Amazing Experience, UAA Planetarium is back with ‘Exploding Universe’

The Planetarium and Visualization Theater at UAA seats 62 people. Photography by Matthew Schmitz Giving viewers a front row seat to some of the most dramatic and violent events in natural history, Clark Planetarium Productions’ “Exploding Universe” uses 3D animation to simulate explosions across the universe, whether large or small. Presented on May 13 by … Read more

Australia’s tropical rainforests are dying faster in decades in ‘clear and stern climate warning’ | Environment

Trees in Australia’s tropical rainforest are dying at twice the rate since the 1980s, apparently due to global warming, according to new research raising concerns that tropical forests may start releasing more carbon dioxide than they absorb. The study, published in the journal Nature, found the average lifespan of tropical trees in the north Queensland … Read more

Earth’s space dust comes from the edge of the solar system

When you notice the faint glow of sunlight reflected in the dark sky just before dawn and after twilight, you are actually looking at the zodiac dust cloud. Dust encases our inner solar system and up to 30,000 tons of its particles rise into Earth’s atmosphere each year, according to some estimates. This dust has … Read more

New algorithm approach paves the way for larger, more complex metallic lenses

Metal fabricated with a small LCD screen displaying the Harvard logo. Credit: Capasso Lab / Harvard SEAS Compact and lightweight surfactants—which use specially designed and stylized nanostructures on a flat surface to focus, shape, and control light—are a promising technology for wearable applications, especially virtual and augmented reality systems. Today, research teams design a specific … Read more

Deciphering the synthetic gene pool of potent freshwater toxins

Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, Paulo and UC Santa Cruz collaborated to discover and validate the enzymes responsible for the production of One of the most toxic and fast-acting neurotoxins associated with harmful algal blooms in freshwater lakes and ponds. The team combined genetic and … Read more

The Loop Current, which fuels monstrous storms in the Gulf, is very similar to what it was before Hurricane Katrina | Hurricane Center

The Atlantic hurricane season Starting on June 1, the Gulf of Mexico is already warmer than average. Even more worrisome is the stream of warm tropical waters that flows unusually far into the bay for this time of year, with the potential to turn tropical storms into brutal hurricanes. It’s called the Loop Current, and … Read more

Are electric cars really better for the planet?

Electric cars are on the rise in recent years. More people are switching to lowering their emissions and being more environmentally friendly. With electric cars available in greater ranges, even electric car skeptics are turning to electric. Across the world, governments are encouraging drivers to make the change. Government grants are available to install electric … Read more