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NASA sees massive Marie close enough to affect southern California coast

August 27, 2014 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two NASA satellites captured visible and infrared pictures that show the massive size of Hurricane Marie. Marie is so large that it is bringing rough surf to the southern coast of California while almost nine hundred miles west of Baja California....

Happy Camp and July Fire Complexes in California

August 27, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As of seven hours ago the Happy Camp Complex of fires had consumed 24,939 acres of land in Northern California, the July complex had consumed 35,530 as of eight hours ago. Lightning strikes started seventeen fires on the Happy Camp Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest when a thunderstorm passed through the area on August 11, 2014. All but three of those fires are now 100 percent contained....

CWRU astronomers win time on Hubble to study galaxy formation

August 27, 2014 10:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Case Western Reserve University astronomer Chris Mihos leads a team of Ohio researchers recently awarded nearly 20 hours of observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope to study the outskirts of the nearby spiral galaxy M101. Access to Hubble is extremely competitive, with only about one in five proposals being awarded observing time and research funding....

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Measurement at Big Bang conditions confirms lithium problem

August 27, 2014 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The field of astrophysics has a stubborn problem and it's called lithium. The quantities of lithium predicted to have resulted from the Big Bang are not actually present in stars. But the calculations are correct – a fact which has now been confirmed for the first time in experiments conducted at the underground laboratory in the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy....

DTU researchers film protein quake for the first time

August 27, 2014 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of nature's mysteries is how plants survive impact by the huge amounts of energy contained in the sun's rays, while using this energy for photosynthesis. The hypothesis is that the light-absorbing proteins in the plant's blades quickly dissipate the energy throughout the entire protein molecule through so-called protein quakes....

Coal's continued dominance must be made more vivid in climate change accounting

August 27, 2014 10:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The world's accounting system for carbon emissions, run by the United Nations, disregards capital investments in future coal-fired and natural-gas power plants that will commit the world to several decades and billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study from Princeton University and the University of California-Irvine published Aug. 26 in the journal Environmental Research Letters....

Are consumers more likely to purchase unintentionally green products?

August 27, 2014 9:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Fortune 500 company is redesigning a popular product using materials that are friendlier to the environment. How will consumers respond to the newly redesigned, "greener" product? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers are more likely to purchase a product if they think helping the environment is not the intended purpose of a product improvement....

Museum specimens, modern cities show how an insect pest will respond to climate change

August 27, 2014 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that century-old museum specimens hold clues to how global climate change will affect a common insect pest that can weaken and kill trees – and the news is not good. "Recent studies found that scale insect populations increase on oak and maple trees in warmer urban areas, which raises the possibility that these pests may also increase with global warming,"....

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Satellite shows Hurricane Marie about to swallow Karina

August 27, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Massive Hurricane Marie appears like a giant fish about to swallow tiny Tropical Depression Karina on satellite imagery today from NOAA's GOES-West satellite. Karina, now a tropical depression is being swept into Marie's circulation where it is expected to be eaten, or absorbed....

Best view yet of merging galaxies in distant universe

August 27, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes used a magnifying lens to reveal barely visible but important evidence. Astronomers are now combining the power of many telescopes on Earth and in space [1] with a vastly larger form of lens to study a case of vigorous star formation in the early Universe....

Collaboration aims to reduce, treat vision problems in astronauts

August 27, 2014 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To reduce and better treat spaceflight-induced visual impairment, University of Houston (UH) optometrists are collaborating on a NASA study that examines ocular changes seen in a number of astronauts. The research, developed by Heidelberg Engineering, uses Spectralis® Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which is a technique for obtaining subsurface images of translucent or opaque materials....

What lit up the universe?

August 27, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research from UCL shows we will soon uncover the origin of the ultraviolet light that bathes the cosmos, helping scientists understand how galaxies were built. The study published today in The Astrophysical Journal Letters by UCL cosmologists Dr Andrew Pontzen and Dr Hiranya Peiris (both UCL Physics & Astronomy), together with collaborators at Princeton and Barcelona Universities....

This is what it's like to be in the cockpit of an F-16

August 27, 2014 8:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The title says it all here, but this is ridiculous. The video was taken from the cockpit of a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 as it was flying, quite low, over an ice sheet in Greenland.  There isn't too much information available, but after take off (hold on to your stomach) you'll first see the ice rim (located east of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland)....

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ZigBee in the sky

August 26, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of engineers from Singapore has successfully piloted the world's first ZigBee wireless sensor network (WSN) for satellite communications. With the weight of payloads being a major constraint in satellite design, constructing a lightweight, low power-consuming ...

15-W GaN on SiC pulsed power transistor delivers 63 percent drain efficiency

August 26, 2014 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new GaN on SiC HEMT pulsed power transistor for civilian and military radar pulsed applications. The MAGX-000035-015000 and MAGX-000035-01500S are gold-metalized GaN on Silicon Carbide RF power transistors optimized for ...

Satellites capture the birth and movement of Tropical Storm Cristobal

August 26, 2014 9:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The third tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed near the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday, August 24. NASA's Aqua satellite and NOAA's GOES-East satellites provided imagery of the storm's birth and movement. System 96L lingered in the eastern Caribbean....

ACEs are high with space station colloidal research

August 26, 2014 9:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One global marketer took to space to find a way to be leaner and greener back on Earth. For Procter & Gamble (P&G), product innovation and improvement relied on use of the International Space Station (ISS) as a science platform for the Advanced Colloids Experiment-Microscopy-1 (ACE-M-1) investigation....

New process helps overcome obstacles to produce renewable fuels and chemicals

August 26, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There's an old saying in the biofuels industry: "You can make anything from lignin except money." But now, a new study may pave the way to challenging that adage. The study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates a concept that provides opportunities for the successful conversion of lignin into a variety of renewable fuels....

HotSpot: Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder

August 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

A Canadian team has outlined the possible coping mechanisms that might be needed following loss or theft and the security problems that users might face. The researchers point out that the same anxieties apply equally to lost or stolen laptops, tablet computers and other digital devices....

Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 25, 2014 8:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating characteristics and thrust control of a large turboprop engine with counter-rotating propellers under high-altitude flight conditions in the 20-foot-dianieter test section....

Spectacular supernova's mysteries revealed

August 25, 2014 7:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research by a team of UK and European-based astronomers is helping to solve the mystery of what caused a spectacular supernova in a galaxy 11 million light years away, seen earlier this year. The supernova, a giant explosion of a star and the closest one to the Earth in decades, was discovered earlier this year by chance at the University of London Observatory....

Photos of the Day: Your new home on Mars

August 22, 2014 12:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Mars One is looking to send humans to Mars in 2025. Next year, the first batch of applicants (yes, willing applicants) will be selected to begin their training, which will continue up until the 2024 launch date. Nearly a decade of training is hardly the commitment....

Citizen scientists saving lives around deadly 'Throat of Fire' volcano

August 22, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Citizen scientists are saving the lives of people living in the shadow of deadly volcanoes according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new report published today reveals the success of a volunteer group set up to safeguard communities around the 'Throat of Fire' Tungurahua volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes....

CU-Boulder leads international unmanned aircraft testing event at Pawnee Grassland

August 22, 2014 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international research effort organized by the University of Colorado Boulder conducted the first multiple, unmanned aircraft interception of a telltale rush of cold air preceding a thunderstorm known as a "gust front" as it rolled across the Pawnee National Grassland in northeast Colorado on Aug. 14....

Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil

August 22, 2014 9:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire (UNH) and NASA scientists suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters through the process of sparking....

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