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Nature Controls Colorado River Outlook

The Colorado River Basin’s water supply is mainly affected by wet and dry weather cycles, not changes in human use, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin. The strained nature of the system is caused by the lack of enough precipitation between droughts to fully replenish what was consumed,…

Our last, best chance to help planet

The United Nations Climate Change Conference currently being held in Paris is our best and last chance for a binding global agreement to cut emissions and help our planet. The Paris talks hope to achieve a legally binding agreement among all nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and thereby limit an expected global temperature increase…

It may not be Nixon’s trip to China, but Gov. Greg Abbott will lead a trade mission to Cuba next week. It will be Abbott’s second foreign trade trip — he visited Mexico in September — and the second trip to Cuba by a governor since President Barack Obama initiated a thaw in relations with…

Climate Change Can Tear Down Mountains

The St. Elias Mountains in Alaska are more than 5000 meters tall, testament to a tectonic plate wedged underneath the region that is driving them up like a snowplow. But the St. Elias range also contains some of the world’s largest glaciers, which inexhaustibly scour the mountains and dump sediment in the sea. Now, a…

We’re on the cusp of a new era for science and computer science. People are able to measure natural phenomena more precisely thanks to all the new sensors and the Internet of Things. We can handle immense amounts of data thanks to new data management technologies. And we’re producing ever more sophisticated algorithms and computer…

Surprisingly, scientists know very little about the water that’s located beneath the Earth’s surface. To overcome this knowledge gap, an international team of researchers has put together a new global map showing where and in what quantities this precious resource is located. To put this map together, the University of Victoria’s Tom Gleeson, along with…

Driving down McKinney Falls Parkway today, you wouldn’t think to look twice. It’s a small hill, about 100 feet to 150 feet high, that resembles a typical Hill Country view. But it’s the material underneath that makes it unique: volcanic igneous rock. It’s hard to imagine Austin 80 million years ago, when the volcano, now…

SALT LAKE CITY — A strange pig-snouted turtle that lived alongside tyrannosaurs and duck-billed dinosaurs has been discovered in Utah. The University of Utah announced the finding in a news release Wednesday. A team from the Natural History Museum of Utah discovered fossils of strange-looking turtle in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah….

U.S. should support basic research

BY KITTY L. MILLIKEN Special to the Star-Telegram Basic research into how our planet operates is an essential investment. That’s why it is alarming that the reauthorization of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act of 2007, or America COMPETES Act — passed by the U.S. House in…

Two new studies are adding to concerns about one of the most troubling scenarios for future climate change: the possibility that global warming could slow or shut down the Atlantic’s great ocean circulation systems, with dramatic implications for North America and Europe. One study, by three scientists from Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute, uses computers to model how…

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