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Jupiter's auroras present a powerful mystery

Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the...

September 15, 2017

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Tectonic plates weaker than previously thought

Experiments carried out at Oxford University have revealed that tectonic plates are weaker than previously thought. The finding explains an ambiguity in lab work that led scientists to believe these rocks were much stronger than they appeared to be in the natural...

September 14, 2017

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Dino-killing asteroid strike could have thrust Earth into two years of darkness

Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds. This would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically...

August 23, 2017

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Prehistoric jungle tribes may have practiced land management of tropical forests in SE Asia 70 000 years ago

With the rise of permaculture farming practices based on ancient tribal wisdom, we have come to understand that jungles and rain forests can be extremely productive when managed effectively. Recent studies have indicated that our distant ancestors in Southeast Asia...

August 21, 2017

mercury altering gene expression

Mercury is altering gene expression

The mercury found at very low concentrations in water is concentrated along the entire food chain, from algae via zooplankton to small fish and on to the largest fish -- the ones we eat. Mercury causes severe and irreversible neurological disorders in people who...

August 15, 2017

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Scientists uncover largest volcanic region on Earth under West Antarctica

A remote survey suggested by third-year university student discovered 91 volcanoes in a massive region known as the West Antarctic Rift System. The volcanoes range in height from 100 m to 3 850 m (328 to 12 631 feet). A study conceived by a third-year student at the...

August 14, 2017

breakthrough device heals organs

Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient's own body....

August 08, 2017

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Study explains anomaly in Earth's atmosphere over the Weddell Sea

A new study finds that the ionospheric anomaly over the Weddell Sea, near the tip of South America in the southeast Pacific Ocean, is likely influenced by proximity to auroral energy input, rather than by tilting magnetic fields. The anomaly was discovered in the...

August 08, 2017

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Scientists improve forecast of increasing hazard on Cotopaxi volcano

An international team of scientists showed an increasing volcanic danger on Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador using a powerful technique known as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). The Andes region in which Cotopaxi volcano is located is known to contain...

August 08, 2017

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Study provides evidence for externally powered Sun

A new study published in the International Journal of Current Research provides evidence for externally powered Sun, challenging the concepts of the Standard Solar Model (SSM). The study suggests our star is not an isolated celestial body, but rather it is linked...

August 01, 2017

failure is not an option

Huge drop in men’s sperm levels confirmed by new study

Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analyzed data on the sperm counts of 42 935 men, found...

July 30, 2017

amazon rainforest

New study shows the Amazon makes its own rainy season

A new study gives the first observational evidence that the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season using water vapor from plant leaves. The finding helps explain why deforestation in this region is linked with reduced rainfall. The study analyzed...

July 28, 2017

new breakthrough discovery every quantum particle travels backwards

Breakthrough discovery: Every quantum particle travels backwards

Mathematicians at the Universities of York, Munich and Cardiff have identified a unique property of quantum mechanical particles – they can move in the opposite way to the direction in which they are being pushed. In everyday life, objects travel in the same...

July 28, 2017

india monsoons strengthen

Indian monsoons have strengthened over past 15 years

A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come. An MIT study published today in Nature Climate Change finds that the Indian summer monsoons, which bring rainfall to the country each year between June and September, have strengthened in the last 15 years...

July 28, 2017

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Sea cave preserves 5 000-year snapshot of tsunamis

An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world's most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5 000-year-old sedimentary snapshot that reveals for the first time how little is known about when earthquakes trigger massive...

July 28, 2017

gamma ray telescopes reveal a high energy trap in our galaxys center

Gamma-ray telescopes reveal a high-energy trap in our galaxy's center

A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the...

July 27, 2017

large distant comets more common than thought

Large, distant comets more common than previously thought

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study. Because they spend most of their time far from our area of the solar system, many "long-period comets" will never approach the Sun in a...

July 26, 2017