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antilles_feat

Evidence of a previously unknown large volcanic eruption in the Caribbean Sea

A team of scientists from the University of Southampton discovered evidence of a previously unknown large volcanic eruption in the Caribbean Sea. The eruption was dated to 2.4 million years ago and might be the largest documented volcanic event in the region since...

January 19, 2016

al_feat

New research suggest reevaluation of earthquake and tsunami hazards around Pacific Rim

A new research based on the fieldwork conducted in Alaska's Aleutian Islands indicates a section of the Aleutian Subduction Zone fault could generate a large earthquake, strong enough to produce a large tsunami across the Pacific to Hawaii. New data can aid the...

January 15, 2016

peru_glaciers_feat

Rapid decline in glacier coverage of the Cordillera Blanca contaminating surrounding waters, Peru

70% of the world's tropical glaciers are based in the Peruvian Andes and are responsible for providing local communities with drinking water and the water supplies for agriculture, energy production and tourism. According to new research, glacier coverage of the...

January 13, 2016

himalaya_nepal_feat

Another major earthquake in Nepal can happen much sooner than anticipated

A new study conducted by an international team of scientists suggests a kink in the regional fault line below Nepal is responsible for the growth of the Himalaya mountains between earthquakes. The scientists have studied the devastating April 2015 Nepal (Gorkha)...

January 13, 2016

neo_hawaii_feat

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office to detect and monitor potentially hazardous NEOs

NASA's program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) has now been formally established and named the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). Its responsibility will be supervising projects oriented towards finding and characterizing...

January 12, 2016

lamont_feat

Recent advancements in mapping the world's oceans

The scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, have gathered data from hundreds of research cruises and made a significant contribution to providing easily accessible ocean floor maps to interested people across the globe. The mapping site is capable...

January 11, 2016

full_moon_xmas2015

Rare full moon to decorate the skies on Christmas Day

A rare celestial event will take place on December 25, 2015. A bright full moon, although not unusual phenomena per se, rarely coincides with Christmas date and will for sure make a nice contribution to the holiday atmosphere. The full moon of December, the...

December 24, 2015

asteroid_2003_SD220_feat

Asteroid 2003 SD220 to flyby Earth on Christmas Eve

The year 2015 seems to have another festive surprise in store for astronomy lovers across the globe. After the Halloween asteroid's close flyby in October, another object will pass by our planet on Christmas Eve. Asteroid 2003 SD220 will fly by Earth at a safe...

December 24, 2015

ceres_feat

Ceres imaged from the lowest orbital altitude ever

NASA's Dawn spacecraft collected new detailed images of the cratered and fractured southern hemisphere surface of the dwarf planet Ceres on December 10, 2015. The spacecraft took the images while cruising in the lowest and final orbit of the small planet. Dawn...

December 23, 2015

cassini_feat

Cassini makes final close flyby images of Saturn's moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its 22nd and the final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus on December 19, 2015 at 17:49 UTC and will now continue to observe the moon from a much greater distance. The spacecraft passed Enceladus at a distance of 4 999 km...

December 22, 2015

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Fracking plays active role in generating toxic metal wastewater

A new study has been conducted to investigate the toxic barium metal in fracking wastewater. Although the chemicals inserted into injected freshwater during the mixing process with highly saline brine in the rock are generally assumed to be partially responsible for...

December 16, 2015

el_nino_dec_2015

New research reveals El Niño pattern in contradiction with top climate models

An international team of scientist has conducted a study of fossil corals and mollusk shells from the Pacific Ocean which has shown there is no link between the strength of seasonal differences and El Niño. This discovery seems to cast a shadow of doubt on...

December 16, 2015

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New research indicates different composition of Earth's mantle

Seismic observations of our planet's interior have revealed three distinct structures, marking the boundary between its metallic core and silicate mantle. The structures include remnants of subducted plates from the Earth's surface, ultralow velocity zones...

