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No 'permanent El Nino,' scientists say—and the tropics may get even hotter

(Phys.org) —New research by Yale University scientists challenges a long-standing paradigm for temperature variability in the Pacific Ocean, casting …

Throat of Fire volcano in Ecuador erupts explosively

A five-minute explosion from Tungurahua volcano shot hot gas and rock 6 miles (10 km) into the air on April 4, 2014. More explosions and tremors …

Volcanoes

Ask Anything: Why Do Some Birds Chirp While Others Gobble?

Turkey got your tongue?<p>Different bird sounds have different functions. Songbirds use elaborate music to attract a mate or to let rivals know the limits of their territory; other kinds of birds will chirp for food or to communicate a message to their peers, such as the presence of a predator. But …

Birds

How to spot a psychopath

We think of psychopaths as killers, alien, outside society. But, says the scientist who has spent his life studying them, you could have one for a colleague, a friend – or a spouse<p>There are a few things we take for granted in social interactions with people. We presume that we see the world in …

Psychology

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Colour Striped Icebergs

by <b>Kaushik</b><p>Saturday, May 26, 2012<p>Read<p>Icebergs are formed when large blocks of ice breaks off from glaciers ice shelf and is floating in open water. …

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

Given my soft spot for famous diaries, it should come as no surprise that I keep one myself. Perhaps the greatest gift of the practice has been the daily habit of reading what I had written on that day a year earlier; not only is it a remarkable tool of introspection and self-awareness, but it also …

What's living with you?

An invisible world of microbes<p>On a recent morning, Noah Fierer, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, found himself standing 1,000 feet above the farmland of eastern Colorado. He was perched near the pinnacle of the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, …

Biology

Mantle heat solves the mystery of ocean ridges - Futurity

Temperature differences within Earth's mantle control the elevation and volcanic activity along mid-ocean ridges that line the ocean floor.

Seafloor

Earthquakes in Yellowstone: ‘Elevated but not unusual’

Heard about the recent earthquakes in Yellowstone? How about that video of bison fleeing the park? Does it mean the supervolcano is about to blow? …

National Parks

Hummingbirds: still evolving endless forms most wonderful

A new study finds that the rising Andes is tied to the rapid speciation of hummingbirds. This study also predicts that hummingbirds will evolve twice as many species as what we see today.<p>"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few …

The science behind dietary supplements

Doctors say we need them. Advertising encourages us to take them. And – with industry estimates of more than £36bn being spent on them worldwide – we are clearly buying them. Yes, we're talking about supplements – things that most people will agree are good for us. But what if we don't really need …

French scientists are working on an acoustic earthquake shield

A group of French scientists has developed a method of shielding cities from the force of an earthquake, and after devastating earthquakes in Chile, the idea is drawing some much-deserved attention. It works on the principle of refraction, planting an array of boreholes to redirect the …

The Billion Dollar History Of Trick-Or-Treating In America

Here’s how scaring kids and moms turned Halloween candy into a $2.3 billion a year business.<p>Every Halloween, millions of surrogate zombies, vampires, and goblins take to the streets, looking to fill the fluorescent orange brainpans of their plastic pumpkins with individually wrapped, fun-sized …

These Jaw-Dropping Custom Prosthetic Limbs Redefine Fashion

Being born without a limb or even losing one through accident or injury, use to severely hamper your mobility. But with the rapid technological …

The Irish Monster

Ireland

Blinded by the Light

Traveling with Messenger to the planet closest to the Sun would have been a nightmare vacation. The trip takes years and then the weather on arrival …

The Latest illy Art Collection Project: Artist Liu Wei

Third generation family-owned coffee giants illy have been partnering with artists from around the world since 1992 on their illy Art Collection …

Jealousy: it's in your genes

How would you feel if you suspected your partner had enjoyed a one-night stand while away on holiday without you? What if, instead of having sex on the trip, you believed she or he had fallen in love with someone? In either case, if your partner will probably never see the other person again, would …

Crawling: A New Evolutionary Trick?

You have to crawl before you walk… unless you don’t. While crawling is considered a major developmental milestone in most western countries, the ability to scoot on the ground isn’t a common practice everywhere – and it’s likely a new evolutionary invention.<p>That’s what David Tracer, anthropologist …

In pictures: 3D printed art exhibition - Telegraph

Princeton University

Great Smokey Mountains

Great Smokey Mountain National Park as captured by Manish Mamtani Photography in October, 2013.<p>On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, …

National Parks

Volcanoes: we still can't predict eruptions – video

In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland shut down airspace over Europe for six days. Professor David Pyle, a volcanologist at Oxford University, explains that despite dramatic improvements in our ability to monitor active volcanoes with high-resolution satellite imagery …

Tour One of Iceland's Incredible Geothermal Plants

The Svartsengi geothermal power plant produces 75 Mw of energy, provides thousands of homes with hot water, and created a hot lagoon that became a tourist attraction.<p>The Svartsengi geothermal power plant produces 75 Mw of energy, provides thousands of homes with hot water, and created a hot lagoon …

Seeing In The Pitch-Dark Is All In Your Head

A few years ago, cognitive scientist Duje Tadin and his colleague Randolph Blake decided to test blindfolds for an experiment they were cooking up.<p>They wanted an industrial-strength blindfold to make sure volunteers for their work wouldn't be able to see a thing. "We basically got the best …

Success : TED Radio Hour : NPR

<i>"There is real danger of a disconnect between what's on your business card and who you are deep inside, and it's not a disconnect that the world is ready to be patient with."</i> — Alain de Botton<p>Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in …

Beautiful Games: Instagrammed football fans

Sometimes you don't need a fancy camera to capture the flavour of football. Having travelled Europe to watch teams little and large, Danny Last, gallery editor at the excellent In Bed With Maradona, has amassed an interesting set of pics using simply his phone and pocket camera. Shared via …