5G may lead to less accurate weather forecasts

5G wireless networks will improve phone service and make communications a whole lot faster. But 5G could also screw up weather forecasts, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

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Cold War spy satellite captures threat to marmots

When an American pilot went down over the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the US launched a spy satellite. Its data now helps monitor the bobak marmot.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~4 min

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Nanosatellites could beam ‘quantum internet’ to Earth

Tiny satellites could be the key to a global quantum internet network. That could mean internet from space on Earth, and communication between spacecraft.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

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Satellites can spot eco damage from fog loss

Climate change is reducing fog that many plants rely on for water. New research shows scientists can spot the problem from space.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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