Norway funds satellite map of world's tropical forests

Norway pays for a monthly satellite dataset to track the state of the world's tropical forests.

Oct. 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-science rainforests space-exploration earth-observation norway

Heat-reflecting paint keeps things cool without AC

A new white paint keeps surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their surroundings—almost life AC or a refrigerator, but without using any energy.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability electricity emissions temperature science-and-technology earth-and-environment

AI counts 1.8 billion trees in Sahara Desert

There are more trees in the West African Sahara Desert that you might think, according to a study that used artificial intelligence and satellite imagery.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence trees earth-and-environment deserts sahara satellite-imagery

Satellites picture methane across the globe

The GHGSat company releases a tool to show how methane varies in the atmosphere across the world.

Oct. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-science climate-change methane space-exploration earth-observation

Monarchs lay more eggs where milkweed isn’t alone

Milkweed is key to monarch butterflies' life cycle. But adding other flowering plants may help monarchs more than milkweed alone.

U. Florida • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation insects plants butterflies earth-and-environment flowers

Asteroid Bennu: successful touchdown – but sample return mission has only just begun

Bennu will tell us about our own origins as much as about the origin of asteroid Bennu.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar-system asteroid space-exploration near-earth-asteroids

Sunny-day flooding linked to sea level, moon orbit

A pattern among the moon, sun, and sea level could help predict sunny-day flooding, say researchers.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
Oct. 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: floods sun earth-and-environment moons sea-levels coastal-regions

Fewer monsoons may make fighting wildfires harder

Winter rains can temper Arizona's wildfire season, but monsoon rains shut them down. Unfortunately, this monsoon season was the second-driest ever.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Oct. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change wildfire rainfall earth-and-environment monsoons

Firefighting foam sheds light on ‘forever chemicals’ in water

A new study that clarifies how "forever chemicals" behave in soil and water could help identify wells and waterways at risk for contamination.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution water soil earth-and-environment

NASA's OSIRIS-REx will land on an asteroid to bring home rocks and dust – if it can avoid Mt. Doom

OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.

Elizabeth Cantwell, Professor of Practice for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  space  astronomy  solar-system  nasa  asteroid  astrobiology  innovation-and-invention  bennu  near-earth-asteroids  sample-return-mission

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