Using smartphones to create distributed space weather observatory

Using smartphones to create distributed space weather observatory

A study by NASA astronomer Sten Odenwald found that magnetometers in smartphones can detect small disturbances of the Earth's magnetic field, allowing such devices to be used to form a distributed space weather observatory. The 3-axis Hall-effect magnetometer…

New study solves mystery behind Earth’s deepest earthquakes

New study solves mystery behind Earth’s deepest earthquakes

The cause of the deepest earthquakes on Earth has been a mystery to scientists for more than a century. In a new study, a team of scientists may have solved the case by identifying water as the key factor that causes deep-focus quakes. Most earthquakes occur near…

World’s longest recorded earthquake lasted for 32 years

World’s longest recorded earthquake lasted for 32 years

The devastating M8.5 earthquake that shook Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1861 was long believed to be a sudden rupture on a previously quiescent fault. However, new research showed that tectonic plates below the island had been slowly crashing against each other for 32…

Scientists identify new atmospheric circulation over the Arctic

Scientists identify new atmospheric circulation over the Arctic

A team of scientists from Japan, South Korea, and the USA, has identified a new pattern of atmospheric circulation around the Arctic that could drive co-occurrences of heatwaves and large-scale wildfires over the region, particularly in Siberia and subpolar North…

Study reveals inner workings of slow-slip earthquakes

Study reveals inner workings of slow-slip earthquakes

Slow-slip earthquakes have been detected at many earthquake hotspots in the world, including areas around the Pacific Ring of Fire, but it remains unclear as to how they are linked to the damaging quakes that take place there. In a new study, researchers at The…

New project for more accurate space weather predictions

New project for more accurate space weather predictions

Professor Clare Watt, a space plasma physicist from Northumbria's Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering, is leading a new project that aims to forecast space weather more accurately. Funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council…