An anonymous reader writes “An international team of researchers, including a number from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine and public health, have discovered hundreds of genes that influence human height. Their findings confirm that the combination of a large number of genes in any given individual, rather than a simple “tall” gene or “short” gene, helps to determine a person’s stature. It also points the way to future studies exploring how these genes combine into biological pathways to impact human growth.”
MikeCapone writes “Scientists, using three NASA satellites, have created a first-of-its-kind map that details the height of the world’s forests. The data was collected from NASA’s ICESat, Terra and Aqua satellites. The latter two satellites are responsible for most of NASA’s Gulf spill imagery. The data collected will help scientists understand how the world’s forests both store and process carbon. While there are many local and regional canopy maps, this is the very first global map using a uniform method for measure.”
Determining the height of tall objects from a glance doesn’t require a prohibitively large tape measure — just a little math, a sharp eye and a protractor.
westtxfun writes “The STEREO satellites recently confirmed the existence of solar mega-tsunamis when they captured height data after a sunspot recently erupted. The scale of this tsunami literally dwarfs the Earth’s diameter — it was 62,000 miles high and raced across the surface at 560,000 mph! STEREO A and B orbit 90 degrees apart and luckily, one was overhead while the other saw the eruption on the limb. This gave NASA scientists enough data to confirm the tsunami wasn’t a shadow, solving a modern solar mystery. The images are simply stunning, to boot.”