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NASA analyzes rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Joalane
NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's GPM satellite provided scientists with a look 'under the hood' of Tropical Cyclone Joalane's clouds at the rate in which rain was falling throughout the storm. (2015-04-08)

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone 22S 'come together right now'
Like the classic song from 1969, NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone 22S in the Southern Indian Ocean and saw it 'come together, right now.' (2015-04-06)

Dwarf dragons discovered in the Andes of Peru and Ecuador
Scientists have discovered three new species of dragon-esque woodlizards in the Andes of Peru and Ecuador. The new species differ from their closest relatives in scale features, coloration and DNA. The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2015-04-06)

Atmospheric energy escaped from the Tibetan Plateau
Global warming is caused by extra energy trapped by green-house gases. Oceans are the major reservoir to store the extra energy. A recent study finds that the Tibetan Plateau may be another important window that removes excessive energy from the climate system. This enhanced energy loss is a response to the local climate change. (2015-04-01)

Tiny bird's migration route includes nonstop Atlantic crossing
By outfitting tiny birds with even tinier tracking 'backpacks,' an international research team -- led by a University of Guelph professor -- has confirmed what many scientists had long suspected: the blackpoll warblers annual migration route includes a three-day, nonstop flight over the Atlantic Ocean, a journey of more than 2,500 kilometers in some cases. The researchers found the birds flew directly over the Atlantic Ocean to reach their wintering grounds in South America. (2015-03-31)

A new spin on Saturn's peculiar rotation
The precise measurement of Saturn's rotation has presented a great challenge to scientists, as different parts of this sweltering ball of hydrogen and helium rotate at different speeds whereas its rotation axis and magnetic pole are aligned. A new method devised by a Tel Aviv University researcher proposes a new determination of Saturn's rotation period and offers insight into the internal structure of the planet, its weather patterns, and the way it formed. (2015-03-25)

NASA catches the 2-day life of Tropical Cyclone Reuben
Tropical Cyclone Reuben formed on Sunday, March 21, at 22:35 UTC in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and by March 23 was already dissipating. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Reuben when it was in the prime of its life on March 22. (2015-03-23)

Access to clean water -- a question of lifestyle and fairness
eThekwini is a municipality in South Africa, where the town of Durban is located. eThekwini is pointed out as being a good example with regard to the distribution of water to all inhabitants and in 2014, eThekwini was given the Stockholm Industry Water Award. However, many residents feel the system is unfair. For some, getting hold of clean water is a daily battle while others have swimming pools. This has been shown in a dissertation from the University of Gothenburg. (2015-03-23)

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Nathan crossing Cape York Peninsula
Tropical Cyclone Nathan made landfall in eastern Queensland, Australia's Cape York Peninsula and was moving west across it when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead. The RapidScat instrument revealed that Nathan's strongest winds were south of the center before its landfall. (2015-03-20)

Fast-food ban in L.A. fails to improve diets or cut obesity, study finds
In 2008, the city of Los Angeles passed a law restricting the opening or expansion of any 'stand-alone fast-food restaurant' in low-income neighborhoods where obesity was a problem. A new study finds the measure has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or reduce obesity rates in the targeted neighborhoods. (2015-03-19)

LEGATO annual conference: Rice ecosystem services in South-East Asian landscapes
The international project LEGATO (Land-use intensity and Ecological Engineering - Assessment Tools for risks and Opportunities in irrigated rice based production systems) is organizing its 4th annual conference, entitled 'Rice Ecosystem Services in South-East Asian Landscapes - a LEGATO conference' which lasts from March 19-24, 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (2015-03-19)

Citizen scientists discover new plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom
Amateur botanists in the Western Cape Province of South Africa have discovered two new species of beautiful blue-flowered legumes. The study was published in the open-access journal PhytoKeys. (2015-03-19)

AfricaPCR 2015
The second annual AfricaPCR congress will take place in in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the March 26-28. Bringing together interventional cardiovascular specialists and cathlab staff from throughout the continent and internationally, this course is dedicated to the advancement of cardiovascular care in Africa. (2015-03-18)

NASA eyes Tropical Cyclone Nathan's Australian comeback
NASA's Aqua satellite saw Tropical Storm Nathan preparing for its Australian 'comeback' as the storm made a loop in the Coral Sea and is headed back to Queensland. (2015-03-17)

NASA's SDO sees sun's 2 coronal holes
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, captured this solar image on March 16, 2015, which clearly shows two dark patches, known as coronal holes. The larger coronal hole of the two, near the southern pole, covers an estimated 6- to 8-percent of the total solar surface. While that may not sound significant, it is one of the largest polar holes scientists have observed in decades. (2015-03-17)

Microbes in the seafloor: Little nutrients, lots of oxygen
About one-quarter of the global seafloor is extremely nutrient poor. Contrary to previous assumptions, it contains oxygen not just in the thin surface layer, but also throughout its entire thickness. (2015-03-16)

NASA sees Extra-Tropical Storm Pam moving away from New Zealand
Pam, a once powerful Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale is now an extra-tropical storm moving past northern New Zealand. NASA's Aqua satellite and the ISS-RapidScat instrument provided a look at the storm's structure and wind speed. (2015-03-16)

The dangers of reintroducing lions and other carnivores for ecotourism
Ecotourism has motivated efforts to reintroduce lions to landscapes where they were not previously common. A new analysis conducted after four lions were reintroduced into the fenced Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa, reveals that lions might compete with humans in winter, spring, and autumn and with endemic herbivores in all seasons but winter. (2015-03-16)

Tropical Cyclone Olwyn landfalls as NASA's Terra satellite flies overhead
Shortly after Tropical Cyclone Olwyn made landfall near Cape Cuvier in Western Australia early on March 13, NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the storm. (2015-03-13)

