Archive for December 14th, 2016:

‘Smart boulders’ record huge underwater avalanche

Image copyright MBARI Image caption A submersible feeds images back to the surface of a “smart boulder” on the seafloor Scientists have had a remarkable close-up encounter with a gigantic underwater avalanche. It is the first time researchers have had instruments in place to monitor so large a flow of sediment as it careered down-slope.

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Fossil footprints tell story of human origins

Image copyright Dawid A. Iurino Image caption The footprints may have been made by a male walking with smaller females and juveniles Footprints made by early humans millions of years ago have been uncovered in Tanzania close to where similar tracks were found in the 1970s. The impressions were made when some of our distant

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World’s oldest water gets even older

Image copyright UTORONTO Image caption The liquid is found deep down a mine in Canada The world’s oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth’s crust, just got even older. The liquid was discovered deep down in a mine in Canada in 2013 and is about 1.5 billion years old. But now, at the

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