Research Sheds Light on Formation of the Andes
Scientists have long been trying to understand how the Andes and other broad, high-elevation mountain ranges were formed. New research by Carmala Garzione, a professor of earth and environmental sciences at the Univ. of Rochester, and colleagues sheds light on the mystery.
In a paper published in the latest Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Garzione explains that the Altiplano plateau in the central Andes — and most likely the entire mountain range — was formed through a series of rapid growth spurts.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/research-sheds-light-formation-andes
She likes the “lellow” duck better - I love this kid!! I don’t get to spend much time with her but she loves H and I a ridiculous amount and seriously.. babysitting for her / her sister makes me really, really happy.
Floating Nuclear Plants Would Withstand Tsunamis
When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, because of a shutdown of all power at the station — that caused most of the harm.
A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could help avoid such consequences in the future. Such floating plants would be designed to be automatically cooled by the surrounding seawater in a worst-case scenario, which would indefinitely prevent any melting of fuel rods, or escape of radioactive material.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2014/04/floating-nuclear-plants-would-withstand-tsunamis
Coffee is Getting Less Green
The proportion of land used to cultivate shade grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996, according to a new study by scientists from Univ. of Texas at Austin and five other institutions.
The study’s authors say the global shift toward a more intensive style of coffee farming is probably having a negative effect on the environment, communities and individual farmers.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/coffee-getting-less-green
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