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NASA HS3 mission Global Hawk's bullseye in Hurricane Edouard Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Hurricane Severe Storms Sentinel or HS3 mission flew the unmanned Global Hawk aircraft on two missions between Sept. 11 and 15 into Hurricane Edouard and scored a bullseye by gathering information in the eye of the strengthening storm. Scientists saw how upper-level wind shear was affecting Edouard on the HS3's Global Hawk flight of the 2014 campaign over Sept. 11 and 12, and saw the hurricane strengthen during the sixth flight on Sept. 15 and 16.

ASU grant aims to transform global energy landscape Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Arizona State University) Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a multimillion dollar grant awarded to Arizona State University from the Department of Energy.Under the grant, the university will develop an efficient and cost-effective carbon capture technology using an innovative electrochemical technique to separate carbon dioxide from other emissions originating from power plants.

University of Houston research offers hope for water-starved West Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(University of Houston) With more than more than 2.7 billion acre-feet of brackish groundwater, even West Texas isn't technically bone dry. But current desalination techniques are expensive, prompting intense interest in new methods to draw minerals and salt from brackish water. Shankar Chellam, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, is working on a more efficient, less expensive way to remove contaminants and salt from brackish surface water. The treatments would also ...

Synthetic biology on ordinary paper, results off the page Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) Two breakthroughs clenched by Wyss scientists, paper-based synthetic gene networks and toehold switch gene regulators, could each have revolutionary impacts on synthetic biology: the former brings synthetic biology out of the traditional confinement of a living cell, the latter provides a rational design framework to enable de-novo design of both the parts and the network of gene regulation

UTSA Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science Student Chapter honored with Outstanding Mentoring Award at SACNAS National Conference Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio Student Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science was recently honored with the Outstanding Mentoring Award at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science 2014 National Conference in Los Angeles.

Study: Some online shoppers pay more than others Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Northeastern University) A new study co-authored by a team of Northeastern University faculty and students has found numerous instances of price steering and discrimination on many popular e-commerce retail and travel websites. That's not necessarily a bad thing, they say -- so long as the companies are transparent.

Recent advances in the tribology and bioengineering of the skin Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(University of Southampton) The objective of this seminar is to present state-of-the-art experimental and modelling techniques to characterise and predict the biophysics and tribology of the skin in health and disease.

Boston College professor to lead $19 million NIH mentoring network Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Boston College) Boston College Biologist David Burgess and other leaders in the field will develop the National Research Mentoring Network through a five-year, $19 million grant from the NIH to increase diversity within the ranks of the nation's biomedical workforce.

NASA's Terra satellite shows a more organized Tropical Storm Ana Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The strong southwesterly wind shear that has been battering Tropical Storm Ana has abated and has given the storm a chance to re-organize. Ana appeared more rounded on imagery from NASA's Terra satellite as thunderstorms again circled the low-level center.

Fires in the southern United States Thursday October 23rd, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) In this image taken by the Aqua satellite of the southern United States actively burning areas as detected by MODIS's thermal bands are outlined in red.








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