Science in the News

Mathematician combines love for numbers and passion for sea ice to forecast melting

From NSF  --  New mathematical methods can be applied broadly to climate, medicine, aircraft design and more.

People don't usually think of mathematics as an occupation that requires survival skills, but they might change their minds if they saw Kenneth Golden and his daring research team in action!

Is it climate or weather?

From CCAFS - With the record-low temperatures and severe winter storms hitting the United States and other parts of the globe, you are no doubt hearing reports calling attention and in to question "climate change" and "global warming."  But one of the challenges researchers face when communicating climate science is the distinction between climate and weather. The public and the media are often quick to conflate the two, resulting in confusion or worse, misinformation.

Currently, no difference in temperature between Canada and Mars

From Smithsonian Magazine  --  Even in northern Minnesota right now, the temperature has dipped to a staggering -42 F. The chill is running so deep in the North Star State that it’s not only colder than in the lands above the Arctic Circle, it’s actually colder than some of the daily temperatures on Mars—you know, the planet 78 million miles further from the Sun on average.

NASA Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement

NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions.  In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial life, taken the first readings of radiation on the surface, and shown how natural erosion could reveal the building blocks of life.

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NASA-USGS Landsat 8 Satellite Pinpoints Coldest Spots on Earth

NASA-USGS Landsat 8 Satellite Pinpoints Coldest Spots on Earth

From NASA - What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night. Scientists made the discovery while analyzing the most detailed global surface temperature maps to date, developed with data from remote sensing satellites including the new Landsat 8, a joint project of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).