Researchers aim to update Apollo-era information about rocket-powered landings on dusty celestial bodies like Mars with new supercomputer simulations.
Tags: physics soil mars spacecraft science-and-technology dust
To avoid global warming on a catastrophic scale, nations need to reduce emissions and find ways to pull carbon from the air. One promising solution: spreading rock dust on farm fields.
July 16, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: climate-change soil carbon-dioxide nutrients minerals carbon-cycle rocks negative-emissions paris-climate-accord negative-emissions-technologies
The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.
July 2, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: bacteria covid-19 insects soil plants fungi viruses integrated-pest-management gardening nematodes weeds land-grant-universities plant-health victory-garden
Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
June 11, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: climate-change soil microbes compost methane food-waste soil-carbon seattle gardening san-francisco social-justice equity landfills
There's growing interest in making the US food system more resilient and flexible, but soil – the origin of nearly everything we eat – is often left out of the picture.
June 5, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: sustainability climate-change agriculture soil dust-bowl erosion food-systems food-sustainability soil-health soil-degradation postpandemic-future
New pesticides that give plants their own defenses against insects are headed to market. A new method is the first to detect them in dirt.
Tags: soil rna pesticides plants earth-and-environment
That smell you detect after it rains is part of a chemical language between bacteria and animals.
April 8, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: bacteria soil ecology antibiotics chemical-compounds invertebrates
A better test for gauging nitrogen needs in corn fields could mean economic benefits for farmers and be better for the environment, too.
Tags: machine-learning soil nitrogen farmers earth-and-environment corn
"...the majority of PFAS are still in the soil, and they are migrating down slowly in a way similar to a ticking time bomb."
Tags: pollution water soil earth-and-environment health-and-medicine
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