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Could We Someday Predict Earthquakes?

Lab Notes | Posted 06.21.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

Earthquakes pose a vital yet puzzling set of research questions that have confounded scientists for decades, but new ways of looking at seismic information and innovative laboratory experiments are offering tantalizing clues to what triggers earthquakes -- and when.

At Yosemite -- Pull Up A Rock And Have A Seat

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Falconer Newhall

In Yosemite's high country: Is that grapefruit-sized rock all that's keeping the boulder from rolling down the hillside? Photos by Barbara Newhall. B...

How to See an Active Volcano Erupt Without Dying in the Process

Inverse | Posted 05.11.2016 | Travel
Inverse

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Jacqueline Ronson Here's a fun way to spend some time in the great outdoors: Hike into a caldera...

How Much is an Asteroid Worth? Not as Much as You Think (or a Lot More)

Inverse | Posted 04.12.2016 | Science
Inverse

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Jacqueline Ronson ost of the time, people imagine the Earth as basically self-contained. It's a ...

Earth's Rarest Minerals Give Diamonds A Run For Their Money

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 02.17.2016 | Science

Marilyn Monroe, who famously said, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," probably hadn't heard of Sardinian ichnusaite. Ichnusaite, a pearly, colorless...

Here's The Real Story Of Whether You Could Outrun T. Rex

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.27.2016 | Science

Let's say you travel back in time to the Cretaceous Period and find yourself face to face with a hungry tyrannosaur. Can you outrun the beast? If you ...

Scientists May Have Just Found The World's Largest Canyon

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.14.2016 | Science

There may be a secret landscape complete with a vast canyon hidden beneath the Antarctic ice sheet -- and the canyon might just be the largest in the ...

Lava Lake Explosion Births Bizarre Glass Egg In Hawaii

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 01.12.2016 | Science

On Friday, during a fairly typical explosion at the lava lake at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, various volcanic rock fragments flew into the air. But lat...

Geologists Celebrate Uncovering Ancient Meteorite After A 3-Day Search

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.08.2016 | Science

While the rest of the world was preparing to spend New Year's Eve with Champagne and confetti, planetary geologist Dr. Phil Bland and his colleagues w...

Troubleshooting Climate Change

Mike DeLeonardis | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Mike DeLeonardis

We now stand at a crossroads. However unintentional, humans are responsible for climate change. It is time we own up to that and deal with the problem in earnest. For what we do today will forever determine our future trajectory. Could this crisis be the impetus that moves us to the next stage of civilization or to extinction?

Dark Matter And The Dinosaurs

Lisa Randall | Posted 11.01.2015 | Science
Lisa Randall

Though both dark matter and dinosaurs are independently fascinating, you might reasonably assume that this unseen physical substance and this popular biological icon are entirely unrelated. And this might well be the case. But the Universe is by definition a single entity and in principle its components interact.

The Cave of Homo Naledi: A Textbook Example of How to Do Science

Steven Newton | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Steven Newton

The history of this cave, like the history of the fossils it contains, shows us another important aspect of scientific discovery: sometimes important findings are seen, but not understood. Science is far from finished; latent discoveries abound, waiting for new eyes.

This Is How You 'Collect' Lava

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 10.07.2015 | Science

For volcanologists in Hawaii, collecting lava is just another day at the office. Kilauea, located on Hawaii's Big Island, is one of the most active vo...

Ancient Tsunami Was Nearly As Tall As The Eiffel Tower

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.07.2015 | Science

When surfers have taken on nearly 100-foot-tall waves, they've faced the challenge of a lifetime. But those waves are pipsqueaks compared to an ancien...

'A Walk in the Woods': Negotiating Nature on the Appalachian Trail

Joseph Cooper | Posted 09.02.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

The movie adaptation of A Walk in the Woods is on solid footing with Bill Bryson's chronicle of the struggles, discomforts, and deprivations he endured -- and gratifications he derived -- as he explored the Appalachian Trail in the spring and summer of 1996. The book conveys the trepidations he experienced -- the perils encountered, and imagined.

Fountains Of Fire Used To Erupt On The Moon And Now We Know Why

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science

Scientists from Brown University and the Carnegie Institution for Science just solved a moon mystery decades in the making. We have long known that t...

Nature's: It's All Over Me

Marion Leary | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
Marion Leary

This was not a vacation for the faint of heart, this was a vacation of extremes -- extreme temperatures as the Colorado River, starting just below the Glen Canyon dam, was a chilly 46 degrees F.

There and Back Again, Grand Canyon Edition

Steven Newton | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
Steven Newton

Josh Rosenau and I have just returned from NCSE's annual rafting trip down the Colorado River and through the spectacular geology and biology of Grand Canyon. Our two motorized boats were packed with an eclectic mix of scientists, teachers, NCSE members, and people who wanted the ultimate experience in Grand Canyon in the company of those who love science.

Assessing the Probability of a Massive Cascadia Earthquake

Paul Runge | Posted 07.23.2016 | Science
Paul Runge

Watching the waves spill onto the beach in Clatsop County, Oregon, it's easy to forget that the nearby houses are doomed. The Pacific waters are frigid blue. The beaches run inland from white sand to tough, salt-sprayed grass. It's too peaceful to envision disaster.

Astoria Characters: The Cerebral Cowboy

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.08.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Jim Ruchalski, a pack-a-day guy, has gone to a lot of trouble to clear the stale-smoke scent out of his apartment. That's why the candles are burning and the fans are humming on high.

KA-BOOM! Scientists Find New Trigger Of Volcanic Eruptions

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.19.2015 | Science

An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unknown trigger of volcanic eruptions -- a finding that could give scientists a leg u...

Geologist Discovers Plant That May Only Grow On Top Of Diamonds

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.07.2015 | Science

There she grows! A picky plant found in West Africa may grow only on top of mineral deposits often loaded with diamonds, according to research soon...

The World's 16 Most Incredible Sea Caves

Thrillist | Posted 05.04.2016 | Travel
Thrillist

Are you ready to gaze upon the marvels of water and wind erosion? Sure you are. Here are 16 of the world's most incredible sea caves.

Scientists Sound Alert Over Mysterious Holes

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.23.2015 | Science

Scientists were baffled last July when they discovered three giant holes in the ground in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Now, with the he...

KA-BOOM! Scientists Solve Mystery Of Earth's Tectonic Plates

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that the Earth's crust consists of at least 15 tectonic plates--continent-sized slabs of rock on the surface of the Earth t...