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Underground fluid injections triggered earthquake swarm near Cahuilla, California

A new seismological study found that a naturally-occurring injection of underground fluids triggered an earthquake swarm near Cahuilla, California, that lasted for nearly four years. The research shows an evolving understanding of how fault architecture drives...

June 21, 2020

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Magma recharging beneath the Weishan volcano of the intraplate Wudalianchi volcanic field, China

A team of geophysicists warned that Wei Mountain in northeast China could be "recharging" for an eruption after two huge magma chambers were discovered under the volcano, which last erupted more than half a million years ago. The researchers said they...

June 17, 2020

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Radioactive Ruthenium-106 over Europe originated from civilian nuclear activities, study finds

Researchers at the Leibniz University Hannover LUH) and the University of Münster (WWU) found out that the mysterious cloud containing radioactive Ruthenium-106, which moved across Europe in 2017, did not come from military sources, but rather originated from...

June 16, 2020

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Astronomers spot potentially habitable planet and star closely resembling Earth and Sun

Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet and its star-- both with striking similarities to the Earth and our Sun. The exoplanet candidate called KOI-456.04, which is about 1.9 times the size of ours, is at the right distance from its star, which...

June 14, 2020

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Sand wedges in glacier deposits indicate large seasonal cycle during Marinoan snowball Earth

In the Earth's equatorial regions today, the seasonal cycle of the monthly mean surface air temperature is less than 10 °C (50 °F). However, deep sand wedges discovered near the paleo equator in the Marinoan glaciogenic deposits at 635 million years ago,...

June 14, 2020

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Ultra-bright X-ray source awakens after 26 years in a galaxy not-so-far away

A new ultra-bright X-ray source has awakened after 26 years near our galactic neighbors the Magellanic Clouds. This is the second-closest ultra-bright X-ray source to date, with brightness more powerful than a million suns. The object, called RX J0209.6-7427, was...

June 14, 2020

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Huge simulation suggests new origin of supermassive black holes

Astrophysicists at Tohoku University in Japan have suggested a new theory for the origin of supermassive black holes using large computer simulations. The theory helps to further explain the massive number of black holes currently observed. Nearly every galaxy in...

June 14, 2020

volcano june 12 2020

Classic hypothesis revived... decline of oxidizable volcanic gases as the trigger for Great Oxidation Event

It's commonly believed that oxygen first accumulated in the atmosphere about 2.4 billion years ago, when the Great Oxidation Event happened. Geologic clues indicate that early bacteria were pumping out oxygen hundreds of millions of years before then, but...

June 13, 2020

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New research explains counterclockwise rotation of Victoria Plate, Africa

Scientists have discovered evidence explaining why the Victoria Plate-- one of the several sections of newly developing tectonic boundary East African Rift System-- is rotating in a counterclockwise direction relative to Africa, in contrast to the other plates...

June 13, 2020

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Active volcanism found under the heart of northwest Europe

Researchers have found new hints of active volcanism near some of the most populated areas of Europe. The study obtained GPS monitoring data from antennae across western Europe to monitor subtle movements in the Earth's surface believed to be caused by an...

June 12, 2020

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Astronomers discover new type of space explosion with characteristics of supernova and gamma-ray burst

Astronomers have detected a new type of cosmic explosion that has the characteristics of a supernova and a gamma-ray burst-- two of the most powerful outbursts in the universe. In 2018, astronomers spotted a cosmic blast that has a strange behavior-- dubbed the...

May 31, 2020

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MAVEN maps electric currents around Mars, crucial clues to atmospheric loss

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has created a map of electric currents around Mars, five years after it entered into its orbit. These currents hold crucial clues in the atmospheric loss that made the red planet incapable of supporting life. "These currents play a...

May 31, 2020

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How drones help monitor explosive volcanoes

Drones can help in monitoring explosive volcanoes and prove necessary in a crisis situation, researchers from the GFX German Research Center said. The team presented results of a series of repeated flights with visual and thermal imaging cameras at the Santa Maria...

May 31, 2020

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SWARM data suggests north magnetic pole accelerates towards Siberia due to tussling magnetic blobs deep below Earth’s surface

For several years now, scientists have been puzzled as to why the Earth's north magnetic pole has been moving rapidly from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia. After studying 20 years of satellite data, researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK and the...

May 25, 2020

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Cold war nuclear bomb tests impacted rainfall patterns across the world

Nuclear bomb tests conducted during the Cold War caused patterns of electrical disturbance that were evident thousands of kilometers away-- from Japan to the UK. Researchers at the universities of Reading, Bath, and Bristol, have studied how the electric charge...

May 24, 2020

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Study identifies 85 previously unknown submarine landslides in Gulf of Mexico from 2008 to 2015

Researchers from Florida State University have found 85 previously unknown submarine landslides in the Gulf of Mexico from 2008 to 2015. The discovery raised concerns about the stability of structures, such as oil rigs and pipelines, built in the region. Here we...

May 24, 2020

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ESO's VLT spots first direct evidence of planet birth

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) have revealed possible signs of a star system being born. Around young star, AB Aurigae lies a dense disc of gas and dust, where astronomers have spotted a prominent spiral structure with a...

May 24, 2020