NASA Data Reveals Canyon Under Greenland Ice Sheet

The canyon has the characteristics of a winding river channel and is at least 460 miles (750 kilometers) long, making it longer than the Grand Canyon. In some places, it is as deep as 2,600 feet (800 meters), on scale with segments of the Grand Canyon. This immense feature is … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading


Möbius Strip Ties Liquid Crystal in Knots to Produce News Materials

University of Warwick scientists have shown how to tie knots in liquid crystals using a miniature Möbius strip made from silica particles. By tying substances like this in knots, the researchers hope to understand how their intricate configurations and unique properties can be harnessed in the next generation of advanced materials … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

Organic Vapors Affect Clouds

University of Manchester scientists, writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, have shown that natural emissions and humanmade pollutants can both have an unexpected cooling effect on Earth’s climate by making clouds brighter. Clouds are made of water droplets, condensed onto tiny particles suspended in the air. When the air is humid … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

Boreal Forests to Shift North and Relinquish More Carbon Than Expected

It’s difficult to imagine how a degree or two of warming will affect a location. Will it rain less? What will happen to the area’s vegetation? New Berkeley Lab research offers a way to envision a warmer future. It maps how Earth’s myriad climates — and the ecosystems that depend … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

The Impacts of Socio-Economic Pressures On Natural Floras and Faunas

A new study on extinction risk based on extensive data from 7 taxonomic groups and 22 European countries has shown that proportions of plant and animal species being classified as threatened on national Red Lists are more closely related to socio-economic pressure levels from the beginning than from the end … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

Micro-Continent Detected Under Reunion and Mauritius

The islands Reunion and Mauritius, both well-known tourist destinations, are hiding a micro-continent, which has now been discovered. The continent fragment known as Mauritia detached about 60 million years ago while Madagascar and India drifted apart, and had been hidden under huge masses of lava. Such micro-continents in the oceans … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading