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Sun emits significant solar flare
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 12:22 p.m. EDT on March 11, 2015. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. (2015-03-11)

Same forces as today caused climate changes 1.4 billion years ago
Natural forces have always caused the climate on Earth to fluctuate. Now researchers have found geological evidence that some of the same forces as today were at play 1.4 billion years ago. (2015-03-10)

NASA's SDO captures images of a mid-level solar flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 5:22 pm EST on March 7, 2015. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. (2015-03-09)

EARTH Magazine: El Niño disaster stunted children's growth
Children born during, and up to three years after, the devastating 1997-1998 El Niño event in northern Peru were found to be shorter than their peers in a new study covered in EARTH Magazine. (2015-03-06)

A change in thought on Earth's core formation
Violent collisions between the growing Earth and other objects in the solar system generated significant amounts of iron vapor, according to a new study by LLNL scientist Richard Kraus and colleagues. (2015-03-02)

Core work: Iron vapor gives clues to formation of Earth and moon
One of the world's most powerful radiation sources provides scientists clues about Earth's formation and how iron vaporizes. (2015-03-02)

EARTH Magazine: Hazard lingers after South Napa earthquake
After the Aug. 24, 2014, Napa Valley earthquake, movement continued along the principal fault to the north of the epicenter, according to a report released by the US Geological Survey. Such 'afterslip' is known from previous quakes, but this is the first time that strong afterslip has been observed in a populated residential community. (2015-02-26)

New CMI process recycles valuable rare-earth metals from old electronics
Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute, headquartered at the Ames Laboratory, have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective. The process uses differences between the solubility properties of difference elements to separate out rare-earth metals. (2015-02-26)

EARTH Magazine: On the trail of treasure in the Rocky Mountains
Can you find the famed treasure chest of Forrest Fenn? Join EARTH roving correspondent Mary Caperton Morton on her quest to find the treasure chest, valued at between $1 million and $2 million dollars, using knowledge of Fenn's life and geoscience to identify potential hiding spots. (2015-02-20)

John Russell to receive the Edward C. Roy, Jr., Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching
John Russell, a teacher at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering in New York, N.Y., has been named the 2015 recipient of the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. (2015-02-19)

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geologic upheavals?
Research by New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino concludes that Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy's disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth. (2015-02-19)

For the first time, spacecraft catch a solar shockwave in the act
A solar storm has been found to produce 'ultrarelativistic, killer electrons' in 60 seconds. (2015-02-18)

How carbonates behave in the Earth's interior
Carbonates are the most important carbon reservoirs on the planet. But what role do they play in the Earth's interior? How do they react to conditions in the Earth's mantle? A new DFG Research Unit of scientific researchers from Frankfurt, Bayreuth, Berlin/Potsdam, Freiberg and Hamburg is looking for answers. (2015-02-16)

Eye on the International Space Station: One-year mission miniseries
Have you ever experienced swelling in your legs, become dizzy when you stood up too quickly or suffered from elevated blood pressure? These common ailments faced on Earth are related to the amount of fluids in our bodies and how they redistribute when we change posture. In space, fluids, such as blood and water, shift to the upper body. Fluids play an essential role in our overall health, including the potential to impact vision. (2015-02-12)

Life on other planets: Alternative chemistries of life
Ideas about directing evolution of life forms on Earth and finding life on other planets are rapidly morphing from science-fiction fantasy into mainstream science. A panel discussion, 'Searching for Alternative Chemistries of Life on Earth and Throughout the Universe,' is set for Friday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m., during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Jose. (2015-02-12)

EARTH Magazine: Pentagon report calls for military to prepare for climate change
The US Department of Defense has identified a new foe in the national security battle: climate change. Last fall, the Pentagon released a new report detailing its strategy to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, both at home and internationally. (2015-02-10)

Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core
Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world's deepest mystery: the planet's inner core. Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China have found that the Earth's inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal information about our planet. (2015-02-09)

Unseen volcanoes may play role in Earth's long-term climate
The intensity of volcanic activity at deeply submerged mid-ocean ridges waxes and wanes on a roughly 100,000-year cycle, according to a new study that might help explain poorly understood variations in Earth's climate that occur on approximately the same timetable. (2015-02-06)

Scientists predict earth-like planets around most stars
Planetary scientists have calculated that there are hundreds of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy which might support life, by applying a 200 year old idea to the thousands of exo-planets discovered by the Kepler space telescope. (2015-02-04)

EARTH Magazine: Asbestos found in Nevada and Arizona
The discoveries, in Clark County in southern Nevada and across the border in northwestern Arizona, suggest that asbestos may be more widespread than previously thought; they also raise questions about the potential health hazards of naturally occurring asbestos. (2015-01-30)

Missing link in metal physics explains Earth's magnetic field
Earth's magnetic field shields the life on our planet's surface from cosmic rays. It is generated by turbulent motions of liquid iron in Earth's core. Iron is a metal, which means it can easily conduct a flow of electrons. New findings show that a missing piece of the traditional theory explaining why metals become less conductive when they are heated was needed to complete the puzzle of this field-generating process. (2015-01-28)

