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Microplastic pollution: Scientists are still learning how it harms wildlife  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
Plastic pollution is a growing global concern. Large pieces of plastic have been found almost everywhere on Earth, from the most visited beaches to remote, uninhabited islands. Because... more
Sentinel-6 satellite renamed in honour of renowned US scientist  ESA · 4 hours
ESA, NASA, the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the National... more
Airborne measurements point to low EPA methane estimates in south central US  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
Approximately twice as much methane is seeping into the atmosphere than the Environmental Protection Agency estimates from oil and gas facilities in the south... more
Driven by Earth's orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migration  SCIENCE DAILY · 16 hours
New research describes a dynamic climate and vegetation model that explains when regions across Africa, areas of the Middle East, and the... more
Scientists Measure the Evolving Energy of a Solar Flare's Explosive First Minutes  ASTRO WATCH · 21 hours
Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun’s surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful... more
Sea level rise to cause major economic impact in the absence of further climate action  SCIENCE DAILY · 21 hours
Rising sea levels, a direct impact of the Earth's warming climate, is intensifying coastal flooding. The findings of... more
Oceanographers predict increase in phytoplankton by 2100  SCIENCE DAILY · 21 hours
A neural network-driven Earth system model has led oceanographers to a surprising conclusion: phytoplankton populations will grow in low-latitude waters by the end of the 21st century. more
Driven by Earth's orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migration  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
In 1961, John Kutzbach, then a recent college graduate, was stationed in France as an aviation weather forecaster for the U.S. Air... more
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm  SCIENCE DAILY · 22 hours
A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows. The study mapped over... more
Russian explorers discovered Antarctica 200 years ago. What we've learned about Earth's coldest continent.  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Two centuries after it was first sighted by Russian explorers, Antarctica is a key site for studying the future of... more
Atmospheric river storms and climate change are driving increased and costly flooding  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Ask people to name the world's largest river, and most will probably guess that it's the Amazon, the Nile or the Mississippi. In fact,... more
Ecofriendly catalyst for converting methane into useful gases using light instead of heat  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Methane is present in the natural gas that is abundant in the Earth's crust, and has found many uses in modern applications,... more
Oceanographers predict increase in phytoplankton by 2100  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A neural network-driven Earth system model has led University of California, Irvine oceanographers to a surprising conclusion: phytoplankton populations will grow in low-latitude waters by the end of the 21st century. more
Hidden past of Earth's oldest continents unearthed  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
New international research led by the University of St Andrews presents a novel way to understand the structure and formation of our oldest continents. more
How Earth climate models help picture life on unimaginable worlds  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In a generic brick building on the northwestern edge of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center campus in Greenbelt, Maryland, thousands of computers packed in racks the size of... more
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows. more
Dating a Galaxy Crash  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
The dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus collided with the Milky Way probably approximately 11.5 billion years ago. A team of researchers including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar... more
Galactic Gamma-ray Sources Reveal Birthplaces of High-energy Particles  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Nine sources of extremely high-energy gamma rays comprise a new catalog compiled by researchers with the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC)... more
The skin of Earth is home to Pac-Man-like protists  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
The most common groups of soil protists behave exactly like Pac-Man: moving through the soil matrix, gobbling up bacteria according to a new article. more
Final Images from Cassini Spacecraft  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Lancaster researchers are busy analyzing some of the final data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft which has been in orbit around Saturn for more than... more
The skin of the earth is home to pac-man-like protists  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Pac-Man, the open-mouthed face of the most successful arcade game ever, is much more well-known than any of the one-celled organisms called protists, at least among people over... more
House introduces NASA authorization bill that emphasizes Mars over moon  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The leadership of the House Science Committee introduced a NASA authorization bill Jan. 24 that seeks... more
Can polarity-inverted membranes self-assemble on Titan?  Science Magazine · 4 days
The environmental and chemical limits of life are two of the most central questions in astrobiology. Our understanding of life’s boundaries has implications on the efficacy of biosignature identification in exoplanet atmospheres and in the solar... more
Four graphs that suggest we can't blame climate change on solar activity  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The past decade (2010-2019) was the hottest on record and five of the top 10 warmest single years have all occurred since 2015, according... more
Earth from Space: Deforestation in Bolivia  ESA · 4 days
Video: 00:03:15 This week's edition of the Earth from Space programme features a Copernicus Sentinel-2 mage over an area in the Santa Cruz Department... more
NASA prepares to shut down Spitzer Space Telescope  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA will turn off an aging infrared space telescope in a week, citing the complexities of continuing to operate the... more
Did asteroid that hit Australia help thaw ancient 'snowball Earth'?  REUTERS · 5 days
Scientists have identified Earth's oldest-known impact crater, and in doing so may have solved a mystery... more
Geochemical Model Reveals Inner Complexity of Enceladus  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Enceladus, an ocean-harboring moon of Saturn, erupts a plume that contains gases and frozen sea spray into space. By understanding the composition... more
