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Research voyage reveals formation of Earth's hidden continent Zealandia

Newly published evidence reveals that Earth's hidden continent Zealandia-- which stretches across 5 million km2 (2 million mi2) beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean-- was shaped by two tectonic events. First, it was ripped away from Australia and Antarctica and...

February 18, 2020

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Galactic cosmic rays affect atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, research finds

A team of Japanese researchers-- using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)-- discovered that galactic cosmic rays affect the chemical reactions involved in the formation of organic molecules bearing nitrogen on the atmosphere of...

February 18, 2020

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Scientists entangle quantum memories over 50 km (31 miles), bringing super-secure quantum internet closer to reality

Scientists were able to get two quantum memories entangled over 50 km (31 miles) of fiber optic cables-- over 40 times the past record-- bringing the idea of faster and super-secure quantum internet more possible. Quantum communication depends on quantum...

February 17, 2020

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New fault system off Gisborne sheds light on East Coast tsunami and earthquake risks, New Zealand

A newly-found complex fault system north of Gisborne, New Zealand, may shed new light on the threats of earthquakes and tsunami in the region, according to a study led by GNS Science. Dr. Nicola Litchfield, the lead author, suggests that distinctive marine terraces...

January 30, 2020

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Cosmic gamma-ray source map unveils origins of high-energy particles

The galactic sources of nine extremely high-energy gamma rays have been identified by scientists from Penn State and members of the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory. All of the sources generate gamma rays with powers more than 56 trillion...

January 23, 2020

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Shallow slow slip events detected along Nankai Trough, Japan

Researchers have discovered signals due to slow slip events with huge amounts of slip along the Nankai Trough subduction zone, southeast of Japan. The findings shed light on the marine sedimentary environment and plate tectonics of Nankai Trough and may help in...

January 16, 2020

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Jupiter a 'sniper' flinging dangerous objects toward Earth, study

Some scientists theorize that Jupiter acts like a giant space shield-- due to its tremendous mass, it sucks in or deflects dangerous space objects. However, studies led by American planetary physicist Kevin Grazier demonstrate that the planet is actually a threat...

January 11, 2020

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Researchers discover crater from largest known asteroid to ever hit Earth

A newly published research suggests the crater left behind by the biggest asteroid to ever hit Earth has been found. Traces of the gigantic impact of the meteorite, which crashed on the planet approximately 790 000 years ago, have been observed across around 20% of...

January 08, 2020

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First active fault zone spotted on Mars

Scientists were able to find the first active fault zone yet on Mars after NASA's InSight mission spacecraft detected marsquakes, with two standing out loud and clear. These events registered between M3 and 4-- both were from an area called Cerberus Fossae-- a...

January 08, 2020

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Enormous underwater eruption that almost went unnoticed -- formation of a huge new volcano near Mayotte

A new underwater volcano formed near the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean in 2018, which was confirmed in May 2019. Now, an international team of scientists is unraveling the dramatic events that led to its creation. It is the deepest and largest magma...

January 07, 2020

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Researchers find proof quantum particles can be virtually immortal

Researchers found that quasiparticles in quantum systems could be effectively immortal, as detailed in their study published in Nature Physics. These quantum particles, however, still decay but once they do, they are able to rebuild themselves back into existence--...

January 07, 2020

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New type of aurora discovered

NASA intern Jennifer Briggs, a physics student at Pepperdine University in California, discovered a new type of aurora in three-year-old footage of the Arctic Sky. Scientists were able to correlate the never-before-seen aurora to a sudden compression in Earth's...

January 05, 2020

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Red supergiant star Betelgeuse may be getting ready to explode into a giant supernova

Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, has been dramatically dimming recently, indicating that it's about to enter its last phase of life before finally exploding into a supernova. Some scientists believe that Betelgeuse may be ready to go...

January 05, 2020

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Ancient tree rings reveal past megadroughts hit North and South America simultaneously

Scientists have suspected for many years that decades-long droughts occurred in North and South America simultaneously during the Middle Ages. By studying ancient tree rings, pieces of evidence have been discovered that tandem droughts are common over the past 1 200...

January 04, 2020

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Deccan Traps volcanism had long-lasting climate, ecological impacts

Massive volcanic eruptions in India's Deccan Traps had climatic and ecological impacts that were global, long-lasting, and profound, according to a study by researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) in the US. Deccan Traps are known to have contributed to...

December 28, 2019

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Study suggests current loss of species should be called the 'seventh extinction'

The biodiversity crisis we experience today-- defined by the rapid loss of species and rapid degradation of ecosystems-- is believed to be the sixth mass extinction. However, some scientists say it should perhaps be called seventh, suggesting the inclusion of the...

December 23, 2019

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SubX: Researchers present project that can significantly improve monthly weather forecasts

A critical gap in the weather forecast system is being filled through the Sub-seasonal Experiment or SubX project which aims to provide improved forecasts to the National Weather Service (NWS). Scientists working on the next frontier of weather forecasting said they...

December 20, 2019