October 28, 2014

Satellites Map Climate Change

According to climatologists, the increasing impact of climate change means some regions will be wetter than ever, and some will experience unprecedented droughts.  Yet while it’s already too late to entirely avoid the consequences of such changes, farmers and water supply managers will soon have a satellite-based tool to help address these mounting challenges.  NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive SMAP satellite mission, which is scheduled to launch November 5, will measure the water content of the planet’s soil every two to three days.

While SMAP’s microwave devices measure only the moisture content in the top two inches of soil, scientists can infer more about water conditions deeper in the ground.  The data will be of sufficient accuracy for the biggest data users of soil moisture data – agriculture and those who do flood modeling and drought monitoring.  -- GCN October 2014, page 42


"$12M grant helps UNM unlock cells’ secrets" – Albuquerque Journal

Cells talk to each other, and new tools are helping University of New Mexico scientists learn the language.

The work uses innovative microscopes and mathematics to unlock the innermost secrets of cells, said Bridget Wilson, a UNM pathologist.

Wilson directs a UNM center that has received a $12 million five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will allow the New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling to continue through 2015.  – 10/28/2014