Earthquakes can make thrust faults open violently and snap shut

Engineers and scientists experimentally observe surface twisting in thrust faults that can momentarily rip open the earth's surface.

Shunned by microbes, organic carbon can resist breakdown in underground environments

Organic matter whose breakdown would yield only minimal energy for hungry microorganisms preferentially builds up in floodplains, illuminating a new mechanism of carbon sequestration,...

Single-family homes killed L.A.’s urban forest

Analyzing aerial imagery, scientists have found a loss of green cover up to 55 percent in single-family home lots of the Los Angeles region...

SimRadar: A polarimetric radar time-series simulator for tornadic debris studies

Scientists have developed the first numerical polarimetric radar simulator to study and characterize scattering mechanisms of debris particles in tornadoes. Characterizing the debris field...

Norway’s oldest ice found in central Norway

Parts of the ice of the Juvfonne snow patch in Jotunheimen are 7600 years old, which makes it the oldest dated ice on mainland...

Galápagos study identifies keystone predator in a complex food web

Years of experiments and careful observation along the shores of the Galápagos Islands have untangled a complex food web of sea lions, fish, urchins...

Compact fiber optic apparatus shines light on breath analysis in real-time

An affordable gas sensor monitors trace levels of health-indicating chemicals, paving the way for future non-invasive studies, describe researchers in a new report.

Researchers track impact of Brazil’s ‘Soy Moratorium’ on an advancing agricultural frontier

The 2006 Soy Moratorium had a larger effect in reducing deforestation in the Amazon than has been previously understood, outlines a new study.

Discovery of a facile process for hydrogen production using ammonia as a carrier

Researchers have created a new process for producing hydrogen from ammonia with rapid initiation that requires no external heat source, giving hope for the...

When bridges collapse: Researchers study whether we’re underestimating risk

Studying how and why bridges have collapsed in the past identifies the limitation of current risk assessment approach and demonstrates the value of new...

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Why Reagan's vaunted 'starve the beast' plan failed.

President Reagan and James Baker interviewing John Herrington for the cabinet position of Secretary of Energy in Oval Office Photo courtesy of U.S. National...