Lichens -- a combo of fungus and algae -- can grow on bare rocks, so scientists thought that lichens were some of the first organisms to make their way onto land from the water, changing the planet's atmosphere and paving the way for modern plants. But a closer look at the DNA of the algae […]
The Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in northern Iraq and extending from Iran to Egypt -- the largest empire of its time -- collapsed after more than two centuries of dominance at the fall of its capital, Nineveh, in 612 B.C.E. Despite a plethora of cuneiform textual documentation and archaeological excavations and field surveys, archaeologists and historians […]
When will the next eruption take place? Examination of samples from Indonesia's Mount Merapi show that the explosivity of stratovolcanoes rises when mineral-rich gases seal the pores and microcracks in the uppermost layers of stone. These findings result in new possibilities for the prediction of an eruption.
Scientists have transformed the UNICORN computing code into an AI-like algorithm to more quickly simulate tectonic plate deformation due to a phenomenon called a ''fault slip,'' a sudden shift that occurs at the plate boundary. The team ran UNICORN at 416 petaflops and gained a 75-fold speedup from a previous state-of-the-art solver by fully leveraging […]
If you like Ichthyosaurs you'll enjoy the story of @Dean_R_Lomax and his discoveries @AbingdonMuseum @morethanadodo @etchescollect @scienceoxford @NHM_London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfaK__VUWM
The Needles in the Isle of Wight are composed of steeply inclined Chalk. There are three needles now, but there used to be a fourth called ‘Lot’s Wife’ until it collapsed into the sea in 1764. This view is from Scratchell’s Bay 🌞 @BritGeoSurvey #Chalk