Friday, November 26, 2021

Matt Simon

This Intrepid Robot Is the WALL-E of the Deep Sea

The Benthic Rover II is the size of a compact car, although it rocks fat treads, making it more like a scientific tank. That, along with the two googly-eye-like flotation devices on its front, gives it a sort of...

It’s Time to Delete Carbon From the Atmosphere. But How?

It’s not enough to drastically slash emissions. To stave off the worst of climate change, humanity needs to capture the carbon that's already in the air.This week and next, government representatives are gathering in Glasgow for the United Nations...

The Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change? Send in the Otters

Saving California's adorable (and very hungry) sea otters helps control other species, leading to the growth of more carbon-sequestering vegetation.Off the coast of California lies an underwater forest of giant kelp, a kind of seaweed that grows to 100...

This Groundbreaking Simulator Generates a Huge Indoor Ocean

It’s a 32,000-gallon concrete tank with a wind tunnel grafted on top. With it, researchers can study the seas—and climate change—like never before.Just a short walk from the sea at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, researchers are putting...

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

Tiny bits of plastic are swirling in the sky, and a new model suggests they could be subtly affecting the climate.Like the ash spewed from a supervolcano, microplastics have infested the atmosphere and encircled the globe. These are bits...

People Should Drink Way More Recycled Wastewater

Filtration technology produces water so pure, it would actually harm you if they didn’t put minerals back into it.On a dusty hilltop in San Diego, the drinking water of the future courses through a wildly complicated and very loud...

Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

In the new scientific (and literal) field of agrivoltaics, researchers are showing how panels can increase yields and reduce water use on a warming planet.In Jack's Solar Garden in Boulder County, Colorado, owner Byron Kominek has covered 4 of...

Deadly Heat Is Baking Cities. Here’s How to Cool Them Down

Urban areas can be 20 degrees hotter than the surrounding country. But green spaces and reflective pavement can make city life more bearable.If you’ve ever driven from the country into the city and marveled at how the temperature dramatically...

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