Category Archives: Nature

Ten Plagues are Hitting America Right Now

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Author: PressTV

Why are so many plagues hitting the United States all of a sudden? Yes, one can always point out bad stuff that is happening somewhere in the country, but right now we are facing a nightmarish combination of crippling drought, devastating wildfires, disastrous viruses, dying crops and superbugs that scientists...

Earthquake Maps Reveal Higher Risks for Much of U.S.

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Author: National Geographic

Look out, South Carolina, Illinois, and Missouri. Although California is well known for earthquakes, new federal government maps extend the high-risk zones for temblors across much more of the country. On Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced updated U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps, which reflect the most current...

Animals and Insects That Can Detect Cancer and Disease

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Author: Dr. Becker

You already know that dogs have a sense of smell so powerful, law enforcement relies on them to sniff out drugs and explosives and track missing children. Domestic canines are also used to detect the presence of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from all kinds of cancers and other diseases, sometimes...

Rare Supersonic Earthquake Has Shown Up In An Unexpected Place

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Author: Becky Oskin

One of the world's deepest earthquakes was also a rare supersonic quake, upending ideas about where these unusual earthquakes strike. Only six supersonic (or supershear) earthquakes have ever been identified, all in the last 15 years. Until now, they all showed similar features, occurring relatively near the Earth's surface and...

Time to Start Paying Attention to Fracking’s Earthquakes

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Author: Sarah Zielinski

Swarms of small earthquakes that have surged in Oklahoma since 2008 can be blamed on wastewater from fracking being injected into the earth, and they represent a potential hazard for the state capitol, Oklahoma City, according to a study published today in Science. This is not the first set of...

Earth’s Magnetic Field Showing Signs of Significant Weakening

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Author: The Watchers

The first set of high-resolution results from ESA’s three-satellite Swarm constellation reveals the most recent changes in the magnetic field that protects us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that bombard Earth. Magnetic field is in a permanent state of flux. Magnetic north wanders, and every few hundred thousand years the polarity flips so...

Bonobos Are Teaching Scientists About The Evolution Of Kindness

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Author: Jeff Roberts

Man’s altruistic nature is a unique characteristic that has for the longest time separated us from the majority of the dog-eat-dog species on our planet. Kindness, empathy and compassion are among these distinctive qualities. But an endangered group of Great Apes is now revealing that it is not just man...

India’s Heat Wave Is Unbearable

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Author: Eric Holthaus

Under relentless heat, India is reaching the breaking point. As the country tries to keep cool, the power grid is failing. Rioting protesters in the north of the country set fire to electricity substations last weekend and held power workers hostage, accusing the government of distributing scarce power resources based...