NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

The agency’s newly released report highlights five areas of focus, including planning for climate risks as new missions move forward, adapting infrastructure as much as possible, and ensuring access to space, which could be disrupted if, say, a flooded road delayed the delivery of rocket fuel to a launchpad.

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

Dr Turner determined that using NIWA’s in-house, high resolution weather model, known as the NZCSM – New Zealand Convective Scale Model – could result in a fairer comparison across all golf courses.NZCSM mean wind speeds from the past four years were applied to the ratings calculation of almost 400 golf courses across the country.

Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars

Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars

The rover’s cameras imagine colors beyond the ones that human eyes and brains can come up with.“If there are sedimentary rocks on Mars that preserve evidence of any ancient biosphere, this is where we’re going to find them,” says Jim Bell, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University and the principal investigator on one of the rover’s sets of eyes.

In Embryos, Crispr Can Cut Out Whole Chromosomes—That's Bad

In Embryos, Crispr Can Cut Out Whole Chromosomes—That's Bad

It meant that early-stage embryos might have unique repair mechanisms other cells don’t that could be harnessed for gene editing.Last year, a Russian scientist made public his plans to use Crispr to help deaf parents have children who won’t inherit a gene mutation that causes hearing impairment.

Fish Fence: Yard Décor Becomes Lionfish Control

Fish Fence: Yard Décor Becomes Lionfish Control

“From the start, we knew almost any structure would attract lionfish,” says Steve Gittings, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries chief scientist.Attracting, and trapping, a fish as invasive as lionfish requires intense effort.

Why Do Solar Farms Kill Birds? Call in the AI Bird Watcher

Why Do Solar Farms Kill Birds? Call in the AI Bird Watcher

So in 2013, a group of utilities, academics, and environmental organizations came together to form the Avian Solar Working Group to develop strategies to mitigate avian deaths at solar facilities around the US.“There was very little research about the impacts of solar on birds,” says Misti Sporer, the lead environmental scientist at Duke Energy, an electric utility in North Carolina, and member of the working group.

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

According to a new nationwide survey, conducted by a consortium of researchers at Rutgers, Northeastern, Northwestern, and Harvard universities, most people are not getting results within the 24- to 48-hour window recommended by public health experts to aid effective contact tracing.

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

The paper, written by Dr Stenton-Dozey along with NIWA scientist Jeffrey Ren, Phil Heath, formerly of NIWA, and Leo Zamora from the Cawthron Institute and published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, had its origins in a four-year NIWA research programme into IMTA around salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

“The federal government doesn’t really keep track of a lot of this equipment that goes to local law enforcement agencies,” says Anna Gunderson, a political scientist at Louisiana State University who coauthored a 2019 study that examined the effects of the 1033 program on crime rates.

The Atlantic Ocean's 'Conveyor Belt' Stirs Up a Science Fight

The Atlantic Ocean's 'Conveyor Belt' Stirs Up a Science Fight

For decades, scientists have turned to the Labrador Sea to understand how ocean processes there may be affecting the strength of a massive oceanic conveyor belt known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.

Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?

Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?

Previously, planetary scientists had assumed that Saturn’s rings were as old as the solar system itself—about 4.5 billion years old.“Every new exciting result gets challenged,” said Burkhard Militzer, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Berkeley and a co-author of the Science paper.

The World Health Organization Says No More Gene-Edited Babies

The World Health Organization Says No More Gene-Edited Babies

Eight months after a rogue Chinese scientist revealed he had secretly created the world’s first gene-edited children , the World Health Organization is asking countries to put a stop to any experiments that would lead to the births of more gene-edited humans.

Scientists Need to Talk More About Failure

Scientists Need to Talk More About Failure

Despite this, scientific failure is rarely talked about openly, which was why when University of Arizona astrophysicist Erika Hamden used her TED 2019 talk last week to share how her work has been characterized by setback after setback, it felt like a radical act.

Environment report a clear picture of change: NIWA

Environment report a clear picture of change: NIWA

“The challenges of reducing our urban air pollutants and national greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a highly variable and changing climate are hugely important and affect all New Zealanders.”.

The Seed Collectors

The Seed Collectors

It gives you an idea of where things are at now.” Photo © Kris Millgate / www.tightlinemedia.com Trevor Bloom is one researcher very interested in what’s happening now. Photo © Kris Millgate / www.tightlinemedia.com Comparing those collections to modern-day observations is intriguing.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Thus the fire sucks in surface winds.Researchers are using supercomputers and lookout stations like this to model the dynamics of wildfires in real time. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, atmospheric scientist Alexandra Jonko is using a supercomputer and a system called FIRETEC to model fires in extreme detail.

Ralph Breaks the Internet Wrecked It at the Box Office

Ralph Breaks the Internet Wrecked It at the Box Office

In today's installment: A new Ralph and a new Rocky dominate the holiday; Disney's Lion King trailer feels the love; and a premiere date for The Walking Dead comes alive.King RalphThe five-day Thanksgiving weekend set a new box-office record, thanks to Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet, which earned $84.5 million—or approximately 723,383 hearts—and Creed II, the Michael B.

The Sea May Be Absorbing Way More Heat Than We Thought

The Sea May Be Absorbing Way More Heat Than We Thought

“When it loses that gas, we can track it in the atmosphere.”So far, so simple: As climate change causes the ocean to heat up, the water releases O2 and CO2 into the atmosphere, which a handful of land-based sensors then detect (they’ve been doing so for decades, giving the researchers lots of data to play with).

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Falls in the average tracking speeds of hurricanes and typhoons, attributed to global warming, put more lives at risk Research published in Nature earlier this year showed that the average speed at which tropical storms track has slowed down by 10% since 1949.

Local winds play a key role in some megafires – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Local winds play a key role in some megafires – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Although drought and overgrown forests are often blamed for major fires in the western United States, new research using unique NASA before-and-after data from a megafire site indicates that highly localized winds sometimes play a much larger role -- creating large, destructive fires even when regional winds are weak.

NIWA seaweed scientist tackling global climate change issue

NIWA seaweed scientist tackling global climate change issue

Dr Wendy Nelson, a principal scientist at NIWA Wellington, co-authored a paper that explores the potential of commercial seaweed farming in mitigating global carbon dioxide levels, a key greenhouse gas responsible for man-made climate change.

NatureNet Science Research Update: Nanotechnology

NatureNet Science Research Update: Nanotechnology

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