Image: Global cloud fraction map of Earth
Decades of satellite observations and astronaut photographs show that clouds dominate space-based views of Earth. One study based on nearly a decade of satellite data estimated that about 67 percent of ...
The cost of staying cool when incomes heat up
The continual increase in global incomes means people are living more comfortably, including having the ability to afford air conditioning. Staying cool is good but there's a wealth of fallout. The demand ...
Proba-V maps world air traffic from space
As ESA's Proba-V works quietly on its main task of monitoring vegetation growth across Earth, the minisatellite is also picking up something from a little higher: signals from thousands of aircraft.
Customers will pay more today if there's payback later, shows equal billing study
What's not to like about getting a refund? It's a possibility under equal billing plans, where consumers are charged the same amount every month for consumption-based services such as energy or water. Those billings are later ...
TEMPO pollution monitoring instrument passes critical NASA review
The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument passed a major milestone April 10, 2015 by successfully completing a critical NASA confirmation review. It has been confirmed by NASA's ...
Review: Apple MacBook introduces exciting design, features
Apple has a history of deciding what features we need, and more important, what features we don't need in our computers and mobile devices.
An airflow model to reduce time on the tarmac
Plans for summer holidays are already taking shape. But before jetting off for some fun in the sun, many travellers will have to cope with long delays on the airport runway.
A new way to track and combat air pollution in Salt Lake City
For the first time, sources of carbon dioxide in Salt Lake County can be accurately estimated at the level of individual buildings and roads and by hour of the day. Building on this capability, emissions ...
Studying indoor microbial ecology means sampling in public restrooms
"Ok, Clarisse, you stand guard and I'll go in. Just… make sure no one comes in after me."
Researcher finds little change in air quality in northern Alberta's oilsands region over last 15 years
Alberta's oilsands have been the subject of controversy and discussion for many years. But residents in the Athabasca oilsands region needn't hold their breath about air pollution, says a professor in the ...
WHO: Europe's air pollution costs $1.6 trillion a year
Air pollution in Europe causes illnesses and hundreds of thousands of deaths, costing the continent's governments a combined $1.6 trillion each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
Calbuco volcano – evacuations and air-traffic disruption follow eruption
The Calbuco volcano, a 2,000 metre peak in southern Chile, sent a column of ash about 15km skywards twice on the night of April 22 and early the following morning. As the risk of deadly flows of ash and hot ...
Discover discovers Apple Pay for its US cardholders
U.S. users of Discover cards are getting their Apple Pay, the last holdout among major credit card networks in the country.
New formula for high-strength shotcrete to protect tunnels from fires and terrorist attacks
Engineers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a shotcrete that is much more robust than traditional concrete. It can render tunnels, bridges and other constructions more resistant against fires ...