Science

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

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

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

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

Interstellar spacecraft within a human reach

Yuri Milner, a billionaire from Russia, announced his proposal on developing a lightweight spacecraft capable of journeying about 40 trillion km through space toward Alpha Centauri, our nearest star and it's planets, at a conference held in New York City on...

April 13, 2016

Previously unknown, massive source of methanol identified

A team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have identified the massive, previously unknown source of methanol in the ocean. According to the study, the phytoplankton, microscopic plant-like organisms, possess a surprising and unique...

March 23, 2016

2013/14 winter season in Europe most energetic since 1948

A new study, encompassing the modelled and measured data sets from Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Portugal, Spain and Morocco, show that the extreme weather conditions which occurred during the 2013/14 winter season, were the most energetic since at least 1948....

March 17, 2016

Analyzing Cassini data on Jupiter and Saturn climate to search how the climate changes on Earth

According to new research, data being collected from Jupiter, Saturn and Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, can provide the new information about the Earth’s past and future atmospheric conditions. A team of scientist will analyze the vast amount of data...

February 27, 2016

Impressive new map of the southern hemisphere view on Milky Way

The Apex Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL) has been completed, ESO announced on February 24, 2016. The survey resulted in an impressive new image of the Milky Way, showing the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere at...

February 25, 2016

Mapping sea level from space using GPS reflections

New research conducted in collaboration between the scientists from the National Oceanography Center (NOC) in the UK and the University of Michigan and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, US, has utilized the GPS signal, commonly used for 'sat-navs' to map the sea...

February 24, 2016

Visualizing milestones of the ExoMars 2016 mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) has established the ExoMars programme to research the question if life ever existed on Mars. The programme will investigate the Martian environment through two missions. The first one, consisting of an Orbiter plus and Entry, Descent...

February 18, 2016

Einstein's general theory of relativity confirmed: Gravitational waves observed for the first time

Gravitational waves, the ripples in the spacetime fabric, were observed for the first time, the scientists confirmed on February 11, 2016. The waves resulted from a cataclysmic event of two black holes merging in the distant universe. Their existence, first...

February 12, 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

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