Tagged: Earth Science

Video: Drone footage reveals startling world inside ‘largest cave’

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In Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876), Tom and pal Becky get lost in McDougal’s Cave, leaving the citizens of St. Petersburg, Mo., to frantically search for the children underground. Townsfolk fear for Tom and Becky’s lives. After all, it’s dark, they’re hungry, and Tom’s nemesis Injun Joe is about.

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CERN: Hadron Collider used to Find Two New Subatomic Particles.

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Scientists using the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider on Wednesday said they had observed two never-seen-before particles, a discovery that refines physicists’ understanding of how elementary particles interact and the forces between them.

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NOAA’s weather forecasts go hyper-local with next-generation weather model

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Today, meteorologists at NOAA’s National Weather Service are using a new model that will help improve forecasts and warnings for severe weather events. Thanks to the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model, forecasters will be able to pinpoint neighborhoods under threat of tornadoes and hail, heavy precipitation that could lead to flash flooding, or heavy snowfall and warn residents hours before a storm hits. It will also help forecasters provide more information to air traffic managers and pilots about hazards such as air turbulence and thunderstorms.   (more…)

Video: Could sharks help researchers predict hurricanes?

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During a casual game of golf in 2010, marine biologist Jerry Ault mentioned his latest research project to friend and colleague, Nick Shay. The two are professors at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, but their work rarely, if ever, overlaps. Ault tracks the behavior and migratory patterns of marine animals, while Shay studies the waters those animals inhabit.  (more…)

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Despite our best efforts, accurately predicting the weather remains about as easy as accurately predicting the next winning Powerball numbers. But with the installation of a new type of humidity sensor, the fleets of commercial passenger jets that inhabit our skies could soon provide meteorologists an unprecedented look at the sky—in real-time.
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Five Things You Should Know About the Nobel Prize Winner’s Higgs Boson

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Analysts said it would happen. Professor Stephen Hawking said it should happen. And now it has. Peter Higgs, the man who first predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, or ‘God particle’, has been given a Nobel Prize for his efforts along with Belgian physicist Francois Englert.  (more…)