Molecular-level analysis of organic particles put in perspective
When it comes to air pollution, further development and integration of complementary analytical methods are needed to understand the effect of atmospheric particles, according to scientists at Pacific Northwest ...
Soot packs a punch on Tibetan Plateau's climate
(PhysOrg.com) -- In some cases, soot the fine, black carbon silt that is released from stoves, cars and manufacturing plants can pack more of a climatic punch than greenhouse gases, according ...
Solar experts detect waves in giant magnetic holes the size of the UK
Massive waves in giant magnetic holes on the surface of the Sun have been discovered for the first time by solar scientists from the University of Sheffield and Queen's University Belfast, something that will ...
Worldwide sulfur emissions rose between 2000-2005, after decade of decline
A new analysis of sulfur emissions appearing in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics shows that after declining for a decade, worldwide emissions rose again in 2000 due largely to international shippi ...
New spacecraft could help break the climate debate gridlock
A new robotic probe is headed to the launch pad, aiming for a spot aboard what is called the A-train -- a fleet of Earth-orbiting spacecraft keeping tabs on the planet's changing climate.
Preserving a piece of history, whatever the weather
The Whitworth Meteorological Observatory is a fully-automated, state of the art meteorological facility, replacing the original observatory set up and located in Whitworth Park in August 1892.
Measurements of CO2 and CO in China's air indicate sharply improved combustion efficiency
A collaborative, six-year study of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in Beijing and surrounding provinces suggests that combustion efficiency, a component of overall energy efficiency, is improving in the region.
UD researcher on project team for NASA's first visit to the sun
A University of Delaware researcher is helping to design instruments for a robotic space probe that will go where no other has gone before: the sun.
Researchers make magnetic fields breakthrough
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the University of Dundee have made a breakthrough in the study of magnetic fields, which enhances our understanding of how stars, including the Sun, work.
Toy Makes Gathering Wind Data A Breeze
Meteorologists have developed a portable new tool for measuring atmospheric wind speeds by tethering kites to ground-based metering systems.
Sensing wind speed with kites
Kites have a storied history in meteorological research -- think of Benjamin Franklin and his study of electricity -- including being used to carry aloft sensors that measure wind speed. Previously, however, these sensors, ...
Weather kite gets second wind
The red kite is now a commonly-seen bird of prey in the skies of the south-east, but a specially designed artificial blue kite promises a new way to make weather measurements.
The secret life of water at very low temperatures
The secret life of water just got weirder. For years water has been known to exist in 15 phases -- not just the merry threesome of solid, liquid and gas from grade school science. Now, University of Utah chemists ...
Man-made aurora to help predict space weather
(PhysOrg.com) -- For more than 25 years, our understanding of terrestrial space weather has been partly based on incorrect assumptions about how nitrogen, the most abundant gas in our atmosphere, reacts when ...