Latest Scintillometer Stories

2009-01-03 07:30:00

Farming may soon be revolutionized through an unlikely method, the laser. Jan Kleissl of the University of California believes laser technology can be used as a way to conserve millions of gallons of water when farmers water their crops. Kleissl and his team of students are using a scintillometer to measure the amount of water crops lose to evaporation, and are finding the peak times in which water disappears. The researchers hope to help farmers see how efficiently their water is being...

Word of the Day
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.