To build a strong STEM workforce in Nevada, Nevada Gold Mines and Nevada Robotics are bringing STEM Education to schools across the state. Continue Reading Nevada Gold Mines Supports DRI’s Nevada Robotics STEM Education Programs
Scientists presented a new system, the SeqCode, that could help microbiologists effectively categorize and communicate about microorganisms. Continue Reading Scientists Unveil New System for Naming Majority of the World’s Microorganisms
The continuation of life for the Wá∙šiw is based around plants like hímu. With it, they can help us understand our problems. Continue Reading Restoring our relationship with hímu (willow) requires human interaction rather than protection
New study examines impacts of three desert landscaping strategies on urban irrigation and air temperatures
A team of scientists from DRI, Arizona State University (ASU), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), examined the irrigation water requirements of three common types of urban landscapes. Continue Reading New study examines impacts of three desert landscaping strategies on urban irrigation and air temperatures
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