Research

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MIT presents framework for planning and assessing multi-spacecraft asteroid deflection campaigns

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a system that could identify the best possible method to deflect an asteroid long before the situation becomes worse. The team, led by former MIT graduate student Sung Wook Paek...

February 27, 2020

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China launches first AI earthquake monitoring system

After six years of study, researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) have developed the world's first artificial intelligence seismic monitoring system. This AI earthquake tracking system can report all source parameters within two...

February 27, 2020

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Researchers use gravity signals to improve earthquake early warning systems

Researchers have proposed a new algorithm that can describe a gravitational signal caused by earthquakes with great accuracy. The procedure could help in improving early warning systems for earthquakes or tsunamis in the future. Earthquakes send out signals that...

February 26, 2020

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Hurricane "Harvey" tops list of decade's most extreme U.S. weather events

2017 Hurricane "Harvey" ranks first on the top 10 most extreme weather events in the U.S. this decade, according to new research published in journal Weatherwise. Coming in second is 2012 'Frankenstorm' Hurricane "Sandy," followed by...

February 23, 2020

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Study suggests some meteors could be traveling near the speed of light when they enter Earth's atmosphere

A new study by Harvard astronomers suggests there could be small meteors (1 to 100 mm / 0.04 to 4 inches) traveling at close to the speed of light when they hit the Earth's atmosphere. Such meteors are likely the result of nearby supernovae that speed up...

February 23, 2020

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Satellites detect very rapid deformation of Tungurahua's west flank, possibly leading to a colossal landslide, Ecuador

Ecuadorian Tungurahua volcano, one of South America's most prominent volcanoes, is showing early warning signs of potential flank collapse, a new research paper published in Science Direct suggests. A previous eruption of Tungurahua, around 3 000 years ago,...

February 19, 2020

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Research voyage reveals formation of Earth's hidden continent Zealandia

Newly published evidence reveals that Earth's hidden continent Zealandia-- which stretches across 5 million km2 (2 million mi2) beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean-- was shaped by two tectonic events. First, it was ripped away from Australia and Antarctica and...

February 18, 2020

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Galactic cosmic rays affect atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, research finds

A team of Japanese researchers-- using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)-- discovered that galactic cosmic rays affect the chemical reactions involved in the formation of organic molecules bearing nitrogen on the atmosphere of...

February 18, 2020

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Scientists entangle quantum memories over 50 km (31 miles), bringing super-secure quantum internet closer to reality

Scientists were able to get two quantum memories entangled over 50 km (31 miles) of fiber optic cables-- over 40 times the past record-- bringing the idea of faster and super-secure quantum internet more possible. Quantum communication depends on quantum...

February 17, 2020

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New fault system off Gisborne sheds light on East Coast tsunami and earthquake risks, New Zealand

A newly-found complex fault system north of Gisborne, New Zealand, may shed new light on the threats of earthquakes and tsunami in the region, according to a study led by GNS Science. Dr. Nicola Litchfield, the lead author, suggests that distinctive marine terraces...

January 30, 2020

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Cosmic gamma-ray source map unveils origins of high-energy particles

The galactic sources of nine extremely high-energy gamma rays have been identified by scientists from Penn State and members of the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory. All of the sources generate gamma rays with powers more than 56 trillion...

January 23, 2020

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Shallow slow slip events detected along Nankai Trough, Japan

Researchers have discovered signals due to slow slip events with huge amounts of slip along the Nankai Trough subduction zone, southeast of Japan. The findings shed light on the marine sedimentary environment and plate tectonics of Nankai Trough and may help in...

January 16, 2020

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Jupiter a 'sniper' flinging dangerous objects toward Earth, study

Some scientists theorize that Jupiter acts like a giant space shield-- due to its tremendous mass, it sucks in or deflects dangerous space objects. However, studies led by American planetary physicist Kevin Grazier demonstrate that the planet is actually a threat...

January 11, 2020

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Researchers discover crater from largest known asteroid to ever hit Earth

A newly published research suggests the crater left behind by the biggest asteroid to ever hit Earth has been found. Traces of the gigantic impact of the meteorite, which crashed on the planet approximately 790 000 years ago, have been observed across around 20% of...

January 08, 2020

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First active fault zone spotted on Mars

Scientists were able to find the first active fault zone yet on Mars after NASA's InSight mission spacecraft detected marsquakes, with two standing out loud and clear. These events registered between M3 and 4-- both were from an area called Cerberus Fossae-- a...

January 08, 2020

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Enormous underwater eruption that almost went unnoticed -- formation of a huge new volcano near Mayotte

A new underwater volcano formed near the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean in 2018, which was confirmed in May 2019. Now, an international team of scientists is unraveling the dramatic events that led to its creation. It is the deepest and largest magma...

January 07, 2020

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Researchers find proof quantum particles can be virtually immortal

Researchers found that quasiparticles in quantum systems could be effectively immortal, as detailed in their study published in Nature Physics. These quantum particles, however, still decay but once they do, they are able to rebuild themselves back into existence--...

January 07, 2020