Day: October 21, 2019

New deep-water coral discovered

Pax, Latin for ‘peace’ made its way into the scientific name of a new coral discovered off Pacific Panama and described in the journal Bulletin of Marine Science. According to researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), the Centro de Investigacion en Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia at the University of Costa Rica (CIMAR)…

Apple teams up with Conservation International to fund restoration in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills

Apple routinely donates to and works with nonprofits such as Conservation International as part of its climate change and environmental work. This year, Apple is working with Conservation International to restore degraded grasslands of the Chyulu Hills in Kenya. Ecobee HomeKit Thermostat As reported by Fast Company, Apple is donating to Conservation International’s restoration efforts.…

Magneto-inertial fusion experiment nears completion

Supersonic jets fired from 7 plasma guns collide in PLX test firings. In addition to debugging the machine, the experiments provide data to verify models of colliding plasmas important for astrophysics, aeronautics, and various controlled fusion schemes. Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory Assembly of the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is…

California’s crashing kelp forest

Bull kelp in northern Califoria. Credit: Peggy Foreman, NOAA Fisheries First the sea stars wasted to nothing. Then the purple urchins took over, eating and eating until the bull kelp forests were gone. The red abalone starved. Their fishery closed. Red sea urchins starved. Their fishery collapsed. And the ocean kept warming. It sounds like…