$58 million effort to study potential new energy source

Found near the ocean floor and beneath Arctic permafrost, methane hydrate is an icy substance that burns when lit and holds vast amounts of potential energy. Credit: USGS A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of […]

Is Dark Matter Coming From The Sun?

A huge filament erupts from the Sun in 2012. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Enlarge For decades, astronomers and cosmologists have postulated that the Universe is filled with an invisible, mysterious mass known as “dark matter.” For decades, the search for this elusive matter has dominated the field of cosmology. Precise measurements were obtained […]

‘Twisted rope’ clue to dangerous solar storms

ENLARGE / Model of the magnetic field in the region where occurred a major flare on December 13th 2006. This model has been obtained using magnetic field data obtained at the surface of the Sun by the satellite HINODE and the high resolution model MESHMHD few hours before the eruption. It shows that a magnetic rope […]

Wind farms outstrip nuclear power

Wind farms have attracted controversy in the UK The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says. The energy network operator said it was caused by a combination of high winds and faults in nuclear plants. Wind farms are causing controversy in rural areas and the […]

Ancient Finned Predator Feasted on Sharks

An illustration of a battle between Dimetrodon andXenacanthus. Credit: Bob Bakker  Enlarge VANCOUVER — With fangs and the first sawlike teeth on Earth, the biggest predator in the swamps of the early Permian Period ate anything it wanted. But when Dimetrodon waddled on land 290 million years ago, there weren't enough tasty herbivores to go around, according to an idea […]

Did Mammals Sleep Through Cosmic Impact That Ended Dinosaurs?

A common tenrec in a forest in Madagascar. Credit: Keri Lobban Enlarge A shrewlike creature in Madagascar that can hibernate for at least nine months of the year without waking may help reveal how mammals survived the cataclysm that ended the age of dinosaurs, researchers suggest. These findings could also help lead to a way to […]

And now, the volcano forecast

Scientists are using volcanic gases to understand how volcanoes work, and as the basis of a hazard-warning forecast system. Soufriere Hills, Montserrat. Credit: Richard Herd Enlarge When the USA's Mount St Helens erupted in 1980, just two months after showing signs of reawakening, its blast was equivalent to 1,600 times the energy of the atomic […]

New Marine Protected Area proposed for Myanmar

The proposed establishment of a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Myeik archipelago has received enthusiastic support by participants in a workshop held recently in Myanmar's Tanintharyi region. The MPA has been proposed in a bid to conserve the Myeik archipelago's unique biodiversity from the serious threats it faces, and to support sustainable fisheries. […]

Satellites for smart logging

Satcoms are helping to save our trees through more efficient use of our forests. Treemetrics in Ireland, supported by ESA’s ARTES Programme, has developed an all-encompassing device with hybrid satellite/terrestrial communications and GPS to better manage our utilisation of forest resources. Credit: Treemetrics Enlarge Satellites are mapping forests, sending instructions to loggers, monitoring tree-harvesting machinery […]

Stunning View of Solar System’s Largest Volcano and Valles Marineris Revealed by India’s Mars Orbiter Mission

Olympus Mons, Tharsis Bulge trio of volcanoes, and Valles Marineris from ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission. Note the clouds and south polar ice cap. Credit: ISRO Enlarge India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has delivered another sweet treat – a stunning view of our Solar System’s largest volcano and the largest canyon. Just days ago, MOM captured a new global […]

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