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  • This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air

    04/13/2017 7:55:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | Apr. 13, 2017 | Robert Service
    You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people.   There are an estimated 13 trillion liters of water floating in the atmosphere...
  • Deserts 'greening' from rising carbon dioxide: Green foliage boosted across the world's arid regions

    03/09/2017 5:18:36 PM PST · by Stopthethreat · 37 replies
    Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world's arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research. In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue. "In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments...
  • Saharan silver ants can control electromagnetic waves over extremely broad spectrum range

    06/18/2015 12:42:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-18-2015 | Provided by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Nanfang Yu, assistant professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, and colleagues from the University of Zürich and the University of Washington, have discovered two key strategies that enable Saharan silver ants to stay cool in one of the hottest terrestrial environments on Earth. Yu's team is the first to demonstrate that the ants use a coat of uniquely shaped hairs to control electromagnetic waves over an extremely broad range from the solar spectrum (visible and near-infrared) to the thermal radiation spectrum (mid-infrared), and that different physical mechanisms are used in different spectral bands to realize the same biological function...
  • Desert varnish grows much faster than geologists admit

    06/12/2015 8:31:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 10 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 6-12-15 | Michael J. Oard
    Desert varnish grows much faster than geologists admit by Michael J. Oard Dozens of geological processes are commonly claimed to proceed too slowly for the short timescale of the Bible. Many of these claimed slow processes have attached dates of tens of thousands to millions of years. However, we usually only hear one side of the origins issue. It is too easy to make a wrong decision based on only one opinion. We should investigate the other side of an issue, especially when one side is heavily censored in the public arena. We also need to be aware that there...
  • Video: Huge Lake Suddenly Appears in Middle of Desert

    08/02/2014 6:08:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 02, 2014
    'Some say that it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse': Tunisian journalistTunisians are enjoying escaping the heat of summer by swimming in the mystery lake. (Pic @ Instagram) Nobody knows how, when or why… yet. The fact is, a lake has mysteriously appeared suddenly in the middle of Tunisian desert. No scientific explanation has been forthcoming as yet for for ‘Gafsa Beach’, discovered by shepherds three weeks ago. Authorities have issued a warning, according to a report in the Independent, that the water, which started off a crystalline blue and has since turned a murky green...
  • Mysterious lake in Tunisian desert turns from turquoise to green sludge

    08/01/2014 7:37:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Kim Willsher
    The stretch of water, dubbed the Lac de Gafsa, may be the result of a rupture in the rock above the local water table. The lake appeared in the Tunisian desert like a mirage; one minute there was nothing but scorching sand, the next a large expanse of turquoise water. Shepherds discovered the lake, thought to be up to 18 meters deep and covering one hectare, three weeks ago. Local geologists suspect seismic activity may have ruptured the rock above the water table sending the liquid to the surface.
  • NASA Photo of the Day: The Great Salt Desert of Iran

    10/28/2013 5:51:39 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 15 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | October 15, 2011 | National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    Iran's Great Salt Desert (Dasht-e Kavir) photographed from the NASA Landsat 5 satellite on October 15, 2011. 1500 x 1000, 2000 x 1333, 3000 x 2000, 4000 x 2667, 4931 x 3287. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-201312.htm
  • Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )

    08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2013
    It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center. LAS VEGAS — For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who...
  • Deserts ‘greening’ from rising CO2

    07/09/2013 2:18:49 PM PDT · by kathsua · 28 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 8, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research. In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue. “In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments...
  • ‘Star Wars’ Fans Restore Luke Skywalker’s Tunisia Ranch

    07/14/2012 9:39:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | July 12, 2012
    Fans of the late-1970s "Star Wars" movies probably know that Luke Skywalker, a reluctant hero battling his way through the film's evil Galactic Empire, was raised on the windswept plains of Tatooine, a desert wasteland planet located on the outer rim of director/writer George Lucas’ fictional galaxy. In reality, Skywalker’s house - known as the Lars homestead - is actually located in southern Tunisia. The whitewashed ranch was constructed on an outdoor movie set in a desert region known as Tozeur. And after more than three decades of blowing sands and extreme Saharan heat, Skywalker’s domed home was beginning to...
  • Autistic man, 28, found alive after being lost for 3 weeks in remote Utah desert

    07/13/2012 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Washi · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 13, 1012 | FoxNews.com
    BOULDER, Utah – A 28-year-old autistic man from Colorado was found emaciated but alive on Thursday after living off mainly frogs and roots while wandering for at least three weeks in the remote Escalante Desert of southern Utah, authorities said. William Martin LaFever of Colorado Springs, Colo., told rescuers that in addition to the bits of food he scavenged, he drank water from the Escalante River while attempting to walk from Boulder, Utah, to Page, Ariz., a distance of approximately 90 miles or more by the route he appeared to be taking. The Garfield County Sheriff's Department estimated he had...
  • Mac Gyver Lives! Man build motorcycle from broken down car to escape desert

    06/12/2012 10:13:45 AM PDT · by njslim · 44 replies
    AutoBlog.com ^ | Jeremy Korzeniewski
    According to Merriam-Webster, ingenuity can be defined as "skill or cleverness in devising or combining" or "cleverness or aptness of design or contrivance." We'd say that's an apt description of a Frenchman named Emile who reportedly found himself stranded in the deserts of Northwest Africa after breaking a frame rail and a suspension swingarm underneath his Citroën 2CV. What to do? Why, disassemble the broken hulk and build yourself a motorcycle from its pile of parts, of course! As the story goes, Emile was able to use the inventive machine to escape the desert, though not before convincing the local...
  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Kuriositas
    Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert Many have visited an abandoned city and wondered what catastrophic event could have caused such an exodus from a metropolis once so evidently thriving. Yet these cities are usually hundreds if not thousands of years old, the everyday clamor and cry of civilization just an echo. Visit Mo'ynaq in Uzbekistan, however, and you can see apocalypse right here, right now. The Soviet era sign still welcomes people to the city. Yet there are few visitors who stay more than a few hours. They all leave after they have done looking at what...
  • Almost Perfectly Preserved’ WWII Fighter Discovered in Sahara Desert — 70 Years After Disappearing

    05/11/2012 9:07:30 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 100 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/10/12 | Becket Adams
    It’s not quite the same as the opening sequence to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but it’s awfully close. The Daily Mail reports that a Polish oil company worker, Jakub Perka, has discovered an “almost perfectly preserved” Kittyhawk P-40 that crash-landed in the Sahara Desert in 1942. “Despite the crash impact, most of the aircraft’s cockpit instruments are intact,” according to the report.
  • Iran readies secret salt desert bunkers for clandestine nuclear facilities

    05/05/2012 6:17:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Debka ^ | 5/5/12
    When International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Yukiya Amano declared Friday, May 4, that “Parchin (the suspected site of nuclear-related explosion tests) is the priority and we start with that,” he may have missed the boat. As he spoke, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said it was possible that Iran was already putting in place the infrastructure for building a nuclear bomb in 60 days. In this regard, debkafile’s military sources disclose that Iran had by the end of 2009 early 2012 completed the construction of a new chain of underground facilities deep inside the Dasht e-Kavir (Great Salt Desert)...
  • Rivals thirst for duel in desert (Wednesday's Debate)

    02/21/2012 8:59:53 AM PST · by no dems · 4 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 21, 2012 | S. A. Miller
    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are sharpening their jabs for a debate showdown tomorrow, their last face-to-face confrontation before the increasingly tight GOP presidential primaries in Arizona and Michigan next Tuesday. Debates have marked a turning point at several junctures in the topsy-turvy 2012 Republican race, and the debate will be Romney’s best chance to blunt Santorum’s rapid rise. For Santorum, it’s a golden opportunity to solidify his standing as the leading conservative candidate in the race and build on momentum carrying his campaign forward since wins Feb. 7 in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. The CNN-sponsored debate in...
  • Sacrificing the desert to save the Earth

    02/05/2012 6:24:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 5, 2012 | By Julie Cart
    Environmentalists are torn over the high cost of breaking reliance on fossil fuels. Industrial-scale solar development is well underway in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. The federal government has furnished more public property to this cause than it has for oil and gas exploration over the last decade — 21 million acres. In the fight against climate change, the Mojave Desert is about to take one for the team. "I have spent my entire career thinking of myself as an advocate on behalf of public lands and acting for their protection," said Johanna Wald, a veteran environmental...
  • Reason TV Battle for the California Desert: Why is the Government Driving Folks Off the Land

    08/25/2011 10:58:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/25/11 | Reason TV
    <p>The Antelope Valley is a vast patch of desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, and a segment of the few rugged individualists who live out there increasingly are finding themselves the targets of armed raids from local code enforcement agents, who’ve assembled into task forces called Nuisance Abatement Teams (NATs).</p>
  • A Saudi Arabian Phenomenon Revisited [Video]

    08/20/2011 6:48:33 PM PDT · by OneVike · 27 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 8/20/11 | Chuck Ness
    The video you are about to watch was filmed by a driver who stopped along the freeway with many others just outside Al-Ahsa City, in Saudi Arabia. Throughout the last few years there have been many theories put forth as to what caused this phenomenon. Along with those theories, various names have been used to describe it, like "Sand Geyser," "Sand Fountain," "Sand Volcano," and "Sand Injectites." The quality of the video is not the best because it was filmed with a cell phone, and the person who filmed it has not ever identified himself. However, the video is...
  • AZ Wildfires.

    06/04/2011 7:35:44 PM PDT · by yankee turned redneck · 11 replies
    Will Arizona get federal help for their wildfires? I doubt it.