Monthly Archives: June 2015

Spiky monsters: new species of ‘super-armoured’ worm discovered

A newly-identified species of spike-covered worm with legs, which lived 500 million years ago, was one of the first animals on Earth to develop...

Earthquake not to blame for Indonesian mud volcano

New research led by the University of Adelaide hopes to close the debate on whether a major mud volcano disaster in Indonesia was triggered...

A deep, dark mystery: New discoveries about the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los...

UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles has found evidence of helium leakage from Earth's mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone...

Extreme makeover: Humankind’s unprecedented transformation of Earth

Human beings are pushing the planet in an entirely new direction with revolutionary implications for its life, a new study by researchers at the...

A ‘hydrothermal siphon’ drives water circulation through the seafloor

Vast quantities of ocean water circulate through the seafloor, flowing through the volcanic rock of the upper oceanic crust. A new study by scientists...

The ashes of Mt. St. Helens

The massive eruption of Mt. St. Helens 35 years ago is one of the largest ever seen in North America. LMU volcanologists now report...

Research shows how Spanish colonists changed life in the Middle Rio Grande Valley

Spanish settlement of the Middle Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico changed the way people lived, but a new paper in the journal "The...

NASA explains why June 30 will get extra second

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be...

Iron: A biological element?

Think of an object made of iron: An I-beam, a car frame, a nail. Now imagine that half of the iron in that object...

Backward-moving glacier helps scientists explain glacial earthquakes

The relentless flow of a glacier may seem unstoppable, but a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and the U.S. has shown that...

Earth’s daily rotation period encoded in an atomic-level protein structure

A collaborative group of Japanese researchers has demonstrated that the Earth's daily rotation period (24 hours) is encoded in the KaiC protein at the...

Ordovician Carbon Isotope Curve

By Bergstrom, S.M., Xu Chen, Gutierrez-Marco, J.C., and Dronov, A., 2008, Lethaia, DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2008.00136.x Click HERE to download a better version (higher resolution) Copyright © 2013-2014...

Newly found ring of teeth uncovers what common ancestor of molting animals looked like

A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago -- a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult...

Researchers Reconstruct Dinosaur Tracks

Paleontologists from the University of Bonn use photos to create a digital, three-dimensional model of the discovery site Twelve years ago, footprints of carnivorous dinosaurs...

Scientists persuade volcanoes to tell their stories

Every volcano has a story, but, until now, most of these stories were shrouded in mystery. However, scientists from Trinity College Dublin have just discovered...

Sefapanosaurus: New Sesotho-named dinosaur from South Africa

South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have discovered a new 200 million year old dinosaur from South Africa, and named it Sefapanosaurus, from the Sesotho...

Sudden shift in ‘forcing’ led to demise of Laurentide ice sheet

A new study has found that the massive Laurentide ice sheet that covered Canada during the last ice age initially began shrinking through calving...

Understanding subduction zone earthquakes

The 26 December 2004 Mw ~9.2 Indian Ocean earthquake (also known as the Sumatra-Andaman or Aceh-Andaman earthquake), which generated massive, destructive tsunamis, especially along...

Forgotten fossil indicates earlier origin of teeth

The tooth plate of just some millimeters in size had been in a box for more than 40 years, without being recognized after the...

Uplifted island: Isla Santa María island in south of central Chile

Charles Darwin and his captain Robert Fitzroy witnessed the great earthquake of 1835 in south central Chile. The "Beagle"-Captain's precise measurements showed an uplift...

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