The electric eye of Cyclone Bansi
Though this image may look like they come from a science fiction movie, it is in fact a photograph of tropical cyclone Bansi as seen at night by astronauts on the International Space Station. The image was taken when the ISS was east of Madagascar. (2015-01-28)

Kepler astronomers discover ancient star with 5 Earth-size planets
Iowa State's Steve Kawaler is part of an international team that used data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft to find an 11.2-billion-year-old star with at least five Earth-size planets. The discovery tells astronomers that Earth-size planets have been forming for most of the history of the universe. And that, according to a paper just published by the Astrophysical Journal, leaves 'open the possibility for the existence of ancient life in the galaxy.' (2015-01-27)

Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe
An international collaboration of scientists, led by the University of Birmingham and contributed by the University of Sydney, has discovered the oldest star hosting Earth-sized planets. (2015-01-27)

'Astro-archaeological' discovery from the dawn of time
Scientists led by University of Birmingham asteroseismologists have discovered a solar system with five Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the galaxy. (2015-01-27)

NOAA's DSCOVR going to a 'far out' orbit
Many satellites that monitor the Earth orbit relatively close to the planet, while some satellites that monitor the sun orbit our star. DSCOVR will keep an eye on both, with a focus on the sun. To cover both the Earth and sun, it will have an unusual orbit in a place called L1. (2015-01-26)

EARTH Magazine: California: A profusion of drought restrictions with varying results
The California drought has been ongoing for a few years now, and last year, state and local officials created new drought restrictions designed to mitigate the effects. But whether these restrictions will make a dent in California's water shortage amid the ongoing and historic drought remains to be seen. (2015-01-26)

Death of a dynamo -- A hard drive from space
Hidden magnetic messages contained within ancient meteorites are providing a unique window into the processes that shaped our solar system, and may give a sneak preview of the fate of the Earth's core as it continues to freeze. (2015-01-21)

Ocean floor dust gives new insight into supernovae
Extraterrestrial dust from the depths of the ocean could change the way we understand supernovae. Scientists have found the amount of plutonium in the dust is much lower than expected. (2015-01-20)

NOAA's DSCOVR NISTAR instrument watches Earth's 'budget'
The NISTAR instrument that will fly aboard NOAA's space weather-observing spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory, is going to measure the Earth's radiation budget. (2015-01-20)

Technique reveals age of planetary materials
The key to understanding the geologic history of the Solar System is knowing the ages of planetary rocks. Researchers have developed an instrument that is not only capable of dating rocks, but also is composed entirely of technology that can be miniaturized for spaceflight. (2015-01-20)

A voyage from the Earth's crust to its mantle and back again
Uranium isotopes leave a distinct 'fingerprint' in the sources of volcanic rocks, making it possible to gauge their age and origin. Geologists have gained a new understanding of how the Earth's crust is recycled back into its interior based on these uranium isotopes. (2015-01-19)

Geophysicists find the crusty culprits behind sudden tectonic plate movements
Yale-led research may have solved one of the biggest mysteries in geology -- namely, why do tectonic plates beneath the Earth's surface, which normally shift over the course of tens to hundreds of millions of years, sometimes move abruptly? (2015-01-19)

For sea turtles, there's no place like magnetic home
Adult sea turtles find their way back to the beaches where they hatched by seeking out unique magnetic signatures along the coast, according to new evidence from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2015-01-15)

Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than thought
A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than once thought. If correct, there would be no permanent, cold night side on exoplanets causing water to remain trapped in a gigantic ice sheet. Whether this new understanding of exoplanets' climate increases the ability of these planets to develop life, however, remains an open question. (2015-01-15)

Humans at risk from planetary-scale activities
The accelerated impacts of human activity on the Earth over the past 60 years have reached 'planetary-scale' proportions, in turn driving the earth into a new geological age, new research says. (2015-01-15)

Mark A. Cane selected as fellow of the Oceanography Society
The Oceanography Society would like to congratulate Professor Mark A. Cane on being selected as the newest Fellow of The Oceanography Society. The citation on Professor Cane's certificate recognizes him for contributions to the understanding and prediction of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation and the tropical oceans and their effects on climate and society. Professor Cane will be formally recognized during the Ocean Sciences Meeting, Feb. 21-26, 2016, in New Orleans, La. (2015-01-14)

Stargazers begin hunt for planets
University of Warwick scientists have begun searching for planets after the unveiling of 12 robotically controlled telescopes. The telescopes, which form a wide-field observing system called the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), aim to detect the slight dimming of a star when a planets passes across its face. NGTS is a collaborative project between four UK universities -- Warwick, Leicester, Queen's Belfast and Cambridge -- Geneva Observatory and the German Space Agency. (2015-01-14)

NASA releases images of first notable solar flare of 2015
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:24 p.m. EST on Jan. 12, 2015. (2015-01-13)

NOAA's DSCOVR to provide 'EPIC' views of earth
NASA has contributed two Earth science instruments for NOAA's space weather observing satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR, set to launch in Jan., 2015. One of the instruments called EPIC or Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera will image the Earth in one picture, something that hasn't been done before from a satellite. EPIC will also provide valuable atmospheric data. (2015-01-07)

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