Borexino Detector Spots 53 Geoneutrinos  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
An underground particle detector called the Borexino detector has detected 53 antielectron neutrinos emanating from the Earth, so-called geoneutrinos. Neutrinos and their antimatter counterpart, antineutrinos, are... more
Clays in Antarctica from millions of years ago reveal past climate changes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Members of the TASMANDRAKE research group of the Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute (IACT), which pertains to the University of Granada and CSIC, have published... more
Computer model shows ancient Earth with an atmosphere 70 percent carbon dioxide  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of researchers from the University of Washington has found evidence that the Earth's atmosphere approximately 2.7 billion years ago might have been... more
Second space data highway satellite set to beam  ESA · 5 days
The second satellite in the European Data Relay System has reached its intended orbit and completed its in-orbit tests.Dubbed the... more
OSIRIS-REx completes closest flyover of sample site nightingale  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Preliminary results indicate that NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of site Nightingale yesterday as part of the mission's Reconnaissance B phase activities. Nightingale, OSIRIS-REx's primary sample collection site,... more
Astronomers Create Stunning 3D Visualization of Crab Nebula  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
In 1054 CE, Chinese sky watchers witnessed the sudden appearance of a ‘new star’ in the heavens, which they recorded... more
Op-ed | A Space Force needs spaceships  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
The U.S. Space Force must acquire responsive, routine, and reliable access to space — starting with launch systems optimize for reaching low... more
Earth’s Oldest Known Meteorite Impact Structure Identified  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The 70 km- (43.5-mile) diameter Yarrabubba impact structure in Western Australia is approximately 2.23 billion years old, according to new research led... more
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 2.7 billion years ago inferred from micrometeorite oxidation  Science Magazine · 6 days
Earth’s atmospheric composition during the Archean eon of 4 to 2.5 billion years ago has few constraints. However, the geochemistry of recently discovered iron-rich... more
First mushrooms appeared earlier than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
According to a new study led by Steeve Bonneville from the Université libre de Bruxelles, the first mushrooms evolved on Earth between 715 and 810 million years ago, 300 million years earlier than the... more
Quo vadis Antarctic bottom water?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Ocean currents are essential for the global distribution of heat and thus also for climate on earth. For example, oxygen is transferred into the deep sea through the formation of new deep water around Antarctica. Weddell Sea sourced... more
Signals from inside the Earth: Borexino experiment releases new data on geoneutrinos  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Scientists involved in the Borexino collaboration have presented new results for the measurement of neutrinos originating from the interior of the Earth. The elusive... more
Mapping the path of climate change  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Since 1880, the Earth's temperature has risen by 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit and is predicted to continue rising, according to the NASA Global Climate Change website. Scientists are actively seeking to understand this change and its effect... more
Earth's oldest asteroid strike linked to 'big thaw'  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists have discovered Earth's oldest asteroid strike occurred at Yarrabubba, in outback Western Australia, and coincided with the end of a global deep freeze known as a Snowball Earth. The research used... more
Inner complexity of Saturn moon, Enceladus, revealed  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A team developed a new geochemical model that reveals that carbon dioxide (CO2) from within Enceladus, an ocean-harboring moon of Saturn, may be controlled by chemical reactions at its seafloor. Studying the plume of... more
Signals from inside Earth: Borexino experiment releases new data on geoneutrinos  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
The Borexino collaboration has presented new results for the measurement of neutrinos originating from the interior of the Earth. With this update, the researchers have now... more
Earth's oldest known meteor crash site found in Australian Outback  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
The world's oldest known impact crater has been in Western Australia for more than 2.2 billion years, a new study suggests. more
Rising global temperatures turn northern permafrost region into significant carbon source  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Permafrost, the perennially frozen subsoil in Earth's northernmost regions, has been collecting and storing plant and animal matter since long before the last Ice Age. The... more
New models reveal inner complexity of Saturn moon  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A Southwest Research Institute team developed a new geochemical model that reveals that carbon dioxide (CO2) from within Enceladus, an ocean-harboring moon of Saturn, may be controlled by chemical reactions at its... more
Call for media: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returns from commanding the Space Station  ESA · 6 days
Press Release N° 28–2020 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is returning to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. He will... more
First two nature-based water retention measures are operational in Hungary  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Increasingly extreme temperature, hydrology, or other meteorological phenomena are some of the most widely predicted impacts of climate change. This applies to Hungary as well, where rainfall is... more
NASA sounding rocket observing nitric oxide in polar night  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Aurora, also known as the northern lights, are a sight to behold as they dance across the sky when solar winds collide with the Earth's atmosphere. more
Solar Orbiter Earth flyby  ESA · 6 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter making a flyby at Earth.Solar Orbiter will make one gravity assist flyby of Earth and numerous flybys of Venus over the course... more
Solar Orbiter launch  ESA · 6 days
Image: Artist's impression of an Atlas V 411 launching Solar Orbiter into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its mission is to perform... more
Solar Orbiter solar array deployment  ESA · 6 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch and separation, with its solar arrays deployed. The instrument boom and antennas have not been deployed at this... more
