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2010-07-13 09:22:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet2 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced a partnership to deploy a highly reliable, high capacity nationwide network that will serve to significantly enhance the capabilities of NOAA's researchers and their partners across the country. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new high capacity research network called "NWave" will be built on a set of 10-Gigabit per...

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2010-06-14 07:54:10

High tech tools, top-notch science play part in finding 23-mile long plume off Florida's Treasure Coast A team of dedicated South Florida researchers from the University of Miami's Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (NOAA/AOML) were determined to check on whether oil was, as predicted, being pulled into the Loop Current and carried toward the Dry...

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2010-05-27 10:45:34

The large number of tiny organic aerosols floating in the atmosphere "“ emitted from tailpipes and trees alike "“ share enough common characteristics as a group that scientists can generalize their makeup and how they change in the atmosphere. The groundbreaking research by Colette Heald, assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, was highlighted this month on the cover of the American Geophysical Union's prestigious Geophysical...

2010-05-18 11:32:00

WASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's track record in predicting the number of Atlantic hurricanes is so abysmal that a trained chimp could do better, says The National Center for Public Policy Research, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The group is putting this claim to the test, issuing a 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Forecast today determined by a chimpanzee, "Dr. James Hansimian." A video of Dr. Hansimian and his methodology...

2010-04-08 10:20:00

WASHINGTON, April 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has successfully completed the first science flight of the Global Hawk unpiloted aircraft system over the Pacific Ocean. The flight was the first of five scheduled for this month's Global Hawk Pacific, or GloPac, mission to study atmospheric science over the Pacific and Arctic oceans. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Global Hawk is a robotic plane that can fly autonomously to altitudes above 60,000...

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2010-04-08 11:25:50

Using skills passed down through generations, Inuit forecasters living in the Canadian Arctic look to the sky to tell by the way the wind scatters a cloud whether a storm is on the horizon or if it's safe to go on a hunt. Thousands of miles away in a lab tucked in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, scientists take data measurements and use the latest computer models to predict weather. They are two practices serving the same purpose that come from disparate worlds. But in the past 20 years,...

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2010-04-08 10:52:01

NASA has successfully completed the first science flight of the Global Hawk unpiloted aircraft system over the Pacific Ocean. The flight was the first of five scheduled for this month's Global Hawk Pacific, or GloPac, mission to study atmospheric science over the Pacific and Arctic oceans. The Global Hawk is a robotic plane that can fly autonomously to altitudes above 60,000 feet -- roughly twice as high as a commercial airliner -- and as far as 11,000 nautical miles, which is half the...

2010-03-23 07:00:00

HOUSTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Every day, weather forecasters are challenged to accurately assess the potential for severe weather such as flooding, hurricanes, and tornadoes, as well as helping to ensure the safety of commercial and private aircraft from threatening thunderstorms, icing and wind shear. On average, more vaporized water (in the form of vapor and clouds) flows over the dry state of Arizona than flows down the Mississippi river. It is this high-energy atmospheric moisture...

2010-02-22 14:13:36

Mass media have been a key vehicle by which climate change contrarianism has traveled, according to Maxwell Boykoff, a University of Colorado at Boulder professor and fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES. Boykoff, an assistant professor of environmental studies, presented his research today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego. He spoke during a panel discussion titled "Understanding...

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2010-01-08 11:50:27

Contrary to conventional belief, as the climate warms and growing seasons lengthen subalpine forests are likely to soak up less carbon dioxide, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. As a result, more of the greenhouse gas will be left to concentrate in the atmosphere. "Our findings contradict studies of other ecosystems that conclude longer growing seasons actually increase plant carbon uptake," said Jia Hu, who conducted the research as a graduate student in...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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