Scalloped depressions on the surface of Utopia Planitia hint of the presence of underground ice. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech?University of Arizona

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Discovers Lake Superior Sized Buried Ice Mass on Mars

November 25, 2016 – The biggest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Superior. Its surface area is 82,100 square kilometers (31,700 square miles). That’s larger in area ... Continue Reading →
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The Mars Rover Spirit May Have Traveled Over a Hydrothermal Vent and Discovered Evidence of Past Life

November 24, 2016 – Published on November 17, 2016, in Nature Communications, researchers describe features in Gusev Crater on Mars that have a remarkable resemblance to hot spring ... Continue Reading →
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Purdue University Study Correlates Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Bans on Genetically Modified Crops

November 8, 2016 – In a paper entitled, Evaluation of Economic, Land Use, and Land Use Emission Impacts of Substituting Non-GMO Crops for GMO in the US, Purdue University researchers ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: A Chlorine Maker for 1.8 Billion Who Have Unreliable Contaminated Drinking Water

November 1, 2016 – MSR Global Health is a division Mountain Safety Research, an outdoor equipment manufacturer. The company prides itself on creating solutions built on a sustainable ... Continue Reading →
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What Happens When Seawater Invades Freshwater Aquifers?

October 17, 2016 – In a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters last month, researchers at University of South Florida, Michigan Technological University, University of ... Continue Reading →
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14 Year Study of Genetically Modified Soybean and Corn (Maize) Yields Interesting Results

October 10, 2016 – Research at University of Virginia, Kansas State, Michigan State and Iowa State Universities studying the period from 1998 to 2011, assembled directly-observed ... Continue Reading →
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Imagine A Future of Reproduction Without Sex

October 3, 2016 – In Peter Diamandis’ latest email blast he talks about the impact of technology on sex and reproduction including topics such as: reproduction without sex, ... Continue Reading →
Reservoir on Snake River. Credit: Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services

Dams Have an Unintended Consequence: Methane Emissions

October 1, 2016 – Hydroelectric projects exploit the power of rivers by damming them up and creating an artificial drop to exploit the energy generated from the descending flow. ... Continue Reading →
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Rainforests May Save Us from Ourselves as They Adapt to Climate Change

September 12, 2016 – According to a new study described in the August 29, 2016 online edition of Nature Climate Change, plant trait diversity within the Amazon rainforest may ... Continue Reading →
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Target Malaria Could Become Target Zika, Target Chikungunya and Other Mosquito Transmitted Diseases

September 8, 2016 – When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it was increasing its financial contribution to Target Malaria, a project focused on mosquito-killing ... Continue Reading →