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Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

Science
Scientists are developing a satellite system to record the temperatures of individual fields of crops.The aim is to survey land temperatures to estimate water-use by plants and to show how they transfer that water back to the atmosphere. The data will also help monitor how much water is available to grow crops and how they are responding to drought.The new system is being considered for inclusion in the EU's Earth observation programme, Copernicus.It would be an addition to the Union's ever-growing number of satellites it calls the Sentinels.A team led by Prof Martin Wooster at King's College London, UK, is exploring options for the next phase of the EU and European Space Agency-coordinated programme. "The main science goal is t...
Little Mix's Perrie Edwards drop jaws in plunging crop top: 'The hottest'

Little Mix's Perrie Edwards drop jaws in plunging crop top: 'The hottest'

Entertainment
The Little Mix  ladies are currently riding high following the release of their hotly-anticipated fifth studio album LM5, which was released at midnight.And the band is just hours away from releasing the music video for their new single Strip, which features them nude, wearing only pen-markings of the labels they have been given by others.In the midst of the excitement, Perrie Edwards, 25, took to Instagram and shared a picture of herself from the band's album promo shots.Looking every inch the blonde beauty, the songstress donned a teeny black crop top, which showed off her toned midriff. Related Articles Thanks to the wardrobe item's corset design, Perrie's upper body took pride of place.The starlet completed the look with a black blazer — worn off...
Rising global temperatures to cause insect crop losses, food shortages: Study

Rising global temperatures to cause insect crop losses, food shortages: Study

Technology
Rising global temperatures are leading to a boom in the number of insects devouring crops worldwide, and could cause future food shortages, says a study published last week in the journal Science. According to researchers, the global yield losses of wheat, maize and rice crops to pests, particularly in the temperate northern regions of the globe, are projected to increase by 10 to 25 percent per degree Celsius increase of global mean surface warming. "The impact of insects because of climate change could be at least as great and perhaps greater than the impact of climate on crop itself directly," Josh Tewksbury, a research professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and one of the authors of the study, told ABC News. "The major finding is that we're underestimating the degree to w...
Efforts to geoengineer cooler temperatures could depress crop yields

Efforts to geoengineer cooler temperatures could depress crop yields

Science
Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Geoengineering projects large enough to cool global temperatures would have significant unintended consequences on crop growth, new research suggests. Some researchers have proposed cloud seeding and other geoengineering efforts designed to reflect sunlight and cool Earth. While cooler temperatures would protect crops from heat damage, the reduction in sunlight would inhibit growth. Predicting the impacts of large-scale geoengineering efforts isn't easy. Without actually carrying out cloud seeding experiments, it's hard to anticipate the magnitude of the impacts on Earth's climate. However, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, realized Earth's volcanic past could provide clues. "The problem in figuring out the consequences of solar geoengineering is that...
Michelle Keegan flaunts abs in teeny crop top: 'Absolute babe'

Michelle Keegan flaunts abs in teeny crop top: 'Absolute babe'

Entertainment
Instagram MICHELLE KEEGAN: Very's brand ambassador flaunted her abs of steel in a lace crop top The former Coronation Street cast member is currently visiting her husband Mark Wright, 30, in Los Angeles, California.And the actress is keeping fans up to date on her travels via her Michelle Keegan Instagram profile.Taking to the photo-sharing site last night, the 30-year-old posted a jaw-dropping picture of herself on a night out.Dressed to impress, the Brit beauty rocked a black crop top, paired with matching lace flared trousers.Standing with one hand on her hip, Michelle brought attention to her washboard abs as she posed up a storm outside a restaurant. Michelle Keegan in pictures ...