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Mysterious waves in the Antarctic atmosphere triggered by ice shelf vibrations

According to the new research, the ripples and undulations in the atmosphere above Antarctica are most likely induced by the low-frequency vibrations of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in the world, extending over half a million square kilometers (188 000...

October 25, 2016

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Huge magma body uplifting the Altiplano-Puna plateau, central Andes

In a new study of the central Andes topography, the scientists used remote sensing data and topographic modeling to discover a huge dome in the Altiplano-Puna plateau, Earth's second highest continental plateau. The research showed that the uplifting of the...

October 25, 2016

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Drilling into molten magma to create a new energy source

Experts in Iceland hope to establish a new energy source by drilling into the molten magma which flows through volcanoes. The new project may generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity if successful and could pose a major breakthrough in sustainable energy...

October 24, 2016

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Pacific Northwest long overdue for major earthquake, population not prepared

The Pacific Northwest was once thought to be at a low risk for major earthquakes and tsunamis, but new research suggests this is not the case and the region is long overdue for a major one. The Washington state, for example, is unprepared for such an event, which...

October 24, 2016

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Planet Nine tilts the Sun - Q and A with Caltech astronomers

The search for so-called Planet Nine - an undiscovered planet at the edge of the Solar System that was predicted by the work of Caltech's Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown in January 2016 - has yielded another important realization. It appears to be responsible...

October 19, 2016

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Van Allen radiation belts during an extremely rare solar wind event

Earth is embedded in the always-expanding atmosphere of the Sun, called the solar wind, which blows past planets to the edge of the Solar System. Solar wind is typically supersonic, faster than the speed of sound, and when it encounters planets, like Earth, a shock...

October 14, 2016

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Moon hit by meteorites far more than predicted

In the past 7 years, meteorites have made at least 222 impact craters on the surface of the Moon which is 33% more than predicted, according to a new study published this week in Nature. The work is considered a significant advance in the field of crater chronology....

October 14, 2016

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New ISS instrument to enhance knowledge on quantum phenomena

Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL), the compact, atom-chip based scientific instrument, is expected to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) during late 2017. The instrument will provide the scientific community with new, interesting, insights into quantum...

October 12, 2016

Observations with the ALMA telescopes of the gas around the two stars called IRS_43

Unusual discovery: Stars with three planet-forming discs of gas

Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute in Germany have discovered a spectacular system consisting of two stars with three rotating planet-forming accretion discs around them. This is a binary star system where each star has its own planet-forming disc and in...

October 12, 2016

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Sandy-like storm surges likely to become more frequent

Scientists from Princeton and Rutgers universities and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution developed a computer simulation which showed the storm-related flooding on the New York City coastline, on the similar scale to those of Hurricane "Sandy," will...

October 11, 2016

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Alarming earthquake hazard in Afghanistan-Pakistan border region

A group of researchers from the University of Miami has discovered a new earthquake hazard in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a study aimed at the major Chaman and Ghazaband faults in the region. The research showed the Ghazaband Fault holds a...

October 09, 2016

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Slowdown of Atlantic overturning circulation caused by changes in southern hemisphere

According to the newest study, conducted by the scientists from the University of Washington, the Atlantic overturning circulation, responsible for mild climate conditions over England, is currently slowing down, a shift likely to have consequences for the climates...

October 08, 2016

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New fault line discovered near San Andreas in southern California

Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Nevada Seismological Laboratory have discovered a new, potentially significant fault in southern California. Now named the Salton trough fault (STF), the newly discovered fault runs parallel to the San...

October 07, 2016

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Atmospheric oxygen decline over the past 800 000 years

Researchers from the Princeton University have compiled 30 years of data to construct the first ice core-based record of atmospheric oxygen concentrations spanning the past 800 000 years and showed that atmospheric oxygen has declined 0.7 percent relative to current...

October 07, 2016

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Scientists discover highly efficient way of producing hydrogen

Researchers from the University of Houston and the California Institute of Technology have discovered an efficient catalyst that uses molybdenum sulfoselenide particles on three-dimensional porous nickel diselenide foam to increase catalytic activity. The step is...

October 05, 2016

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Magnetotelluric imaging identifies spots of volcanic and earthquake activity

A group of scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Adelaide in Australia have mapped Earth's outer shell using an advanced imaging technique. The technique is capable of finding weak spots and magma upwellings, which...

October 04, 2016

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Six undersea volcanic structures discovered near Mount Vesuvius, Italy

Researchers from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the University of Naples Federico II and the National Research Council have discovered six undersea volcanic structures in the Gulf of Naples, near Mount Vesuvius in Italy. The structures...

October 01, 2016