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One-two punch of drought, global warming

California being in the clutches of drought—as it is today—is nothing new. From prehistoric droughts to so-called "megadroughts" that strangled the state some 1,000 years ago, to more recent extreme dry periods in the ...

Jan 29, 2014
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Producing electricity on the moon at night

Scientists from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and other international collaborators have proposed a system of mirrors, processed lunar soil and a heat engine to provide energy to vehicles and crew ...

Dec 20, 2013
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A wet Moon

The Moon's status as a "dry" rock in space has long been questioned. Competing theories abound as to the source of the H20 in the lunar soil, including delivery of water to the Moon by comets.

Mar 26, 2014
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Snake robot on Mars?

The ESA wants its operations on other planets to have greater mobility and manoeuvrability. SINTEF researchers are looking into whether snake robots could be the answer.

Sep 16, 2013
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The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters

Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. A new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the ...

Apr 07, 2014
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Bacteria get new badge as planet's detoxifier

A study published recently in PLOS ONE authored by Dr. Henry Sun and his postdoctoral student Dr. Gaosen Zhang of Nevada based research institute DRI provides new evidence that Earth bacteria can do someth ...

Apr 04, 2014
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