Archive: 01/3/2008

Plate tectonics may take a break

Plate tectonics, the geologic process responsible for creating the Earth’s continents, mountain ranges, and ocean basins, may be an on-again, off-again affair. Scientists have assumed that the shifting of crustal plates ...

Jan 03, 2008 4.7 / 5 (15) 2

Insect attack may have finished off dinosaurs

Asteroid impacts or massive volcanic flows might have occurred around the time dinosaurs became extinct, but a new book argues that the mightiest creatures the world has ever known may have been brought down by a tiny, much ...

Jan 03, 2008 4.4 / 5 (33) 3

Earthquake 'memory' could spur aftershocks

Using a novel device that simulates earthquakes in a laboratory setting, a Los Alamos researcher and his colleagues have shown that seismic waves—the sounds radiated from earthquakes—can induce earthquake aftershocks, ...

Jan 03, 2008 4.8 / 5 (6) 1