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Remote Cloud Observatory Tracks El Niño Changes

...n theatmosphere and takes a digital picture of the sky through a fish-eye lens every10 minutes. Measurements of the base of the clouds and their depth, theparticulate content of the atmosphere and radiative fluxes through theatmosphere and reflected radiation from the Earth's surface are also collected.L...

Pacific Northwest Staff Win National Awards For Transferring Research To Industry

...ments and themes as star topic clusters in a night sky and/or themeswithin terrain maps. Following immense interest in the software's capabilities by industry,Battelle partnered with the Smaby Group of Minneapolis, Minn., to form a new company,ThemeMedia Inc., Redmond, Wash., to market and sell the soft...

Novel AIDS-Directed Technology: Approach Permits Optimization Of Existing Drug Therapies And Targeted, Patient-Specific Treatment

... of Spectrumedix. "Just as a snapshot of a stormy sky ora baseball pitcher doesn't tell you what you really want to know - how fast arethe rain clouds moving and how hard does the pitcher throw" - snapshots of Tcell counts, blood cholesterol concentrations, or the BRCA-1 polymorphism, forexample, do not...

X-Ray Concentrator Will Expand Window On High-Energy Universe

... Observatories, and others. "As it turned out, the sky was lit up in X-rays everywhere you looked," Joysaid. As with optical telescopes, astronomers discovered that whenever they lookedwith more sensitive telescopes, the more objects and the more detail they saw. But X-rays can be focused by the same eff...

Some Atlantic Coast Beaches Are Shrinking While Florida's Beaches Better Off Than Most

...essor and the lead investigator in the study. "The sky isnot falling -- not right away, anyway. And we should consider our state tobe unique in this respect." Dean and several graduate students analyzed available historical andrecent shoreline measurement data in Florida's 24 counties with sandyb...

USGS scientists tracking environmental damage from Floyd

... other airborneparticles that were washed from the sky when rains fell....

Genetic extremism overstates risks

...tein proportions," Strauss said. "They suggest the sky is falling and do their best to scare and upset people. What we have to do in this debate is separate real risks from pseudo-risks and do the scientific research which can clearly move us forward in a safe, progressive manner." The scientists sugges...

Last unidentified sport fish in North America gets a scientific name

...r for the first time and shooting birds out of the sky and mammals out of the hills, the first creatures to be discovered were those that were particularly easy to catch and shoot," Burgess said. "What1s exciting about this species is that it1s a big fish and probably will be the last sport fish to be de...

New NASA web site features women's contributions to NASA's Microgravity Research Program

...Your opportunities are unlimited, so reach for the sky in every aspect of your life." Moore has served as lead scientist for more than 25 biotechnology experiments aboard the Space Shuttle. She is enjoying watching her two daughters launch their science careers as a pediatrician and a veterinarian. ...

Turning down the Sun

...pes to fire smoke upwards as they flit through the sky at altitudes of around 13 kilometres. More recen...it could have the unsettling effect of turning the sky white. The least disruptive option is the solar shield in orbit at the Lagrange point. That's so fa...

Los Alamos researcher conducts volcanic voyeurism

...a caldera, or red-hot rocks being ejected into the sky could be used to provide enough illumination for him to get a look at the two gases and measure their concentrations. But remote sensing of hydrogen fluoride and hydrogen chloride gas presents its own set of pitfalls. Because volcanoes discharge sma...

Increasing nitrogen in Earth's soils may signal global changes, say U. of Colorado researchers

The rapid increase of nitrogen falling from the sky as a result of fossil-fuel combustion and crop fertilization, combined with carbon stored in Earth's soils, could change the rate of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, rising into the atmosphere, according to a new study. Scientists believe about 3...

Microorganism isolated in space

How far up into the sky does the biosphere extend? Do microorganisms exist at heights of 40 km and in what quantity? To answer these questions several research institutes in India collaborated on a path-breaking project to send balloon-borne sterile "cryosamplers" into t...

From da Vinci to Monet: Understanding how artists can manipulate the human visual system

...low sun is actually no brighter than the dark blue sky containing it. "The reason is that in the color version the sun is interpreted as a type of brilliance; it's so striking because there is a disconnect in our visual system between the color and luminance pathways," Livingstone said. Luminance refers...

Army ants have defied evolution for 100 million years

..." Brady says. "Ant birds follow the ants from the sky and feast on the remnants left behind by the ants. You will hear the high-pitched chirping of the other insects, and you'll hear them and other small animals scurrying in fear. They know what is next." Related World Wide Web sites: The fol...

Body clocks keep migrating monarchs on course, Science study shows

...r direction each day, as the sun's position in the sky changes. It has long been suspected that monarchs use their internal, "circadian" clock as part of their sun compass. "We have shown the requirement of the circadian clock for monarch butterfly migration," said Reppert. "When the clock is disrupted, ...

July 4 fireworks: Why they're brighter than ever

...urns more spectacularly than ever, brightening the sky on the Fourth of July in a kind of pyrotechnical ballet, orchestrated by modern computer programming. Why are fireworks burning brighter? In the past, the colors were produced by igniting charcoal, starches and gums, while today these have been rep...

Purdue researchers expose 'Docking Bay' for viral attack

...ture." Such applications are admittedly pie in the sky for the moment, and Rossmann said the most valuable result of the research is the fundamental knowledge it reveals about viruses. "We now have a close-up image of the machinery that guides the steps taken when a virus infects a cell," he said. "We ho...

Jefferson and Brigham and Women's researchers find blue light important for setting biological clock

... It is interesting that natural daylight the blue sky is rich in this part of the spectrum." Dr. Brainard and his co-workers previously discovered that wavelengths of light in the blue region of the visible spectrum are the most effective in controlling the production of melatonin, which plays an impor...

Human health, astronomy, and environmental concerns merge at Dark-Sky meeting

...erosion, or virgin lands to development, the night sky is 100% recoverable." Antarctica has months-long ...or Lighting." Speakers will address many more dark sky topics such as night vision, protection of observatory environments, outdoor lighting codes, lightin...

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