Swarms of Miniature Robots Simultaneously Clean Up Microplastics and Microbes

5/15/2024 - By When old food packaging, discarded children's toys and other mismanaged plastic waste break down into microplastics, they become even harder to clean up from oceans and waterways. These tiny bits of plastic also attract bacteria, including those that cause disease. In a study in ACS Nano, researchers describe swarms… SEE MORE

How the Great Lakes Formed—And the Mystery of Who Watched It Happen

1/18/2024 - By  Gemma Tarlach Now, thanks to innovative technology, determination, and luck, archaeologists are bringing this lost human history to the surface, and piecing together the mystery of a hunter-gatherer society unlike any other in the region. The North American Great Lakes, sometimes called inland seas, are the world’s largest freshwater system. They… SEE MORE
NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., and Polynesian Voyaging Society CEO Nainoa Thompson signed the MOU in San Diego, California, aboard Hōkūle‘a. (Image credit: Ryan Miyamoto)

NOAA, Polynesian Voyaging Society Agreement Aims to Shed Light on Changing Environment

12/16/2023 - By Traditional science, indigenous knowledge will help communities make informed decisions about environmental stresses. NOAA and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) late last month agreeing to collaborate on the cultural Moananuiākea voyage and future PVS voyages. The Moananuiākea voyageoffsite link — a 43,000 nautical mile,… SEE MORE
Heron in Louisiana marsh (Photo: AdobeStock)

Louisiana Living Shoreline to Protect Levees, Restore Wetlands, and Reconnect People to the Coast

9/23/2023 - By With $4.5 million dollars in funding from NOAA under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, Jefferson Parish is building the first living shoreline to protect a federal levee system. Standing outside of Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant—one of the Bucktown, Louisiana, restaurants to come back… SEE MORE
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Large Geomagnetic Storm Hits Earth

6/13/2023 - By On April 21, 2023, a coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted from the sun, spewing out a burst of plasma that raced toward Earth at nearly two million miles per hour and generated a severe geomagnetic storm (level 4 out of 5 on NOAA’s space weather G- scale) at 3:26… SEE MORE