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Evaluation of Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs) in the Urban Wetland Ecosystem: Las Vegas Wash

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DSC01435Antibiotic resistance is an increasing environmental and public health concern as more antibiotics enter urban waterways and treated wastewater is increasingly used to supplement limited water resources. A team of DRI researchers is beginning to investigate this issue in the Las Vegas Wash.

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Into the Plume: Advancing Fire Science Using Drone Technology

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SQUARE Researchers and drone at FASMEE June 2019 Credit Dave VuonoThis June, five DRI researchers went on a unique kind of camping trip. They and nearly 35 other scientists spent several days and nights in a remote area of central Utah’s Fishlake National Forest to do something that’s never been done before: to light 2000 acres of forest on fire for the biggest prescribed fire experiment yet attempted.

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Problem Plastic: Investigating Microplastic Pollution in Nevada’s Waterways

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DSC06978Microplastics are plastic pieces ranging in size from 5mm to microscopic particles, in other words, the size of a pencil’s eraser or smaller. They've been found everywhere from the air we breathe to the deep ocean. A team of DRI researchers have begun to investigate these increasingly troubling pollutants in two bodies of freshwater in Nevada: Lake Tahoe and the Las Vegas Wash.

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Preserving Nevada’s Lost City using drones

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Archaeologists in lost cityNevada’s “Lost City,” located northeast of Las Vegas on a terrace above the Muddy River, has been lost twice before – first abandoned by the native people who built it, then later flooded beneath the waters of Lake Mead – but a team of archaeologists from the Desert Research Institute’s Las Vegas campus hopes to ensure that it isn’t lost a third time.

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Putting the Knowledge Fund to Work

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CRVB Feb 2018 Credit Cat Allison squareCreated in 2013, the Knowledge Fund spurs research, innovation, and commercialization in Nevada. Thanks to this support, researchers across the Silver State have been busy cultivating the intellectual property that will continue the diversification of our economy for years to come. DRI researchers have been awarded over $11 million by the Knowledge Fund. Learn more about DRI's Knowledge Fund supported projects in this blog.

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12 Days of DRI: 2018 in Review

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Landscape at WAIS 2 Ken Taylor FieldworkIt’s safe to say that 2018 has been a great year for DRI. From launching new programs to engage community members in science and technology to making new strides in our core research areas, we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we’re looking forward to all that next year may hold. For our final blog post of the year, we review twelve (but by no means all) of our 2018 highlights, originally posted as a series on our Instagram, @DRIscience.

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Nevada Solar Nexus Project: 2013-2018

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Renewable Energy Photo squareSince 2013, researchers from DRI, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas have been working on the Solar Energy, Water, and Environment Nexus in Nevada project (the Solar Nexus project, for short). As the wide-ranging five-year project wraps up this year, members of the research team recently shared what they've accomplished.

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Native Waters on Arid Lands project holds DRI Youth Day and Tribal Summit

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Native Waters on Arid Lands youth day participants arrive at DRI campusOn a Monday morning in mid-October, several small groups of students from Pyramid Lake Junior/Senior High School gathered around tables inside of a conference room at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, sketching ideas, visions, and plans of what they want life on Earth to look like for future generations. 

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Airborne Systems Research and Environmental Testing at DRI

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Visit DRI’s Northern Nevada campus on a clear afternoon, and you may hear a near-deafening buzzing. A massive swarm of bees? Thankfully, no—it's an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, being flown by researchers from DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research (ASTER) laboratory. In this blog, watch a video and learn more about how DRI researchers are developing UAS applications for wildland fire research. Jayne Boehmler and Kellen Nelson in the field OR Oct 2018Visit DRI’s Northern Nevada campus on a clear afternoon, and you may hear a near-deafening buzzing. A massive swarm of bees? Thankfully, no—it's an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, being flown by researchers from DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research (ASTER) laboratory. Visit DRI’s Northern Nevada campus on a clear afternoon, and you may hear a near-deafening buzzing. A massive swarm of bees? Thankfully, no—it's an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, being flown by researchers from DRI’s Airborne Systems Testing and Environmental Research (ASTER) laboratory. Using UAS technology, they're developing innovative smoke sampling techniques for use over live wildland fires.

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DRI faculty teach water, sanitation, hygiene, and environmental issues courses in eSwatini (Swaziland)

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WASH 1 squareIn August and early September, several faculty members from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) found themselves far from home – teaching courses in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and environmental issues in the Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, a small country nestled along South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique.

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