Satellite sandwich technique improves analysis of geographical data
Combining parallel data from separate satellites can be like trying to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
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.
Researchers contend increase in Antarctic sea ice due to summer melt
Study finds liquid water flowing above and below frozen Alaskan sand dunes, hints of a wetter Mars
(Phys.org) —The presence of liquid water at and beneath frozen Alaskan sand dunes during Arctic winter suggests that liquid water could also be temporarily stable (or metastable) at frost-covered sand dunes ...
Dwindling buffer effect?
(Phys.org) —The Southern Ocean could absorb relatively less carbon dioxide in future if the global temperatures continue to rise as a result of human activities, as climate researchers from ETH Zurich demonstrate ...
Materials scientists make solar energy chip 100 times more efficient
(Phys.org) —Scientists working at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) have improved an innovative solar-energy device to be about 100 times more efficient than its previous ...
Hot days cooled by growth in grasslands
Our changing use of the land may have been taking the edge off hot days, scientists say.
Study of Midwest finds increase in heavy rainfalls over 60 years
Heavy rains have become more frequent in the upper Midwest over the past 60 years, according to a study from the University of Iowa. The trend appears to hold true even with the current drought plaguing the region, the study's ...
Extreme water: Aggressive behaviour of water in the Earth's interior
Earth is the only known planet that holds water in massive quantities and in all three phase states. But the earthly, omnipresent compound water has very unusual properties that become particularly evident when subjected ...
El Nino, La Nina unlikely to show up in first half of 2013, WMO says
The El Nino and La Nina climate patterns are unlikely to make an appearance during the first half of this year, the UN's weather agency said Monday.
Graphene researchers create 'superheated' water that can corrode diamonds
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) led by Professor Loh Kian Ping, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the NUS Faculty of Science, has successfully altered the properties of water, making ...
One law to rule them all: Sizes within a species appear to follow a universal distribution
Flocks of birds, schools of fish, and groups of any other living organisms might have a mathematical function in common. Studying aquatic microorganisms, Andrea Giometto, a researcher EPFL and Eawag, showed ...
Global warming affects crop yields, but it's the water not the heat
(Phys.org) —The effect that global warming will have on plants is now better understood thanks to advanced modelling provided by The University of Queensland's (UQ) Professor Graeme Hammer, one of Australia's leading crop ...
Researchers offer clues to how mussels work
Waves slam the shore with the force of a jetliner screaming at 600 mph. Yet mussels - small but mighty denizens of the intertidal zone - still manage to cling tenaciously to their rocks.