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Managing Nature's Runaway Freight Trains
2013-10-28 08:41:04

The Geological Society of America Last month's torrential rains and flooding in Colorado made headlines, but there's another, far more common and growing weather-related threat western states are facing in the wake of longer and worsening fire seasons: flash floods and debris flows. These runaway freight trains made of rock, mud, and water can barrel down mountain channels with little or no warning and take out roads, homes, and anything else in their path. Denuded, flame-dried soils of...

Wildfire Smoke Poses Health Risks
2013-10-28 05:11:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The increasing number of wildfires occurring throughout the US in recent summers has been sending carbon monoxide and other toxins into the atmosphere, causing respiratory issues among people living far from the affected areas, scientists with an environmental group warned late last week. According to Wendy Koch of USA Today, more than 200 million Americans (or two-thirds of the country’s population) lived in regions that had...

Fire Detection Satellite Designed By UC Berkeley Scientists
2013-10-22 12:24:33

University of California, Berkeley Improved and cheaper sensors, faster analysis software make satellite feasible As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it's time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite. Such a satellite could view the Western states almost continuously, snapping pictures of the ground every few seconds in search of hot spots that could be newly...

Climate Change Produces Complicated Consequences For North America's Forests
2013-10-15 11:35:58

Dartmouth College Dartmouth-led study is the most comprehensive review of warming's impacts on forest pests, diseases Climate change affects forests across North America – in some cases permitting insect outbreaks, plant diseases, wildfires and other problems -- but Dartmouth researchers say warmer temperatures are also making many forests grow faster and some less susceptible to pests, which could boost forest health and acreage, timber harvests, carbon storage, water recycling and...

2013-09-28 23:02:04

Dallas resident Tim McCarty, who once was guided off Silver Dollar City’s roller coaster PowderKeg because he was too big to fit in the seat, took a victory ride on the same coaster a year later and 130 pounds thinner. McCarty and his family celebrated the weight loss with a September 27 return to the Branson, Missouri theme park, the ride on PowderKeg and also a ride on the park’s new ground-breaking wood coaster, Outlaw Run. Branson, Missouri (PRWEB) September 28, 2013 When Tim...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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