AI maps forest dryness to better predict wildfires

A new AI model that maps moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states opens the door for better wildfire predictions.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: wildfire maps satellites artifical-intelligence earth-and-environment

Ancient Madagascar shows humans make new places suit them

"Over time, people are actually creating their landscape. They're not degrading it necessarily. They're creating a landscape that is preferable for people."

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning archaeology madagascar satellites science-and-technology society-and-culture land

Laser-linked satellites could deliver ‘internet from space’

A new design could pave the way for using thousands of satellites connected with lasers to deliver "internet from space" to remote regions.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: space internet satellites science-and-technology

Space laser sees Earth’s biggest animal migration

Zooplankton migration is "the greatest migration on Earth. It happens every day and it's amazing." A satellite view reveals the hordes of tiny creatures.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: migration lasers oceans satellites science-and-technology zooplankton

Watch: How will 20 years of Houston’s growth affect flooding?

A new method can show how Houston has grown over the last 20 years, which can also serve as a warning about future flooding in the city.

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Nov. 4, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cities artificial-intelligence floods satellites earth-and-environment

Antarctica ice flow map is super accurate

Glaciologists used 25 years of satellite data to create a new map of Antarctica ice velocity that is 10 times more accurate than previous ones.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
July 30, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: antarctica maps satellites earth-and-environment ice-sheet

Satellite data and an app could warn us of wildfire threats

Data from satallites could help scientists build an app to warn us of wildfires half an hour before they hit.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
May 14, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: wildfire natural-disasters apps satellites mobile-devices science-and-technology

Cleaner, safer rocket fuel could still have plenty of power

Rocket fuels are so carcinogenic that people who work with them need to suit up as if they were going to space. A cleaner safer option may be possible.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
April 8, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: space satellites featured science-and-technology fuels

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