Where Saltwater and Freshwater Meet There is Potent Energy

February 17, 2017 – Ever heard of the salinity gradient? At Pennsylvania State University, civil engineers are working to develop a form of electrical power generation from where ... Continue Reading →

China Spending Billions to Make Rain

February 14, 2017 – China tried rainmaking during its hosting of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Cannons fired silver iodide and dry ice shells into the skies around the ... Continue Reading →

Unintended Consequences of Trump’s New Wall

January 26, 2017 – When you build a wall to keep out people you also create unintended consequences including changes to the environment, wildlife migration and water flow. In ... Continue Reading →

Study Shows Climate Change Will Shift U.S. Crop Production North and East

January 24, 2017 – A new published study appearing in Scientific Reports describes changes to historic planting of crops in the United States looking at temperature, precipitation ... Continue Reading →

Annual Global Risks Report for 2017 Has Extreme Weather Events at the Top of its List

January 19, 2017 – The World Economic Forum (WEF) publishes an annual risks report citing those factors posing the greatest challenge to the global economy. In its 12th edition, ... Continue Reading →

A New Use for Oil Sands Wastewater: Extracting Lithium for Batteries

January 12, 2017 – With the approval of the Trans-Mountain pipeline by both British Columbia and Canada’s federal governments, the oil sands aren’t going away in the ... Continue Reading →

Igloos May Be Our Best Bet for Martian Habitats

January 3, 2017 – Not quite the ice block igloos built by Inuit in the extreme north here on Earth, NASA is contemplating something it calls a Mars Ice Dome as a suitable home ... Continue Reading →

Two Billion Year Old Water Discovery Has Interesting Origins of Life Implications

December 26, 2016 – Canada holds the current record for the oldest water discovered on Earth. Well not on the Earth but rather under it. Miners working in Northern Ontario go ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →