A Vast Underground Water System Helps Drive Antarctica’s Glaciers

A Vast Underground Water System Helps Drive Antarctica’s Glaciers

“If you don’t have water, you’re not going to get very far.” Making sense of that subglacial hydrology is especially important for researchers racing to model particularly precarious regions of ice, like the Thwaites Glacier, a few hundred miles away from Whillans.

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

© Matt Miller4 of 9Tilapia can now be caught in many warm springs, urban rivers and canals across the United States.Miller9 of 9African jewel cichlid, an exotic species common in Florida waters as well as in warm springs in the western United States.

Scientists Finally Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

Scientists Finally Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

His team had Wilde send over a few samples of the colonized hydrilla leaves and they figured out a way to get the bacteria cultured in the lab.After waiting and waiting, Niedermeyer finally had enough bacteria to run an assay to see what toxins they were producing.

50 Fish, 50 States: Whitefish & the End of the World as We Know It

50 Fish, 50 States: Whitefish & the End of the World as We Know It

© Jacob Karst I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a means to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world.

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists undertaking the annual glacier snowline survey over the South Island later this month are keeping a watchful eye on a lake that has been forming and disappearing at the junction of the Tasman and Hochstetter glaciers.

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

“If you inadequately monitor these fisheries resources, successful and sustainable management cannot take place in a timely manner,” says Dr. Richard Ogutu-Ohwayo, who has studied and worked on Africa’s Great Lakes for over 40 years and is currently the Executive Director of AFLANET, the African Lakes Network.

Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

India boasts of a rich and vast freshwater resource network (rivers, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater), which occupies about 4 percent of the country’s area and supports its 1 billion people (17 percent of the world’s population).

Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

Regardless, Athey and her colleagues landed on a startling figure: A single pair of jeans may release 56,000 microfibers per wash.This landed them at an even more startling figure: Those two plants alone could be unloading a billion indigo denim microfibers per day into the lake.

Scientists nurturing only plant of its kind

Scientists nurturing only plant of its kind

Mr Champion says that for the past five to six years NIWA has been working with the Lake Omapere Trustees to find a home for the quillwort in Northland.

The Fishy Fix to a Methane-Spewing Crop

The Fishy Fix to a Methane-Spewing Crop

Experiments by the nonprofit Resource Renewal Institute suggest that introducing fish to rice paddies kicks off a cascade of events that changes the water's bacterial communities and ends with less methane leaking into the atmosphere.

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

Lake scientist Piet Verburg was part of an international team of 39 researchers from 20 countries who carried out a recent review of current knowledge on how lake ecosystems respond to extreme storm events.

The Dazzling Designs of Alpine Ice Formations

The Dazzling Designs of Alpine Ice Formations

“The structures in the ice fascinated me and the patterns changed all the time,” Hegen says.But Matti Leppäranta, who teaches geophysics at the University of Helsinki, says the gray and white areas result from air bubbles in the ice and “very shallow snow dunes” atop of it.

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

Ensconced in the elements, Libbrecht scans his board with an archaeologist’s patience, looking for perfect snowflakes and other snow crystals.Now, Libbrecht’s work on snow has crystallized in a new model that attempts to explain why snowflakes and other snow crystals form the way they do.

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

But starting in December 2020, visitors to the Swiss Alps will be able to enjoy the best of both by taking a ride on the Goldenpass Express, in a panoramic train designed by Pininfarina .The Italian design firm is best known for its work in the automotive realm, collaborating most famously with Ferrari on the F40, Testarossa, GTO, Daytona, and more.

50 Fish, 50 States: The Bass of Emiquon

50 Fish, 50 States: The Bass of Emiquon

Miller / TNC As white bass fishing on Emiquon goes, this is a slow day.I know bass fishing is just a small part of Emiquon Preserve.

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

The company has also been teasing Project Athena, a new set of laptop specifications and performance expectations that Intel says it will co-engineer with PC makers.

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area, or ELA, are testing grounds that allow researchers to isolate a pocket of water within a lake and add pollutants like hormones and flame retardants—and now potentially microplastics—and watch how the ecosystem responds.

50 Fish, 50 States: A Conservation Journey

50 Fish, 50 States: A Conservation Journey

Largescale sucker © Ben Cantrell I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a way to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world. Miller / TNC Pyramid Lake once teemed with monstrous fish, a subspecies known as the Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Come jump in a lake with NIWA

Come jump in a lake with NIWA

LakeSPI surveys have been carried out on 12 Rotorua Te Arawa lakes (Ōkāreka, Ōkaro, Ōkataina, Rerewhakaaitu, Rotoehu, Rotokākahi, Rotomā, Rotomāhana, Rotoiti, Rotorua, Tarawera, and Tikitapu) since 2005 and NIWA freshwater ecologist Tracey Burton says she has seen positive and negative changes.

Thermal images reveal heat levels in New Zealand’s glaciers

Thermal images reveal heat levels in New Zealand’s glaciers

The surface temperature of debris on the glacier was 21.6ᵒC when the photo was taken, while the surface temperatures of the lake and surrounding rock ranged from 3.5ᵒC to 30.2ᵒC [Image: Andrew Lorrey, NIWA].

This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

Working with scientists at the Schatz Energy Research Center at nearby Humboldt State University, and the local utility PG&E, the Rancheria developed its own solar-powered microgrid, allowing it to disconnect from the main grid and run off Tesla battery power.

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

For the first time the Whakatipu lake floor will be mapped to build a picture of the potential for local tsunami hazards in the future.

Move Over, San Andreas: There’s an Ominous New Fault in Town

Move Over, San Andreas: There’s an Ominous New Fault in Town

When I asked Caltech geologist Brian Wernicke, a giant in the field of global geophysics, if it was possible that Faulds was paying too much attention to the Walker Lane, he replied, quickly and without irony: “Well, it's the most interesting place in the world.” In terms of understanding how continents deform and how seismic hazards relate to plate tectonics, he added, “it's an unparalleled natural laboratory.”.

So You Want to Harness Evaporation From a Manmade Lake

So You Want to Harness Evaporation From a Manmade Lake

Just check out the Qattara Depression Project ; the basic idea is to create a channel to let water from the Mediterranean Sea flow into the Qattara Depression, a giant low-lying area in Egypt.

Intel Lakefield Brings Its 3-D Chip-Stacking Tech to Life

Intel Lakefield Brings Its 3-D Chip-Stacking Tech to Life

The team had just finished its work on Intel's next-generation high-performance and low-power processes, both of which would further shrink the company's chip designs to new extremes. Monday at CES, that design became an actual product: Lakefield, a breakthrough CPU architecture tailor made for devices that don't yet exist.

Scientific muscle meets freshwater mussels

Scientific muscle meets freshwater mussels

It is a breakthrough that NIWA freshwater scientist Dr Sue Clearwater – who has been leading research into kākahi for the last few years, says the discovery will help push forward restoration and conservation of these incredible animals.

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Researchers at LakeDiamond, a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, think their solution could be the dilithium crystal of roaming drones.They have developed an artificial diamond that can help a laser beam maintain its quality over much longer ranges, and say ground-based networks of these diamond-enhanced power sources could send drones flying great distances, without wasting power to haul their big batteries around.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to DronesLakeDiamond CEO Pascal Gallo says the company’s lab-created diamond—a smooth, tiny rectangle placed directly in front of the laser source—can convert a low-power laser diode into a beam with consistent, parallel rays that can stretch several hundred meters.

Unexpected future boost of methane possible from Arctic permafrost – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Unexpected future boost of methane possible from Arctic permafrost – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

"The mechanism of abrupt thaw and thermokarst lake formation matters a lot for the permafrost-carbon feedback this century," said first author Katey Walter Anthony at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, who led the project that was part of NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), a ten-year program to understand climate change effects on the Arctic.