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Museum unveils exhibition details for origins: Fossils from the cradle of humankind  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) and the National Geographic Society, has revealed... more
Huge volcano on Jupiter's moon Io erupts on regular schedule  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Volcanic eruptions are difficult to predict, but observations have shown the largest and most powerful volcano on Io, a large moon of Jupiter, has been erupting on a... more
Is huge volcano on Jupiter's moon Io about to erupt this month?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Volcanic eruptions are difficult to predict, but observations have shown the largest and most powerful volcano on Io, a large moon of Jupiter, has... more
Ancient volcanoes reveal Earth's recycled crust  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Ancient volcanoes dating back billions of years could provide new insights into how the Earth's surface is recycled, according to scientists at the University of St Andrews. more
Remote Russian Volcano Turns the Skies Purple  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
The eruption of a remote Russian volcano in June has been tingeing sunrises and sunsets the world over a gorgeous purple hue. more
Geochemists measure new composition of Earth's mantle  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Geochemists have investigated the volcanic rocks that build up the Portuguese island group of the Azores in order to gather new information about the compositional evolution of the Earth's interior. The results suggest that... more
Geochemists measure new composition of Earth's mantle  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
What is the chemical composition of the Earth's interior? Because it is impossible to drill more than about ten kilometres deep into the Earth, volcanic rocks formed by melting Earth's deep interior often provide... more
A modeling tool to rapidly predict weed spread risk  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In the study, published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, the researchers developed the tool that uses information about the features of a weed species and the geography... more
Farmers, chefs fight to save classic ingredients in Mexican cuisine  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Speaking against a backdrop of two soaring, snow-capped volcanoes, Asuncion Diaz explains his fight to save the original poblano chile, one of the most important ingredients in Mexican... more
Undergraduate engineers advance shock wave mitigation research  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of undergraduate engineers at UC San Diego has discovered a method that could make materials more resilient against massive shocks such as earthquakes or explosions. The students, conducting research in the structural... more
Groovy! These grooved patterns better mitigate shock waves  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Engineers have discovered a method that could make materials more resilient against massive shocks such as earthquakes or explosions. They found that cutting small grooves in obstacle materials diminished the impacts of... more
Philippine capital jolted by quake  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An earthquake that struck east of the Philippine capital Manila on Friday set buildings swaying and sent scores into the streets, but authorities said they did not expect any damage. more
Volcanoes kill more people long after eruptions – those deaths are avoidable  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
You may think of volcanic eruptions as spectacular but brief explosions. But in reality, these destructive forces wreak havoc before headlines are made and... more
Why is Earth so biologically diverse? Mountains hold the answer  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Life on Earth is amazingly diverse, and exhibits striking geographical global patterns in biodiversity. A pair of companion papers reveal that mountain regions -- especially those in the... more
How species colonize habitats opened by anthropogenic land cover change  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
As plants expand into new open habitats, geographical and climatic factors may matter more than species-specific traits, according to a new study. more
New study examines how species colonize habitats opened by anthropogenic land cover change  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As plants expand into new open habitats, geographical and climatic factors may matter more than species-specific traits, according to a study published... more
A new species of electric eel produces the highest voltage discharge of any known animal  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
There are at least three species of electric eels (Electrophorus spp.), not just one as previously believed. Two... more
New volcanic eruption forecasting technique  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Volcanic eruptions and their ash clouds pose a significant hazard to population centers and air travel, especially those that show few to no signs of unrest beforehand. Geologists are now using a technique traditionally used in weather and... more
Researchers unveil new volcanic eruption forecasting technique  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Volcanic eruptions and their ash clouds pose a significant hazard to population centers and air travel, especially those that show few to no signs of unrest beforehand. Geologists are now using a technique traditionally... more
Earthquake fault long thought dormant could devastate Los Angeles, researchers say  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists citing new research say an earthquake fault along the Los Angeles coast, previously believed to be dormant, is active and could cause a destructive 6.4... more
The surprising way a volcanic eruption fueled a bloom of ocean algae  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted in 2018, it destroyed some 700 homes and sent hundreds of millions of tons of lava pouring into the... more
New research provides better look at ocean plate under Central America  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Convection in Earth's mantle is the "engine" driving plate tectonics. Hot material rises to the Earth's surface from the boundary between the planet's core and mantle,... more
Kilauea lava fuels phytoplankton bloom off Hawai'i Island  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
When Kilauea Volcano erupted in 2018, it injected millions of cubic feet of molten lava into the nutrient-poor waters off the Big Island of Hawai'i. The lava-impacted seawater contained high concentrations of... more
