Tsunami warning for US west coast after magnitude-7.9 earthquake

Tsunami warning for US west coast after magnitude-7.9 earthquake

By Michael Marshall A large earthquake has struck off the coast of Alaska. A tsunami warning was issued for the US west coast, but has since been cancelled after no significant tsunami materialised. Initial reports of the earthquake’s magnitude were conflicting, but the US Geological Survey now states it was magnitude 7.9. It struck 280 kilometres south-east […]

Huge volcano eruption in the Philippines forces mass evacuation

Huge volcano eruption in the Philippines forces mass evacuation

Mount Mayon throws lava up into the air as it eruptsAP Photo/Bullit Marquez By News Scientist Staff and Press Association The most active volcano in the Philippines spewed fountains of  lava and massive ash plumes in a new eruption today that forced more than 50,000 villagers to evacuate. Fountains of lava fountains gushed 700m up above […]

Protein designed entirely from scratch functions in cells as a life-sustaining catalyst

Protein designed entirely from scratch functions in cells as a life-sustaining catalyst

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Good news: animals won’t shrink as the climate gets warmer

Good news: animals won’t shrink as the climate gets warmer

By Joan Meiners Do animals get bigger as the climate they live in gets colder? According to a rule established in 1847, they do – which has had biologists concerned over what climate change might do to animal body size. But now an analysis of the weights and geographical locations of nearly 274,000 individuals from […]

Deadly solar flares may have helped seed life on Mars and beyond

Deadly solar flares may have helped seed life on Mars and beyond

Stellar flare: bringer of life and deathNASA/GSFC/SDO By Leah Crane Planets walk a thin line between nurturing life or killing it off altogether, blasted as they are by high-energy particles spewing from stellar flares. While these particles can bombard a world, causing biological damage and chipping away at its vital atmosphere, they might also kick-start […]

No, the worst-case climate change futures haven’t been ruled out

No, the worst-case climate change futures haven’t been ruled out

We must keep warming downDenis Meyer/Hans Lucas  By Michael Le Page Headlines this week proclaimed the worst-case scenarios for climate change were “debunked” and “not credible”. As you might expect, things aren’t that simple. The stories were sparked by a study by Peter Cox at the University of Exeter, UK, and his colleagues, who attempted to work out how […]

Spectacular light pillars rise up in frozen North America

Spectacular light pillars rise up in frozen North America

Sophie Melanson By Jon White THERE is a colourful upside to the freezing temperatures sweeping across parts of North America this week. These light pillars – captured here in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada – are more usual in polar regions, but have been seen as far south as Ohio in recent weeks. Light pillars are […]

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