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earth magnetic field study

Study finds Earth’s magnetic field ‘simpler than we thought’

Scientists have identified patterns in the Earth’s magnetic field that evolve on the order of 1 000 years, providing new insight into how the field works and adding a measure of predictability to changes in the field not previously known. The discovery also...

July 08, 2017

cern large hadron collider

CERN: Unprecedented number of particles reached in record time at LHC

CERN reports that an unprecedented number of particles has been reached in record time at their Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Just five weeks after physics resumed, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is already running at full throttle, their report said. On Wednesday,...

June 30, 2017

fires in africa may 2017

Steep drop in natural and human-caused fires worldwide

Researchers using NASA satellites to detect fires and burn scars from space have found that an ongoing transition from nomadic cultures to settled lifestyles and intensifying agriculture has led to a steep drop in the use of fire for land clearing and an overall...

June 30, 2017

fossils from pliocene marine megafauna extinction

Previously unknown extinction of marine megafauna discovered

Over two million years ago, a third of the largest marine animals like sharks, whales, sea birds and sea turtles disappeared. This previously unknown extinction event not only had a considerable impact on the Earth’s historical biodiversity but also on the...

June 28, 2017

self assembling particles

Sound waves direct particles to self-assemble, self-heal

An elegantly simple experiment with floating particles self-assembling in response to sound waves has provided a new framework for studying how seemingly lifelike behaviors emerge in response to external forces. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s...

June 28, 2017

orbiting black holes

Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes

For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth - a discovery more than a decade in the...

June 28, 2017

distant earthquakes can cause underwater landslides

Distant earthquakes can cause underwater landslides

New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs. Researchers analyzing data from ocean bottom seismometers off the Washington-Oregon coast tied a series of underwater landslides...

June 28, 2017

planet 10 new planet kuiper belt

Study suggests another large planetary body exists in Solar System

A new study from the University of Arizona suggests that an unknown, and currently unseen planetary body exists in the outer reaches of our solar system. The planet is located far beyond Pluto and has a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth. This object is...

June 23, 2017

incecisive weather by sheila sund

How large-scale water cycles influence quake activity in California

A new study shows how seasonal changes in large-scale water cycles in California influence small-scale quake activity. It confirms that the annual hydrological loading cycle modulates microseismicity in California. The results of the study reveal how snow, rain,...

June 16, 2017

quantum enabled satellite micius

China breaks quantum physics record, transmits entangled photons over 1 200 km

For the first time, scientists have realized the satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs over a distance of 1 200 km (745 miles). The photon pairs were demonstrated to be still entangled after traveling long distances and Bell's inequality was...

June 16, 2017

electric jupiter and its many surprises

Electric Jupiter and its many surprises

Scientists working on NASA’s historic Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter have recently presented their early findings for the first time. Like so many other recent space missions, what they have discovered is not what they expected. As reported by New...

June 15, 2017

kobe earthquake japan

Japan's earthquakes and tectonic setting

Japan has more measurable earthquakes than any other country and has over 100 active volcanoes. These both result from Japan being wedged among four major tectonic plates. The tectonics are complicated, but in this animation, IRIS attempted to look at the basic...

June 15, 2017

2landslides bangladesh june 2017

Death toll from Bangladesh landslides rises to over 150

Numerous landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains have buried thousands of homes and claimed lives of at least 152 people in Bangladesh since Monday, June 12, 2017. Police say many of the dead are from poor tribal communities living in traditional homes in the...

June 15, 2017

all stars born in pairs

Our sun had a twin when it was born, study

According to a new analysis by a theoretical physicist from UC Berkley and a radio astronomer from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University, our sun, as well as every other sunlike star in the universe, had a twin when it was born. Astronomers...

June 14, 2017

massive galaxies alignment

Massive galaxies aligned for at least 10 billion years. Whatever caused it, acted quickly

A new study led by Michael West of Lowell Observatory and Roberto De Propris of the University of Turku reveals that the most massive galaxies in the universe have been aligned with their surroundings for at least ten billion years. This discovery shows that...

June 14, 2017

lake tahoe nevada snow on june 12 2017

Winter-like storm sets new records across Nevada

An unusually strong and cold low pressure system caused several daily low temperatures and precipitation records to be set on Monday, June 12, 2017 across central and northern Nevada. On the same day, state's mountainous regions received an estimated 6 - 12...

June 14, 2017

sri lanka floods

1.3 million children need humanitarian assistance after storms in Bay of Bengal

Devastating effects of Cyclone "Mora" in Myanmar and Bangladesh and unusually heavy monsoon rains across Sri Lanka have left at least 1.3 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF warns. "Children who have had their lives...

June 02, 2017

metamorphosis adrien mauduit

Metamorphosis by Adrien Mauduit

In nature, there is nothing more spectacular than the Spring. Funny enough, animals and plants are way quicker to get back to being active than to fall into dormancy in the Fall. It sometimes takes months for deciduous plants to lose all their leaves, whereas they...

June 01, 2017

Theewaterskloof Dam South Africa

Severe water crisis in Cape Town caused by worst drought in over a century

Cape Town, South Africa's seat of Parliament and the legislative capital, is enduring its worst drought in over a century and severe water crisis. This forced officials to impose strict Level 4 water restrictions, effective as of Thursday, June 1, 2017. While...

June 01, 2017

enceladus spin axis tilted due to asteroid impact

Enceladus' spin axis may have tilted due to asteroid impact

Cassini mission scientists found evidence that Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past. Its spin axis, the line through the north and south poles, has reoriented, possibly due to a collision with a smaller body such as...

