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April 24, 2015
Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Maps
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 24, 2015
With its antenna now spinning at full speed, NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully re-tested its science instruments and generated its first global maps, a key step to beginning routine science operations next month. SMAP launched Jan. 31 on a minimum three-year mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed. The mission will help scientists understand the links among Earth's water, energy and carbon cycles; help reduce uncer ... read more

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Quake deals heavy blow to Nepal's rich cultural heritage

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Oceans worth $24 trillion, but sea change needed to save them says WWF
The world's oceans are awash in riches, with output rivalling that of some of the world's largest economies, but over-fishing, pollution and climate change are rapidly eroding those resources, WWF warned Thursday. ... more
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Calculating how the Pacific was settled
Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, a University of Utah anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,50 ... more
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Let it snow
Five years ago today, the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, scientists have continued to study the effects of the largest environmental disaster in the hist ... more
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Ocean currents impact methane consumption
Large amounts of methane - whether as free gas or as solid gas hydrates - can be found in the sea floor along the ocean shores. When the hydrates dissolve or when the gas finds pathways in the sea f ... more
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Miami Beach sees rising seas as no threat to real estate boom, for now
Miami Beach's condo boom is bubbling hot, with glass towers being built as fast as they can be - even as scientists say rising seas could swamp much of the storied city by the century's end. C ... more
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EU warns Thailand to halt illegal fishing or face ban
The EU on Tuesday warned Thailand, the third largest seafood producer, that it had six months to halt illegal fishing or face an import ban in the world's single biggest market. "Today's actio ... more
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China's struggle for water security
Way back in 1999, before he became China's prime minister, Wen Jiabao warned that water scarcity posed one of the greatest threats to the "survival of the nation". ... more
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The Game-Changing Water Revolution: Interview with Stanley Weiner
Globally, water demand is threatening to dangerously outpace supply, while in the US, dry states such as Texas and California are suffering from shortages and the future forebodes more suffering. Fo ... more
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Aptly named vampire squids enjoy long lives in the dark
Unlike most soft-bodied cephalopods, which produce and release their eggs all at once (usually right before they die), deep-water vampire squids release their eggs in stages - a hundred here, a hundred there. ... more
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Longest mammal migration raises questions about distinct species
A team of scientists from the United States and Russia has documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded - a round-trip trek of nearly 14,000 miles by a whale identified as a critically ... more
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Iceberg armadas not the cause of North Atlantic cooling
Previous studies have suggested that pulses of icebergs may have caused cycles of abrupt climate change during the last glacial period by introducing fresh water to the surface of the ocean and chan ... more
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Indian village gets 'world's cheapest bottled water'
Charity workers have teamed with an impoverished village in eastern India to develop what they say is the world's cheapest bottle of drinking water - costing less than one US cent. ... more
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The life force of African rivers
The common hippopotamus can spend up to 16 hours a day immersed in rivers and lakes. Lumbering out of the water at night, these herbivores graze on tropical grasses and consume 80 to 100 pounds in o ... more
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Research details 40 million-year-old family tree of baleen whales
New research from New Zealand's University of Otago is providing the most comprehensive picture of the evolutionary history of baleen whales, which are not only the largest animals ever to live on e ... more
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Can't pay? Won't pay! -- putting a price on water
It's arguably our most vital and precious natural resource, and one that is growing dangerously scarce from China to California, but no matter how much we value water, we're not that keen on paying for it. ... more
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US govt sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets
Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the government. ... more
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Oil spill leaves 100,000 Mexicans without water
Some 100,000 people remained without drinking water in southern Mexico on Wednesday after rivers were contaminated by an oil spill triggered when thieves tapped a pipeline. ... more
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Pacific Ocean responsible for global warming slowdown
The climate is warming. Temperatures have been rising significantly over the last half-century. But over the last 15 to 20 years, temperatures haven't been rising as fast as climate models suggest they should have. Scientists have been calling the discrepancy "the slowdown." ... more
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'Warm blob' in Pacific Ocean linked to weird weather across the US
The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seal ... more
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New source of methane discovered in the Arctic Ocean
Methane, a highly effective greenhouse gas, is usually produced by decomposition of organic material, a complex process involving bacteria and microbes. But there is another type of methane that can ... more
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Typhoon Haiyan's storm surge may contaminate aquifer for years
In research of significance to the world's expanding coastal populations, scientists have found that geology and infrastructure play key roles in determining whether aquifers that provide drinking w ... more
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Coexisting in a sea of competition
Diversity of life abounds on Earth, and there's no need to look any farther than the ocean's surface for proof. There are over 200,000 species of phytoplankton alone, and all of those species of mic ... more
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Smithsonian's Panama debate fueled by zircon dating
New evidence published in Science by Smithsonian geologists dates the closure of an ancient seaway at 13 to 15 million years ago and challenges accepted theories about the rise of the Isthmus of Pan ... more
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Philippines: China's island reclamation activities damaging reefs
China's activities in the South China Sea have increasingly raised the ire of its neighbors. With each new island reclamation project or offshore oil exploration effort, tensions are tightened. ... more
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