Seeing inside superfog

While prescribed fires are common tools in wildland management, a combination of smoke and fog, known as superfog, has in some cases crossed over major roadways, leading to multicar pileups and fatalities in visibility of ...

Forest carbon stocks have been overestimated for 50 years

Basic density is widely used to compute carbon storage by trees. A formula used to calculate basic wood density has recently been corrected. Researchers estimate that the error in the initial formula resulted in an overestimation ...

New sensor system for improved peanut drying

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) engineers in Georgia have developed a network of sensors that will save thousands of dollars in drying costs for peanut growers and processors.

Understanding changes in extreme precipitation

Most climate scientists agree that heavy rainfall will become even more extreme and frequent in a warmer climate. This is because warm air can hold more moisture than cold air, resulting in heavier rainfall.

Novel use of satnav saves precious water

Water conservation is a growing concern globally, and particularly for farmers in the USA, where decades of irrigating huge fields has depleted vital resources of fresh surface water and groundwater. An ESA spin-off that ...

Making sure that lumber measures up

For some, it is a shocking revelation. But most Americans eventually come to accept the fact that a "two by four" board is actually 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches (38 x 89 mm). But is it really? How accurate are the dimensions ...

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