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Why the Sumatra earthquake was so severe

An international team of scientists has found evidence suggesting the dehydration of minerals deep below the ocean floor influenced the severity of the Sumatra earthquake, which took place on Dec. 26, 2004.

Heavier precipitation in the northeast began in 1996, research concludes

Over the past century, the Northeast has experienced an increase in the number of storms with extreme precipitation. A new study finds that the increase in extreme Northeast storms occurred as an abrupt shift in 1996, particularly in the spring and fall, rather than as a steady change over several decades.

Exploring underground with a colliding drone

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map.

Part of Mount Everest has collapsed, mountaineers confirm

Destruction of Hillary Step, possibly during 2015 earthquake in Nepal, may make climbing mountain more dangerous.

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change

Sea level rise will double coastal flood risk worldwide

Small but unstoppable increases will double frequency of extreme water levels with dire consequences, say scientists

Alligator’s bellow communicates size

American alligators produce loud, very low-pitched vocalizations called “bellows”.

New types of coffee, parsnips and roses among 1,700 plants discovered last year

From a new variety of Turkish parsnip to Madagascar coffee beans, the discoveries offer the prospect of better crops, medicinal uses and new garden displays

Farming Correlates to Larger Seed Size

Fields of corn. Credit: Monsanto

The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries.

Regular coral larvae supply from neighboring reefs helps degraded reefs recover

For reefs facing huge challenges, more coral larvae doesn’t necessarily translate to increased rates of coral recovery on degraded reefs

Social ties help animals live longer

Large families and strong social ties help animals live longer, new research suggests.

Why Hardware Engineers Have to Think Like Cybercriminals and Why Engineers Are Easy to Fool

Scott Borg, director of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, says hardware design engineers hold the future of cybersecurity in their hands