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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

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Exotic particles as the Sun aligns with the center of the Milky Way

As the Sun made an annual alignment with the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy on December 18, 2016, the scientists at CERN carried out the first of a kind experiment to measure hypothetical exotic particles possibly emitted by the black hole. The...

December 20, 2016

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Solar storms trigger Earth's natural thermostat

Scientists discovered what triggers the natural thermostat of our planet's upper atmosphere, responsible for cooling the air previously heated by the intense solar activity. The solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can cause damage to satellites...

December 17, 2016

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Florida and Cuba at risk for tsunami, new research reveales

Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science discovered the large submarine landslides on the slopes of the Great Bahama Bank hold the capability of generating tsunamis and have already done so in the past. The...

December 15, 2016

animation reveals ocean role in el nino

Amazing high-resolution animation examines powerful 1997/98 El Niño

An amazing high-resolution animation of the largest historical El Niño has been produced by the scientists from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the ARC Center of Excellence for Climate Science, Australia. A detailed animation which took 30...

December 14, 2016

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Study warns tornadoes in Europe are an underestimated threat

A new research paper warns that although tornadoes in Europe cause injuries, fatalities, and damages, their threat is not widely recognized and is underestimated. To increase awareness of tornadoes and their threat to the continent, authors of the paper propose a...

December 13, 2016

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A new type of quasicrystal, unknown in nature, discovered in Khatyrka meteorite

A new type of quasicrystal was discovered in the meteorite which fell in Khatyrka, Russia, in 2011. The quasicrystal was never found before and the meteor appears to be the only known source of the unconventional crystal on Earth. The Khatyrka meteorite was found in...

December 10, 2016

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Extreme US rainfall events could increase up to 400%

A new research, conducted by the scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows the intense summer storms that produce extreme rainfall may increase by over 400% across portions of the US, including the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, and the...

December 10, 2016

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Reconstructing ice sheet erosion dynamics of East Greenland

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of Vermont, Boston College and Imperial College London have reconstructed the dynamics of ice sheet erosion in the East Greenland over the last 7.5 million years. The scientists have used marine...

December 09, 2016

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Extreme tornado outbreaks becoming more frequent in US

A new research suggests the frequency and magnitude of outbreaks of extreme tornado events have increased in the US over the last 50 years. However, the relationship between the events and the climate change is still not revealed and will require further research....

December 02, 2016

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Meteotsunamis, an underrated hazard in the Great Lakes

A team of scientists led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that small, 30 cm (1 foot), meteotsunamis happen more than 100 times per year on the Great Lakes, while larger ones of nearly 90 cm (3 feet) occur once per year on average. The timing of most...

December 01, 2016

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet breaking apart from the inside out

A new study has found the glacier bounding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out. The Pine Island Glacier, one of the glaciers which will probably rapidly retreat, forms an important part of the ice shelf of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet....

November 30, 2016

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Earth's surface acts like liquid after deadly asteroid impact

A new research of a large 66 million years old asteroid crater, likely responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs and majority of other life on Earth, revealed how such impacts can cause a surface to behave like liquids, thus possibly providing habitats for emerging...

November 29, 2016

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Water reservoir detected 1 000 km below Earth's surface

Scientists have discovered water about 1 000 km (620 miles) below the Earth's surface. The discovery suggests our planet's mantle may contain much more water, and at much bigger depths, than previously thought. The water reservoir was found about one-third...

November 29, 2016