Colorado's new alga may be a source of biofuel production
A new strain of yellow-green algae, heterococcus sp. DN1, which may prove to be an efficient source for biodiesel, has been discovered in the snow fields of the Rocky Mountains. Research examining this new alga, published in ...
Slovenian flyer lands in France on return trip from Arctic
Slovenian adventurer Matevz Lenarcic landed on Thursday in Western France after having overflown the North Pole in an ultra-light plane equipped to measure air pollution.
Researchers find elephants cannot handle exercise on hot days
Extensive Antarctic campaign finds cold bias in satellite records
Advances in satellite sensing have now made it possible to track changes in the world's most remote locations. Over the Antarctic continental interior, the vast majority of profiles of atmospheric temperature are provided ...
Scientists use satellites, underwater robot to study Atlantic sturgeon migrations
(Phys.org) —More than a century ago, an estimated 180,000 female Atlantic sturgeon arrived from the coast in the spring to spawn in the Delaware River and fishermen sought their caviar as a lucrative export ...
Team predicts above-average 2013 Atlantic hurricane season in 30th year of forecasting
(Phys.org) —The Colorado State University team today predicted an above-average 2013 Atlantic basin hurricane season due primarily to anomalous warming of the tropical Atlantic and expected lack of an El Nino event.
Ancient pool of warm water questions current climate models
A huge pool of warm water that stretched out from Indonesia over to Africa and South America four million years ago suggests climate models might be too conservative in forecasting tropical changes.
Thin clouds drove Greenland's record-breaking 2012 ice melt
(Phys.org) —If the sheet of ice covering Greenland were to melt in its entirety tomorrow, global sea levels would rise by 24 feet.
New insights into boron's chemistry at room temperature
(Phys.org) —Livermore researchers have described in detail the properties of the room temperature form of the element boron.
Extreme work clothes for the Artic
Roughnecks working on oil and gas installations in the Arctic need clothes that monitor the health. Research scientists at SINTEF are developing a jacket with built-in sensors. It will monitor both body t ...
(Phys.org)—In ytterbium nickel phosphide there is a quantum critical point between the ferromagnetic and non-magnetic states that was previously not thought possible.
Aluminum–germanium alloy forges tough, hermetic seal for electronics in extreme environments
Sensors used in harsh conditions, such as deep-sea oil wells, must withstand extreme temperatures and pressures for hundreds of hours without failing. Vivek Chidambaram and co-workers at the A*STAR Institute ...
Alphasat experiences heaven on Earth
(Phys.org)—Tucked away in a vacuum chamber for several months, Europe's largest telecom satellite has faced the harsh conditions it will deal with once it is launched into space this summer.
Antarctic ice core contains unrivaled detail of past climate
A team of U.S. ice-coring scientists and engineers in Antarctica, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), have recovered from the ice sheet a record of past climate and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere ...