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In Brief 2005

Researchers Developing New Desalination Process

Researchers from NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) have received $400,000 from the state of New Mexico to develop a new technology for water desalination. The funding comes from Gov. Bill Richardson’s $10 million Water Innovation Fund, which was established to provide solutions to New Mexico’s water crisis. Much of New Mexico’s groundwater contains salt in […]


Salt Cedar Removal – New Mexico Style

New Mexico officials are testing a unique way to remove water-guzzling salt cedar trees: goats. Last fall, several hundred goats began devouring salt cedar trees along the Rio Grande Bosque in Albuquerque and Ute Creek in Harding County as part of a three-year project financed by a $100,000 grant from the state Legislature. The project […]


Rocks Reveal Prehistoric Lifestyle

An inventory of archaeological sites on an Army training area in southeastern Colorado is leading to new findings about how early people lived. NMSU archaeologist Larry Loendorf has been conducting a cultural resource inventory of the 243,000-acre Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site since 1995. Piñon Canyon was inhabited by hunter-gatherers 8,000 to 9,000 years ago, but […]


Astronomers Aid in Planet Discovery

Two NMSU astronomers played a critical role in the discovery of one of the smallest planets outside our solar system. The discovery, announced by NASA last September, was one of the year’s most important findings in the field of astronomy. Tom Harrison, an observatory research specialist, and Joni Johnson, a research fellow, helped Barbara McArthur […]