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severe weather patterns changing drastically since 1960 china

China's severe weather patterns changing drastically since 1960

In one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date, an international team of researchers found that the frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout...

March 03, 2017

historic earthquakes san andreas fault

Historic earthquakes discovered along San Andreas Fault

In a new study, USGS geologist Dr. Kate Scharer and her team excavated trenches across the San Andreas Fault – near Frazier Mountain in northeastern Kern County – to investigate the timing of sand, mud, and gravel deposits that were episodically ripped...

March 03, 2017

storm hawaii heavy rain snow

Severe storm hits Hawaii, dumps heavy rain and snow

Hawaii has been hit with sustained blizzard conditions that have dumped over 20 cm (8 inches) of snow onto its mountain peaks late Tuesday into early Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Blizzard warning for Mauna Kea and its sister peak Mauna Loa was canceled Thursday. While...

March 03, 2017

Maps potential ground shaking hazards USA 2017

USA: Human-induced and natural earthquake hazards in 2017

The USGS has released new maps with potential ground-shaking hazards in 2017 from both human-induced and natural earthquakes in the central and eastern United States (CEUS). This is the second consecutive year both types of hazards are forecasted, as previous USGS...

March 02, 2017

humans sparked 84 percent of us wildfires

Humans sparked 84% of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades

A new study found that human-ignited wildfires in the United States accounted for 84% of all wildfires, tripling the length of the average fire season and accounting for nearly half of the total acreage burned. In total, humans have ignited over 840 000 blazes in...

February 28, 2017

scientists invent sound shaping super material

Scientists invent sound-shaping super-material

A team of researchers from the Universities of Sussex and Bristol has invented a super-material that bends, shapes and focuses sound waves that pass through it. The creation pushes the boundaries of metamaterials – a new class of finely-engineered surfaces...

February 28, 2017

quartz crystals earth core power magnetic field

"Quartz" crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field

Scientists at the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology reported in Nature yesterday their unexpected discoveries about the Earth's core. The findings include insights into the source of energy driving the Earth's magnetic field,...

February 23, 2017

evidence of chaotic solar system

Evidence of chaotic solar system

A team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University has found evidence confirming a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the Sun. The finding is important because it provides the...

February 23, 2017

fifth world food lost over eating waste study

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20% of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10% more food than it needs, while almost 9% is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say. Efforts to reduce the...

February 22, 2017

new data two distant asteroids plane nine clue

New data about two distant asteroids give a clue to the possible “Planet Nine”

The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopically the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called “Planet Nine”. In the...

February 22, 2017

simplified map of earth tectonic plates and continents including zealandia

Scientists identify a new continent and name it Zealandia

Scientists have identified a new continent in the southwest Pacific Ocean recently, formerly a part of Gondwana, and named it Zealandia. Basically, from a well-reasoned geoscience perspective, Earth has well-established continents, but also an extra one, mostly...

February 17, 2017

Ventura fault stronger shaking more damage

Ventura fault can cause stronger shaking and more damage

A new study suggests that the fault under Ventura, California would cause stronger shaking during an earthquake and more damage that previously suspected. The Ventura Fault, also known as Ventura-Pitas Point fault, in southern California has been the focus of a lot...

February 16, 2017

franz jozef glacier new zealand

Climate anomaly responsible for glacial growth in New Zealand

A new research carried out by scientists from the Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) shows that regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New...

February 16, 2017

sounding rocked artificial clouds aurora

Creating artificial clouds to study aurora

NASA will launch an interesting sounding rocket from the Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska, between February 13 and March 3, 2017, and will form white artificial clouds during its brief, 10-minute flight, to study auroras. The rocket is one of five being launched...

February 13, 2017

yellowstone volcano usa

Huge reservoir of melting carbon discovered under Western US

Scientists using the world's largest array of seismic sensors found a huge area of melting carbon covering 1.8 million km2 (684 000 mi2), 350 km (217.5 miles) beneath the Western US. The discovery challenges accepted the understanding of how much carbon the...

February 13, 2017

earth water comes within

Earth's water comes from within

A new study published recently in Earth and Planetary Science Letters suggests that much of our planet's water comes from within, rather than arriving from space through collisions with ice-rich comets. The study also suggests that chemical reactions responsible...

February 02, 2017

Scientist found lost continent under Mauritius

Scientists found 'lost continent' under Mauritius

An international team of scientists has confirmed the existence of a 'lost continent' under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius that was left-over by the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago. The piece of...

January 31, 2017