Collapse of Earth's tectonic plates unravelled

Following the international expedition drilling into the Pacific ocean floor, the scientists have for the first time discovered what happens after one tectonic plate gets pushed under another, Australian National University reports.During the drilling expeditions, resea

November 25, 2015

First sound velocity in extreme conditions successfully estimated

New research, conducted in collaboration between the Materials Dynamics Laboratory at the RIKEN SPring-8 Center and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has successfully measured the speed of sound in mixtures of liquid iron and carbon in extreme conditions, for the first

November 25, 2015

Scientists allay fears of Geomagnetic Pole Shift in the near future

A group of researchers have studied ancient volcanic rocks to conclude that Earth's magnetic field is a long time away from "flipping" even if the magnetic field's intensity is reducing fairly fast. This is because Earth's current magnetic field

November 24, 2015

Earth surrounded by dense, hairy filaments of dark matter

A new research, conducted by scientists of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, suggests that Earth is surrounded by long, 'hairy' filaments of dark matter. Theoretically, the hairy filaments, if detected could be used to map out the inn

November 24, 2015

Antarctic Ice contributed to the historic dry up and re-flooding of the Mediterranean Sea

International team of scientists conducted an in-depth research which has finally shed light on my the processes responsible for the dry up of the Mediterranean Sea, about 5.6 million years ago. Research results imply that future melting of large ice masses will results

November 19, 2015

Earth's groundwater supplies mapped for the first time

An international team of scientists has for the first time succeeded in producing the map of Earth's total groundwater supplies, Canadian University of Victoria announced on November 17, 2015. This pioneering attempt managed to provide significant information in the

November 18, 2015

Astronomers create the first weather map of a giant Jupiter-like exoplanet

For the first time, astronomers have actually mapped the weather of an exoplanet beyond our Solar System. Astronomers have found that gas giant HD 189733b has winds swirling at 8690 km/h (5400 mph). This is due to the planets extremely close orbit around its host star.

November 18, 2015

WT1190F burns into a spectacular fireball on its journey through Earth's atmosphere

NASA's researchers observed space debris named WT1190F fall to Earth on November 13, 2015. According to their report the object was more fragile than originally thought and it quickly burned into a fireball brighter than Venus, providing a spectacular view on its wa

November 17, 2015

A new answer to a long standing question of how plate tectonics started on Earth

An international team of geologists have proposed a new answer to a long standing question how plate tectonics started on Earth in the first place. They were able to demonstrate how the first sinking of litospheric plates, which is a key process of plate tectonics, occu

November 13, 2015

New Earth-like exoplanet discovered, only 39 light years away

Scientists have discovered a new exoplanet in our stellar neighborhood, only 39 light years from Earth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced on November 11, 2015. The planet shows no signs of being capable of hosting any life, however it is the closest Earth-

November 13, 2015

Astronomers discover the farthest planetoid in the Solar System

Astronomers have spotted a dwarf planet which is three times farther away than Pluto. This makes it the farthest object discovered in the Solar System. Once its orbit is ascertained, planetoid V774104 may teach researchers a lot about the early Solar System.The

November 12, 2015

Study of gamma ray burst may change our understanding of how stars are formed

A group of researchers observing a specific gamma ray burst (GRB) have found that its probable host galaxy is almost entirely deficient in molecular gas. Molecular gas has long been considered to be the main raw material used in the formation of stars. The current

November 12, 2015

First microplate discovered in the Indian Ocean reveals the age of Himalayas

The first ancient oceanic microplate has been discovered in the Indian Ocean by a team of Australian and US scientists. The discovery helped in identifying the timeline in which the initial collision between India and Eurasia has taken place, an event which gave birth t

November 10, 2015

Indian astronomers detect a gigantic radio galaxy, one of the largest discovered so far

Astronomers from Pune, India have discovered a massive radio galaxy using the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT). Such large radio galaxies have been rarely located so far. The galaxy is located approximately 9 billion light years away from Earth in the

November 10, 2015

New Horizons recent Pluto flyby yields numerous exciting discoveries

NASA's New Horizons science team gathered on the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in National Harbor, Maryland, taking place from November 8 to 13, 2015, to discuss numerous exciting discoveries that orig

November 09, 2015

MAVEN data reveals solar wind emptied Mars' atmosphere, left behind a dry planet

Data from NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has allowed researchers to understand the drastic transformation in the Martian environment - from a wet, warm climate which may have supported life to the cold and dry planet that it has become

November 06, 2015

Evidence of large ancient earthquakes of the Cascadia fault

The coastal salt marshes of the Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ) preserve evidence from several large earthquakes, between 8 and 9 in magnitude, according to paleoseismologists. So far, the scientists have been using only the stratigraphic data records to gain insight int

November 03, 2015

NASA study claims Antarctica gains ice, not contributing to sea level rise

A new study led by NASA's glaciologists Jay Zwally, says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10 000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers. The research challenges

November 02, 2015

Black hole experiences massive X-ray flare

Black holes have always been one of the most mysterious and awe inspiring objects in space. Astronomers have known for some time that black holes periodically emit very powerful flares into space. New observations from NASA's Explorer missions Swift and the Nuclear

November 01, 2015

3D imaging enables scientists to make more accurate forecasts of volcanic unrest

New, highly precise and high-resolution 3D imaging technique has been employed on the magma chambers and volcanic "plumbing" below the Mono Craters volcanic basin, Eastern California, US. Results have provided valuable information on the size of the chambers,

October 31, 2015

First raw image from Enceladus' October 28 flyby now available

First image of Saturn's moon Enceladus has been received from the Cassini spacecraft, NASA reported on October 30, 2015.NASA's Cassini spacecraft was scheduled to perform its deepest-ever dive through the icy plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus on October 28. T

October 31, 2015

Rosetta detects large amounts of pure oxygen emitting from Comet 67P

Researchers led by Andre Bieler from the University of Michigan have found a large amount of molecular oxygen (O2) is being released by the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Pure molecular oxygen is extremely rare in the universe and this discovery has extremely im

October 30, 2015

New method for predicting volcanic eruptions yields promising results

A group of UK scientists from the Royal Holloway, University of London, has developed a new method to determine which conditions are needed to facilitate a volcano eruption. Researchers have used the data collected during eruptions of the Santorini volcano to calculate

October 29, 2015

The first age map of the Milky Way's halo produced

An international team of scientists, lead by Galactic Archaeology group of the University of Notre Dame, France, has managed to produce the first chronographic age map of the Milky Way's halo using a sample of stars from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Scientists led

October 29, 2015

Science behind "booming" and "burping" sand dunes explained

Research team from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of Cambridge has explained the science behind the loud, rumbling "booming" or short "burping" sounds produced by sand avalanches from dune faces in Death Valley Nation

October 29, 2015

Evidence of continuous supply of newly formed stars into the central Milky Way region

A previously unknown part of the Milky Way galaxy has been uncovered by using the VISTA telescope of European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Paranal Observatory. The newly discovered component contains a disk of young stars lurking behind a thick cloud of dust in the

October 29, 2015

Scientists create a Star Trek like tractor beam

Since Star Trek, tractor beams have been the staple of space based science fiction. However, a group of researchers belonging to the Universities of Sussex and Bristol, in collaboration with ultrasound technology startup Ultrahaptics, have actually created a sonic tract

October 29, 2015

Solar storms can be much more powerful than previously assumed

An international team of scientists discovered that solar storms can be much more powerful and devastating than we know. By analyzing traces of solar storms in ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, researchers concluded that Earth was hit by two extreme solar storms

October 28, 2015

Cassini to perform the deepest-ever dive through the plume of Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is scheduled to perform the deepest-ever dive through the icy plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus on October 28, 2015. The scientists involved in the project are hoping this dive will provide new insights into the moon's ocean environm

October 27, 2015

Triggered earthquakes shed new light on behavior of the Earth's crust

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Tokyo have demonstrated that when an earthquake in one part of the world triggers another over 1 000 km away, widespread changes occur below the Earth's

October 23, 2015

A treat for astronomers: Largest collage map of Milky Way now online

A team of astronomers from Germany have compiled the largest astronomical image of the Milky Way galaxy so far, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) announced on October 21, 2015.​Small region of Milky Way showing the Eta Carinae star. Image credit: Lehrstuhl fü

October 22, 2015

The 'hottest pair' of stars racing to a dramatic ending discovered

The hottest and most massive system of double stars that play a crucial role in the evolution of galaxies has been discovered, European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on October 21, 2015. This very rare and strange occurrence has been observed by ESO's Very La

October 22, 2015

14 new IBEX data based research papers on Solar System's boundary

Data obtained by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a mission providing the most definitive analyses, theories and results about local interstellar space to date, was presented in fourteen new research papers published on October 20, 2015, in a special

October 22, 2015

Zircon study urges re-look at early Earth and Moon cataclysm dates

A study of terrestrial zircons at the Vredefort impact structure in South Africa by a research team led by Aaron Cavosie, a professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has questioned the accuracy of the currently used method to date lunar zircons, an

October 18, 2015

New solar phenomenon discovered: large-scale waves accompanied by particles emissions rich in helium-3

Joint US and German research teams have discovered a new form of solar ejection involving high energy blast waves and helium-3 based particle matter. The discovery was aided by NASA spacecraft STEREO A and ACE. A new solar phenomenon has been discovered by two research

October 16, 2015