Monthly Archives: April 2015

Lack of oxygen in the groundwater

Jena (Germany) Spring has arrived in Europe with mild temperatures and sunshine. Where just a few weeks ago the ground was frozen and partly...

Fossils inform marine conservation

The fossil record helps to predict which kinds of animals are more likely to go extinct. When combined with information about hotspots of human...

A new dinosaur: Flying without feathers

The discovery of a pigeon-sized dinosaur with bat-like wings has exposed bizarre twists in the early evolution of birds, said scientists in China Wednesday...

Nepal earthquake on the radar

On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support...

Erosion, landslides and monsoon across the Himalayas

In these days, it was again tragically demonstrated that the Himalayas are one of the most active geodynamic regions of the world. Landslides belong...

Building Better Skull Models For Ancient Carnivores

When paleontologists put together a life history for a long-extinct animal, they try to understand its diet by looking at modern animals with similar...

Research team discovers plant fossils previously unknown to Antarctica

Erik Gulbranson, a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, trudges up a steep ridge overlooking his field camp of mountain tents and pyramid-shaped...

How earthquake safety measures could have saved thousands of lives in Nepal

Earthquake engineers often say earthquakes don't kill people, collapsing buildings do. The tragic loss of life that followed the huge earthquake in Nepal on...

Rare whale fossil found in Panama clarifies evolution of sperm whale

Almost since the time of Melville's epic hunt, scientists have been fascinated by the remarkable attributes of the sperm whale and its kin, the...

How cracking explains underwater volcanoes and the Hawaiian bend

University of Sydney geoscientists have helped prove that some of the ocean's underwater volcanoes did not erupt from hot spots in Earth's mantle but...

Perspectives on the Nepal earthquake

As the death toll continues to rise in Nepal, Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Willis, and PhD student Evan Miles, from the Scott Polar Research...

Landslides, mudslides likely to remain a significant threat in Nepal for months

The threat of landslides and mudslides remains high across much of Nepal's high country, and the risk is likely to increase when the monsoon...

Engineering a better future for the Mississippi Delta

River deltas, low-lying landforms that host critical and diverse ecosystems as well as high concentrations of human population, face an uncertain future. Even as...

DNA suggests all early eskimos migrated from Alaska’s North Slope

Genetic testing of Iñupiat people currently living in Alaska's North Slope is helping Northwestern University scientists fill in the blanks on questions about the...

Ancient connection between the Americas enhanced extreme biodiversity

Species exchange between North and South America created one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth. A new study by Smithsonian scientists and...

Researchers find evidence of groundwater in Antarctica’s Dry Valleys

Using a novel, helicopter-borne sensor to penetrate below the surface of large swathes of terrain, a team of researchers supported by the National Science...

Bizarre ‘platypus’ dinosaur discovered

Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw...

Tidal tugs on Teflon faults drive slow-slipping earthquakes

Unknown to most people, the Pacific Northwest experiences a magnitude-6.6 earthquake about once a year. The reason nobody notices is that the movement happens...

Calbuco volcano – evacuations and air-traffic disruption follow eruption

The Calbuco volcano, a 2,000 metre peak in southern Chile, sent a column of ash about 15km skywards twice on the night of April...

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