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A New Power Source for Earth’s Dynamo

By photosearth / January 27, 2016

News Writer:  Lori Dajose Magnesium-bearing minerals transported through the core up to the mantle can cause the convection that powers the geodynamo. Credit: Joseph O’Rourke/Caltech The earth’s global magnetic field plays a vital role in our everyday lives, shielding us from harmful solar radiation. The magnetic field, which has existed for billions of years, is […]

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Notes from a Small Island

By photosearth / January 21, 2016

Notes from a Small Island Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes From a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.Reacting to an itch common to Midwesterners since […]

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Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet

By photosearth / January 20, 2016

News Writer:  Kimm Fesenmaier This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. Credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC) Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated […]

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Jason-3 spacecraft ready for launch

By photosearth / January 17, 2016

http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/jason3/ Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to continue U.S.-European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surfaces, is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, Jan. 17. Liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex 4 East […]