December 15, 2015

ice_age_feat

Ice age in Jurassic Period caused by a major volcanic event

An international team of researchers has found the evidence of link between the large-scale volcanic event and the large and abrupt cooling of the Earth's temperature during the Jurassic Period, the University of Exeter reported on December 11, 2015. The...

December 12, 2015

cool_star_feat

A funky star shows long-lasting cloud storms possible

A raging storm, similar to the Jupiter's Great Red Spot, discovered by NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes has been pictured in a vivid artist's animation video. The star named W1906+40, located approximately 53 light years away in the Lyra...

December 11, 2015

first_plasma_feat

Germany one step closer to clean energy: Wendelstein 7-X fusion device now in operation

The biggest step so far toward the world's goal of providing clean, virtually limitless energy resources has been made, as the scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany produced the first helium plasma. The plasma was...

December 11, 2015

iceland_volcano_feat

Volcanoes cool the planet by releasing low-level sulfur to influence cloud formation

A new study, conducted by the University of Washington (UW) researchers used a huge volcanic eruption in Iceland, from the period between summer 2014 and early winter 2015, to explore how the sulfur emissions affects cloud's brightness. The results suggest the...

December 10, 2015

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Seismic maps of the Earth's mantle beneath Antarctica provide first glimpse into underlying geology

A series of robust seismometers have been deployed in Antarctica to map the geology hidden underneath the vast ice sheets. For the first time, they have been successful in recording reverberations of distant earthquakes in the period between January 2010 and 2012...

December 10, 2015

floods_feat

Major storms and flooding disasters not as unprecedented as commonly thought

A team of scientists from the Universities of Aberystwyth, Cambridge and Glasgow have digged through the historic flooding records to put the recent major flooding disasters in perspective. According to their analysis, events such as Storm "Desmond" are...

December 10, 2015

black_hole_feat

Black hole magnetic field engines detected for the first time

Astronomers have detected magnetic fields outside the black hole horizon at the center of Milky Way for the firs time, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) announced on December 3, 2015. Magnetic fields of this type have long been considered to serve as...

December 05, 2015

earth_drill_feat

Drilling into Earth's mantle, a holy grail of geology, set to begin once again

An old challenge - geology's holy grail of drilling into the Earth's mantle - is set to begin once again, as a group of experts heads out for the Atlantis Bank, Indian Ocean to drill through 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) of rock, collecting core samples on its...

December 05, 2015

whoi_radiation_feat

Fukushima radiation contamination ongoing on numerous new ocean sites

Higher numbers of ocean sites along the US West Coast are showing signs of radiation contamination from Fukushima nuclear accident, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reports. However, the measured radioactivity levels still remain well below the US...

December 04, 2015

solar_flare_feat1

How solar flares accelerate charged particles into super high speeds

Scientists have made another step toward determining how solar flares accelerate charged particles like electrons and protons to speeds of almost the order of light. The new capabilities of the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA)...

December 03, 2015

clone_Art

China holding secrets of cloning technology

The world's largest cloning factory, Boyalife Group in China, possesses an advanced technology capable of replicating human beings, AFP reported on December 1, 2015. The company is currently not using the technology to create a human clone, due to highly...

December 03, 2015

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Rapid plankton growth in North Atlantic suggests a swift environmental change

An unusual plankton growth has been discovered in the North Atlantic, in contrast to the scientific predictions for the area. The discovery suggests a swift environmental change as a result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide may be underway. A team of...

November 28, 2015

polar_bridge_feat

Parallel flights in the Arctic and Antarctic collect data on the land and sea ice status

An airborne survey of polar ice, NASA's operation named IceBridge, has recently discovered a big drop in the height of two glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula and collected a large amount of data on the status of land and sea ice at the end of the Arctic summer...

November 25, 2015

Richard_arculus_feat

Collapse of Earth's tectonic plates unravelled

Following the international expedition drilling into the Pacific ocean floor, the scientists have for the first time discovered what happens after one tectonic plate gets pushed under another, Australian National University reports. During the drilling expeditions,...

