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High earthquake danger in Tianjin, China

With a population of 11 million and located about 100 km from Beijing (22 million people) and Tangshan (7 million people), Tianjin lies on top of the Tangshan-Hejian-Cixian fault that has been the site of ...

Nov 18, 2014
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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Adjali develop a tail

When NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean, the MODIS instrument aboard captured a picture of Tropical Cyclone Adjali that showed it developed a "tail," which is actually band of thunderstorms ...

Nov 18, 2014
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Adjusting Earth's thermostat, with caution

A vast majority of scientists believe that the Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate and that human activity is almost certainly the dominant cause. But on the topics of response and mitigation, there ...

Nov 17, 2014
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Climate capers of the past 600,000 years

If you want to see into the future, you have to understand the past. An international consortium of researchers under the auspices of the University of Bonn has drilled deposits on the bed of Lake Van (Eastern ...

Nov 17, 2014
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Study shows removal of trees makes wetlands wetter

(Phys.org) —A small team of Australian researchers has found that cutting down trees in a wetland area, tends to make the area even wetter. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team descri ...

Warmest oceans ever recorded

"This summer has seen the highest global mean sea surface temperatures ever recorded since their systematic measuring started. Temperatures even exceed those of the record-breaking 1998 El Niño year," says ...

A database of enzyme diversity

Scientists have a constructed a new database of the diversity in an enzyme that is used by microorganisms to metabolize sulfur.

Ocean primed for more El Nino

The ocean is warming steadily and setting up the conditions for stronger El Niño weather events, a new study has shown.

Signaling molecule crucial to stem cell reprogramming

Estimating the magnetic field of an exoplanet

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Running really can keep you young, study says

Does dark magma lurk in deep Earth?

(Phys.org) —A key to understanding Earth's evolution is to look deep into the lower mantle—a region some 400 to 1,800 miles (660 to 2,900 kilometers) below the surface, just above the core. Data have ...

Ocean carbon uptake more variable than thought

The Earth's oceans are thought to have taken up about one quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) that humans pumped into the atmosphere in the past 2 decades. While this drives acidification and has consequences for sea life, ...

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