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2010-05-05 10:55:00

Despite continued interference issues, Europe's SMOS satellite is transmitting valuable new data on the way water is cycled across the globe. The satellite was launched in November to track changes in the wetness of soils and the salinity of the oceans using a microwave antenna. The detailed maps will soon be released for the eyes of the scientific community. But there are still some issues as SMOS is blinded by radar networks and media links in some areas of the world. The radio frequency...

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2010-04-25 08:37:04

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are helping U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) experts model the movement of radioactive materials in the soil. Their findings can be used to fine-tune the risk assessment studies that are an essential component in the development of commercial nuclear facilities. Soil scientists Yakov Pachepsky, Timothy Gish and Andrey Guber all work in the ARS Animal and Natural Resources Institute in Beltsville, Md. The team set up their study at the...

2010-03-16 05:15:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Sun, Inc., a leading developer of smart irrigation products, unveils a revolutionary product for residential and commercial markets - S.Sense Wireless Soil-Moisture Sensor Upgrade. This remarkable new product provides wireless, sensor-based control; utilizing breakthrough technology to provide a professional-quality smart irrigation solution. S.Sense acts like a "Thermostat" for your lawn, with sensors continuously monitoring the...

2010-03-11 09:05:11

A naturally occurring class of plant hormones called cytokinins has been found to help increase cotton yields during drought conditions, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Cytokinins promote cell division and growth in plants. In cotton, cytokinins stimulate the growth of the main plant stem and branches. Commercially produced cytokinins are routinely applied in apple and pistachio orchards to promote fruit growth. John Burke, director of the ARS Cropping Systems...

2010-02-23 07:30:00

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Cermetek Microelectronics presented a preview of its AquaMon wireless soil monitoring system at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, February 9th through February 11th. The preview provided a live demonstration of AquaMon capabilities including transmission of real-time sensor data. AquaMon allows active monitoring of the soil. Knowledge of soil conditions is essential to achieve high crop yield with less water. Maintaining the optimal level...

2010-01-22 12:40:37

Researchers have discovered that some of the most fundamental assumptions about how water moves through soil in a seasonally dry climate such as the Pacific Northwest are incorrect "“ and that a century of research based on those assumptions will have to be reconsidered. A new study by scientists from Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency showed "“ much to the surprise of the researchers "“ that soil clings tenaciously to the first precipitation...

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2009-09-04 10:20:00

A company from one of ESA's Business Incubation Centres has used space technology to develop a scanner to spot weaknesses in dike structures. It is being used to inspect dikes and dams on the Danube river and in the Netherlands. Dutch start-up company Miramap's instrument can "Ëœlook' into the ground and measure the amount of water in the soil. This is important in checking the stability of dams and dikes. Very wet areas can indicate a weakened or even dangerously unstable...

2009-05-27 14:42:10

The U.S. space agency says it is using satellite data to make accurate estimates of soil moisture, thereby improving global crop forecasting. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist John Bolten said the new modeling product uses data from NASA's Aqua satellite to improve the accuracy of soil moisture forecasts by 5 percent over previous methods. Bolten said although seemingly small and incremental, the increase can make a big difference in the precision of crop forecasts....

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2009-05-27 07:20:00

Soil moisture is essential for seeds to germinate and for crops to grow. But record droughts and scorching temperatures in certain parts of the globe in recent years have caused soil to dry up, crippling crop production. The falling food supply in some regions has forced prices upward, pushing staple foods out of reach for millions of poor people. NASA researchers are using satellite data to deliver a kind of space-based humanitarian assistance. They are cultivating the most accurate...

2008-09-23 09:00:36

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2008) - ESI Environmental Sensors Inc. ("ESI", the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ESV) today announced receipt of a purchase order from the City of Los Angeles for its GroPoint moisture sensor products and related equipment valued at more than $42,000. The sensors and equipment will be used to help the City monitor and control the amount of water applied to a sports field area known as the "Field of Dreams." "ESI is extremely pleased to assist the...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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