Satellite sees rare subtropical storm 90Q in southern Atlantic
The Brazilian Navy Hydrographic Centre reported that a sub-tropical storm had formed on March 11 near east of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, the southeastern most state in Brazil. (2015-03-12)

NASA captures birth of Tropical Cyclone Olwyn headed for northwestern Australia
NASA's Aqua satellite saw newly formed Tropical Cyclone Olwyn nearing northwestern Australia on March 11 when it passed overhead. Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Nathan was threatening northeastern Australia. (2015-03-11)

TRMM sees large and more powerful Cyclone Pam, warnings posted
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite saw powerful towering thunderstorms in Tropical Cyclone Pam, indicating the storm was strengthening as it moved through the Solomon Islands. Pam has now triggered warnings in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Zealand. (2015-03-11)

NASA sees a Tropical Storm Haliba 'sandwich'
Tropical Storm Haliba appeared to be the 'filling' in a sandwich between the Southern Indian Ocean islands of La Reunion and Mauritius in NASA satellite imagery because wind shear pushed the bulk of the storm's clouds between the islands. (2015-03-10)

NASA eyes rainfall in newly formed Tropical Cyclone Pam
Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite flew overhead and found some heavy rain occurring when it measured rainfall rates within the intensifying storm. (2015-03-09)

Antiseptic prevents deaths in newborns
A low-cost antiseptic used to cleanse the cord after birth could help reduce infant death rates in developing countries by 12 percent, a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library suggests. (2015-03-05)

Pre-1950 structures suffered the most damage from August 2014 Napa quake
An analysis of buildings tagged red and yellow by structural engineers after the August 2014 earthquake in Napa links pre-1950 buildings and the underlying sedimentary basin to the greatest shaking damage, according to one of six reports on the Napa quake published in the March/April issue of Seismological Research Letters. (2015-03-03)

NASA's Terra satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Glenda stretching out
NASA's Terra satellite revealed that Tropical Cyclone Glenda was being stretched out by wind shear on Feb. 27. (2015-02-27)

Cryptochrome protein helps birds navigate via magnetic field
Researchers have found one one possible explanation for some birds' ability to sense the earth's magnetic field and use it to orient themselves: a magnetically sensitive protein called cryptochrome that mediates circadian rhythms in plants and animals. (2015-02-27)

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Glenda may be developing an eye
Tropical Cyclone Glenda is strengthening in the Southern Indian Ocean and NASA's Aqua satellite saw a potential eye developing when it passed overhead on Feb. 25. (2015-02-25)

NASA Terra satellite spots new Tropical Cyclone 14S
A tropical low pressure area designated as System 90S formed in the Southern Indian Ocean on Feb. 21, 2015 and has been slowly organizing and consolidating. Three days later System 90S became Tropical Storm 14S as NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead. (2015-02-24)

NASA satellite sees newborn Tropical Cyclone Marcia threatening Queensland
Part of the Queensland, Australia's eastern coast is now under warnings from Tropical Cyclone Marcia. NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Marcia that showed the storm had consolidated and organized within the last day. (2015-02-18)

Unhealthy choices boosted mortality rates for blacks who migrated north
Millions of African-Americans left the rural South during the 20th century in search of greater opportunities for work, education and overall quality of life in the urban North, Midwest and West. But the gains many made were clouded by an increased mortality rate, likely the result of unhealthy habits picked up by vices common in the big city, finds a new study led by Duke University. (2015-02-16)

20-year study finds ethnic differences in links between diabetes risk and levels of tyrosine and other amino acids
A study of white European and South Asian men in the UK has found that levels of the amino acid tyrosine, and several other amino acids, are more strongly associated with increased diabetes risk in the South Asian men. The study is published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), and is by Dr. Therese Tillin, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University College London, UK, and colleagues. (2015-02-12)

International study finds meth messes up brains of youths far more than those of adults
In a study with chronic adolescent and adult meth abusers in South Korea, MRI brain scans showed decreased thickness in the gray matter of younger users' frontal cortex, the area of the brain believed to direct people's ability to organize, reason and remember things, known as the executive function. (2015-02-11)

NASA-JAXA's GPM satellite catches Fundi's fadeout
The final warning was issued on Tropical cyclone Fundi on Sunday, Feb. 8, as NASA-JAXA's GPM satellite captured its waning rainfall. (2015-02-09)

Fossils from heart of Amazon provide evidence that South American monkeys came from Africa
The early evolutionary history of monkeys in South America is cloaked in mystery. Long thought to have journeyed from Africa, evidence for this hypothesis was difficult to support without fossil data. A new discovery now unveils a key chapter of their evolutionary saga. In a paper in the scientific journal Nature, the discovery of three new extinct monkeys from eastern Peru hints strongly that South American monkeys have an African ancestry. (2015-02-04)

BICEP2 and Planck joint study: Gravitational waves remain elusive
A new joint analysis of data from two South Pole-based experiments -- the BICEP2 telescope and the Keck Array, both supported by the National Science Foundation -- and the European Space Agency's Planck satellite, has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves, despite earlier reports of a possible detection. (2015-02-04)

NASA's Aqua satellite sees demise of Tropical Cyclone Ola
Tropical Cyclone Ola was being battered by vertical wind shear in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured an infrared picture of the storm. (2015-02-03)

NASA satellite sees wind shear affecting Tropical Cyclone Ola
NASA's Terra satellite captured a picture of Tropical Cyclone Ola on Feb. 1 that showed northeasterly wind shear was pushing the clouds and showers southwest of the center. (2015-02-02)

Bushfire in Southwestern Australia
On Feb. 1, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image of a large bushfire burning near the town of Northcliffe in Western Australia. (2015-02-02)

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