that cause resistance to Gleevec

...nimize drug resistance. "The silver lining in this cloud is that now we know exactly what the drug target has to be for the second-generation drugs for CML, instead of it being some mysterious bypass mechanism that we'd have to figure out," he said. According to Sawyers, screening for mutations in the near...

Scientists confirm age of the oldest meteorite collision on Earth

...phere. It spreads around the Earth as a rock vapor cloud that eventually condenses and forms droplets that solidify into spherules, which rain back down onto the surface." The meteorite that led to the dinosaur extinction produced spherule deposits around the world that are less than two centimeters deep....

UCSD researchers fabricate tiny 'smart dust' particles

...a wall or to the side of a truck or dispersed into cloud of gas to detect toxic chemicals or biological mat...milar to a grocery store scanner to tell us if the cloud that's coming toward us is filled with anthrax bacteria or if the tank of drinking water into which ...

Stanford researchers develop gene therapy technique that sharply cuts risks

...nt to develop leukemia. "That sort of puts another cloud over the existing gene therapy trials," Calos said. Calos' technique avoids the pitfalls of other gene therapy approaches by integrating DNA without using viral vectors, inserting the DNA at known locations. This new technique can also handle...

Food for thought: What are the likely side effects of fertilizing phytoplankton with iron?

... dimethyl sulfide, which leads to the formation of cloud condensation nuclei, and carbonyl sulfide and volatile organohalogens, which are believed to contribute to stratospheric ozone depletion; all of these gases have been investigated extensively by Max Planck Institute for Chemistry researchers in the A...

Asian dust storm causes plankton to bloom in the North Pacific

...a and Mongolia; on the day of the launch, the dust cloud was over Japan and heading for the North Pacific. It reached Ocean Station PAPA on April 12, where it kicked up the waves and deposited a large amount of dust. Although high waves temporarily kept the Carbon Observers from reporting by satellite, d...

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