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  • Himawari-8 is an advanced Japanese geostationary satellite located 22,300 miles above Earth.
  • “Deliver[s] meteorological data with double the resolution, three times the speed, and multiple scales.”
  • U.S. version of satellite will launch in the fall of 2016.
  • Movements of water show global surface temps leveled and even cooled slightly since early 2000s
  • Cooler surface temps also are related to Pacific Decadal Oscillation, moving in a 20- to 30-year cycle
  • Pattern appears to be shifting, bringing cooler-than-normal water to eastern Pacific, warmer water to the western side
  • The impacts of climate change are rapidly shrinking the area where bumblebees are found in both North America and Europe
  • Researchers examined more than 420,000 historical and current records of many species of bumblebees
  • "If we don't stop the decline in the abundance of bumblebees, we may well face higher food prices, diminished varieties, and other troubles."
  • Since 2004 seals have been used to gather detailed information from parts of the ocean near impossible to reach by humans.
  • 400,000 environmental profiles of the polar oceans collected; one of the largest databases of its kind ever created
  • The seal sensors, or "tags", record everything from ocean temperature to salinity, and work up to 6000 ft. deep
  • Named Foldscope, the microscope can be printed on to A4 paper for around 50 cents.
  • The simple tool could be a massive help in the developing world for diagnosing & treading disease.
  • Foldscope is ideal for use in K12 science education, field based citizen science and global health alike.
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