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Seismologist Lucy Jones retiring from US Geological Survey

Seismologist Lucy Jones retiring from US Geological Survey

Seismologist Lucy Jones, who was the face of earthquake science and safety in Southern California for a long time, will shortly retire from the US Geological Survey.

On Friday, in a Twitter post, Jones shared that though she is leaving federal service but will stay there at the California Institute of Technology, where she is serving as a research associate.

Since long, it was Jones to whom the public looked up to at the time of earth shakes. She was always there in front of news cameras at the Caltech seismology lab, explaining magnitudes, errors and other information.

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Guantánamo Bay Naval Base could be transformed into marine conservation area and international peace park

Guantánamo Bay Naval Base could be transformed into marine conservation area and international peace park

As part of a new proposal, Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, which includes the well known detention center, could be changed into a marine conservation area and an international peace park, once the inmates vacant it.

Appeared in the journal Science on Thursday, the proposal indicates that the fate of the base could depend on the decision taken by authorities. The relations between Cuba and the United States have improved recently. President Obama’s will soon make a historic visit to Cuba.

What could have led to an end of Civilization on Eastern Island

What could have led to an end of Civilization on Eastern Island

The Rapa Nui Island, famous for its homogenous stone statue called Moai, was named Eastern Island during its discovery by a Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen in 1722. Once it was home to civilization of monolithic era that later became extinct. Many archeologists have different views regarding what led to the demise of Rapa Nui. Two possible answers to the question by historians and archeologists are in conflict with each other.

Easter Island Artifacts were General Purpose Tools, Not Weapons

Easter Island Artifacts were General Purpose Tools, Not Weapons

An eye-opener study has proved ancient Easter Island theory wrong and claimed to solve what happened to the archipelago’s civilization. Evidence found by study researchers suggests that blood battles were not behind the demolition of ancient civilization.

A team of researchers from Binghamton University conducted analysis on hundreds of artifacts found on the shores of the island and found that the triangular object were actually general purpose tools. As per an ancient theory, Easter Island civilization experienced warfare over food and land that led to destruction.

Classification of earth’s rarest minerals to unveil vital information on our planet’s construction

Classification of earth’s rarest minerals to unveil vital information on our planet’s construction

Researchers have classified 2,500 minerals by their rare characteristics and depending on the limited number of places they are available on the planet. As per the research published in the journal American Mineralogist, none of the minerals in the list is found at more than five locations.

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Scientists say when moon is directly overhead, less rain falls

Scientists say when moon is directly overhead, less rain falls

The University of Washington (UW) scientists have recently found that when the moon is directly overhead, less rain falls.

Tsubasa Kohyama, UW doctoral student in atmospheric sciences, suspected that there could be a link between atmospheric waves and oscillating air pressure. To verify his suspicions, Kohyama and his atmospheric sciences professor John Wallace started studying years of data.

Study explains How Underwater Volcanoes Ended 'Snowball Earth' and Triggered Life

Study explains How Underwater Volcanoes Ended 'Snowball Earth' and Triggered Life

More than 700 million years ago, earth was in ‘Snowball Earth’ phase, during which most part of the planet was covered by ice. What ended that phase and gave rise to life? A new study has suggested that ancient erupting underwater volcanoes altered earth’s oceans and kick started animal life on the planet.

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Space Junk: Here is How Humans Polluting Space since 1957

Space Junk: Here is How Humans Polluting Space since 1957

The amount of manmade space junk orbiting earth could one day pose threat to our future space programs. Over the last about six decades, space area around earth saw dramatic increase in the population of space debris, shows a new interactive animation.

Cassini completes Close Flyby of Saturn's Active Moon Enceladus

Cassini completes Close Flyby of Saturn's Active Moon Enceladus

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has finally completed its close flyby of Saturn’s active moon Enceladus. The craft has even started to send the images and data it captured during its last close flyby.

Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said that the final flyby of Enceladus gives feelings of both sadness and triumph. “While we're sad to have the close flybys behind us, we've placed the capstone on an incredible decade of investigating one of the most intriguing bodies in the solar system”, Maize added.

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Europe’s Mount Etna and Nicaragua’s Momotombo Erupted This Week

Europe’s Mount Etna and Nicaragua’s Momotombo Erupted This Week

Two major volcanic eruptions were reported this week. The first one is of Europe’s Mount Etna, the second and the most spectacular was Nicaragua’s Momotombo that erupted after being inactive for almost 110 years.

Italy’s National Institute of Public Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said in a statement that the eruption of Mount Etna was short, but they said it was the most violent and powerful eruption of the past two decades.

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