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Imagining a world without species

(Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) Categorizing species can get hazy at small, microbial scales. After all, the classical definition of species as interbreeding individuals with sexually viable offspring doesn't apply to asexual organisms. Show More Summary

Gravity waves influence weather and climate

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Gravity waves form in the atmosphere as a result of destabilizing processes. The effects of gravity waves can only be taken into consideration by including additional special components in the models. The...Show More Summary

$20M NSF award to fund research into the role of microorganisms in plant, soil, water

(University of Kansas) The University of Kansas will partner with Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University and Haskell Indian Nations University to better understand how tiny microorganisms, collectively known as microbiomes, influence environmental changes and the resulting economic implications.

NASA data shows Otis devoid of precipitation, now a remnant

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Former Hurricane Otis was not showing any thunderstorm development or precipitation on satellite imagery on Sept. 19. As a result, the National Hurricane Center declared Otis a remnant low pressure area.

NASA sees Tropical Depression Norma's small area of strength

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite has revealed that the area of strongest storms within now Tropical Depression Norma has diminished.

NASA tracking Jose meandering off US East Coast

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Jose has been a named storm for nearly two weeks now as it continues to slowly move northward off the US East Coast east of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. NASA's GPM satellite and NOAA's GOES East satellites have provided a look at the rainfall and movement of this long-lived storm.

CUHK sets out to reveal impact of Arctic amplification on East Asian winter climate

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) An ongoing research project aims to identify and explain teleconnections and future changes in the East Asian Winter Monsoon under Arctic Amplification. This integral study...Show More Summary

American oaks share a common northern ancestor

(The Morton Arboretum) A single species gave rise to 220 more and two distinct lineages of oaks -- red oaks and white oaks -- that moved through the boreal zone to populate large swaths of the continent all the way into Mexico. These...Show More Summary

Solar wind impacts on giant 'space hurricanes' may affect satellite safety

(Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) Could the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult to imagine on Earth -- particularly when a real disaster strikes. Show More Summary

Why aren't house sparrows as big as geese?

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) A group of researchers spent twelve seasons making some house sparrows bigger and others smaller. Their experiment showed how evolution works to match size to an organism's environmen...

Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. No other enzyme has shown that ability.

NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. AtShow More Summary

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is theShow More Summary

NASA sees Hurricane Jose off the US east coast

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hurricane Jose producing dangerous surf and rip currents along the east Coast of the United States. Satellite imagery shows Jose is now close enough to the coast to also trigger a tropical storm warnings and watches.

New approach boosts performance in thermoelectric materials

(University of Houston) A team of researchers -- from universities across the United States and China, as well as Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- is reporting a new mechanism to boost the performance of thermoelectric materials through higher carrier mobility, increasing how quickly charge-carrying electrons can move across the material.

Reliance on 'gut feelings' linked to belief in fake news

(Ohio State University) People who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests.

Controlling movement like a dimmer switch

(Society for Neuroscience) New research published in The Journal of Neuroscience identifies a motor pathway between the forebrain and brainstem that works like a dimmer switch to regulate swimming speed in the sea lamprey -- a primitive, jawless fish with an eel-like body studied by neuroscientists as a model of the vertebrate nervous system. Show More Summary

More evidence of water on Mars

(Geological Society of America) River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis Dorsa contains some of the most spectacular and densely packed river deposits seen on Mars.

A new approach to ultrafast light pulses

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A team of MIT researchers and others has found a new way of producing high-speed pulses of light using two-dimensional molecular aggregates, which could enable new photonic devices such as optically based microchips.

VCU physicists discover a tri-anion particle with colossal stability

(Virginia Commonwealth University) A team in the lab of Puru Jena, Ph.D., a distinguished professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University, has created the most stable tri-anion particle currently known to science. Show More Summary

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