NCAR developed and Vaisala commercialized the dropsonde, a meteorological instrument that is deployed from an aircraft into hurricanes to improve both track and intensity forecasts
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November 26th, 2015
November 12th, 2015
Every day, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are used safely in millions of cell phones, laptops, and electric-drive vehicles (EDVs). At the same time, Li-ion batteries have a tendency to overheat in very rare occasions, which has led to electronics product recalls and the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner airplane shortly after its maiden flight. The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently patented the Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device to enhance these battery designs by testing the effects of a latent internal short circuit and related escalating temperatures, which can lead to thermal runaway and hazards for drivers, air passengers—and astronauts.
October 22nd, 2015
On 5 November, 1965, the group now known as the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) cautioned President Lyndon B. Johnson that continued accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide resulting from fossil-fuel burning would “almost certainly cause significant changes” and “could be deleterious from the point of view of human beings.” The reality of human-induced climate change has now been soundly confirmed, yet public skepticism persists, and policy responses remain elusive.
September 5th, 2015
The strange but true tales of AARDDVARK-Radio research in the Antarctic and Arctic