Firefly Satellite to study lightning

Satellites are big. They cost a lot of money. At least that's the impression a couple of University of Maryland-College Park students had when they applied for an internship to help construct a satellite instrument with scientists ...

Best of times for wine consumers, survey finds

California winemakers are once again bullish on the future of their industry, predicting that business will revive within three years from a slump that began in 2007, reports Robert Smiley, dean and professor emeritus at ...

Consumers willing to pay more for locally grown apples

A 2008 study found that organic apples represented 4.6% of total apple sales in the United States, up from 3.5% in 2007. In Vermont, apples have been the most important fruit crop for many years, playing an important role ...

Water on Moon is bad news for China's lunar telescope

The discovery of water on the Moon could affect a telescope that will be installed on China's first lunar lander, scheduled in 2013, a Chinese astronomer was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Windborne dust on high peaks dampens Colorado River runoff

On spring winds, something wicked this way comes--at least for the mountains of the Colorado River Basin and their ecosystems, and for people who depend on snowmelt from these mountains as a regional source of water.

Multi-university collaboration to re-engineer internet

Dr. Antonio Nicolosi, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology is part of the interdisciplinary Nebula Project, a multi-university collaboration led by the University of Pennsylvania, which ...

Introducing 'Champagne', new disease-resistant fig

The ancient fig tree, first imported to the United States during the 16th century, thrives in areas of California and the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast areas of the U.S. One of the most popular trees grown in Southern backyards, ...

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