U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

8:41am

Thu April 25, 2013
Science

Over Grand County Drones Are Bird Watching, Not People Watching

The Raven A drone is assembled on site and launched by hand
Grace Hood KUNC

The U.S. Geological Survey is turning the unblinking eye in the sky of drones to a more benign purpose. Instead of watching the battlefield, they’re bird watching.

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9:22am

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Midwest Rivers Crest As Flooding Turns Deadly

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 12:02 pm

National Weather Service Significant Flood Outlook for the week of April 23 - 28, 2013.
National Weather Service

Flooding continues to plague the upper Midwest, as waters crested at record highs in places and weary river-town residents watched the flood markers for signs of relief.

NPR's David Schaper, reporting from Chicago, tells our Newscast Unit that the Mississippi River continues to rise, overtopping small levees north of St. Louis. But he says some of the bigger problems are in Illinois, near the town of Peoria, where "many roads, homes and businesses are flooded, and dozens of Peoria-area residents have been evacuated."

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1:29pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Environment

You Ask, USGS Answers: Denver Has Questions On Climate Change

A screencapture from 'Climate Connections', where Jessica Robertson of the USGS sought out your questions on the Denver 16th Street Mall
USGS YouTube.com

Confused about climate change? Well, The U.S. Geological Survey is taking on the task and answering your questions with their ‘Climate Connections’ video series.

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6:18am

Sat April 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Strong Quake In China Kills Dozens, Injures Thousands

A rescuer carries a child to safety after she was pulled out of her collapsed home after an earthquake hit Ya'an City in southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturday.
AFP/Getty Images

"A powerful earthquake jolted China's Sichuan province Saturday near where a devastating quake struck five years ago," The Associated Press writes. According to CNN, early estimates put the death toll around 100. More than 1,000 other people were reportedly injured. Both figures could change substantially as more information comes in.

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4:53am

Fri March 15, 2013
Energy

Could Tapping Undersea Methane Lead To A New Gas Boom?

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:38 am

This photo from a Kyodo News helicopter shows a flame of natural gas from a Japanese deep-sea drilling ship on Tuesday. This successful extraction of methane from the seafloor was a world first.
Kyodo Landov

The new boom in natural gas from shale has changed the energy economy of the United States. But there's another giant reservoir of natural gas that lies under the ocean floor that, theoretically, could dwarf the shale boom.

No one had tapped this gas from the seabed until this week, when Japanese engineers pulled some up through a well from under the Pacific. The gas at issue here is called methane hydrate. Methane is natural gas; hydrate means there's water in it. In this case, the molecules of gas are trapped inside a sort of cage of water molecules.

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