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'Smart windows' have potential to keep heat out and save energy

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings Along with light comes heat that in warm weather we often counter with energy consuming air conditioning Now scientists are developing a new kind ... - Read More

New insights into predicting future droughts in California: Natural cycles, sea surface temperatures found to be main drivers in ongoing event

According to a new NOAA sponsored study natural oceanic and atmospheric patterns are the primary drivers behind California's ongoing drought A high pressure ridge off the West Coast typical of historic droughts prevailed for three ... - Read More

Looking at El Niño's past to predict its future

The El Niño Southern Oscillation is Earth's main source of year to year climate variability but its response to global warming remains highly uncertain Scientists see a large amount of variability in the El Niño ... - Read More

Laser sniffs out toxic gases from afar: System can ID chemicals in atmosphere from a kilometer away

Scientists have developed a way to sniff out tiny amounts of toxic gases a whiff of nerve gas for example or a hint of a chemical spill from up to one kilometer away The new ... - Read More

Smart anti-icing system for rotor blades

In very cold climate zones the wind can blow with tremendous force But wind turbines have rarely been built in these regions up to now The risk of ice formation on the rotor blades is ... - Read More

Robotic ocean gliders aid study of melting polar ice

The rapidly melting ice sheets on the coast of West Antarctica are a potential major contributor to rising ocean levels worldwide Although warm water near the coast is thought to be the main factor causing ... - Read More

Tropical Inspiration for an Icy Problem

Released 14 Nov 2014 9 00 AM ESTEmbargo expired 23 Nov 2014 7 00 PM ESTSource Newsroom American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics Contact Information Available for logged in reporters only Citations APS Division ... - Read More

Ammonium source in open ocean tracked by researchers

To understand the extent to which human activities are polluting Earth's atmosphere and oceans it's important to distinguish human made pollutants from compounds that occur naturally A recent study co authored by a Brown University ... - Read More

Combing the atmosphere to measure greenhouse gases

By remotely combing the atmosphere with a custom laser based instrument researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST in collaboration with researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA have developed ... - Read More

The social web of things: Smart cars, appliances and people

Research to be published in the International Journal of Web Based Communities suggests that the familiar interfaces of online social networking sites might be adapted to allow us to interact more efficiently with our networked ... - Read More

Variable glass coatings to stop condensation on windows

Thin film coatings impart new properties to glass in applications as diverse as window glazing solar cells and touchscreens With the Megatron® sputtering system it is now possible for the first time to vary the ... - Read More

Urine of tiny migrating marine animals affects ocean chemistry

The largest migration on the planet is the movement of small animals from the surface of the open ocean where they feed on plants under cover of darkness to the sunless depths where they hide ... - Read More

Antarctic sea ice reaches new record maximum

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long term satellite record to map sea ice extent in ... - Read More

Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? (Video)

It’s the first day of autumn and the telltale signs are here crisp weather pumpkin spice lattes and most importantly the leaves are changing colors Ever wonder why some leaves turn red others yellow and ... - Read More

Graphene paints a corrosion-free future: Keep food fresh longer?

A thin layer of graphene paint can make impermeable and chemically resistant coatings which could be used for packaging to keep food fresh for longer and protect metal structures against corrosion new findings from The ... - Read More

Carbon dioxide concentration surges: Record greenhouse gas levels impact atmosphere and oceans, WMO report finds

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013 propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide This is according to the World Meteorological Organization's annual Greenhouse Gas ... - Read More

Wildland Fire Modeling Can Lead to Better Predictions

Released 19 Aug 2014 2 00 PM EDTSource Newsroom University of Alabama Huntsville more news from this source Contact Information Available for logged in reporters only Citations Central States Section of The Combustion Institute International ... - Read More

Nano-sized chip picks up scent of explosives molecules better than dog's nose

Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment trained personnel and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano sized chemical sensors is about to ... - Read More

How to power California with wind, water and sun

New Stanford research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices Imagine a smog free Los Angeles where electric cars ... - Read More

NASA launches carbon mission to watch Earth breathe

NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2 56 a m PDT 5 56 a m EDT Tuesday July 1 2014 The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 OCO 2 raced ... - Read More
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