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NASA and NOAA's nighttime and daytime views of the blizzard of 2015
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA and NOAA have provided night-time and daytime views of the Blizzard of 2015 from the Suomi NPP and the GOES-East satellites.

Lawrence Livermore research finds early Mesoamericans affected by climate change
(DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Scientists have reconstructed the past climate for the region around Cantona, a large fortified city in highland Mexico, and found the population drastically declined in the past, at least in part because of climate change.

From Tar Sands to Ring of Fire -- forewarning changes to Canada's watersheds
(University of Toronto) Ecologists have found the conservation of aquatic ecosystems in Canada has not kept pace with the country's changing landscape, and a prioritization of protection is needed. This new assessment of environmental, human census and business pattern data shows climate warming and northward expansion of human activities over a decade, and can be used to guide strategies for managing freshwater resources by highlighting the regions where humans are now having the greatest impact.

This week from AGU: Iceberg sounds, underground water reserves, volcanoes on Mars
(American Geophysical Union) This week from AGU: iceberg sounds, underground water reserves, and volcanoes on Mars.

NASA spots heavy rainfall in Tropical Cyclone Diamondra
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The eighth tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean season has formed far from land, and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite saw some heavy rain east of the storm's center.

FASEB Science Research Conference: Mechanisms in Plant Development
(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) This FASEB Science Research Conference is an important and unique scientific meeting where the intersections of plant development, signaling, modeling and genomics are explored through talks, poster sessions, and intensive scientific discussion.

NREL releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, detailing increases in installed capacity
(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) he newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

NREL reports examine economic trade-offs of owning versus leasing a solar photovoltaic system
(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Two new reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examine the economic options customers face when deciding how to finance commercial or residential solar energy systems. NREL analysts found that businesses that use low-cost financing to purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system and homeowners who use solar-specific loans can save up to 30 percent compared with consumers who lease a PV system through a conventional third-party owner.

UT Dallas professor named IEEE Fellow
(University of Texas at Dallas) Renewable energy leader Dr. Babak Fahimi, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

How do moisturizers work? (video)
(American Chemical Society) The cold weather of winter can also mean dry, cracked skin. Many reach for the moisturizer to keep their skin soft, but how do these products actually work? Before you head to the beauty aisle, Reactions has the answers in this week's episode. Check it out here:

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