Earth Observation

Satellite eye on Earth: September 2014 in pictures

Smoking volcanoes of Iceland, dust storms of Sahara and parched basin of the Aral Sea are among the images captured by ESA and Nasa satellites last month.

Posted on October 14th, 2014
Earth Observation

Stanford scientists create a ‘smart’ lithium-ion battery that warns of fire hazard

(Stanford University) Stanford University scientists have developed a 'smart' lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices, as well as a growing number of cars and airplanes.

Posted on October 13th, 2014
Earth Observation

What Will Waterfronts Tell us?

The new NOAA project “Voices from the Working Waterfront” will collect oral histories to preserve best practices of working waterfronts. These vital histories can detail “lessons learned” in historic preservation, land use, and planning for peer and future communities.

Meg Schneider , posted on October 9th, 2014
Earth Observation

Virgin Galactic: Space could finally be getting closer

Originally Published on BBC - Is Virgin Galactic any closer to realising dream of commercial spaceflight?

Posted on October 8th, 2014
Earth Observation

Uncharted ocean mountains, trenches and ridges revealed by satellite map

Originally Published by The Guardian - Previously unknown features of the ocean floor include an ocean ridge under the Gulf of Mexico as wide as Texas Continue reading.

Posted on October 3rd, 2014
Earth Observation

Retro Report: The Head-Scratching Case of the Vanishing Bees

Originally Published by NYT - Several years ago, beekeepers were vexed: Honeybees, those versatile wovanishing beesrkhorses of pollination, were vanishing by the millions.

Posted on September 29th, 2014
Biodiversity, Earth Observation

Crowdsourcing could lead to better water in rural India

Originally Published by Science Daily - A novel environmental crowdsourcing technique for assessing water quality in India is being evaluated by a three-continent research consortium. The technique relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.

Posted on September 18th, 2014
Earth Observation

Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars

Originally Published by NYT - In 1674, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek looked at a drop of lake water through his homemade microscope and discovered an invisible world that no one knew existed. He was an unlikely pioneer — a haberdasher and city official by trade. In this film, we celebrate this 17th-century citizen scientist and a discovery that would ultimately change our view of the biological world, and our place in it.

Posted on September 16th, 2014
Earth Observation

Rosetta comet landing site chosen

Originally Published by BCC - Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Posted on September 15th, 2014
Earth Observation

Meteorite lands in Nicaragua capital

Originally Published by BBC News - A small meteorite which may have broken off an asteroid caused a 12m-wide crater near Managua's international airport, Nicaraguan officials say.

Posted on September 8th, 2014
Earth Observation