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An international team of researchers unearthed the previously unknown form of basalt after drilling through the Pacific ocean floor. Basalt is a fine-grained volcanic rock formed from the rapid cooling of low-viscosity lava rich in magnesium and iron (mafic lava). Mafic magma – as lava is called before erupting on the surface – forms by
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Daydreaming has been under attack for generations. As children we were told to “get that head out of the clouds and pay attention.” In adulthood recent studies have told us that mind-wandering seemed to makes us unhappy because it usually leads to negative rumination. Now a group of researchers are heroically defending daydreaming AND insisting
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From UFO crash sites on other planets and aliens “lurking” on asteroids to a permanent radio telescope on the far side of the Moon, a new NASA-funded study into the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life (SETI) details how future NASA missions could purposefully look for the “technosignatures” of advanced alien civilizations. Described as evidence for
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Each Monday I pick out the northern hemisphere’s celestial highlights (mid-northern latitudes) for the week ahead, but be sure to check my main feed for more in-depth articles on stargazing, astronomy, eclipses and more.  What To Watch For In The Night Sky This Week: March 22-28, 2021 This week isn’t the best for stargazing. Why
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“Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” – Will Durant The last centuries of ancient Egypt were tumultuous times. Coastal towns were abandoned, famine fueled social unrest, and after a series of disastrous defeats of the Egyptians by the Roman army, the last pharaoh, the famously beautiful Cleopatra, committed suicide in 30 BCE. The
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Weather radar is a vital tool for monitoring severe weather and extreme rainfall. My Master’s Thesis at Florida State University explored the use of early NEXRAD radar data for tracking landfalling hurricanes, and I teach a Radar/Mesoscale Meteorology course at the University of Georgia. As such, a Tweet by Cornell University meteorology student Jack Sillin
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This weekend will see the largest asteroid predicted to pass by our planet in 2021 make its closest approach. It comes just weeks after the passing of an asteroid nicknamed the ‘God Of Chaos’— and NASA’s telescopes will be checking it out. Classed as “potentially hazardous” by astronomers and moving spectacularly fast, the 0.6 mile/1 kilometer wide
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Reports are coming in of strong displays of aurora borealis—the Northern Lights—as a surprisingly strong geomagnetic storm strikes Earth’s magnetic field. “Auroras spilled across the Canadian border into northern-tier US states during an unexpectedly-strong G2-class geomagnetic storm,” said Spaceweather.com, referring to displays late on Friday, March 19 and into Saturday, March 20, 2021. A “G2-class
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After several weeks of heightened seismic activity with well over 50,000 earthquakes, a volcanic eruption has started yesterday evening on the Reykjanes peninsula. The eruption started north-east of the town of Grindavík, in a valley called Geldingadalur near Fagradalsfjall mountain, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south from Reykjavík, the capital and largest city of Iceland.
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In 1958, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake triggered a debris avalanche into Southeast Alaska’s Lituya Bay. Displacing estimated 40 million cubic yards of water in an instant, the avalanche created a wave that ran 1,700 feet up a mountainside before racing out to sea. The largest known tsunami in history was taller than the Empire State
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AI, indeed, seems to be the next great wave of transformation in healthcare. Countries worldwide are challenged by constant growth, and growing complexity, in their healthcare needs with an aging population and increase in disease incidence. Among the most promising clinical applications of AI is diagnostic imaging, and mounting attention is being directed at establishing
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Not only is neurotoxicologist Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez investigating the true effects of mercury poisoning on the human brain and nervous system, she’s also helping to promote the work of scientists and other women in STEM from her native Puerto Rico. Dr Colón-Rodríguez, who is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the University of California, Davis, has focused
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