Geography

Volcanic lakes may hold trove of lithium for batteries

Volcanic lakes may hold trove of lithium for batteries

Researchers have found a new method for finding lithium, used in the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics, in supervolcanic lake deposits. While most of...
Earth's crust

Earth’s first example of recycling — its own crust!

Rock samples from northeastern Canada retain chemical signals that help explain what Earth's crust was like more than 4 billion years ago, reveals new...
Industrial “edge cities” have helped China grow

Industrial “edge cities” have helped China grow

Commercial parks have boosted growth, created new urban centers China’s massive investment in industrial parks has paid economic dividends while reshaping the urban areas where...
Unique imaging of a dinosaur's skull tells evolutionary tale

Unique imaging of a dinosaur’s skull tells evolutionary tale

Scientists create highest-resolution scan of a large tyrannosaur skull Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of...
Reengineering elevators could transform 21st-century cities

Reengineering elevators could transform 21st-century cities

In the 160 or so years since the first skyscrapers were built, technological innovations of many kinds have allowed us to build them to...
Asteroids don’t hit Earth at regular intervals, as was previously thought

Asteroids don’t hit Earth at regular intervals, as was previously thought

Do mass extinctions, like the fall of the dinosaurs, and the formation of large impact craters on Earth occur together at regular intervals? "This question...
DNA from Viking cod bones suggests 1,000 years of European fish trade

DNA from Viking cod bones suggests 1,000 years of European fish trade

New research using DNA from the fish bone remains of Viking-era meals reveals that north Norwegians have been transporting – and possibly trading –...
New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have...
Amateur collectors in Japan discover country's first and oldest fossil diving bird

Amateur collectors in Japan discover country’s first and oldest fossil diving bird

During a walk near a reservoir in a small Japanese town, amateur collectors made the discovery of their lives - the first and oldest...
Earthquakes we cause are just as strong as nature’s

Earthquakes we cause are just as strong as nature’s

New research suggests naturally occurring earthquakes and those caused by unconventional oil and gas recovery in the central US share the same shaking potential...