Study: Volcanoes contribute to recent warming ‘hiatus’

Researchers find models must account for volcanic eruptions to accurately predict climate change. By the late 1990s, scientists had observed more than two decades of rapid global warming, and expected the warming trend to continue. … Read more

Big fusion energy milestone achieved at Livermore lab

Ignition — the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of energy used to confine the fuel — has long been considered the “holy grail” of inertial confinement fusion science. … Read more

Hawaii lab finds big nitrogen leap in Pacific due to climate change

The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) has enabled scientists to determine that a long-term shift in nitrogen content in … Read more

Out of this world first light images emerge from Gemini Planet Imager

After nearly a decade of development, construction and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets orbiting around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds. “Even these … Read more

Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity?

Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground – and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation by at least 10 … Read more

Uniformity: the secret of better fusion ignition

One of the ways to achieve thermonuclear fusion is through a controlled reaction between two light variants of hydrogen, called deuterium and tritium. Mauro Temporal, from the École Normale Supérieure Cachan, in France, and colleagues … Read more

It’s a shock: Life on Earth may have come from out of this world

A group of international scientists including a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher have confirmed that life really could have come from out of this world. The team shock compressed an icy mixture, similar to what … Read more

Scientists discover cosmic factory for making building blocks of life

Scientists have discovered a ‘cosmic factory’ for producing the building blocks of life, amino acids, in research published today in the journal Nature Geoscience. The team from Imperial College London, the University of Kent and … Read more

New theory points to ‘zombie vortices’ as key step in star formation

A new theory by fluid dynamics experts at the University of California, Berkeley, shows how “zombie vortices” help lead to the birth of a new star. Reporting today (Tuesday, Aug. 20) in the journal Physical … Read more

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