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There's something ancient in the icebox

Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything—vegetation, soil, and even the top layer of bedrock. So scientists were greatly surprised ...

Apr 17, 2014 4.4 / 5 (22) 1

Clean air: Fewer sources for self-cleaning

Up to now, HONO, also known as nitrous acid, was considered one of the most important sources of hydroxyl radicals (OH), which are regarded as the detergent of the atmosphere, allowing the air to clean itself. ...

Apr 17, 2014 4.2 / 5 (5) 0

First radar vision for Copernicus

Launched on 3 April, ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite has already delivered its first radar images of Earth. They offer a tantalising glimpse of the kind of operational imagery that this new mission will provide ...

Apr 17, 2014 5 / 5 (3) 0

Melting during cooling period

(Phys.org) —A University of Maine research team says stratification of the North Atlantic Ocean contributed to summer warming and glacial melting in Scotland during the period recognized for abrupt cooling ...

Apr 16, 2014 2.5 / 5 (2) 0

Agriculture's growing effects on rain

(Phys.org) —Increased agricultural activity is a rain taker, not a rain maker, according to researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and their collaborators at the University of California Los ...

Apr 15, 2014 5 / 5 (1) 0

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Better climate predictions within grasp

that will improve our understanding of the consequences of climate change and could save the global economy up to $30 trillion - has received funding to develop a more detailed design of the technology and identify partners. ...

Student studies dry lines in Southeastern Wyoming

In southeastern Wyoming, people are more than ready this time of year to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Then, suddenly, they feel the wind pick up and the temperatures cool ‑‑ signs of an impending thunderstorm.

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

Treating depression in Parkinson's patients

Ice breaker: ONR researchers explore a changing Arctic

As sea ice continues to recede at a record pace in the Arctic, officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced April 14 new efforts to determine the pace of change in what some are calling Earth's final frontier.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Ita over the Coral Sea

Tropical Cyclone Ita made landfall in northeastern Queensland, Australia on April 11 as a powerful Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, moved south and re-emerged in the Coral Sea on April 14 ...

4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.

A homemade solar lamp for developing countries

Cosmologists weigh cosmic filaments and voids

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

China says massive area of its soil polluted

Researchers decipher climate paradox from the Miocene

Scientists of the German Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), have deciphered a supposed climate paradox from the Miocene era by means of complex model simulations. ...

Appearance of night-shining clouds has increased

(Phys.org) —First spotted in 1885, silvery blue clouds sometimes hover in the night sky near the poles, appearing to give off their own glowing light. Known as noctilucent clouds, this phenomenon began ...

Let's put a sailboat on Titan

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UN weather agency warns of 'El Nino' this year

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