Brain Food http://knau.org en Brain Food: Souvenir Research...Why Do We Buy Them? http://knau.org/post/brain-food-souvenir-researchwhy-do-we-buy-them <p>Travelers love souvenirs, and now research being done at Northern Arizona University proves that.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 50598 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Souvenir Research...Why Do We Buy Them? Brain Food: The Active Seismic Zone of Northern Arizona http://knau.org/post/brain-food-active-seismic-zone-northern-arizona <p>Earthquakes can’t be predicted, but Professor Dave Brumbaugh says Northern Arizona can expect seismic activity simply because there are a number of faults here. Brumbaugh is the director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center on the Northern Arizona University Campus. He says the Earth’s crust in the region is expanding.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 50295 at http://knau.org Brain Food: The Active Seismic Zone of Northern Arizona Brain Food: Understanding the Land’s Role in a Changing Climate http://knau.org/post/brain-food-understanding-land-s-role-changing-climate <p>Much of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from human activities — like burning fossil fuel — is taken up as plant food. Northern Arizona University’s Debbie Huntzinger, a researcher of climate change models, says the land’s surface is currently storing more of the greenhouse gas than it’s giving off.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 49942 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Understanding the Land’s Role in a Changing Climate Brain Food: Impact Craters and the Search for Water http://knau.org/post/brain-food-impact-craters-and-search-water <p>Nadine Barlow studies impact craters throughout the solar system. This professor of physics and astronomy at Northern Arizona University calls these craters nature’s drills because they tell us what’s buried beneath the surface.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 49303 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Impact Craters and the Search for Water Brain Food: Harvesting Energy http://knau.org/post/brain-food-harvesting-energy <p>When a bird flaps its wings or a seal dives into the ocean, it’s generating energy. Michael Shafer, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Northern Arizona University, says it’s possible to harvest the energy that an animal produces and use it to power transmitters that collect information for biologists.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 48978 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Harvesting Energy Brain Food: Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly Comes to Flagstaff http://knau.org/post/brain-food-space-shuttle-commander-mark-kelly-comes-flagstaff <p>Astronaut Mark Kelly says New York’s Times Square is the brightest place on Earth when looking down from space. After that, the next brightest is the Strip in Las Vegas. What may not be readily seen from space is Flagstaff, the first International Dark Sky City. That’s a designation he and his wife, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, fully support. Kelly recently spoke on the campus of Northern Arizona University.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:39:42 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 48681 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly Comes to Flagstaff Brain Food: Hydrologic Systems And Forest Restoration http://knau.org/post/brain-food-hydrologic-systems-and-forest-restoration <p>Many scientists say intense wildfires, like the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, underscore the urgency for forest restoration. Hydrogeologist Abe Springer studies how forest treatments, like thinning and prescribed burns, are impacting natural water systems. He say 80-85 percent of precipitation evaporates or transpires in northern Arizona's over crowded forests. Most of the rest runs off with very little left to recharge the aquifers.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:50:43 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 48411 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Hydrologic Systems And Forest Restoration Brain Food: The Alter G Treadmill...Like Running In Space http://knau.org/post/brain-food-alter-g-treadmilllike-running-space <p>A machine that helped astronauts get used to what it feels like to walk in space is now being used at Northern Arizona University. Physical Therapy Professor Dirk de Heer says the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill teaches students about biomechanics.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:32:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 48031 at http://knau.org Brain Food: The Alter G Treadmill...Like Running In Space Brain Food: Living Soil http://knau.org/post/brain-food-living-soil <p>Biologist Egbert Schwartz has developed a technique to identify whether micro-organisms can grow in places where no other signs of life can be found, like the rocky, icy region of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 47020 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Living Soil Brain Food: Designing Wildlife Corridors http://knau.org/post/brain-food-designing-wildlife-corridors <p>As highways, cities, canals and railroads continue to be built across the West, some natural landscapes are becoming fragmented into patches, too small to support populations of certain animals.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:44:07 +0000 Bonnie Stevens 46151 at http://knau.org Brain Food: Designing Wildlife Corridors