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Operation IceBridge turns five

In May 2014, two new studies concluded that a section of the land-based West Antarctic ice sheet had reached a point of inevitable collapse. Meanwhile, fresh observations from September 2014 ...

Fri 17 Oct 14 from Phys.org

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Australian volcanic mystery explained

Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding Australia's only active volcanic area, in the country's southeast.

Fri 17 Oct 14 from Phys.org

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Climate Change: It's Only Human To Exaggerate, But Science Itself Does Not

Credit: EPABy Rob MacKenzie, University of BirminghamTo exaggerate is human, and scientists are human. Exaggeration and the complementary art of simplification are the basic rhetorical tools ...

Sat 18 Oct 14 from Science 2.0

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Data shows fewer tornado days in U.S. but more per event over past couple decades

A trio of researches with the U.S.'s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that though there are fewer total days per year when tornados occur in the U.S., the number ...

Fri 17 Oct 14 from Phys.org

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Engineers build, test earthquake-resistant house (w/ Video)

Stanford engineers have built and tested an earthquake-resistant house that stayed staunchly upright even as it shook at three times the intensity of the destructive 1989 Loma Prieta temblor ...

Fri 17 Oct 14 from Phys.org

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Image: Lake County, Oregon from orbit

This image from Sentinel-1A was acquired over the Lake County in the US state of Oregon on 17 July.

Fri 17 Oct 14 from Phys.org

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Geochemist uses helium and lead isotopes to gain insight into the makeup of the planet's deep interior

A UC Santa Barbara geochemist studying Samoan volcanoes has found evidence of the planet's early formation still trapped inside the Earth. Known as hotspots, volcanic island chains such as Samoa ...

Thu 16 Oct 14 from Phys.org

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Rock-dwelling microbes remove methane from deep sea

Methane-breathing microbes that inhabit rocky mounds on the seafloor could be preventing large volumes of the potent greenhouse gas from entering the oceans and reaching the atmosphere, according ...

Wed 15 Oct 14 from Phys.org

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Anthropocene: We might be about to move from the Holocene to a new epoch

After 11,700 years, the Holocene epoch may be coming to an end, with a group of geologists, climate scientists and ecologists meeting in Berlin this week to decide whether humanity's impact ...

Thu 16 Oct 14 from The Independent

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The ancient mountains that fed early life

Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago.

Thu 16 Oct 14 from Phys.org

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