Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE teams are building autonomous robots to map the seafloor and hunt for unknown signals in the hope of winning $7 million.
Assessing Southern Pine Beetle Epidemics in Alabama Using NASA Earth Observations
Southern pine beetles are known to have caused several hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages in Alabama due to their widespread destruction of pine trees. This project aimed to model areas in Alabama that are susceptible to outbreaks using NASA Earth observations.
XPRIZE to Sponsor Earthzine Writing Fellowship
Applications are due May 1 for an Earthzine Writing Fellowship that will explore the ocean depths.
The Role of Genetically Modified Crops in Attaining Food Security in the Developing World
New genetically modified crops that could help developing countries attain food security are in the pipeline, but resistance to their introduction is preventing many from reaching the poor.
Exploiting the Power of Magma: the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project
Supercritical fluid found near magma chambers has the potential to power thousands of homes.
Book Review: Rise of the Rocket Girls
ÛÏRise of the Rocket GirlsÛ is a fascinating history of the women computers and engineers at NASA and their contributions to the agency despite historic gender discrimination.
Population Growth and the Demand for Water on the Front Range
Colorado is an arid state facing increasing pressures to its water supply from a rapidly booming population. The One Water One World Center and other local organizations are working to educate residents on the challenges of a growing demand for a precious and limited resource. Population numbers are growing at a rapid rate in Colorado and the western U.S. Today, … Read More
Recharging California’s Diminishing Aquifers
With increasing attention on methods of recharging depleted aquifers, groundwater moves to the frontlines of drought mitigation in California For the better part of a decade California has experienced a drought that has significantly depleted water reserves throughout the state. Surface water has long been the focus of California’s water supply planning, but a new awareness of groundwater is changing … Read More
The Trouble with Trees: Volatile Organic Compounds Exacerbate Climate Change and Air Pollution
Scientists are using sophisticated emission models and monitoring techniques to better understand the relationship between volatile organic compound production, climate change, and air pollution. As rainforests are cut down and replaced with isoprene-emitting oil palm plantations, data suggest that genetically modified trees may provide a hopeful alternative.
The Ethics of Traditional Knowledge Exchange in Climate Change Initiatives
An essay exploring the ethical philosophy behind Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives.