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Monday, July 25th, 2016

Isolated Coral Reefs Far from Human Activity Are Not Healthier

For the world’s coral reefs, the picture keeps getting gloomier. Although it’s widely assumed that both local and global factors are contributing to their decline, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that isolated reefs far from human activities are in fact not healthier than those in more densely populated

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Mapping the Arctic Promotes International Agreement

The Arctic SDI Board, which includes mapping executives from Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States, recently met in Anchorage, Alaska to further development of a robust Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure. The Arctic SDI is a cooperation based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the eight National Mapping

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Using Wireless Interface, Operators Control Multiple Drones by Thinking of Various Tasks

A researcher at Arizona State University has discovered how to control multiple robotic drones using the human brain. A controller wears a skull cap outfitted with 128 electrodes wired to a computer. The device records electrical brain activity. If the controller moves a hand or thinks of something, certain areas light up. “I can see

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Climate Tipping Points: What Do They Mean for Society?

The phrase “tipping point” passed its own tipping point and caught fire after author Malcolm Gladwell’s so-named 2000 book. It’s now frequently used in discussions about climate change, but what are “climate tipping points”? And what do they mean for society and the economy? Scientists at Rutgers University and Harvard University tackle the terminology and

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Dwindling Fish Populations in Eastern Pacific

Members of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) must do more to follow through on critical commitments to protect tuna and shark populations in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The IATTC, the world’s oldest regional fishery management organization (RFMO) for tuna, meets June 27 to July 1 in La Jolla, California. According to a recent Pew

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Radio Tracking Helps Hunt Burmese Pythons

When invasive Burmese pythons are breeding, radio-tracking one python can help find and capture more, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. Thus, UF/IFAS scientists say this technique can help them remove the pythons. “This is one more tool we can add to our tool box to help us combat

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Researchers Demonstrate Effectiveness of Single Photon LiDAR for Forest Mapping

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland and Sigma Space Corporation has shown that 3D forest structure and topography can be measured rapidly, efficiently and accurately over large areas, using an innovative laser technology called single photon lidar (SPL).

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Engineers to Use Cyborg Insects as Biorobotic Sensing Machines

A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is looking to capitalize on the sense of smell in locusts to create new biorobotic sensing systems that could be used in homeland security application

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Not Likely to Recover From Drought Until 2019

Even with this winter's strong El Niño, the Sierra Nevada snowpack will likely take until 2019 to return to pre-drought levels, according to a new analysis led by UCLA hydrology researchers.

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Peat Bogs: From Fire Break to Fire Hazard

The peat bogs of the world, once waterlogged repositories of dead moss, are being converted into fuel-packed fire hazards that can burn for months and generate deadly smoke, warns a McMaster researcher.

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