Nic Parrott

31 Flips | 5 Magazines | 6 Followers | @rarepear_6 | Keep up with Nic Parrott on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Nic Parrott”

North Pole Moves Because of Global Warming: Study

<b>North Pole moves: A new study in Geophysical Research Letters asserts that the North Pole is moving because of increased melting of the Greenland ice</b> …

Earth's iron core is not 'rock solid' - Futurity

STANFORD (US) — Researchers squeezed iron at pressures as high as 3 million times that …

He Helped Discover Evolution, And Then Became Extinct

Ask most folks who came up with the theory of evolution, and they'll tell you it was Charles Darwin.<p>In fact, Alfred Russel Wallace, another British naturalist, was a co-discoverer of the theory — though Darwin has gotten most of the credit. Wallace died 100 years ago this year.<p>Wallace developed …

Kids With Autism Quick To Detect Motion

Children with autism see simple movements twice as fast as other children their age, a new study finds.<p>Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Rochester were looking to test a common theory about autism which holds that overwhelming sensory stimulation inhibits other brain …

Ice melt, sea level rise, to be less severe than feared: study | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - A melt of ice on Greenland and Antarctica is likely to be less severe than expected this century, limiting sea level rise to a maximum of 69 cm (27 inches), an international study said on Tuesday.<p>Even so, such a rise could dramatically change coastal environments in the lifetimes …

Earthquake sensors on seafloor track whale songs - Futurity

U. WASHINGTON (US) — Seafloor earthquake sensors are an inexpensive and noninvasive way to monitor …

Higher than normal wildfire activity expected for western US in 2013

Higher than normal wildfire activity is expected across the U.S. West Coast, the Southwest and portions of Idaho and Montana during the summer of …

With Rising Seas, America's Birthplace Could Disappear

By the end of the century, the birthplace of America may be underwater.<p>The first successful English colony in America was at Jamestown, Va., a swampy island in the Chesapeake Bay. The colony endured for almost a century, and remnants of the place still exist. You can go there and see the ruins. You …

Slideshow: Seven Sweet Maps of Health Data

When I hear the terms geographic information system (GIS) or global positioning system (GPS), it usually makes me think of government agents spying on us, or of particularly hellish road trips. But these technologies could also be incredibly useful for public health and medical research, as I …

Fact Checking 6 Persistent Science Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories that are easily debunked by science still persist.<p><b>Conspiracy theories are as American as apple pie. A national poll released this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that some popular conspiracy theories in the United States have persisted for years, like the belief that a</b> …

Did the Real T. Rex Resemble the One in Jurassic Park?

Scientists know much more about Tyrannosaurus rex than they did 20 years ago.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series-stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>No dinosaur is more cherished than Tyrannosaurus rex. The Cretaceous king of the tyrants epitomizes the size, ferocity, and bizarre nature of dinosaurs</b> …

New Studies Shake Up Human Family Tree

Does a 2-million-year-old skeleton unseat "Lucy" from a critical evolutionary junction on the way to Homo, our genus?<p><b>Everybody knows "Lucy." For nearly four decades, this famous partial skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis, dated to 3.2 million years ago, has been an ambassador for our</b> …

How brain lets eyes track 95 mph fastball - Futurity

UC BERKELEY (US) — Our brain “pushes” forward moving objects to look closer than they …

The White House eases access to climate, health data with MATCH search engine

Following President Obama's executive order calling on federal agencies to make as much of their data free and available on the internet as possible, the White House has published a search engine of climate and health data called MATCH. The search engine is presented online though the US Global …

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach milestone high as global warming worsens

Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the primary gases involved in global warming, reached a new, cautionary milestone yesterday. The oldest continuous CO2 measuring station in the world, an observatory on the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, reported that levels of the greenhouse gas …

Scientists call for action to tackle CO2 levels

<b>Scientists are calling on world leaders to take action on climate change after carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere broke through a symbolic threshold.</b><p>Daily CO2 readings at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time.<p>Sir Brian Hoskins, the head of …

6.0-magnitude earthquake struck southern Iran May 11

The May 11 earthquake epicenter was near the Persian Gulf, very far from Iran’s capital city of Tehran. At least 15 killed.<p>Southern Iran shook early …

Natural Disasters

Time-lapse map chronicles decades of global change as seen from space

Satellite imagery can serve as a time machine, revealing dramatic change in just a few seconds — but can you imagine documenting almost three decades' worth of all that change, across most of our planet's land mass? A team of imaging experts, computer scientists and journalists did. Now they've …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Dogs to get their iPaws as scientists build computers for animals

It would certainly have made life easier for Lassie. Scientists are designing computers that can be used by dogs so they can play, operate household appliances and even communicate with their owners.<p>It would certainly have made life easier for Lassie.<p>Scientists are designing computers that can be …

Easyjet to conduct volcano ash cloud tests

<b>A tonne of volcanic ash has been flown from Iceland to Luton airport in readiness for a "unique experiment" to test an aircraft warning system designed to detect ash clouds.</b><p>Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which caused travel chaos in 2010, will be dispersed into the atmosphere in "controlled …

Meteor spotted in night sky in England and Wales

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/976000/976941_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524712996_65337324c8b2e5d598beeda810a0fd9c<p><b>People have reported seeing a bright light, thought to be a meteor, in the sky in parts of England and Wales.</b><p>Sightings of the celestial …

Arctic Ocean 'acidifying rapidly'

<b>The Arctic seas are being made rapidly more acidic by carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report.</b><p>Scientists from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) monitored widespread changes in ocean chemistry in the region.<p>They say even if CO2 emissions stopped now, it would take …

Severe earthquakes can permanently deform the earth's crust, new findings suggest

New research suggests that severe earthquakes can permanently deform the crust of the earth, challenging long-held models that posited that all damage from quakes is naturally repaired over time. A paper published yesterday in <i>Nature Geoscience</i> reports that earthquakes of magnitude 7 or larger …

Global warm-up not seen in last 1,400 years - Futurity

COLUMBIA (US) — Earth’s climate warmed more between 1971 and 2000 than during any other …

Global Warming