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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

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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

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WMO announces all-time deadliest extreme weather events

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced "world records" for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO...

May 18, 2017

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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

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Ocean oxygen levels declining since 1980s

A new analysis of decades of data on oceans across the globe has revealed that the amount of dissolved oxygen contained in the water - an important measure of ocean health - has been declining for more than 20 years. Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology...

May 06, 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

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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

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Drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala

A team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge have collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks. During a ten-day research trip, the team...

April 11, 2017

telescope image shows star formation can be a violent and explosive process

Telescope image shows star formation can be a violent and explosive process

Stellar explosions are most often associated with supernovae, the spectacular deaths of stars. But new ALMA observations provide insights into explosions at the other end of the stellar life cycle, star birth. Astronomers captured these dramatic images as they...

April 08, 2017

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California droughts and floods linked to distinctive atmospheric waves

In a recent study, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that the persistent high-pressure ridge off the west coast of North America that blocked storms from coming onshore during the winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 was associated...

April 06, 2017

Massive mudslides in Kaikoura Canyon destroyed all seabed life

Massive mudslides in Kaikōura Canyon destroyed all seabed life

Huge mudslides from November’s earthquakes in New Zealand have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikōura Canyon, NIWA reports. New bathymetric data shows that the earthquake resulted in a huge slipping event. Almost every part of the upper...

February 28, 2017

Visualizing spills data from unconventional oil and gas activity

Study finds 6 600 spills from fracking in just four US states

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a study published yesterday in Environmental Science & Technology. The analysis,...

February 22, 2017

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New data about two distant asteroids give a clue to the possible “Planet Nine”

The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopically the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called “Planet Nine”. In the...

February 22, 2017

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Study finds unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in drinking water for 6 million Americans

Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems - polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) - exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water supplies for six million people in the...

August 09, 2016

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WMO's ENSO Update: Weak La Niña may develop

A La Niña event may develop in the third quarter of this year, but it is likely to be weak, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its ENSO Update published July 28, 2016. The event is not expected to match up to the moderate to strong La...

July 28, 2016

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65.3 million displaced in 2015

Global forced displacement has escalated sharply in 2015, reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering. By the end of the year, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict,...

June 20, 2016

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Moon playing a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

The Earth's magnetic field permanently protects us from the charged particles and radiation that originate in the Sun. This shield is produced by the geodynamo, the rapid motion of huge quantities of liquid iron alloy in the Earth's outer core. To maintain...

March 31, 2016