Imperial Valley News
Stanford, California - It is no surprise that an animal the size of three school buses takes very big bites. Hundreds of times a day, a fin whale gulps in a swimming pool's worth of water to fill its belly with krill – a hallmark of many gigantic filter feeders in the ocean.
Berkeley, California - Two thousand California honey bees may have a story to tell. So too, more than 10,000 deer mice, and 3,000 oaks. Specimens of these plants and animals populate massive collections in Berkeley’s renowned research museums, and are now being enlisted as guides to past episodes of habitat and climate change.
Berkeley, California - Steadily and alarmingly, humans have been depleting Earth’s soil resources faster than the nutrients can be replenished. If this trajectory does not change, soil erosion, combined with the effects of climate change, will present a huge risk to global food security over the next century, warns a review paper authored by some of the top soil scientists in the country.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Researchers have succeeded in creating a new “whispering gallery” effect for electrons in a sheet of grapheme - making it possible to precisely control a region that reflects electrons within the material. They say the accomplishment could provide a basic building block for new kinds of electronic lenses, as well as quantum-based devices that combine electronics and optics.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - From above, parts of California’s Southern Coast Ranges appear startlingly uniform: The landscape is composed of ridges and valleys that form a pattern of parallel lines as evenly spaced as teeth on a comb.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions - but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment policy, says a comprehensive new study, titled “The Future of Solar Energy,” released by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).