The Ongoing Collapse of the World's Aquifers

The Ongoing Collapse of the World's Aquifers

As the growing human population and more intense droughts brought on by climate change are putting ever more stress on water supplies, land is subsiding all over the world.

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

It is designed to spend months at sea mapping the seafloor with powerful sonar devices, while simultaneously scanning the ocean surface for genetic material to identify fish and other marine organisms swimming below.

Mapping the Way to Better Conservation in the Caribbean

Mapping the Way to Better Conservation in the Caribbean

© Steve Schill for As TNC’s lead scientist in the Caribbean, Dr. Steve Schill often works from a boat, collecting underwater data that are used to document the condition of coral reefs and other marine habitats.

Something Was Wrong. My Nightgown Was in Flames

Something Was Wrong. My Nightgown Was in Flames

The cold water hit like a narcotic; my terror tilted into galactic well-being.After some number of cold-warm, bliss-agony cycles, I uncertainly called for Richard.Richard carried me to the bed where he put a cold cloth on the burns.

50 Fish, 50 States: Cutthroat Connections

50 Fish, 50 States: Cutthroat Connections

I’m in Wyoming with my friend Brett Prettyman, a communications director for Trout Unlimited, to check out cutthroat fishing and conservation.

Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

When powered up, brine flowed through the device, splitting into pure oxygen gas captured on the anode side and pure hydrogen gas on the cathode side.DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2008613117 (About DOIs).This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.📩 Want the latest on tech, science, and more?

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

This book tells stories of restoration at all scales, “from a small plot between sidewalk and curb to areas large enough to be labeled on a world map.” She spends time with people who, faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, look to nature for solutions.

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Lospalluto / Flickr I’m snowshoeing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when I see a small, nondescript bird at the far edge of the creek.American dippers are small and chunky — about the side of a robin — with grey-blue plumage, a brownish head, pink legs, a short tail, and a white eyelid.

How NASA Finds the Mass of the Dirt Grabbed From an Asteroid

How NASA Finds the Mass of the Dirt Grabbed From an Asteroid

By looking at the change in rotational rate for the spacecraft, you can determine the amount of extra mass in the collector arm.Let me go over all the important pieces to this physics puzzle.

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

The object at this solar focal point will then get extremely hot, and you can use that hot thing to heat up water to produce steam and then turn an electric turbine.In fact it's mostly like the electrical energy from fossil fuels.

What Is a Super Typhoon, and Why Are They So Dangerous?

What Is a Super Typhoon, and Why Are They So Dangerous?

The reason that both storms have been so strong and so late is that both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans have stayed warm this year, says John Knaff, a meteorologist at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University.

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).

How Octopuses Use Their Suction Cups to Taste Through Touch

How Octopuses Use Their Suction Cups to Taste Through Touch

The result of that curiosity is a paper published Thursday in Cell in which Bellono’s lab reveals yet another very cool thing about these invertebrates: a unique type of receptor in the tissue of their suction cups that can taste surfaces by touching them.

Subterranean sensing

Subterranean sensing

Environmental monitoring technician Carl Fischer says there’s a fine balance between letting people in to enjoy the caves and protecting the caves from damage.Speleothems are created as water percolates into the cave.If CO2 is below about 2400ppm, percolation water will precipitate calcite and create speleothems.

Babies May Be Drinking Millions of Microplastic Particles a Day

Babies May Be Drinking Millions of Microplastic Particles a Day

To count the release of microplastic particles from polypropylene bottles, Boland and his colleagues followed the World Health Organization’s protocol for the safe preparation of baby formula.

Want Some Eco-Friendly Tips? A New Study Says No, You Don’t

Want Some Eco-Friendly Tips? A New Study Says No, You Don’t

While the advice about personal behavior spurred a negative response from people across the political spectrum, the effect was much stronger among Republicans than Democrats, said Risa Palm, a professor of urban geography at Georgia State and the lead author of the study.

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

13 October 2020, Geneva/Rome - As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

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.

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Voyage leader and NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says this is the first time this technology has been used to survey submarine canyons in New Zealand waters and information collected will lead to new understanding relevant to many of the world’s continental margins.

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

And back in March, a paper by an international team of scientists suggested that astronauts setting up a base on the moon could use the urea in their urine as a plasticizer to create a concrete-like building material out of lunar soil.

How to be hands-off in a hands-on job

How to be hands-off in a hands-on job

With COVID-19 having put a stop to all Pacific travel for now, NIWA field staff have had to work out how to carry out their jobs without actually being there, making mastering the art of delivering training and support via video call an essential skill.

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’ Form

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’ Form

These pointed rock formations, like the famed Stone Forest in China's Yunnan Province, are the result of solids dissolving into liquids in the presence of gravity, which produces natural convective flows, according to the NYU team.

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

But the southeastern United States has the diversity of freshwater fish species (and other wildlife) to make a trip comparable to saltwater snorkeling.In the Northwest, there is a fish viewing window at Bonneville Dam. Salmon can be watched, from a distance, spawning in a number of rivers.

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

Researchers operating special ship-mounted sonar gear found a series of 25-mile-wide channels in the seafloor that bring warm water to the base of the Thwaites and Pine Island Glaciers.Together, they revealed massive seafloor channels moving warm water to the base of the glacier.

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

I’ve been to polluted cities, but you never get that deep orange, ominous color,” says Sanaz Vahidinia, a physicist at NASA Ames Research Center who studies aerosols and light scattering.

NIWA scientists make salmon farming breakthrough

NIWA scientists make salmon farming breakthrough

The industry is looking to expand by farming in more exposed locations, but NIWA aquaculture scientist Dr Javed Khan says such growth is likely to be constrained unless new approaches are taken in the hatcheries that supply the juvenile fish to the farms.

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.

A Grim Reality of Reopening: More Mold

A Grim Reality of Reopening: More Mold

Every year, some unlucky school districts return in August or September to find classrooms full of the stuff, says Jason Earle, the founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-MOLD?, a mold inspection and removal firm based in the New York City area.

The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove

The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove

The Coleman certainly has its flaws, and I'll get to those, but let's pause here and talk about an industry-wide problem: the lack of easy recycling for the camp fuel canisters.

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

Courtesy of NOAASo if you’re looking at the HRRR-Smoke map, on that same left-hand menu, click on “Near Surface Smoke.” This gives you smoke concentrations at about 8 meters off the ground, which are indicated on a light-blue-to-purple color scale at top right on the map.