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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

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Research suggests mega-earthquake could occur along the entire San Andreas fault

New research suggests a devastating mega-earthquake could occur throughout the entire San Andreas fault line in California, yielding far worse consequences than previously assumed. The San Andreas fault, 1 300 km (800 miles) long, was not considered capable of...

November 28, 2016

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Mega-earthquakes more frequent in flat subduction zones

A new study, conducted by the scientists from the University of Oregon and Géoazur laboratory, suggest the mega-earthquakes are the most frequent on the flattest regions of subduction zones, instead of evenly distributed. The research aims at contributing to...

November 28, 2016

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Earth's seasonal gyration mass motion detected for the first time

A new research, performed by the scientist from the University of Newcastle (UON) suggests the Australian continent gyrates in response to seasonal mass change across the globe. This is the first time such a discovery has been made and it is expected to have a...

November 26, 2016

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San Francisco Millennium Tower sinking 5 cm (2 inches) per year

According to new data gathered by the Sentinel-1 satellites, the Millennium Tower skyscraper, San Francisco, appears to be sinking at a rate of a few centimeters per year. This and similar studies are aiming at improving the quality of monitoring of the urban ground...

November 25, 2016

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4000% increase in Oklahoma earthquakes induced by fluid injection

A record number of 907 earthquakes of magnitude greater or equal to 3.0 was reported in Oklahoma during 2015. A new study investigated the relationship between seismic activity and wastewater injection in the hope of aiding the regulators in reducing a risk of...

November 23, 2016

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Ice accumulations tilt Pluto and rearrange its surface

New research suggests the Sputnik Planitia basin on Pluto may have assumed its current location because of the change in the spin of the dwarf planet. The Sputnik Planitia is a 1 000 km (621.4 miles) wide basin situated in the heart-shaped region of the Pluto's...

November 18, 2016

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New insight into Earth's magnetic field

NASA's new observations of the Earth's magnetic field indicate that its foreshock region is capable of accelerating electrons to almost the speed of light. Earth's magnetic field deflects the incoming charged particles from the Sun. In regions outside...

November 15, 2016

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Huge magmatic lake lurking under dormant Bolivian volcano

An international team of scientists discovered a massive magmatic lake, lying 15 km (9.32 miles) below the Cerro Uturuncu dormant volcano in Bolivia. According to Jon Blundy, a professor from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, despite no...

November 09, 2016

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Physicists calculate the mass of dark matter

A team of scientists from Germany and Hungary used a supercomputer simulation to predict the mass of axions particles, promising candidates for dark matter. The dark matter is an invisible matter, the existence of which has so far manifested only through its...

November 09, 2016

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Troposphere ozone pollution highest near the equator

A new research, conducted by the University of North Carolina (UNC), shows the pollution emissions are increasing in the area close to the equator where they produce a much greater impact on the ozone formation. The air pollution across the globe has increased since...

November 08, 2016

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Study claims new 'Little Ice Age' already underway

The Head of Space Research Laboratory at the Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov, announced the new Little Ice Age started at the end of 2015. According to the new research, our Sun has been in the...

November 02, 2016

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Another strong earthquake likely to occur in Italy over the coming years

Recent series of strong earthquakes in central Italy has prompted the scientists to examine whether the seismicity of the region has increased. Several studies, conducted over the last couple of years, indicate the active parts of the fault may still trigger strong...

November 02, 2016

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Scientists discover why satellites black out over equator

ESA's Swarm satellite trio has discovered why GPS navigation systems on low-orbiting satellites sometimes black out when they fly over the equator between Africa and South America. Swarm itself has experienced this anomaly numerous times before its scientists...

November 01, 2016

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More bursts of frigid air as Arctic polar vortex shifts

A new research suggests that North America will experience more outbursts of frigid air in February and March as the wintertime Arctic stratospheric polar vortex continues its persistent shift toward the Eurasian continent. For parts of Europe and Asia, it would...

October 29, 2016