News tagged with humidity

Biocontrol of sweetpotato weevils

The warm humid conditions of the tropics make it tough for farmers to keep their crops pest free. For sweetpotato growers in Micronesia, the sweetpotato weevil seems to defy efforts to control its population. ...

dateAug 04, 2011 in Ecology
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Freefall -- aphids' survival strategy

As soon as aphids feeding on a plant sense the heat and humidity in a mammal's breath, they drop to safety before they are inadvertently ingested together with the plant the animal is feeding on. These findings by Moshe Gish ...

dateJul 12, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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Shipping sensor goes to work for climate science

A device the size of a deck of playing cards that can track temperature, humidity, light and barometric pressure is moving from the shipping world to the realm of research to help develop a better understanding ...

dateJun 17, 2011 in Engineering
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New sensor network protecting art in NY museum

(AP) -- It will take a good eye to spot them, but dozens of tiny, very modern works of art have been installed near the 15th-century unicorn tapestries and other medieval masterpieces at a New York City museum.

dateJun 09, 2011 in Engineering
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Humidity makes gecko feet stickier

Geckos have amazingly sticky feet. Their stickability comes from billions of dry microscopic hairs that coat the soles of their feet. However, when humidity increases, gecko feet stick even tighter to smooth ...

dateOct 15, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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Global tropical forests threatened by 2100

By 2100 only 18% to 45% of the plants and animals making up ecosystems in global, humid tropical forests may remain as we know them today, according to a new study led by Greg Asner at the Carnegie Institution's ...

dateAug 05, 2010 in Environment
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