Earth and Atmospheric Sciences News
9.2-Million-Year-Old Rhino Skull Preserved by Instant 'Cooking to Death' in Volcanic Ash
Posted on November 21, 2012 at 11:42:11 pm
Less than 2% of Earth's fossils are preserved in volcanic rock, but researchers have identified a new one: the skull of a rhino that perished in a volcanic eruption 9.2 million years ago.
How Huddling Penguins Share Heat Fairly
Posted on November 18, 2012 at 08:02:35 pm
Penguins that face the bitter cold and icy winds of Antarctica often huddle together in large groups for warmth during storms.
Giant Sun Eruption
Posted on November 17, 2012 at 08:28:47 am
The sun unleashed a monster eruption of super-hot plasma Friday (Nov. 16) in back-to-back solar storms captured on camera by a NASA spacecraft
Massive Flood That Caused Ancient 'Big Freeze' Located
Posted on November 10, 2012 at 12:15:20 pm
A giant flood of Arctic meltwater may have triggered an ancient 1,200-year-long chill nicknamed the "Big Freeze," the last major cold age on Earth, a new study finds.
Origin of Italian Wines Is Controlled Better With Multivariate Statistics
Posted on November 10, 2012 at 11:25:32 am
Wine derives its economic value to a large extent from geographical origin, which has a significant impact on the quality of the wine
Saber-Toothed Cats and Bear Dogs Cohabitated
Posted on November 07, 2012 at 07:47:31 pm
The fossilized fangs of saber-toothed cats hold clues to how the extinct mammals shared space and food with other large predators 9 million years ago.
Awkward Giant Pterosaurs Needed 'Runways'
Posted on November 07, 2012 at 07:30:24 pm
It weighed about 155 pounds and had a 34-foot wingspan, close to the size of an F-16 fighter jet. A five-foot-long skull looked down from a standing height similar to that of a modern giraffe
Trigger for Earth's Last Big Freeze Identified
Posted on November 06, 2012 at 11:55:58 am
For more than 30 years, climate scientists have debated whether flood waters from melting of the enormous Laurentide Ice Sheet, which ushered in the last major cold episode on Earth about 12,900 years ago
Scientists Build First All-Carbon Solar Cell
Posted on November 01, 2012 at 08:07:21 am
Stanford University scientists have built the first solar cell made entirely of carbon, a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic devices today
Why Some Earthquakes Result in Faster Shaking
Posted on November 01, 2012 at 07:54:02 am
The more time it takes for an earthquake fault to heal, the faster the shake it will produce when it finally ruptures