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Scientists identify a new continent and name it Zealandia

Scientists have identified a new continent in the southwest Pacific Ocean recently, formerly a part of Gondwana, and named it Zealandia. Basically, from a well-reasoned geoscience perspective, Earth has well-established continents, but also an extra one, mostly...

February 17, 2017

Ventura fault stronger shaking more damage

Ventura fault can cause stronger shaking and more damage

A new study suggests that the fault under Ventura, California would cause stronger shaking during an earthquake and more damage that previously suspected. The Ventura Fault, also known as Ventura-Pitas Point fault, in southern California has been the focus of a lot...

February 16, 2017

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Climate anomaly responsible for glacial growth in New Zealand

A new research carried out by scientists from the Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) shows that regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New...

February 16, 2017

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Creating artificial clouds to study aurora

NASA will launch an interesting sounding rocket from the Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska, between February 13 and March 3, 2017, and will form white artificial clouds during its brief, 10-minute flight, to study auroras. The rocket is one of five being launched...

February 13, 2017

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Huge reservoir of melting carbon discovered under Western US

Scientists using the world's largest array of seismic sensors found a huge area of melting carbon covering 1.8 million km2 (684 000 mi2), 350 km (217.5 miles) beneath the Western US. The discovery challenges accepted the understanding of how much carbon the...

February 13, 2017

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Earth's water comes from within

A new study published recently in Earth and Planetary Science Letters suggests that much of our planet's water comes from within, rather than arriving from space through collisions with ice-rich comets. The study also suggests that chemical reactions responsible...

February 02, 2017

Scientist found lost continent under Mauritius

Scientists found 'lost continent' under Mauritius

An international team of scientists has confirmed the existence of a 'lost continent' under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius that was left-over by the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago. The piece of...

January 31, 2017

gamma rays from far side solar flares

Fermi sees gamma rays from Sun's far side

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has observed high-energy light from solar eruptions located on the Sun's far side, which should block direct light from these events. This apparent paradox is providing solar scientists with a unique tool for exploring how charged...

January 31, 2017

rapid gas flares detected for the first time

Incredibly rapid gas flares detected from SS Cyg

Oxford University scientists have detected incredibly rapid gas flares from a dwarf binary star system. This is the first sighting of such activity and it suggests that our current understanding of star habits and their capabilities is incomplete. The rapid flares,...

January 27, 2017

eeggl new space weather model

EEGGL - New space weather model available to the public

A team at the University of Michigan has developed a new space weather model called EEGGL, short for the Eruptive Event Generator (Gibson and Low), in an effort to help researchers better understand how the Sun will affect near-Earth space, and potentially improve...

January 27, 2017

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Study links Earth's orbital variations, sea ice and ice ages

Earth is currently in what climatologists call an interglacial period, a warm pulse between long, cold ice ages when glaciers dominate our planet's higher latitudes. For the past million years, these glacial-interglacial cycles have repeated roughly on a...

January 26, 2017

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Study examines 1 000 years of volcanic ash fallout over Europe

A new study, led by researchers from the University of Leeds, suggests that flight-disrupting ash clouds are more common over northern Europe than previously thought and puts the average gap between them at about 44 years. The study also reveals that these types of...

January 03, 2017

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Shockingly powerful lightning on Earth

A new scientific paper suggests that lightning on Earth may be vastly more powerful than conventional science has ever suggested. Investigators sought to answer how much energy is in a terrestrial bolt of lightning through the study of fulgurites, which are hollow...

January 02, 2017


Campi Flegrei showing signs of reawakening, Italy

A new study suggests that Campi Flegrei, a volcano in the metropolitan area of Naples, one of the most densely inhabited areas in the world, may be near a critical pressure point which would reawaken it from its, almost 500 years long, sleep. In the course of a new...

December 22, 2016

the OSIRIS REx spacecraft searching for Earth Trojan asteroids

Search party for Earth-Trojans starts in February 2017

The University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission will utilize the data collected during its two-year long mission to the Bennu asteroid in an attempt to search for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroids. Trojan asteroids accompany the planets during their journey around the...

December 21, 2016

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Photon braking effect slowing down the Sun

In a breakthrough study, the astronomers from the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy, Brazil, and Stanford University, discovered a physical mechanism that plays a crucial role in slowing down the outer layers of the Sun. About twenty years ago, the...

December 20, 2016

scientists discover accelerating jet stream in earth core

Accelerating high-latitude jet stream discovered in Earth’s core

Scientists using data obtained by ESA's SWARM constellation of satellites have discovered a jet stream in the liquid iron part of Earth’s core 3 000 km (1 864 miles) beneath the surface. In addition, Swarm satellite data show that this jet stream is...

December 20, 2016