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.
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.
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. Click here for the story.
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.