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How heating our homes could help reduce climate change

8 years ago from Science Daily

A radical new heating system where homes would be heated by district centers rather than in individual households could dramatically cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

'Super' Harvest Moon Marks Earth's Changing Seasons

8 years ago from

A bright Harvest moon ushered in the changing seasons on Earth late Wednesday (Sept. 22).

Welsh hill becomes a mountain

Wales has a new "super mountain". Ordnance Survey maps had put Glyder Fawr, in Snowdonia at 999 metres tall. But satellite technology has now confirmed it is actually a fraction...

Moses may not have seen red when parting the sea

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Computer simulation suggests a strong wind could push back water enough in Eastern Nile Delta to allow a crossingAs the book of Exodus details, when Moses led the children of Israel out...

Hellish Venus Atmosphere May Have Had Cooling Effect

8 years ago from Live Science

It may seem downright bizarre, but a new model of Venus' super-hot atmosphere suggests its greenhouse gases may actually be cooling the planet's interior.

How Should San Francisco Plan for Sea Level Rise?

8 years ago from Scientific American

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–A 1,400-acre swath of salt flats along the western edge of San Francisco Bay has become the latest site for a development dispute that promises to become increasingly...

The psych of climate change

8 years ago from Science Alert

One of the key strategies to communicate climate science is taking into account of how humans interpret and react to evidence.

El Salvador and Guatemala join forces against disasters

8 years ago from SciDev

The two Central American nations have signed an agreement on technical and scientific cooperation to reduce the impact of natural disasters.

Landmark report reveals massive global cost of Alzheimer’s: 1 percent of global GDP — and growing

8 years ago from Science Blog

A landmark report on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia finds that Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are exacting a massive toll on the global economy, with the problem set...

Windborne dust on high peaks dampens Colorado River runoff

8 years ago from

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...

Putin touts benefits of Nord Stream

8 years ago from UPI

VYBORG, Russia, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Building the Nord Stream gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea is necessary for Russia and its European partners, the Russian prime minister said. ...

Millions practice Mexico quake drill

Millions of people in Mexico City have been taking part in a large-scale earthquake drill.

Rain shortfall triggers first M-PESA drought insurance payouts for Kenyan farmers

8 years ago from Physorg

Over 100 farmers in Embu received insurance payouts via M-PESA today, marking the first payouts issued through the mobile phone payment system M-PESA by Kilimo Salama, an innovative micro-insurance program...

Star tern - bird sets new UK age record

A sea-bird has officially become the UK's oldest recorded Arctic Tern - at the age of 30 years, two months and 23 days.

Commercial-scale test of new technology to recover coal from sludge successful

8 years ago from Science Daily

A new technology for removing water from ultrafine coal slurry has been successfully tested at the commercial scale at an operating coal cleaning plant. The technology offers the possibility of...

Company turning a sealed toxic dump into a solar-energy development

8 years ago from Physorg

Atop a sealed mound of industrial waste on a historically toxic swath of Gloucester County, N.J., Bill Geary sees a sunny future.

Arctic drilling review moves forward

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Canada's energy regulator is advancing a broad review of Arctic offshore drilling rules by meeting with northern groups and communities this fall.

New research shows massive ad campaign didn't reduce meth use

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- In 2005, Montana had one of the highest rates of methamphetamine use in the United States. Private funds were used to launch a public awareness campaign, and public...

Northwest Passage traffic up in 2010

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The number of ships travelling through the Northwest Passage has doubled this year, prompting at least one Arctic sovereignty expert to call for more enforcement in the increasingly ice-free Arctic...

Introducing 'Champagne', new disease-resistant fig

8 years ago from Physorg

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....

A Rebranding for ‘Global Warming’?

8 years ago from NY Times Science

After a White House adviser suggests that "global climate disruption" is a more accurate term, conservative news outlets suggest that politics is at work.

Global Update: United States: Decrease in Bubonic Plague Cases May Be an Effect of Climate Change

8 years ago from NY Times Science

A study this month concluded that rising nighttime temperatures since 1990 had helped cases in Western states drop over time.

USC lab releases smartphone app that measures particulate air pollution

8 years ago from Physorg

University of Southern California computer scientists have found a way to combine smartphone resources with a novel application that allows the phones' users to help monitor air quality.

Racing Time and Nature to Find Aviators Entombed in a Glacier

8 years ago from NY Times Science

The goal is to find the servicemen before their relatives are dead and the ice where they are buried moves out to sea.

Cool La Nina Heats Up Fire Danger in U.S. Southwest

8 years ago from Live Science

The cyclical cooling of ocean waters has far reaching, sometimes damaging effects.

State Department wants more Sikorsky helos

8 years ago from UPI

SHELTON, Conn., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has ordered 11 more upgraded S-61 utility helicopters for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sikorsky Aerospace Services said Monday. ...

Response of the Amazon forest to drought is complex

8 years ago from SciDev

Scientists have made progress towards understanding the effect of drought on the canopy cover in the Amazonian forest.

Ironing Out A Toxin

8 years ago from C&EN

Ecosystem remediation: Berkeley scientists propose iron to block methylmercury production in restored wetlands.