Research

Extreme weather over northwest Europe induced by changes over Greenland

Newest research conducted at the University of Sheffield suggests the changes identified in weather systems developing over Greenland are related to extreme weather patterns over northwest Europe, such as unusually wet conditions reported across the UK during the...

May 03, 2016

Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, the place of highest lightning activity on Earth

Researchers have utilized the observations from the Lightning Imaging Sensor onboard NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission to investigate which location has a maximum lightning activity on Earth. According to data analysis, Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela is...

May 03, 2016

The world is unprepared for impending natural disasters

For a long time, preppers and survivalists were ridiculed and called lunatics who just want the world to come to an end. However, as our planet entered a realm in which major natural disasters became a norm and officials finally admitted the world is heading into an...

April 26, 2016

Earthquake-induced distant volcano eruptions

A team of volcanologists, from the Hiroshima University in Japan, proposed how earthquakes can act as triggers for distant volcano eruptions. The trigger mechanism in question is the sloshing of the bubbly magma. The scientists have simulated the effect of...

April 26, 2016

Volcanic activity related to Earth's historical climate shifts

A new study, conducted by scientists from the University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, suggests the volcanic activity related to the plate-tectonic movements could have triggered climate changes in Earth's history. The research has...

April 22, 2016

Two ice ages induced by massive tectonic collisions near the Earth's equator

Newest research conducted by geologists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), suggests the two well-known ice ages in the history of our planet were caused by a massive tectonic collision which took place near the Earth's equator before both...

April 22, 2016

CATDAT: Natural disasters caused over 8 million deaths and $7 trillion USD of damage since 1900

According to the CATDAT database, over 8 million deaths have been caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms, bush-fires and volcanoes since the beginning of the 20th century. The highest amount of damage has been caused by floods while the...

April 19, 2016

2014 record Balkan floods linked to jamming of giant airstreams

Disastrous floods that hit the Balkans in 2014 are likely linked to the temporary slowdown of giant airstreams, according to a recent study published in Science Advances. The study adds evidence that so-called planetary wave resonance is a key mechanism for causing...

April 18, 2016

Uncovering mysterious processes that produce volcanic lightning

We know that lightning in storm clouds forms when ice particles collide with each other and become electrified, but the process of how lightning forms in volcanic plumes is less clear. Now, two new studies are unraveling some of the mysteries involved. Understanding...

April 13, 2016

A mysterious discovery: Supermassive black holes spinning out aligned radio jets

A team of scientists from the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape in South Africa have discovered that supermassive black holes in the distant universe are spinning out radio jets in the same direction. This is the first time researchers found...

April 12, 2016

Wobbles in Earth's rotation explained

A group of NASA's scientists has managed to answer two important questions about the wobbles observed in our planet's rotation. New insights hold a potential to significantly add to existing knowledge about the Earth's past and future climate....

April 11, 2016

Increased flooding, accelerated sea-level rise in Miami since 2006, Florida

A new study found that Miami Beach flood events have significantly increased over the last decade due to an acceleration of sea-level rise in South Florida. The study, made by researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric...

April 05, 2016

Astronomers suggest laser cloaking device to hide Earth from advanced extraterrestrials

Two Columbia University astronomers, Professor David Kipping and graduate student Alex Teachey, suggest humanity could use lasers to conceal the Earth from searches by advanced extraterrestrial civilisations. Several prominent scientists, including Stephen Hawking,...

April 01, 2016

Moon playing a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

The Earth's magnetic field permanently protects us from the charged particles and radiation that originate in the Sun. This shield is produced by the geodynamo, the rapid motion of huge quantities of liquid iron alloy in the Earth's outer core. To maintain...

March 31, 2016

Most detailed map of ‘super Earth’ reveals a lava planet

An international team of astronomers, led by the University of Cambridge, used data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and obtained the most detailed ‘fingerprint’ of a rocky planet outside our solar system to date. They found a planet of two...

March 30, 2016

Study links periodic mass extinctions to "Planet X"

According to research published by a faculty member of the University of Arkansas Department of Mathematical Sciences, Daniel Whitmire, periodic mass extinctions on Earth, as indicated in the global fossil record, could be linked to a suspected ninth planet. ...

March 30, 2016

Scientists discovered pattern that predicts heat waves up to 50 days in advance

According to a new study led by a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Reseach (NCAR), a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertime heat waves in the eastern half of...

March 29, 2016