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Lush Venus? Searing Earth? It could have happened

Rice University scientists propose that life in the solar system could have been very different If conditions had been just a little different an eon ago, there might be plentiful life on Venus and none on Earth. The idea isn’t so far-fetched, according to a hypothesis by Rice University scientists and their colleagues who published…

A cross-section of the earth with the field lines of the geomagnetic field (as simulated with the Glatzmaier-Roberts geodynamo model

Ironing out the mystery of Earth’s magnetic field

Scientists directly measure thermal conductivity of iron at planetary core conditions for the first time The earth’s magnetic field has been existing for at least 3.4 billion years thanks to the low heat conduction capability of iron in the planet’s core. This is the result of the first direct measurement of the thermal conductivity of…


New Earthquake Early Warning System to be Deployed by USGS

USGS Awards $4 Million to Support Earthquake Early Warning System in California and Pacific Northwest RESTON, Va.— The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded approximately $4 million this week to four universities – California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Oregon – to support transitioning the “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning…

OFUNATO, Japan (March 15, 2011) A fishing boat is among debris in Ofunato, Japan, following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released)

Claim: Huge Earthquake overdue Pacific North West

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t IceAgeNow – seismologist Chris Goldfinger has warned that a gigantic Earthquake, just off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, with the potential to kill over 10,000 American people, is many decades overdue. According to The New Yorker; San Andreas, which runs nearly the length of California and is perpetually…


How plasma connects the Sun to the climate

 Guest essay by Robert Johnson How plasma connects the Sun to the climate The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are a plasma phenomenon caused by charged particles from the solar wind entering the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Magnetic storms in the ionosphere, which have occasionally damaged satellites in orbit, are also evidence that the Earth’s upper atmosphere…