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2014-06-03 04:20:39

PORTLAND, Ore., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Infrastructure, low-impact development and a healthy bottom line will be at the top of the list when leading experts on storm and surface-water quality get together August 3-7 to explore the newest water pollution prevention and mitigation technologies, share their recent experiences, and discuss strategies that are most effective in minimizing surface water pollution. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130529/LA22573LOGO With...

2014-06-03 00:20:49

AeroTrak® Remote Particle Counters with Integrated Pump are independent monitoring systems condensed into an easy-to-clean 316L stainless steel enclosure. SHOREVIEW, Minn., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TSI Incorporated, the leader in continuous particulate monitoring instrumentation, recently expanded its offering to include remote particle counters with an integrated pump. Designed to eliminate the need for an external vacuum source, this new line of AeroTrak® Remote Particle...

Exoplanets Come In Three "Neapolitan" Flavors
2014-06-02 03:09:48

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics The planets of our solar system come in two basic flavors, like vanilla and chocolate ice cream. We have small, rocky terrestrials like Earth and Mars, and large gas giants like Neptune and Jupiter. We're missing the astronomical equivalent of strawberry ice cream - planets between about one and four times the size of Earth. NASA's Kepler mission has discovered that these types of planets are very common around other stars. New research...

2014-06-02 08:24:42

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed guidelines under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, set to be released today, The Brattle Group has released a compendium of prior studies examining the effects of a potential carbon emissions rulemaking. These studies cover a range of possible rulemaking options pertaining to carbon emissions in a wide variety of power markets across the United States. Many features...

2014-06-02 08:24:00

AbTech's Smart Sponge® Plus Receives EPA Extension SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Abtech Holdings, Inc. (OTC QB: ABHD) ("AbTech" or the "Company"), a full-service environmental technologies and engineering firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions to communities, industry and governments addressing issues of water pollution and contamination, today announced the addition of Upen Bharwada with subject matter expertise in liquid separation technologies of...

2014-05-30 04:21:43

VIENNA, Austria, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- http://www.friedaward.com The Alfred Fried Photography Award was initiated in 2013 by the Photographische Gesellschaft and Edition Lammerhuber and presented for the first time on 5 November 2013 in the rooms of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The award is named after Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian pacifist and author, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911. It is awarded in his memory and spirit. It is...

2014-05-29 16:23:06

Flow Science, Inc. announces the availability of a new release of FLOW-3D, version 11. A major release, FLOW-3D v11 features a state-of-the-art postprocessor, FlowSight(TM), advanced meshing capabilities, a new sediment transport and erosion model and many more numerical solutions designed to help Flow Science's customers continue to innovate, design, and research. SANTA FE, N.M., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The release of FLOW-3D Version 11 features FlowSight, a new advanced...

Unique Songbird Diversity Of The Eastern Himalayas Documented
2014-05-29 15:47:12

JGU Article in Nature describes the relevance of ecological niches to the evolution of new bird species The Eastern Himalayas are home to more than 360 different songbird species, most of which are to be found nowhere else on the planet. This makes the region extending from eastern Nepal to the borderlands of China, India, and Myanmar unique and one of the most important hot spots for biological diversity in the western hemisphere. A recent research paper describes how this impressive...

NASA IceBridge Wraps Up Arctic Field Campaign
2014-05-29 03:43:26

By George Hale, NASA Starting With Sea Ice IceBridge's campaign began on Mar. 10 when NASA's P-3 research aircraft left Wallops for Thule. For the first part of the campaign, researchers studied Arctic sea ice from Thule and Fairbanks, Alaska. Early in each campaign IceBridge spends a week in Alaska to survey sea ice north of Alaska. In addition, researchers study sea ice conditions across the entire Arctic Basin traveling from Thule to Fairbanks and back. IceBridge's sea ice...

2014-05-29 12:33:52

New high-capacity waveform designed for greater performance and lower cost of ownership in a small form factor CARLSBAD, Calif., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To provide L-band satellite customers with a fresh alternative to today's antiquated technologies, ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) is launching a new worldwide network service for the machine to machine (M2M) market. Similar to its innovation in broadband services, ViaSat is focused on creating a more economically favorable system designed to...


Latest Earth Reference Libraries

Sri Lanka cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum
2014-02-09 09:22:38

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions. C. verum trees can grow anywhere between 32 and 50 feet tall. Its leaves are longer than they...

Erik The Red
2014-01-06 11:48:00

Known as Erik the Red, Erik Thorvaldsson is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition signifies that he was born in Rogaland, Norway. The designation “the Red” probably refers to his hair or his beard color. Leif Ericson, the well-known Icelandic explorer, was Erik’s son. When Erik the Red’s father was exiled from Norway due to manslaughter, he sailed west from Norway accompanied by...

Desert greening
2013-04-25 16:10:03

Desert greening is made up of any number of methods used to revitalize deserts. So far, only arid and semi-arid desert are meant when using this expression. The icy deserts and other types are considered to be unsuitable. The different methods include landscaping methods to reduce evaporation, erosion, consolidation of topsoil, temperature, sandstorms and more, permaculture in general, planting trees, regeneration of salty, polluted, or degenerated soils, floodwater retention and...

Mudflats
2013-04-19 21:07:34

Mudflats, or otherwise known as tidal flats, are coastal wetlands that form when mud is left behind by tides or rivers. They’re found in sheltered regions such as bayous, lagoons, estuaries, and bays. Mudflats might be seen geologically as exposed layers of bay mud, a result from the deposition of estuarine silts, marine animal detritus, and clays. The majority of the sediment in a mudflat is within the intertidal zone, therefore the flat is submerged and exposed about twice per day. In...

Wetland
2013-04-19 18:19:23

A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the traits of a distinct ecosystem. First and foremost, the factor that distinguishes the wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the unique vegetation that has adapted to its characteristic soil conditions. The wetland consists mostly of hydric soil, which is supportive of aquatic plants. The water that is found in wetlands can be saltwater, brackish, or freshwater....

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.