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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

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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

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Intensifying cosmic rays, grand solar minimum and Earth's climate

Data provided by the students of Earth to Sky Calculus and Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com show cosmic ray levels are intensifying, as the Solar Minimum approaches, with an approximately 13% increase since March 2015. This article provides a brief overview of...

May 13, 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

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

x ray tsunami discovered in perseus galaxy cluster

X-ray 'tsunami' discovered in Perseus galaxy cluster

Scientists have discovered a vast wave of hot gas in the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster, spanning some 200 000 light-years. This is twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. The discovery was made combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio...

May 02, 2017

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Recent academic studies write the death certificate for out of Africa theory of human origins

Genomic research associated with the Sima de los Huesos archaeological site and morphological analysis of hominin fossils from across Europe have together invalidated the possibility that Homo heidelbergensis is ancestral to Modern Humans. What happens when...

May 02, 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

new insights into how eruptions occur on the sun

New insights into how eruptions occur on the Sun

Scientists have gained new insights into how eruptions occur on the Sun and, through 3-D computer simulation, identified a universal process that explains eruptions of every size, from tapered jets to massive explosions of solar material and energy. In a new study...

April 27, 2017

how little ice age displaced tropical rain belt

How Little Ice Age displaced the tropical rain belt

In the most comprehensive reconstruction of rainfall patterns within the Intertropical Convergence Zone for the past 2000 years, a team of researchers led by ETH Zurich describe how even small changes in global temperature can trigger a migration of the tropical...

April 25, 2017

new data shows heliosphere is nearly round and symmetrical

New data show heliosphere is nearly round and symmetrical

New data covering an entire 11-year solar activity cycle suggest that Sun and planets in our solar system are surrounded by a giant, spherical system of magnetic field from the Sun, calling into question the current view of the solar magnetic fields trailing behind...

April 24, 2017

higher state of consciousness found

Scientific evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness found

Authors of a new study led by the University of Sussex claim they have found scientific evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness. Neuroscientists observed a sustained increase in neural signal diversity - a measure of the complexity of brain activity -...

April 19, 2017

slims river changes course disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

Slims River disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

A retreat of the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has caused the Slims River to change its course and join the Kaskawulsh River on its way toward to the Gulf of Alaska. It is the first known case of what is known as 'river piracy' in modern...

April 18, 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

view of hollywood and los angeles from griffith park

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