DNR weekend reading: Scientists urge fire detection by satellite, and other news

Bald Hill Natural Area Preserve
To prevent damage to land and streams, a helicopter was used to remove trees from the Bald Hill Natural Area Preserve. The restoration of sensitive grassland balds and Garry oak trees at the 314-acre site is funded by a grant award. Photo: Birdie Davenport/DNR.

Here are links to articles about recent research, discoveries and other news about forests, climate, energy and other science topics gathered by DNR for your weekend reading:

University of California, Berkeley: Time Is Ripe for Fire Detection Satellite, Say Scientists
As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, scientists say it’s time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite.

University of Washington: Global Ocean Currents Explain Why Northern Hemisphere Is the Soggier One
For years, scientists figured that a quirk of the Earth’s geometry is the reason that most tropical rain falls in the Northern Hemisphere; however, a new University of Washington study shows that the pattern arises from ocean currents originating from the poles, thousands of miles away.

University of Illinois/Urbana: Team uses forest waste to develop cheaper, greener supercapacitors
Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today’s activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost — and with environmentally friendly byproducts.

American Society for Horticultural Science: Flame Cultivation Promising as Weed Control Method for Cranberry
In the search for alternatives to the use of herbicides to control weeds in cranberry bogs, researchers are looking at flame cultivation as a potential nonchemical weed control option.

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