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New map of Milky Way Galaxy shows Earth is 7 km/s faster and 2 000 LY closer to the galactic center

Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2 000 light-years closer to the hypothesized supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, according to results of a new and better model of the galaxy based on new observation data, including a catalog of...

November 28, 2020

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Scientists find 'superbolts' flashing 1 000 brighter than normal lightning

Two new studies show that the brightest lightning events on Earth called "superbolts" can be more than 1 000 times brighter than normal lightning flashes. The findings could help scientists understand these mysterious flashes better, improving safety...

November 27, 2020

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Citizen scientists discover new, mysterious feature of aurora-like phenomenon STEVE

Citizen scientists have discovered that the aurora-like phenomenon called STEVE or Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement has a new feature-- small, green fence-like lights streaking through the atmosphere at 1 600 km/h (1 000 mph). STEVE is also a discovery...

November 26, 2020

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Research suggests water is naturally occurring on all rocky planets

A new study published recently in Science Advances suggests that water may be naturally occurring on planets and does not require an external source like water-rich asteroids. The study turns the current theory about the emergence of water upside down. The research...

November 11, 2020

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New technology detects long-hidden earthquakes

Scientists at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences described a new method for using artificial intelligence to detect millions of long-hidden small earthquakes or microquakes, providing possible hints about how earthquakes evolve. Big...

November 04, 2020

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Most detailed and complete record yet of Earth's last magnetic reversal

A team of researchers from Japan made the most detailed and complete record to date of Earth's last magnetic reversal that took place about 773 000 years ago. Their results were published recently in the Progress in Earth and Planetary Science, a Springer...

November 02, 2020

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New insights show factors that trigger earthquakes

A new study by François Xavier Passelegue, a scientist at ENAC's Laboratory of Experimental Rock Mechanics (LEMR), has provided new insights into the origins of earthquakes, showing that the speed and intensity with which seismic waves cultivate after a...

October 26, 2020

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New seismic research explains continental collision beneath Tibet

New seismic data collected by scientists at Stanford University and the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences suggests that two competing processes are simultaneously operating beneath a collision zone in Tibet. This research contributes to an ongoing debate over...

October 17, 2020

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Multifaceted study dates massive Tierra Blanca Joven eruption to 431 CE

It has been known that a major volcanic eruption shocked the Maya civilization, but the disaster's precise date and nature were unidentified. In a new study, an international team of archaeologists confirmed that the civilization was rocked by the Tierra Blanca...

October 04, 2020

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Solar storms more severe when two events 'slipstream' behind each other

A research team led by Imperial College London has presented in a new study that Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) or solar storms could be more extreme than previously believed when they "slipstream" each other or when two such events follow each other....

October 04, 2020

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Study identifies second alignment plane of solar system

According to a new study published in The Astronomical Journal, comet motions indicate that the solar system has a second alignment plane. The discovery has significant implications for models of how comets originally formed in the solar system. The study, led by...

September 29, 2020

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Researchers solve mysterious storm patterns on Jupiter's south pole

Since first spotted by NASA's Juno space probe in 2019, a collection of swirling storms arranged in an unusually geometric pattern has been a mystery to most scientists. A new study may have uncovered how the strange weather forms and why the storms behave...

September 29, 2020

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Migrating tornadoes found to be more dangerous and deadlier in the Southeast, U.S.

Migrating tornadoes that are increasingly occurring in the southeastern United States have been found to be more dangerous and twice as deadly as twisters elsewhere in the country, according to an analysis by the Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E News). A...

September 29, 2020

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Increase in frequency of severe cyclones over the North Indian Ocean

From 1981 to 2017, statistics show that an average of five cyclones developed over the North Indian Ocean per year. However, recent studies indicate that there has been an increase in the frequency of cyclone formation from 2017 to 2019. As a result, there was also...

September 29, 2020

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Unusual ultraviolet aurora spotted around a comet for the first time

ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed that its target comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has its own far-ultraviolet aurora. This is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been detected on a celestial object, aside from any...

September 23, 2020

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Newly identified mass extinction triggered dawn of dinosaurs 233 million years ago

A new study has identified a major mass extinction 233 million years ago, which triggered the dawn of dinosaurs-- the event has been called the Carnian Pluvial Episode. During this era, huge volcanic eruptions emitted carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor into...

September 18, 2020

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Researchers document rebirth of a volcano for the first time

For the first time, scientists were able to document a volcano's life cycle, from its collapse to its rebirth. Researchers from the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences and volcanologists from Russia presented the results of a series of photogrammetric...

September 14, 2020