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Forces from Earth’s spin may spark earthquakes and volcanic eruptions

New research suggests forces pulling on Earth’s surface as the planet spins may trigger earthquakes and eruptions at volcanoes. Seismic activity and bursts of magma...

Scientists discover terrifying epilepsy demon on 2,700-year-old clay tablet

A 2,700-year-old cuneiform tablet from ancient Iraq depicts the demon that the ancient Assyrians thought caused epilepsy. It’s a previously overlooked element of the tablet...

Why giant human-sized beavers died out 10,000 years ago

The now-extinct giant beaver once lived from Florida to Alaska. It weighed as much as 100 kilograms, roughly the same as a small black...

Astronomers discover a new kind of explosion that the sun can do

In the course of conducting solar astronomy, scientists have noticed that periodically, the Sun’s tangled magnetic field lines will snap and then realign. This process...

Where does beach sand come from?

There’s more to beach sand than meets the eye. It has stories to tell about the land, and an epic journey to the sea. That’s...

Scientists find iron ‘snow’ in Earth’s core

The Earth's inner core is hot, under immense pressure and snow-capped, according to new research that could help scientists better understand forces that affect...

Archaeologists find Bronze Age tombs lined with gold

Archaeologists with the University of Cincinnati have discovered two Bronze Age tombs containing a trove of engraved jewelry and artifacts that promise to unlock...

Scientists unearth the mystery of Easter Island’s Moai statues

Rapanui people likely believed the ancient monoliths helped food grow on the Polynesian island, study reveals. Rapa Nui (or Easter Island, as it is commonly...

Second known interstellar object Borisov passes through our Solar System

Comet 2I/Borisov is only the second interstellar object known to have passed through our Solar System. The Hubble Space Telescope has once again captured...

Earth was stressed even before dinosaur extinction

Earth was already experiencing carbon cycle instability before the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs, shows new study. New evidence gleaned from Antarctic seashells...

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