Castelli Romani  ESA · 2 weeks
Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the Castelli Romani, a volcanic area just outside of Rome in Italy more
Kilauea lava fuels phytoplankton bloom in the North Pacific Ocean  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
From June to August 2018, the eruption of Kīlauea volcano on the island of Hawai‘i injected millions of cubic meters of molten lava into the nutrient-poor waters of... more
Kīlauea lava fuels phytoplankton bloom off Hawai'i Island  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When Kīlauea Volcano erupted in 2018, it injected millions of cubic feet of molten lava into the nutrient-poor waters off the Big Island of Hawai'i. The lava-impacted seawater contained high concentrations of... more
Role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Geologists, geophysicists, and mathematicians show how coupled computer models can accurately recreate the conditions leading to the world's deadliest natural disasters of 2018, the Palu earthquake and tsunami, which struck... more
Researchers uncover role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In newly published research, an international team of geologists, geophysicists, and mathematicians show how coupled computer models can accurately recreate the conditions leading to the world's... more
Realistic robots get under Galapagos lizards' skin  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Male lava lizards are sensitive to the timing of their opponents' responses during contest displays, with quicker responses being perceived as more aggressive, a study in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology suggests. more
Realistic robots get under Galápagos lizards' skin  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Male lava lizards are sensitive to the timing of their opponents' responses during contest displays, with quicker responses being perceived as more aggressive, a study suggests. more
Earthquake study casts doubt on early warnings but hints at improved forecasting  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A recent study investigated around 100,000 localized seismic events to search for patterns in the data. Scientists discovered that earthquakes of differing magnitudes have... more
Earthquake study casts doubt on early warnings but hints at improved forecasting  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A recent study has investigated around 100,000 localized seismic events to search for patterns in the data. University of Tokyo Professor Satoshi Ide discovered... more
Understanding the link between fracking and earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers studying hydraulic fracturing have answered a longstanding question over how the practice can sometimes cause moderate earthquakes and may be able to use their model to forecast when quakes linked to fracking might... more
What drives plate tectonics?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Plate tectonics was founded in the late 1960s, and it concerns the distribution and movements of plates, the uppermost layer of the Earth. Plate movements not only control the distributions of earthquakes, volcanoes, and mineral resources in the crust, but... more
Sensor used at CERN could help gravitational wave hunters  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
It started with a relatively simple goal: create a prototype for a new kind of device to monitor the motion of underground structures at CERN. But the project—the result of... more
Hints of a Volcanically Active Exomoon  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
A rocky extrasolar moon (exomoon) with bubbling lava may orbit a planet 550 light-years away from us. This is suggested by an international team... more
The 'universal break-up criterion' of hot, flowing lava?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Thomas Jones' "universal break-up criterion" won't help with meltdowns of the heart, but it will help volcanologists study changing lava conditions in common volcanic eruptions. more
Reconstructing Anak Krakatau flank collapse that caused Dec. 2018 Indonesian tsunami  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A new study presents the detailed observation of a tsunami-generating volcano collapse by remote sensing. The study analyzes the 2018 collapse of Anak Krakatau, which triggered... more
The 'universal break-up criterion' of hot, flowing lava?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The new 'universal break-up criterion' won't help with meltdowns of the heart, but it will help volcanologists study changing lava conditions in common volcanic eruptions. more
Reconstructing the Anak Krakatau flank collapse that caused the December 2018 Indonesian tsunami  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new study published in Geology presents the detailed observation of a tsunami-generating volcano collapse by remote sensing. The paper by Rebecca... more
Rising seas threaten Egypt's fabled port city of Alexandria  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace... more
How visceral leishmaniasis spread through central-Southern Brazil  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The protozoan disease visceral leishmaniasis (VL) has recently expanded to places where it had not previously been reported and has expanded its geographic distribution within countries where it was already endemic. Now, researchers describe... more
Hints of a volcanically active exo-moon  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A rocky extrasolar moon (exomoon) with bubbling lava may orbit a planet 550 light-years away from us. This is suggested by an international team of researchers on the basis of theoretical predictions matching observations. The 'exo-Io'... more
6.3-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Oregon Coast  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon today (Aug. 29), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). more
Hints of a volcanically active exomoon  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A rocky extrasolar moon (exomoon) with bubbling lava may orbit a planet 550 light-years away from us. This is suggested by an international team of researchers led by the University of Bern on the basis of... more
The role of aseismic slip in hydraulic fracturing-induced seismicity  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Models for hydraulic fracturing–induced earthquakes in shales typically ascribe fault activation to elevated pore pressure or increased shear stress; however, these mechanisms are incompatible with experiments and rate-state frictional models,... more
