Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Vast Underground City Found in Turkey

Turkey’s Cappadocia region has long been designated a World Heritage site for its dazzling rock formations and more than 200 underground cities and villages, but according to government officials, a new discovery in Nev┼čehir Province could be the most extraordinary ancient find to date. The previously unknown subterranean metropolis was discovered by accident during a massive urban renewal project by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey, more commonly known as TOKI. Workers had demolished several hundred buildings and begun prepping for new construction when they stumbled upon a honeycombed network of cave entrances, tunnels and hand carved chambers in the area surrounding a Byzantine-era hilltop castle. The construction project has now been indefinitely postponed, and engineers and researchers have descended on the scene to explore the site’s labyrinthine interior.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, according to a new study of ancient meteorites, scientists reported Thursday.  Source:  National Geographic.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Are There 'Oceans' Hiding Inside the Earth?

The chance discovery of a mystery rock wrapped inside a diamond has made scientists question how our oceans formed – and what might be lurking beneath our feet…

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Major California Faults Ready to Rupture

According to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), some branches within the San Andreas Fault System are locked, meaning that major earthquakes could be coming soon. This could affect millions living in the San Francisco Bay Area, as some of the fault lines are located underneath the heart of the area’s infrastructure. The research was led by James Lienkaemper and the results were published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Antarctica Ice Melt is Changing Earth Gravity

A new study may help mankind understand the gravity of climate change.  West Antarctica has lost so much ice between 2009 and 2012 that the gravity field over the region dipped, according to an announcement Friday from the European Space Agency (ESA). The conclusion is based on high-resolution measurements from satellites that map Earth’s gravity.  Click here for the story.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Water on Earth Predates the Formation of the Sun

A doctoral student claims to have solved the question of where the solar system's water comes from, including both our own oceans and the ice that makes up comets and the moons of the outer planets.
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Weird Earth Movement Explained

Weird Earth Movement After Japan Earthquake Finally Explained.  Click here for the story.

Hardest Mineral on Earth?

New Buckyball crystal formed that can cut through diamonds!

The Buckyball is truly an amazing thing. First prepared in a lab in 1985, these interconnected, spherical lattices of 60 carbon atoms bonded together have found possible use in applications as varied as stopping HIV and helping us live to 150 years of age (maybe). Now, in 2012, scientists have found another lab-verified use for C60: It can be formed into a crystal so hard that it can cut through diamonds.