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New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA

The world's newest island—formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago—may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday.

9 hours ago from Phys.org

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Arctic saw second warmest year, smallest winter sea ice coverage on record in 2017

An NOAA-sponsored report shows that the warming trend transforming the Arctic persisted in 2017, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ...

3 hours ago from Phys.org

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Sea-level rise projections made hazy by antarctic instability

It may take until the 2060s to know how much the sea level will rise by the end of this century, according to a new Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led analysis. The study is the first to link ...

2 hours ago from Phys.org

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Researchers capture oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions

The oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions may contain ice that formed during the Stone Age—more than 600,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared.

50 minutes ago from Phys.org

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Fish and ships: Vessel traffic reduces communication ranges for Atlantic cod, haddock

NOAA scientists studying sounds made by Atlantic cod and haddock at spawning sites in the Gulf of Maine have found that vessel traffic noise is reducing the distance over which these animals ...

2 hours ago from Phys.org

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Residual strain despite mega earthquake

On Christmas Day 2016, the earth trembled in southern Chile. In the same region, the strongest earthquake ever measured occurred in 1960. A comparison of data from seismic and geodetic measurements ...

20 minutes ago from Phys.org

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Studies: Warming made Harvey's deluge 3 times more likely

New studies find global warming's fingerprints were all over the record rainfall from Hurricane Harvey this year.

2 hours ago from Phys.org

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Geoscientists compare micro-organisms in the polar regions

Although the Arctic and Antarctic regions are at opposite ends of the earth, they have a similar diversity of bacteria and other microscopic life. These are the findings of an international ...

2 hours ago from Phys.org

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New research improves understanding of ancient landscapes

Geologists use zircon mineral grains to reconstruct what the Earth and its landscapes looked like in ancient times. These microscopic grains, commonly the width of a human hair, record detailed ...

21 hours ago from Phys.org

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New mechanism to explain how El Nino influences East Asian and NW Pacific climate

Western North Pacific anomalous anticyclone (WNPAC, or referred to as Philippine Sea anomalous anticyclone) is the most important anomalous circulation pattern connecting El Nin?o and East Asian-western ...

6 hours ago from Phys.org

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