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What the Earth’s ‘voice’ tells us about its underground architecture

What's under our feet? Our planet has layered internal structures – the central inner and outer cores covered by mantle, crust, and the ground on which you are standing. While these layers are mostly solid, the outer core is liquid since it's extremely hot (around 3000°C)... click to read more

  • Tim Stern | Professor at School of Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Simon Lamb | Assistant Professor at School of Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Views 754
Reading time 4 min
published on May 25, 2021
Bringing 100 million-year-old marine microbes back to life

The Earth's entire surface is inhabited by life, but what about what lies beneath, in the subsurface? In the past, we thought of the deep subseafloor as a lifeless zone. We now know it is the "subseafloor biosphere" inhabited by a substantial percentage of Earth's... click to read more

  • Yuki Morono | Senior Scientist at Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Kochi, Japan
Views 848
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 14, 2021
‘Rivers in the sky’ carrying warm air destroy precious Antarctic sea ice

Looking at satellite images or Google Earth, you often find continent-long elongated clouds covering our planet, which may look like "rivers" running through the sky. These rivers are narrow belts of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere. Atmospheric rivers extend from the tropics (where water tends... click to read more

  • Diana Francis | Senior Scientist at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Views 989
Reading time 3 min
published on May 6, 2021
Understanding super bright mysteries of the universe

Observing a faraway astronomical object is the current best way to understand it. If we could travel to a distant star, and look at what is going on up close, the whole process of science would be a lot faster. But our best option is... click to read more

  • Devina Misra | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 830
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 27, 2021
Are you going places? Mapping unequal access to services and opportunities worldwide

City dwellers often dream of living in a pastoral rural area to get away from it all. However, once there, they realize rurality requires travel time to access even basic services they previously took for granted. The challenge of accessing services, such as healthcare and... click to read more

  • Andrea Cattaneo | Senior Economist at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy
Views 984
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 8, 2021