Simulations highlight “messy” Mars landings

Researchers aim to update Apollo-era information about rocket-powered landings on dusty celestial bodies like Mars with new supercomputer simulations.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: physics soil mars spacecraft science-and-technology dust

Method can measure gene-silencing pesticide in soil

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.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: soil rna pesticides plants earth-and-environment

When water vapor blows in, dry soil gets rain?

New research clarifies the role of water vapor in rainfall, a complex relationship that remains mysterious.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: water soil rain weather wind science-and-technology

New test is a better gauge of how much nitrogen corn needs

A better test for gauging nitrogen needs in corn fields could mean economic benefits for farmers and be better for the environment, too.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: machine-learning soil nitrogen farmers earth-and-environment corn

PFAS chemicals are creeping through soil to groundwater

"...the majority of PFAS are still in the soil, and they are migrating down slowly in a way similar to a ticking time bomb."

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: pollution water soil earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Climate change could double toxic arsenic in rice

Rice yields could decline about 40% by 2100, affecting about 2 billion people worldwide. What's more, the rice could contain twice as much toxic arsenic.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 1, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: food soil rice featured earth-and-environment arsenic

Lead isotopes reveal coal fly ash contamination

A new tool can spot contamination from coal fly ash. "Our hope is that this new tracer...will help us provide greater protection to communities at risk."

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pollution soil lead isotopes coal earth-and-environment

To protect city kids from lead, focus on the dirt

"Young children are extremely vulnerable to lead poisoning because of their normal crawling, hand-to-mouth, exploratory behavior."

Carolyn Scofield-Tulane • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: cities soil lead childrens-health health-and-medicine

Device microwaves weeds in the field

An invention microwaves weeds to destroy them without herbicies. It penetrates about 5 centimeters into the soil to destroy seeds, too.

Claudia Hooper-U. Melbourne • futurity
Oct. 4, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: agriculture soil plants radiation earth-and-environment

Rotating corn and soybeans may take a toll on soil

Rotating corn and soybeans offers environmental and management benefits to farmers, but could pose long-term tradeoffs for the health of the soil.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Oct. 3, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: agriculture soil crops farmers earth-and-environment soybeans corn

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