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The comet Venus - past and present

The planet Venus presents many unresolved mysteries to planetary scientists. However, equally mysterious is Venus' extraordinary role in the world's ancient astronomies. In this Space News episode, we explore the remarkable electrical environment of Venus...

April 14, 2016

Strange "musical" sounds recorded during Apollo 10 mission in 1969 now public

NASA has released a recording of unusual "musical" sounds the Apollo 10 astronauts reported in 1969 while on the far side of the Moon, out of radio contact with the Earth. The Science Channel broadcasted a story behind the strange sounds on February 21,...

February 24, 2016

The role of geomorphic and seismic processes in occurrence of massive landslides

The scientists have conducted an investigation aimed at understanding how the long-term effects of seismicity on rock slopes and their interaction with geomorphic processes induces landslides. In the case study of the massive 1959 Madison Canyon Slide in Montana,...

February 23, 2016

Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA) in the context of socio-political perturbances 1 500 years ago revealed

A group of scientists, led by the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL and the Oescheger-Zentrum of the University of Bern, have discovered a mini ice age period in Eurasia from the tree-ring measurements. The period of extreme cold is dating between 536 and around...

February 12, 2016

The underlying cause of the deadly 1964 Alaska tsunami revealed

The USGS scientists in collaboration with their colleagues from Boise State University and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game finally managed to unravel the cause of a massive tsunami that destroyed Valdez, Seward and Whittier towns in Alaska in 1964. A series...

February 02, 2016

Evidence of a previously unknown large volcanic eruption in the Caribbean Sea

A team of scientists from the University of Southampton discovered evidence of a previously unknown large volcanic eruption in the Caribbean Sea. The eruption was dated to 2.4 million years ago and might be the largest documented volcanic event in the region since...

January 19, 2016

The largest earthquake recorded by instruments - M9.5, Chile (1960)

The largest earthquake ever recorded by instruments hit southern Chile at 19:11 UTC on May 22, 1960. It was a 9.5 magnitude earthquake with a focal depth of 33 km (20.5 miles), preceded by 4 aftershocks bigger than M7.0, including M7.9 on May 21 that caused severe damag

May 22, 2015

Stanford historian uncovers the dark roots of humanitarianism

Through a study of the history of the French colonial Congo-Océan Railway, Stanford historian JP Daughton has discovered how modern humanitarianism arose from the brutality of European colonialism.Modern humanitarian endeavors are generally perceived of as works

April 27, 2015

What did the ancient people think of the axis mundi (world axis)?

In the footsteps of Mircea Eliade, mythologists and anthropologists tend to think of the axis mundi or ‘world axis’ as a straight object running through the cosmos vertically. While this is, of course, correct for the astronomical axis of the earth, the &lsq

April 09, 2015

Long series of droughts doomed Mexican city 1000 years ago

Archaeologists continue to debate the reasons for the collapse of many Central American cities and states, from Teotihuacan in Mexico to the Yucatan Maya, and climate change is considered one of the major causes.A University of California, Berkeley, study sheds new ligh

January 28, 2015

Global Warming in the Ice Age

The melting of the glacial ice sheets in North America, Europe and elsewhere was a stochastic process.Long periods of slow melting alternated with bursts of accelerated melting. Between the Late Glacial Maximum and the early Holocene, global sea level rose by 100 to 130

December 22, 2014

Mount St. Helens 2004-2008 eruption: A volcano reawakens

Mount St. Helens reawakened in late September 2004. Small magnitude earthquakes beneath the 1980-1986 lava dome increased in frequency and size, and a growing welt formed on the southeast margin of the previous lava dome and nearby portions of Crater Glacier.On October

October 01, 2014

Many views of a massive CME - July 23, 2012

On July 23, 2012, a massive cloud of solar material erupted off the sun's right side, zooming out into space. It soon passed one of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, spacecraft, which clocked the CME as traveling between 2 900 - 3 500 km

September 26, 2014

Mysterious volcanic eruption given light

One of the biggest unknown volcanic eruptions" in the last 500 years has been given new light through the collaboration of Bristol University colleagues from the School of Earth Sciences, PhD student Alvaro Guevara-Murua, and Dr. Caroline Williams, from the Departm

September 20, 2014

Tracking one of the most destructive Atlantic hurricanes in history

Hurricane "Hugo" (1989) was a classic Cape Verde-type hurricane first detected as a tropical wave emerging from the coast of Africa on September 9, 1989. Moving steadily westward, the system became a tropical depression the next day, a tropical storm on the 11

September 19, 2014

Dwardu Cardona: Earth’s primordial stellar host - EU2014

Dwardu Cardona showed that a reconstruction of Earth’s cosmic history can be distilled from the universal “mytho-historical record,” complemented by studies in earth history and space science. Most recently, the strongest scientific validation comes fr

July 27, 2014

Study finds Earth’s first mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions

A new research from Curtin University has shown that ancient volcanic eruptions in Australia some 510 million years ago significantly affected the climate, causing the first known mass extinction in the history of complex life.Associate Professo

June 04, 2014