Stronger winds heat up West Antarctic ice melt

Being driven by strengthening winds on the opposite side of the continent

This image shows the path of the Kelvin waves that interact with the Antarctic Circumpolar Current Online  —  New research published recently in Nature Climate Change has revealed how strengthening winds on the opposite side of Antarctica, up to 6000 km away, drive the high rate of ice melt along the West Antarctic Peninsula.

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science found winds in East Antarctica can generate sea-level disturbances that propagate around the continent at almost 700 kilometres per hour via a type of ocean wave known as a Kelvin wave.

When these waves encounter the steep underwater topography off the West Antarctic Peninsula, they push warmer water towards the large ice shelves along the shoreline. Continue reading

Lab Tools for Concentrating Samples Safely & Quickly

Genevac Rocket Synergy, HT & EZ-2 series evaporators

Genevac Rocket Synergy, HT and EZ-2 series evaporators Ipswich, UK & Stone Ridge, NY, USA  —  Genevac has remained an industry leader by partnering with customers to understand the obstacles involved in using centrifugal evaporation/concentration systems.
This partnership has led to the development of a range of innovations including Dri-Pure®, SampleGenie™, temperature control and highly solvent resistant build quality making Genevac evaporators the leading tools of choice for this concentration of samples prior to analysis.

Traditionally protocols for concentration of chromatographic fractions prior to analysis has involved drying multiple fractions in an evaporator, re-suspending pooled fractions into a single vial and then re-drying before storage and analysis.

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Internet Enabled TC Data Logger & More

WebDAQ Devices from Measurement Computing

WebDAQ 316 stand-alone, temperature logger designed for remote monitoring and control of thermocouple data.NORTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Measurement Computing Corporation announces the release of WebDAQ internet enabled data loggers. WebDAQ devices offer a complete and easy-to-use remote data acquisition solution.

In an age of mobile applications and connected devices, the ability to access data remotely is more important than ever.

WebDAQ offers a new data logger architecture that allows configuration and access to the data from anywhere in the world. Continue reading

Five PC-based Data Acquisition Traps

(and how to avoid them)

isolation barrierOnline — When you move a data acquisition system from the controlled environment of the laboratory to the shop floor, a number of factors may combine to destroy your measurement accuracy at best, or your equipment at worst.

An understanding of these factors is therefore crucial to measurement success.

Through the applications support program at DATAQ Instruments, they’ve identified five recurring roadblocks to successful measurements in industrial situations, which are discussed on their in the order of most to least common, together with some real-life examples to enhance your understanding of the concepts involved.

The Five Factors are:

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WEBINAR: Creating a Competitive Edge with Meteorological Services

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 2:00pm ET

Screen Shot Earth_Network_logoOnline  —  Weather has a big impact on businesses. 2016 was a record breaking year for weather disasters.

Already in 2017, we’ve seen 9 weather events each exceeding $1 billion in losses.

Find out how Earth Networks can help your organization be prepared for the unexpected. Continue reading

T&D and CAS Dataloggers are Back from Pittcon

Featuring WiFi Data Storage

TR-71wf Temperature Data LoggerChesterland, OH, USA — At CAS DataLoggers,  back from Pittcon, the world’s largest annual exposition for laboratory science, together with T&D they showed visitors the future of data collection—wireless data loggers!

T&D’s WiFi temperature monitoring and cloud technology is an ideal way to store your data online.

Additionally, T&D’s free WebStorage Service is a great way to store your data online.

Data management has never been easier! Continue reading

Review: Take control of your closest environment with the Foobot air monitor

By Marko Maslakovic
Online  — Most people don’t know that pollution sources indoors are more diverse and numerous than outdoors.

In fact, the air indoors can be up to five times worse than outdoors!

This plays a huge role in your well-being. As you breathe in unhealthy air, you increase your chances of developing long-term diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.

There are also some short term effects such as colds, allergies and poor sleeping quality.

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) has long been used as an indicator and can be measured by low-cost sensors. However, there is more than CO2 that should be measured. Continue reading

The Simplicity of Steam Sterilization

Autoclave Validation

Data Loggers for Sterilization ApplicationsWarner, NH, USA — Despite the many sterilization methods available today, steam sterilization continues to rise as a top choice because of its simple yet effective decontamination method.

Through the use of an autoclave, this process involves four parameters: steam, pressure, temperature and time.

A successful cycle directly exposes the contaminated items to steam at the required temperature and pressed for the specified time.

Steam sterilization is typically carried by using a high-pressure chamber, known as an autoclave. Once the chamber is sealed, steam is pumped into the top and sides of the chamber, forcing the air out. Continue reading

Human-made aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patterns

UM Rosenstiel School researchers study particles

Spatial distribution of the annual=mean precipitation averaged from 1979-2008. Credit: Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) data setMIAMI, FL, USA -— In a new study, scientists found that aerosol particles released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels are a primary driver of changes in rainfall patterns across the globe.

The results of the climate system-model simulations conducted by researchers Brian Soden and Eui-Seok Chung from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science revealed that changes in clouds, as a result of their interaction with these man-made aerosols in the atmosphere, are driving large-scale shifts in rainfall and temperature on Earth. Continue reading

Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature

Version 5 (ERSSTv5)

Monthly and globally averaged ERSST v5 anomaly from 1854–2016 in comparison with v4. Note that the data are more reliable after the 1940s.Online — NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is pleased to announce that ERSST version 5 (v5) is now available online

The data outputs include ASCII and NetCDF formats in two different directories.

Each directory contains a Readme file for the information of the data file structure. Continue reading

Thermal Imaging Speeds Up Repair of Printed Circuit Boards

FLIR’s New ETS320 Thermal Infrared Imager Belgium. —  FLIR Systems has published an application note that describes how their ETS320 thermal infrared imaging camera is being used by ISOMEDIA GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) to investigate and speed-up the repair of assembled printed circuit boards (PBA).

Earlier this year the company invested in a FLIR ETS320 non-contact thermal measurement system.

The new portable system, which pairs a high sensitivity infrared camera with an integrated stand, has enabled ISOMEDIA to undertake hands-free thermal analysis of printed circuit boards and other small electronics. Continue reading

Global Warming 101

Everything you wanted to know about our changing climate but were too afraid to ask

March 11, 2016 Amanda MacMillan

Screen ShotStop TrumpOnline. —  This is a Q & A structured web page on the NRDC website that presents a straightforward description of the issue of Global Warming.

It starts simply like this:

Q: What is global warming?

A: Here’s a simple definition of global warming. (And yes, it’s really happening.) Over the past 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history.

And experts see the trend is accelerating: All but one of the 16 hottest years in NASA’s 134-year record have occurred since 2000.

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