Research

Significant rise of the cephalopods in the world's oceans observed over the last 60 years

A new international research, led by the scientists from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, suggests that contrary to the fish species, the number of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish, and squid) in the world's oceans, have increased over the last 60...

May 24, 2016

Widespread decline of amphibians requires prompt local conservation actions

A new research conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) team of scientists indicates the worldwide severe decrease in the number of amphibian population cannot be stopped or reversed abruptly, and the key solution to this global phenomenon will lie in local...

May 24, 2016

A major earthquake to occur at the Riasi fault, between Pakistan and India

A new study, conducted by scientists from the Oregon State University (OSU), suggests the region in the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir between Pakistan and India could experience an intense earthquake, strong enough to pose a risk to the lives of millions of...

May 21, 2016

Frequency of human-induced earthquakes in Texas on the rise in the last decade

A new historical review published in the Seismological Research Letters shows the human-triggered earthquake activity has been frequent and widespread across Texas, US, since at least 1925. The number of quakes of M3.0 or stronger, mainly induced by the oil and gas...

May 19, 2016

X-ray observatory captures expanding debris from a stellar explosion

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and many other telescopes astronomers are observing the debris field from supernova explosion first extensively observed and written about by Danish...

May 15, 2016

3-D structures of moving volcanic clouds to aid forecasts

A research team from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland has used the satellite measurements of sulfur dioxide, the main component of volcanic emissions, and maps of the location and vertical profiles of volcanic aerosols to improve the...

May 14, 2016

The probability of mega-earthquake in the Aleutian Islands and its impacts on Hawai'i

In a new study, the scientists from the University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa (UHM) have calculated a 9% chance that an M9.0+ earthquake will occur in the Aleutian Islands over the next 50 years. An event of such force would affect over 300 000 people and be...

May 13, 2016

Mercury's rich topography revealed for the first time

A team of scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Arizona State University, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA have produced a first comprehensive, high-resolution topographic map of...

May 13, 2016

Flying through explosive magnetic phenomenon to understand space weather

Analyzing data obtained by four identical spacecraft that passed directly through a magnetic reconnection site on the boundary between the solar wind and Earth's magnetosphere, researchers have observed how this explosive physical process converts stored...

May 13, 2016

Saharan dust affects marine bacteria, potential pathogen Vibrio

A new study conducted in collaboration with a group of scientists from the University of Georgia suggests the Vibrio bacteria, commonly found in the world's oceans, and well-known for its capabilities of causing serious illness to both human population and...

May 12, 2016

Earth's magnetic field changes mapped in detail

A group of experts utilized the data collected by the ESA's SWARM satellites to show how the magnetic field is pulsating, where it's weakening and strengthening, and how fast these changes occur. For the first time, experts have mapped both the changes...

May 11, 2016

Earth’s mantle moves up and down “like a yo-yo”

Researchers have compiled the first global set of observations of the movement of the Earth’s mantle – the 3000-km-thick layer (1 864 miles) of hot silicate rocks between the crust and the core – and found that it is moving much faster than has...

May 11, 2016

Kepler mission announces largest collection of planets ever discovered

Kepler mission announced today it has verified 1 284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. "This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler and gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star...

May 10, 2016

A key to understanding unusually high electrical conductivity in Earth's mantle

New research, conducted in collaboration with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Université Blaise-Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France and Florida State University, discovered the chlorite dehydration process is a...

May 10, 2016

Expansion of tropics shifting high altitude clouds toward poles

NASA's research team conducted a study on 30-years of satellite data to reveal that a recorded trend of high altitude clouds in the mid-latitude which are shifting toward the poles is primarily caused by the expansion of the tropics. One of the most important...

May 06, 2016

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