Solar Orbiter antenna deployment  ESA · 6 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch, with solar arrays and antennas deployed. Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its... more
Solar Orbiter separation  ESA · 6 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following separation from the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V 411 rocket launching the mission into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation  ESA · 6 days
Image: Artist's impression of the fairing encapsulating Solar Orbiter being released following launch on an Atlas V 411.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
New insight on global food production and ways to adopt sustainable food system  NEWS MEDICAL · 7 days
"When looking at the status of planet Earth and the influence of current global agriculture practices upon it, there's a lot of... more
Wandering Massive Black Holes Detected in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
Astronomers using NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have observed... more
Cataclysmic bashing from giant planets occurred early in our Solar System's history  Science Magazine · 7 days
Models and observations suggest that an earlier date for the upheaval can explain puzzles including a puny Mars more
An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Then, a volcano helped life flourish.  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
A massive meteorite impact and extreme volcanic activity occurred around the same time that Earth's large dinosaurs went extinct. But, did the volcanic activity... more
Corals' partnership with microalgae helps in stressful times but there's a trade-off  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the warmer and brighter shallow waters of Kāne'ohe Bay, O'ahu, the Hawaiian rice coral (Montipora capitata) hosts more heat-tolerant symbiotic microalgae in their... more
Let the europium shine brighter  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A stacked nanocarbon antenna makes a rare earth element shine 5 times more brightly than previous designs, with applications in molecular light-emitting devices. more
2.229 billion years: Scientists date world's oldest meteor crater  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A crater in western Australia was formed by a meteor strike more than 2.2 billion years ago and is the world's oldest known impact site, new research published Wednesday shows. more
Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who proved, almost 20 years ago, that planets are common around... more
The salt of the comet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have found an explanation for why very little nitrogen could previously be accounted for in the nebulous covering of comets: the building block for life predominantly occurs in the form of ammonium salts, the occurrence of which... more
First detailed electronic study of new nickelate superconductor finds 3D metallic state  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Unlike cuprates -- the first known class of unconventional superconductors -- the new nickelates are inherently metallic, sharing electrons with intervening layers of rare... more
Five ways to turn carbon dioxide from pollution to a valuable product  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
It's far easier to avoid burning fossil fuels than it is to clean up CO2 emissions once they're in the Earth's atmosphere. But the... more
Flight through the comet Chury's dust cloud resolves chemical mystery  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Under the leadership of astrophysicist Kathrin Altwegg, Bernese researchers have found an explanation for why very little nitrogen could previously be accounted for in the nebulous covering of... more
UFOs May Be Piloted by Time-Traveling Humans, Book Argues  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Could the creatures piloting UFOs be us? A recent book argues that reports of aliens here on Earth may be describing our distant human descendants, returning from the future to... more
Let the europium shine brighter  nanowerk · 1 week
A stacked nanocarbon antenna makes a rare earth element shine 5 times more brightly than previous designs, with applications in molecular light-emitting devices. more
New research provides evidence of strong early magnetic field around Earth  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Deep within Earth, swirling liquid iron generates our planet's protective magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is vital for life on Earth's surface: it... more
Ozone-depleting substances caused half of late 20th-century Arctic warming, says study  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A scientific paper published in 1985 was the first to report a burgeoning hole in Earth's stratospheric ozone over Antarctica. Scientists determined the cause to be... more
Lithospheric thickening beneath the Betics and Rif mountains pulls down the topography by 1500 m  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study made by researchers at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera of the Spanish National... more
Stars Need a Partner to Spin Universe’s Brightest Explosions  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have... more
TESS Dates an Ancient Collision with Our Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an... more
Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful collision of magnetic... more
Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful... more
Expert discusses the prospects of climate engineering  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Climate engineering may offer a last-ditch technological solution to catastrophic climate change, but who makes the decisions on which solutions to implement, and who the beneficiaries will be? Once we start fiddling with the... more
An evolving understanding of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Few things related to science capture the imagination more than the magic of worlds past. This includes the origins of life, dinosaurs, mass extinctions, meteorite impacts, and the evolution of our species. Understanding the evolution of life is... more
Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of alien origin  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also... more
Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of extra-solar origin  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also... more
'Melting rock' models predict mechanical origins of earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Engineers at Duke University have devised a model that can predict the early mechanical behaviors and origins of an earthquake in multiple types of rock. The model provides new insights into unobservable... more
Earth from Space: Japanese archipelago  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:00:00 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over Japan's four main islands. See also Japanese... more
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