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NASA satellite finds strong storms circling Lekima’s center

On Aug. 6, 2019, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of Tropical Storm Lekima in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA/NRL NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of strengthening Tropical Storm Lekima. On Aug. 6, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS […]

Tariffs lead to creative supply chains

Soybeans grown in central Illinois may arrive in China despite challenges of trade tariffs, but China may not have a clear idea where they were grown. Credit: Sue Nichols, Michigan State University Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability Where there’s a will to peddle soybeans in the global marketplace, there’s a way, even if a […]

How the Pacific Ocean influences long-term drought in the Southwestern US

Cracked mud along the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Credit: Luke Parsons The Southwest has always faced periods of drought. Most recently, from late 2011 to 2017, California experienced years of lower-than-normal rainfall. El Niño is known to influence rain in the Southwest, but it’s not a perfect match. […]

NASA sees Flossie now a remnant low pressure area

On August 6, 2019 at 4:40 a.m. EDT (0840 UTC), the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite showed strongest thunderstorms in the remnants of Flossie were fragmented northeast of the Hawaiian Islands. There cloud top temperatures were as cold as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 45.5 Celsius). Credit: NASA/NRL Former Hurricane Flossie was […]

Knowing berry pests’ varied diets may help control them

Spotted-wing drosophila cause billions of dollars in damage to fruit crops across Asia, North and South America, and Europe. Credit: Tim Martinson, Cornell AgriTech With New York state’s $20 million berry industry entering peak season, an invasive fruit fly is thriving. But little has been known about how the pests survive before and after the […]

Industrial fishing behind plummeting shark numbers

A blue shark swims past bait cannister. Credit: Dr Tom Letessier, ZSL A team of researchers, led by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), has discovered that sharks are much rarer in habitats nearer large human populations and fish markets. The team also found that the average body size of sharks and other […]

A hog in wolf’s clothing

Feral hog eating a lamb in Australia. Credit: Dr. Peter Heise-Pavlov Human and wildlife conflict has increased along with expanding human populations, particularly when wildlife endanger humans or their livelihoods. Most research on human-wildlife conflict has focused on the ways tigers, wolves, and other predators impact livestock even though noncarnivores also threaten livestock. New research […]

Half-a-degree warmer means 30,000 more deaths yearly in urban China: study

An increase in global warming from 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above late 19th-century levels would cause tens of thousands of extra deaths in China’s cities every year An increase in global warming from 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above late 19th-century levels would cause tens of thousands of extra deaths in China’s cities every […]

Thyme essential oil in corn starch particles combats Aedes aegypti larvae

A system created in Brazil using cheap, biodegradable materials permits controlled release of larvicide and can be used in small amounts of water. Credit: Ana Silvia Prata Corn starch, an abundant, cheap and biodegradable raw material, is the basis for a novel larvicide developed by researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo […]

Critical deployment of NASA Webb’s secondary mirror a success

Following a successful deployment test of NASA Webb’s mission-critical secondary mirror, technicians and engineers visually inspect the support structure that holds it in place. Credit: Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn In order to do groundbreaking science, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope must first perform an extremely choreographed series of deployments, extensions, and movements that bring the observatory […]