Researchers from the University of Missouri have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for locations 30 miles or more from the nearest National Weather Service radar.
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
What is the relationship between food, energy and water? Jack Brouwer of the University of California, Irvine, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
"Walking molecules" that haul damaged DNA to the cell's emergency room, drones that could be small as a fingernail, fish that do the "electric hide," and local interventions that could boost coral's resilience to bleaching
University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher Adam Houston is part of a team using mobile mesonets and unmanned aerial vehicles to study thunderstorms
Kansas State University agronomists Krishna Jagadish and Allan Fritz talk about a research project they're conducting, which is testing the impact of high nighttime temperatures on a wheat stand's ability to produce good yields and quality grain
Scientists describe the advancements in scientifically based earthquake research, which today relies on detailed simulations of ground movements using some of the world's largest and most capable supercomputers
A tiny clue found in ancient sediment has unlocked big secrets about Greenland's past and future climate
Harpooning DNA, harvesting H2O, hopping ahead of hackers, and a harbinger to heed from down under
Douglass Jacobs and Owen Burney have developed Bottles to Trees, a program to address the need for a nursery system that translates into reforestation in countries, such as Afghanistan and Haiti, where trees are desperately needed
Last October, a University of California, Berkeley, team headed down to the Arizona desert, plopped their newest prototype water harvester into the backyard of a tract home and started sucking water out of the air without any power other than sunlight
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, along with study-lead Southern Cross University in Australia, have found that sands that provide material for the building and maintenance of some coral reef ecosystems face a decline
Bug eaters, remotes, hurricanes and memories. Your weekly briefing on the latest discoveries you might not hear about anywhere else, all with funding from the National Science Foundation
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Keeling Curve, Ralph Keeling of the Scripps CO2 Program shows how scientists make carbon dioxide measurements.
In this week's episode, we learn about new technology for the blind, a newly engineered yeast and explore the oceans with Mantis cam
Adam Wolf, founder and CEO of Arable Labs, describes the future of food production. Arable Labs, a National Science Foundation-funded small business, has developed a crop and weather sensor that delivers real-time, precision weather information straight to the hands of farmers in the field
Scientists from World Weather Attribution, including researchers from Rice University and other institutions in the United States and Europe, found that human-caused climate change might have made the record rainfall that fell over Houston during Hurricane Harvey roughly three times more likely and 15 percent more intense
Callie Babbitt, associate professor of sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability, discusses her research on the environmental impacts of consumer electronics
Understanding what makes one volcano's magma so much more explosive than another may one day help us avoid volcanic disasters
With support from the National Science Foundation's Rapid Response Research program, Rice ecologists Tom Miller, Sarah Bengston and Scott Solomon, along with their students, are evaluating whether Hurricane Harvey increased opportunities for invasion by exotic ants in southeast Texas
Researchers at Utah State University have used aerial imagery to gain insight into water trends