May 31, 2017

izmir flood turkey may 29 2017

Severe flash floods hit Turkey's Izmir, turning streets into raging rivers

Heavy rainfall caused severe flash floods in western Turkey on May 29, 2017, especially in the city of Izmir in Izmir Province whose streets quickly turned into raging rivers. Floodwaters flooded numerous houses, destroyed city's infrastructure and swept away a...

May 31, 2017

chihuahua tornado may 30 2017

Tornadoes hit Mexican states of Chihuahua and Puebla

An impressive tornado hit the Mexican state of Chihuahua on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and was witnessed and recorded by numerous people. On the same day, another tornado hit the state of Puebla, knocking down 27 trees and damaging several cars. Meanwhile, a low...

May 31, 2017

henderson bay site of new zealands largest tsunami

New Zealand's biggest tsunami reached 32 m (105 ft) a.s.l. and 1 km (0.62 mi) inland

New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has released a new database and interactive map that enables users to search through scientific records of paleotsunamis that affected New Zealand shores. Records date back to pre-historic...

May 31, 2017

juno results

Juno mission rewrites what we know about Jupiter

NASA’s Juno mission, led by Southwest Research Institute’s Dr. Scott Bolton, is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released today. The Juno spacecraft...

May 26, 2017

ancient dna evidence shows hunter gatherers and farmers were intimately linked

Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked

In human history, the transition from hunting and gathering to farming is a significant one. As such, hunter-gatherers and farmers are usually thought about as two entirely different sets of people. But researchers reporting new ancient DNA evidence in Current...

May 26, 2017

controling light with electric fields

Researchers discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields. “Our method is similar to the technique used to provide the computing capabilities of computers,” says Linyou Cao, an assistant...

May 26, 2017

a new approach to forecasting solar flares 3

A new approach to forecasting solar flares

The emerging discipline of space meteorology aims to reliably predict solar flares so that we may better guard against their effects. Using 3D numerical models1, an international team headed by Etienne Pariat, a researcher at LESIA (Observatoire de Paris / CNRS /...

May 23, 2017

human induced barrier around earth against natural high energy particle radiation

Human-induced barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation

Very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. VLF...

May 23, 2017

tyumen region flooding ishim russia may 2017

Massive flooding hits Russia's Tyumen region

A massive flooding is affecting Russia's Tyumen region in Siberia since May 11, 2017, after a large discharge of water from the reservoir in Kazakhstan. Tyumen governor said the actual release was much higher than Kazakstan officials claim. A state of emergency...

May 18, 2017

okinawa waterspout may 15 2017

Okinawa residents capture rare waterspout on camera

During the afternoon hours of May 15, 2017, residents of Okinawa, Japan were surprised to see a funnel cloud looming just off the coast. The waterspout never touched ground and there are no reports of damage or injuries. The phenomenon was associated with a...

May 17, 2017

earth core pole shift

A giant lava lamp inside the Earth might be flipping the planet’s magnetic field

If you could travel back in time 41 000 years to the last ice age, your compass would point south instead of north. That’s because for a period of a few hundred years, the Earth’s magnetic field was reversed. Magnetic reversals have happened repeatedly...

May 16, 2017

campi flegrei italy

Eruption of Campi Flegrei possibly closer than thought, Italy

According to new research by UCL and the Vesuvius Observatory in Naples, the Campi Flegrei volcano in southern Italy may be closer to an eruption than previously thought. An eruption today would affect the 360 000 people living across the caldera and Naples'...

May 15, 2017

solar wind

Model explains the formation of Stealth CMEs

An international team of scientists has developed a model that simulates the evolution of Stealth CMEs, solar storms that puzzled scientists for their lack of typical warning signs as they seem to come from nowhere. Such computer models can help researchers better...

May 10, 2017

critical thinking study

Study: Nearly half of millennials struggle with news literacy and critical thinking

The ability to identify fake news and other false information has never been more important. That makes critical thinking skills a must – yet according to new national study from edtech firm MindEdge Learning, millennials struggle in this area. The survey...

May 10, 2017

west mims fire may 9 2017

West Mims Fire in Georgia continues to grow, only 12% contained

A lightning-caused West Mims Fire is still burning, more than a month after it started on April 6, 2017, approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. As of May 10, the fire has consumed 140...

May 10, 2017

claim stone carvings reveal comet catastrophe

Stone carvings reveal comet catastrophe over 10000 years ago

New scientific reports suggest that ancient stone carvings confirm that a great comet struck the Earth over ten thousand years ago. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland have studied the perplexing symbols carved on stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in...

May 10, 2017

adrien mauduit 2017 noctilucent cloud chasing season teaser

2017 Noctilucent cloud chasing season teaser - 4K (UHD) time-lapse, Denmark

As the Earth continues its path on its elliptical orbit around the Sun, high latitudes and higher mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere are entering the midnight Sun season. If you go too far up north, the Sun never sets, but at a lower latitude, like southern...

May 04, 2017

thailand may 3 2017 suomi npp

Worst hailstorm in 30 years hits Thailand's Nakhon Phanom province

What is described as the worst hailstorm in 30 years hit NE Thailand's Renoo Nakhon district of Nakhon Phanom province on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The storm brought heavy rain and ping-pong sized hail for several hours, forcing residents to run for cover....

May 04, 2017

study challenges long held tsunami formation theory

Tsunami study challenges long-held formation theory

A new NASA study is challenging a long-held theory that tsunamis form and acquire their energy mostly from vertical movement of the seafloor. The study shows that horizontal seafloor movement also creates energy for tsunamis and further validates a GPS-based...

April 27, 2017

new model could help predict major earthquakes f

New model could help predict major earthquakes

A Nagoya University-led team reveals the mechanisms behind different earthquakes at a plate boundary on the west coast of South America, shedding light on historical seismic events and potentially aiding prediction of the future risk from these natural disasters....

April 27, 2017