Category Archives: Case Studies

Cornell University | Satellite constellations harvest energy for near-total global coverage

Satellite constellations harvest energy for near-total global coverageSatellite constellations harvest energy for near-total global coverage

Summary:Scientists have discovered the right combination of factors to make a four-satellite constellation possible, which could drive advances in telecommunication, navigation and remote sensing.

Think of it as a celestial parlor game: What is the minimum number of satellites needed to see every point on Earth? And how might those satellites stay in … Read More

Utah University study finds cracks in Arctic sea ice turn low clouds on & off

Cracks in Arctic sea ice turn low clouds on and off

Summary:The prevailing view has been that more leads are associated with more low-level clouds during winter. But an atmospheric scientists noticed something strange in their study of these leads: when lead occurrence was greater, there were fewer, not more clouds.

In the wintertime Arctic, cracks in the ice called “leads” expose the warm … Read More

Research | Molecular ‘doormen’ – the way to potential obesity treatment

Molecular doormen

Summary:Fat cells are filled with droplets coated by molecules that act like hotel doormen: These ‘doormen’ control cellular access for nutrients as well as for the exit of energy-supplying molecules called lipids. In healthy individuals, outgoing and incoming traffic in fat cells is finely balanced, supplying energy while preventing excessive… Read More

Water could disappear faster than expected on Mars

Water could disappear faster than expected

Summary:The small red planet is losing water more quickly than what theory as well as past observations would suggest. An international research team has just revealed that water vapor is accumulating in large quantities and unexpected proportions at an altitude of over 80 km in the Martian atmosphere. The capacity of water to escape would greatly increase… Read More

Study finds that 40% of gun owners reported not locking all guns, even around kids

40% of gun owners reported not locking all guns, even around kids

Summary:Gun owners will go to events to get free devices for locking up their firearms at home, but a survey of nearly 3,000 participants at such events in Washington found that 40% had unlocked guns at home, and the presence of children in the home did not make a difference.

While waiting for free firearm storage devices at gun safety events held in sporting goods… Read More

Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future says study

Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future

Summary:Salvage logging and re-seeding a forest after a wildfire helps reduce flooding and returns water levels to normal faster, according to a new article.

Salvage logging and re-seeding a forest after a wildfire helps reduce flooding and returns water levels to normal faster, according to a new paper from a Washington State University researcher.

The

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Can less sometimes be more in Water Governance

Water governance Could less sometimes be more

Summary:Does the never-ending introduction of new regulations of environmental resources have a positive effect? Researchers analyzed water governance regulations in six European countries from 1750 to 2006 and show that rules designed to improve resource management come into conflict in the long run, creating an equal number of positive and negative… Read More

University of Exeter study finds plant life expanding in the Everest region

Plant life expanding in the Everest region

Summary:Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

Scientists used satellite data to measure the extent of subnival vegetation — plants growing between the treeline and

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SuperTIGER on its second prowl – 130K feet above Antarctica

SuperTIGER on its second prowl -- 130,000 feet above Antarctica

Summary:A balloon-borne scientific instrument designed to study the origin of cosmic rays is taking its second turn high above the continent of Antarctica three and a half weeks after its launch.

A balloon-borne scientific instrument designed to study the origin of cosmic rays is taking its second turn high above the continent of Antarctica three and a half… Read More

Sussex study finds Unused stockpiles of nuclear waste may be more useful than we might think

Unused stockpiles of nuclear waste could be more useful than we might think

Summary:Chemists have found a new use for the waste product of nuclear power — transforming an unused stockpile into a versatile compound which could be used to create valuable commodity chemicals as well as new energy sources.

Chemists have found a new use for the waste product of nuclear power — transforming an unused stockpile into a versatile… Read More

POSTECH study says Global warming is the kindling that caused extensive wildfire

POSTECH study says Global warming is the kindling that caused extensive wildfire

Summary:Researchers identified Arctic Oscillation as the cause for the recent wildfires in Siberia. Their study forecasts wildfire activity in spring, helping to prevent carbon release and global warming.

In November of last year, the wildfire that started in California, U.S.A burned areas that amount about the size of Seoul and destructed over 500 buildings… Read More