Science

Scientists venture to Antarctica to uncover origin of modern vertebrates

An international team of researchers led by paleontologists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the University of Texas at Austin, Ohio University and the American Museum of Natural History are set to travel to Antarctica in search for evidence that some...

February 02, 2016

NASA’s Van Allen Probes broaden view on the shape of Van Allen Belts

NASA's Van Allen Probes enabled the scientists to gather a more precise picture of the structure of Van Allen Belts that shield our planet from the solar radiation. New research shows their shape varies depending on the energy of charged particles constituting...

January 21, 2016

New class of atmospheric waves, producing strong temperature ripples, discovered over Antarctica

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder discovered a new class of mesospheric waves by observing the high parts of the atmosphere over Antarctica. These waves seem to send constant ripples through the Earth's atmosphere and probably affect high-level...

January 20, 2016

Carbon emissions from Earth's interior quantified

A team of scientists, led by the researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM), has studied carbon emissions through fault systems in the East African Rift (EAR). The goal of the research was to gain a better understanding of carbon emissions from the interior...

January 20, 2016

New research indicates different composition of Earth's mantle

Seismic observations of our planet's interior have revealed three distinct structures, marking the boundary between its metallic core and silicate mantle. The structures include remnants of subducted plates from the Earth's surface, ultralow velocity zones...

December 15, 2015

Ice age in Jurassic Period caused by a major volcanic event

An international team of researchers has found the evidence of link between the large-scale volcanic event and the large and abrupt cooling of the Earth's temperature during the Jurassic Period, the University of Exeter reported on December 11, 2015. The...

December 12, 2015

Seismic maps of the Earth's mantle beneath Antarctica provide first glimpse into underlying geology

A series of robust seismometers have been deployed in Antarctica to map the geology hidden underneath the vast ice sheets. For the first time, they have been successful in recording reverberations of distant earthquakes in the period between January 2010 and 2012...

December 10, 2015

Drilling into Earth's mantle, a holy grail of geology, set to begin once again

An old challenge - geology's holy grail of drilling into the Earth's mantle - is set to begin once again, as a group of experts heads out for the Atlantis Bank, Indian Ocean to drill through 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) of rock, collecting core samples on its...

December 05, 2015

Parallel flights in the Arctic and Antarctic collect data on the land and sea ice status

An airborne survey of polar ice, NASA's operation named IceBridge, has recently discovered a big drop in the height of two glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula and collected a large amount of data on the status of land and sea ice at the end of the Arctic summer...

November 25, 2015

Amazing supercomputer animation of Antarctic bottom water

The movements of the world's densest and coldest water around Antarctica has been simulated using Australia's most powerful supercomputer, Raijin, for the first time. Massive amount of data has been processed in order to create a highly detailed, remarkable...

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...

November 25, 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...

November 24, 2015

The Electric Comet II - Best Evidence

This video is the first segment of Episode 4 Symbol of an Alien Sky documentary series. It provides an update of comet science, starting where the earlier documentary made by The Thunderbolts Project titled "The Electric Comet" left off. The objective of...

November 23, 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...

November 19, 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...

November 17, 2015

Electric comets in action

The ThunderBolts started a series of reports on groundbreaking scientific data from the ESA Rosetta mission to Comet 67P. In previous Space News', Dr. Franklin Anariba, a lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design, has presented a scientific...

November 16, 2015

Galileo satellites to begin testing Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

An improper launch of ESA's Galileo 5 and 6 satellites on August 22, 2014 has given ESA's researchers an opportunity to test Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. In a year long experiment, researchers will make use of the atomic clock onboard the...

November 10, 2015

Scientists call for serious study of UFO phenomenon

The very mention of the word UFO still manages to provoke strong reactions from everyone. A couple of decades ago, people who believed in extraterrestrial life and UFOs were socially derided, considered conspiracy theorists at best and mentally challenged loons at...

November 03, 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...

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...

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...

October 28, 2015

Comet Lovejoy lives up to its name, releases alcohol and sugar into space

A group of researchers have found that comet Lovejoy is emitting ethyl alcohol and sugar as it traverses through space. Their discovery adds evidence to the theory that comets may have "seeded" Earth with complex organic molecules which led to the...

October 28, 2015

Kepler confirms white dwarfs feed off remnant planets or planet-like bodies

A group of scientists led by Andrew Vanderburg has used the repurposed Kepler space telescope to record evidence of a small planetoid being disintegrated bit by bit as it revolves around a dense white dwarf star. The discovery validates the popular theory that white...

October 27, 2015

Comet 67P's mysterious form

The team behind The ThunderBolts Project has started a new series of reports that will discuss the latest scientific papers on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to comet 67P. In addition to countless unresolved puzzles facing comet scientists, they...

October 19, 2015

Megatsunamis: sudden giant collapses present a realistic hazard around volcanic islands today

A team of international scientists have found evidence that the sudden collapse of a volcano in the Cabo Verde Islands, off west Africa, generated a giant, 244 m (800 feet) tsunami that swallowed an island over 48 km (30 miles) away. The study was published in the...

October 03, 2015

NASA confirms liquid water flows on Mars

The strongest evidence so far, provided by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) confirms that liquid water flows intermittently on Mars, NASA stated in their public announcement on September 28, 2015. NASA's MRO has provided new data, proving the existence o

September 28, 2015

New research reveals a global ocean beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus

Scientists have discovered a global ocean underneath the icy crust of Enceladus, the geologically active Saturn's moon. The discovery has been made by using data from NASA's Cassini mission, NASA announced on September 15, 2015.Researchers have come to this conc

September 17, 2015

New research shows builiding light objects is possible

A team of scientists including theoretical physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland, have discovered that a molecule with its own force can be formed from weightless light particles. This discovery has take

September 14, 2015

The theory of parallel universes is not just maths – it is science that can be tested

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics. But the idea that we live in a “multiverse” made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long be

September 04, 2015

High-energy cosmic neutrinos observed at the geographic South Pole

An team of international experts has announced a new observation of high-energy neutrino particles using an instrument funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The particles from beyond our galaxy have been detected at the geographic South Pole, using a massive

August 22, 2015

Meteorite impacts can create life's building blocks, new research shows

A new research conducted by the researchers from Tohoku University, National Institute for Materials Science and Hiroshima University showed that meteorite impacts on ancient ocenas may have created nucleobases and amino acids, which indicates there might have been anot

August 19, 2015

A strong link discovered between high wildfire risks in Amazon and devastating hurricanes across the North Atlantic coast

A strong link between the high risk of a wildfire in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes of the North Atlantic shorelines has been uncovered by the research team from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and NASA, UCI reported on August 18, 2015.The te

August 19, 2015

LADEE spacecraft confirms Moon's exosphere contains neon

Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft for the first time confirmed the long-speculated assumption, the Moon's atmosphere might contain neon, a gas known for it's intense glow, and commonly used in electric signs on Earth, NASA reporte

August 18, 2015

A new computer simulation suggest our early Solar System was inhabited by a fifth giant planet

A new research, published on August 10, 2015, suggests a cluster of icy bodies located in the same areas as Pluto, might prove our early Solar System was inhabited by a fifth giant planet. During Neptune's migration, 4 billion years ago, the ice giant might have jum

August 16, 2015

Scientists create the world's first digital map of the seafloor's geology

The composition of the seabed, which covers 70% of the Earth's surface, has been mapped for the first time after 40 years. The research team from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences has created the world's first digital map of the seabed's g

August 14, 2015