Category Archives: Science

New Arctic Ice Thickness Map

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the first maps of sea-ice thickness in the Arctic, based on data from the CryoSat mission. Cryosat’s orbit goes within a couple of degrees of the poles, allowing it to collect much more … Continue reading

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New map reveals tropical forest carbon storage

New research from a NASA led team reveals the extent of carbon storage in the world’s tropical forest. Based on satellite and data gathered at ground level the map depicts the distribution of 247 billion tons of carbon across 75 … Continue reading

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Using slime mold to engineer transport networks

Computer scientist Andrew Adamatzky utilizes slime mold’s ability to build its own, efficient nutrient transport network, to crack mathematical problems. In his latest study, co-authored with Ramon Alonso-Sanz from the Polytechnic University Madrid, the mold (Physarum polycephalum) constructs an optimal … Continue reading

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LandSat imagery comparison tool

ESRI has a new, interactive tool which allows you to compare NASA LandSat imagery, anywhere in the world, from two different dates Satellite imagery is available at 5 year intervals from 1975 to 2005, and includes five visualization options – … Continue reading

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Ocean and Wind Flows

Argentina’s SAC-D spacecraft is scheduled to launch June 9th, 2011. On board will be Aquarius, a NASA instrument designed to measure sea surface salinity – a key factor in ocean circulation and global climate. To tie in with this, the … Continue reading

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Earthquake Swarm in Nevada

NASA Earth Observatory reports on an ongoing swarm of earthquakes near Hawthorne, Nevada. The quakes are concentrated over an area of about 10 square km (4 square miles) near Buller Mountain. Since April 10, 400 events with magnitude 1.0 and … Continue reading

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New, detailed maps of US forests

Scientists from the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) have published the most detailed map ever of  forest cover across the conterminous States. The 30m resolution map shows woody biomass and carbon stock, compiled from various NASA satellite data-sets and ground … Continue reading

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Geology of Yellowstone Park

On the subject of Yellowstone, our amazing planet has released this great infographic describing the unique geology of the park. Through illustrations and maps it explores the history of the supervolcano and the potential for a massive eruption. Source: OurAmazingPlanet.com

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