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September 29, 2016

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June 9, 2016 — Future manned missions to the Mars will rely heavily on training at sites here on Earth that serve as analogues to the red planet, such Utah's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), run by the ... read more

Apr. 6, 2016 — Despite only being in orbit a matter of weeks, Sentinel-3A has already delivered some impressive first images. With the thermal-infrared channels now turned on, the satellite completes its set of ... read more

Shifting Sands on Mars

Apr. 4, 2016 — Researchers are traveling to Iceland to better understand sand dunes found all over the planet Mars. They hope the Iceland site will show how Martian sands have changed, which could yield more clues ... read more

Micro-Sanctuaries Key to Survival of Wildlife in Human-Dominated Landscapes

Mar. 25, 2016 — Maintaining even the tiniest wildlife sanctuaries will help preserve some biodiversity in increasingly urbanized landscapes, a new report ... read more

Water Flow in Mediterranean Rivers to Fall by 34 Percent by the End of the Century, Study Predicts

Mar. 17, 2016 — The rising global average temperature induced by climate change will cause regions such as the Mediterranean Basin to become drier and more arid, in turn directly affecting the availability of water, ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — Joshua trees are the iconic species of the Mojave Desert, the hottest and driest desert region of North America. Now scientists report that modern genetic tools could save the ancient icon, which are ... read more

Desert Cactus Purifies Contaminated Water for Aquaculture, Drinking and More

Mar. 14, 2016 — Farm-grown fish are an important source of food with significant and worldwide societal and economic benefits, but the fish that come from these recirculating systems can have unpleasant tastes and ... read more

Enhanced Levels of Carbon Dioxide Are Likely Cause of Global Dryland Greening, Study Says

Feb. 16, 2016 — Enhanced levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are a likely key driver of global dryland greening, according to a new paper. After analyzing 45 studies from eight countries, researchers concluded the ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Deserts are often thought of as barren places where not much is afoot. But that view is being altered as new research keeps revealing the intricate ecological dynamics of deserts as they change ... read more

Future of Arctic May Depend on Permafrost

Jan. 19, 2016 — Whether the vast Arctic will retain its icy past or might instead become a dry landscape could hinge on something of an obscure nature – permafrost – according to a new ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Ehen temperatures get warmer, woodrats suffer a reduced ability to live on their normal diet of toxic creosote, suggesting that global warming may hurt plant-eating animals, report ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — Researchers have successfully demonstrated that desert sand from the UAE could be used in concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities to store thermal energy up to 1000°C. The research project called ... read more

Researchers Link Climate-Induced Disasters, Food Security Across Time, Place

Dec. 28, 2015 — Societal vulnerability to food shortage causes susceptibility to dangerous outcomes from climate challenges, new research confirms. This research shows that social factors like limited networks and ... read more

Quick Clean-Up: New Process Turns Decades Into Hours for Mining-Water Purification

Dec. 10, 2015 — Cleaning up the water left over from mining operations can literally take generations -- 25 to 50 years on average -- leaving billions of gallons of the precious resource locked up and useless. Now, ... read more

Vision Researcher Links Environmental Change to Eye Health Hazards

Dec. 8, 2015 — Another reason to worry about climate change: Expanding areas of arid land, air pollution, and greater exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation all present potential health hazards to your eyes, ... read more

Oct. 27, 2015 — Avalanching sand from dune faces can trigger loud, rumbling 'booming' or short bursts of 'burping' sounds -- behaving as a perfectly tuned musical instrument. This sound is ... read more

Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Systems Can Help Save on Laundry Detergents

Oct. 19, 2015 — The installation of domestic rainwater harvesting systems leads to substantial savings for families on detergents and other additives used for laundry purposes, and also makes a valuable contribution ... read more

Oct. 9, 2015 — The Horn of Africa has become increasingly arid in sync with the global and regional warming of the last century and at a rate unprecedented in the last 2,000 years, according to new research. The ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Regrowth of trees explains why grasslands in western Africa known as the Sahel have recovered after devastating droughts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to research. Previous studies have suggested ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways -- creating 'winners and losers' among plant species that humans depend ... read more

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