Science http://www.kunc.org en There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower http://www.kunc.org/post/theres-big-leak-americas-water-tower The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called "the crown of the continent," and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw.<p>But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists now say warming is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering from prolonged drought.<p>To see how this vast natural irrigation system works, it's best to fly over it. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 59844 at http://www.kunc.org There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower Squeezing Diesel From A Seed http://www.kunc.org/post/squeezing-diesel-seed <p>On a windy August day outside of Fort Collins, three Colorado State University students crouch in a field, harvesting a crop by hand. The plants in the field, which are browning slower than usual during a wet, cool summer, are a light tan color and about knee high.</p><p>The crop is called camelina, and the researchers believe these plants, which produce tiny, oil-filled seeds, could provide farmers with the ability to grow their own fuel on the farm.</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 59663 at http://www.kunc.org Squeezing Diesel From A Seed Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos http://www.kunc.org/post/elephant-slaughter-african-slavery-and-americas-pianos The illegal trade in ivory from African elephants has tripled in the past 15 years, to the extent that biologists <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/06/173508369/elephant-poaching-pushes-species-to-brink-of-extinction">fear</a> for the creatures' future existence.<p>Most of the ivory is sold in China and Vietnam, and these days the U.S. government and international conservation groups urge those countries to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/05/337973375/african-countries-say-they-need-help-to-stop-elephant-poaching">arrest the traffickers</a>. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 59643 at http://www.kunc.org Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser http://www.kunc.org/post/physicists-crush-diamonds-giant-laser Physicists have used the world's most powerful laser to zap diamonds. The results, they say, could tell us more about the cores of giant planets.<p>"Diamonds have very special properties, besides being very expensive and used for jewelrey etc.," says <a href="https://www-pls.llnl.gov/?url=about_pls-scientific_staff-smith_r">Raymond Smith</a>, a researcher at <a href="https://www.llnl.gov/">Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory</a> in California. "It's the hardest substance known to man."<p>And diamonds aren't just here on Earth. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 58893 at http://www.kunc.org Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat? http://www.kunc.org/post/collecting-animals-science-noble-mission-or-threat Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, there's a vast, warehouse-like room that's filled with metal cabinets painted a drab institutional green. Inside the cabinets are more than a half-million birds — and these birds are not drab. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 57913 at http://www.kunc.org Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?