November 25, 2015

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Amazing supercomputer animation of Antarctic bottom water

The movements of the world's densest and coldest water around Antarctica has been simulated using Australia's most powerful supercomputer, Raijin, for the first time. Massive amount of data has been processed in order to create a highly detailed, remarkable...

November 25, 2015

1core_feat

First sound velocity in extreme conditions successfully estimated

New research, conducted in collaboration between the Materials Dynamics Laboratory at the RIKEN SPring-8 Center and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has successfully measured the speed of sound in mixtures of liquid iron and carbon in extreme conditions, for the...

November 25, 2015

dark_matter_hair_feat

Earth surrounded by dense, hairy filaments of dark matter

A new research, conducted by scientists of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, suggests that Earth is surrounded by long, 'hairy' filaments of dark matter. Theoretically, the hairy filaments, if detected could be used to map out the...

November 24, 2015

cores_feat

Antarctic Ice contributed to the historic dry up and re-flooding of the Mediterranean Sea

International team of scientists conducted an in-depth research which has finally shed light on my the processes responsible for the dry up of the Mediterranean Sea, about 5.6 million years ago. Research results imply that future melting of large ice masses will...

November 19, 2015

groundwater_feat

Earth's groundwater supplies mapped for the first time

An international team of scientists has for the first time succeeded in producing the map of Earth's total groundwater supplies, Canadian University of Victoria announced on November 17, 2015. This pioneering attempt managed to provide significant information in...

November 18, 2015

WTF_object_feat_1

WT1190F burns into a spectacular fireball on its journey through Earth's atmosphere

NASA's researchers observed space debris named WT1190F fall to Earth on November 13, 2015. According to their report the object was more fragile than originally thought and it quickly burned into a fireball brighter than Venus, providing a spectacular view on...

November 17, 2015

neo_f

Small asteroid makes a close Earth flyby at 0.09 LD

A small asteroid discovered on November 14, 2015, made a close flyby to Earth only a couple of hours after it was observed. The asteroid named 2015 VY105 came as close to our planet as an average geostationary satellite. However, good news is that 2015 VY105 was so...

November 16, 2015

san_andreas_fault_feat

A new answer to a long standing question of how plate tectonics started on Earth

An international team of geologists have proposed a new answer to a long standing question how plate tectonics started on Earth in the first place. They were able to demonstrate how the first sinking of litospheric plates, which is a key process of plate tectonics,...

November 13, 2015

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The next generation of space suits

The next generation of suit technologies is being developed by a team of NASA's experts. The space suits have been designed to aid in deep space exploration by incorporating parts of advanced technologies such as carbon dioxide removal and water evaporation...

November 13, 2015

new_exoplanet

New Earth-like exoplanet discovered, only 39 light years away

Scientists have discovered a new exoplanet in our stellar neighborhood, only 39 light years from Earth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced on November 11, 2015. The planet shows no signs of being capable of hosting any life, however it is the closest...

November 13, 2015

nepal_mobile_tracking_feat

Pioneering project uses mobile phone tracking to aid relief support in Nepal

A team of experts from the University of Southampton have pioneered using daily monitoring of mobile phone data to track the movement of displaced population across the areas of Nepal affected by the major April 2015 earthquake. The tracking is designed to help with...

November 12, 2015

mammerickx_microplate_feat

First microplate discovered in the Indian Ocean reveals the age of Himalayas

The first ancient oceanic microplate has been discovered in the Indian Ocean by a team of Australian and US scientists. The discovery helped in identifying the timeline in which the initial collision between India and Eurasia has taken place, an event which gave...

November 10, 2015

pluto_new_feat

New Horizons recent Pluto flyby yields numerous exciting discoveries

NASA's New Horizons science team gathered on the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in National Harbor, Maryland, taking place from November 8 to 13, 2015, to discuss numerous exciting discoveries that...

November 09, 2015