No Sweat: First Half of 2012 Is U.S.'s Warmest
- Sci-Tech Today
- 12/7/10 20:41
Ocean Acidity Becomes Major Threat to Coral Reefs
It won't be a news flash for the 250 million sweltering Americans east of the Rockies, but the first half of the year has been the USA's warmest on record, federal climate scientists announced Monday.
Twenty-eight states and more than 100 cities have posted their warmest first six months, based on national weather data that go back to 1895, according to the report from NOAA's National Climatic...
- Sci-Tech Today
- 12/7/10 20:41
Green Blog: A New Way to Track Fish
Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the "osteoporosis of the sea" and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a U.S. scientific agency said Monday.
The speed by which the oceans' acid levels has risen caught scientists off-guard, with the problem now considered to be climate change's "equally...
- NYT > Science
- 12/7/10 20:30
Asteroid named for gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny
Powered by the waves and the sun, a remotely controlled vehicle travels on the ocean's surface while tracking salmon in the depths.
Big German cars favoured in new EU car emission rules
(AP) A Canadian amateur astronomer who discovered several asteroids has named one after gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny who died last year in Washington.
Chrome Beta gets built-in webcam and microphone support
The European Commission presents proposals to limit automobile carbon emissions Wednesday that environmentalists complain will offer favoured treatment to manufacturers of big German cars.
Climate change may lead to fewer but more violent thunderstorms, study says
(Phys.org) -- A Google company blog announcement this week announced the Google Chrome Beta (of Chrome 21) and all that it brings, namely fresh ways to grant Web applications access to your camera and microphone within the browser without having to deal with plug-ins. Users can forgo having to deal with Adobe Flash and Silverlight for using the webcam in the browser. Google software engineer...
Climate scientists saw 'year of extremes' in 2011
Researchers are working to identify exactly how a changing climate will impact specific elements of weather, such as clouds, rainfall, and lightning. A Tel Aviv University researcher has predicted that for every one degree Celsius of warming, there will be approximately a 10 percent increase in lightning activity.
First seabed sonar to measure marine energy effect on environment and wildlife
Severe droughts, floods and heat waves rocked the world last year as greenhouse gas levels climbed, likely boosting the odds of extreme weather events, international scientists said Tuesday.
Hubble telescope unmasks ghost galaxies
UK scientists will measure the effect on the marine environment and wildlife of devices that harness tide and wave energy using sonar technology that has, for the first time, been successfully deployed on the seabed.
NASA's Mars chief frets over heat shield
Astronomers have used Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the smallest and faintest galaxies in our cosmic neighbourhood. These galaxies are fossils of the early Universe: they have barely changed for 13 billion years. The discovery could help explain the so-called missing satellite problem, where only a handful of satellite galaxies have been found around the Milky Way, against...
New biofuel process dramatically improves energy recovery
With weeks to go until its latest mission is due to arrive on the Red Planet, the head of NASA's Mars Exploration Program says his biggest worry is that the spacecraft's heat shield will not detach as planned.
Researchers unravel secrets of parasites' replication
A new biofuel production process created by Michigan State University researchers produces energy more than 20 times higher than existing methods.
RIM disappointed but hopeful with BlackBerry 10
A group of diseases that kill millions of people each year can't be touched by antibiotics, and some treatment is so harsh the patient can't survive it. They're caused by parasites, and for decades researchers have searched for a "magic bullet" to kill them without harming the patient. Now, a team of microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has made an advance that could one day...
Road trip reveals vibrancy of America's religious life
(AP) The CEO of embattled BlackBerry maker Research in Motion says he isn't satisfied with the company's performance, but he's excited about its prospects with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 system.
Spending on IT to hit $3.6 trillion this year: Gartner
(Phys.org) -- A road trip across the U.S. to gather information for a book on religious faith steered two Penn State researchers through a spiritual landscape that was as diverse and vibrant as America's scenery.
Study links global warming to Texas heat waves
Industry tracker Gartner on Tuesday said that worldwide spending on information technology (IT) was on pace to hit $3.6 trillion this year despite trouble in the global economy.
Toward achieving one million times increase in computing efficiency
(AP) New research suggests that global warming increases the chances of heat waves in Texas, like the one that hit the state last year.
Waste to watts: Improving microbial fuel cells
Modern-day computers are based on logic circuits using semiconductor transistors. To increase computing power, smaller transistors are required. Moore's Law states that the number of transistors that can fit on an integrated circuit should double every two years due to scaling. But as transistors reach atomic dimensions, achieving this feat is becoming increasingly difficult. Among the most...
Dot Earth Blog: Cool Pacific Pattern Shaped 2011 Weather Extremes; Heat Dominates U.S. in 2012
Some of the planet's tiniest inhabitants may help address two of society's biggest environmental challenges: how to deal with the vast quantities of organic waste produced and where to find clean, renewable energy.
- NYT > Science
- 12/7/10 20:21
Secrets of parasites' replication unraveled
Many droughts and floods in 2011 had a cool source, while the U.S. bakes so far in 2012.
- 12/7/10 20:19
Up to 20,000 sea turtle eggs crushed on Trinidad beach
A group of diseases that kill millions of people each year can't be touched by antibiotics, and some treatment is so harsh the patient can't survive it. They're caused by parasites, and for decades researchers have searched for a "magic bullet" to kill them without harming the patient. Now microbiologists report the first detailed characterization of the way key proteins in the model parasite...
NASA's Mars chief frets over heat shield for probe
Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings have been crushed by heavy machinery along a Trinidad beach widely regarded as the world's densest nesting area for the biggest of all living sea turtles, conservationists say.
VIDEO: Why has weather become so turbulent?
So far, the scorecard for missions to Mars reads attempts 40, successes 14.
Caribbean Crustacean Named for Bob Marley
As areas of Britain continue to experience flash flooding, experts say the jet stream is to blame for our record downpours.
The late Jamaican musician Bob Marley has joined the "I have a species named after me" club, as a parasitic crustacean has been donned Gnathia marleyi, researchers announced today (July...