'Surrey swarm' earthquakes not caused by nearby oil extraction, study suggests  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Research has found no evidence that oil extraction caused recent earthquakes known as the 'Surrey swarm' in Surrey and Sussex, England. more
Birds of a feather flock together, but only in similar climates  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
One might assume that birds of flight are cosmopolitan travelers, and bird species should be distributed far and wide, spread across long distances—continents even. However, a... more
Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts anew, spewing fiery lava  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Stromboli volcano has erupted, spewing fiery chunks of lava onto the tiny Italian island and alarming residents and tourists. more
Image: Raft of rubble  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission on 21 August 2019, this image features a huge raft of pumice rock drifting in the Pacific Ocean. The pumice is believed to have come from an underwater volcano near Tonga, which erupted on... more
'Surrey swarm' earthquakes not caused by nearby oil extraction, says study  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The series of 34 small earthquakes between April 2018 and May 2019 occurred within 10 km of two active oil extraction sites at Brockham and Horse... more
Utah's red rock metronome  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
At about the same rate that your heart beats, a Utah rock formation called Castleton Tower gently vibrates, keeping time and keeping watch over the sandstone desert. Swaying like a skyscraper, the red rock tower taps into the deep vibrations... more
Crack in Pacific seafloor caused volcanic chain to go dormant  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Geologists have discovered that 50 million years ago a chain of volcanoes between Northeast Asia and Russia were forced into a period of dormancy that lasted for 10... more
Most of California's Big Earthquakes Are Preceded by Ghostly 'Foreshocks' Weeks in Advance  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Foreshocks — the tiny, sometimes imperceptible tremors that precede massive earthquakes — are way more common than we thought. more
Crack in Pacific seafloor caused volcanic chain to go dormant  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
From his geology lab at the University of Houston, Jonny Wu has discovered that a chain of volcanoes stretching between Northeast Asia and Russia began a period of... more
Utah's red rock metronome: Seismic readings reveal Castleton Tower's unseen vibrations  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
At about the same rate that your heart beats, a Utah rock formation called Castleton Tower gently vibrates, keeping time and keeping watch over the sandstone... more
Simulated training for timely NICU evacuations  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
In late August 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake - the strongest east of the Mississippi since 1944 - shook Washington, D.C., with such force that it cracked the Washington Monument and damaged the National Cathedral. more
Evidence found of low slip earthquakes impeding progression of large destructive quakes  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has found evidence of slow slip earthquakes impeding the progression of large destructive quakes.... more
Detecting hydrothermal vents in volcanic lakes  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Changes in the behaviour of hydrothermal vents may be indicative of changes in the volcanic system underneath, thus being a useful precursor for the next generation of early warning systems. New exploration approaches will help improving... more
The slow earthquake spectrum in the Japan Trench illuminated by the S-net seafloor observatories  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Investigating slow earthquake activity in subduction zones provides insight into the slip behavior of megathrusts, which can provide important clues... more
Detecting hydrothermal vents in volcanic lakes  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Geothermal manifestations at Earth's surface can be mapped and characterized by a variety of well-established exploration methods. However, mapping hydrothermal vents in aquatic environments is more challenging as conventional methods can no longer be applied. In... more
Explaining earthquakes we can't feel  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers have explained mysterious slow-moving earthquakes known as slow slip events with the help of computer simulations. The answer, they learned, is in rocks' pores. more
Underground links between quakes and eruptions of Japan's biggest active volcano  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
To better understand subsurface processes associated with earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Aso, researchers investigated a very long period (VLP) seismicity dataset collected over two years.... more
Underground links between quakes and eruptions of Japan's biggest active volcano  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The threat of explosive volcanic eruptions looms over many cities around the world. Earthquakes, another major geological hazard, are known to have some relationships with the... more
Researchers explain slow-moving earthquakes known as 'slow slip events'  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The Earth's subsurface is an extremely active place, where the movements and friction of plates deep underground shape our landscape and govern the intensity of hazards above. While the Earth's... more
Earthquake early-warning sensors being expanded to high-risk areas in California and Nevada  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An infusion of federal funding will help expand or strengthen the U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake early-warning system around Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, Mammoth and... more
Earthquake-warning system that could provide smartphone alerts to Pacific Northwest gets funding boost  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The U.S. Geological Survey is greatly increasing funding for the region's seismic network, putting it on track to send public alerts of... more
Scientists finally know how big earthquakes start: with many smaller ones  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The vast majority of earthquakes we feel come soon after smaller ones, according to new research that offers new insights into how seismology works. more
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