A year after the explosion at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy released a report concluding that the incident was the result of drum #68660 bursting after workers used organic instead of inorganic cat litter to soak up the nuclear waste. A summary of the report can be read here.
Researchers have confirmed the existence of raindrops that fall at super terminal speeds. Accounting for these unusually speedy drops could actually help increase the accuracy of rainfall and erosion estimates.
You’d think scientists would have a real good handle by now on how much rain is falling, not to mention how fast a simple rain drop falls. That’s part of what make science so awesome though. Even the seemingly most straightforward of phenomena can contain hidden surprises. My favorite example was the discovery of micro-organisms when a microscope first peered at a simple drop of water.
Scientists have determined that not only do asteroids retain a memory of their former magnetic fields but that they lasted far longer than previously thought which could have implications for life in the universe.
Were you surprised just now that asteroids once had magnetic fields like the earth does? I had never really thought about that before but it does make sense now that I think about it. It’s just that they seem like such utterly dead pieces of rock and metal, that any activity, even magnetic, seems slightly foreign to me. Of course they were not always so inert.
A collaborative research effort from multiple U.S. institutions compared Californian forests in their present state to that of the early 20th century and found that they are more dense, contain fewer trees and more small growth, and are at an increased risk of fire.
The NOAA announced that by October 2015 the capacity of each of the two NOAA supercomputers in active use will jump to 2.5 petaflops, for a total of 5 petaflops- nearly ten times the present capacity.
Located on the border between Bengal and India and covering 10,000 square kilometers, The Sunderbans is the largest tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On December 9, an oil tanker crashed into another ship and spilled 350,000 liters of fuel oil over 350 square kilometers of The Sunderbans. Until this point
A new study seems to hint that the idea of a warmer mars with flowing water may have only occurred during repeated yet brief periods in its history precipitated by by volcanism only to disappear when the volcanoes stopped erupting.
It has become an iconic belief about Mars that in its past, water flowed extensively over the planet creating streams, rivers, and lakes whose ancient remains are still detectable today, almost 4 billion years after the fact. NASA’s Curiosity rover strengthened that belief late in 2013 when it provided evidence of an old lake-bed near its landing site.