Beetles that survive volcanic heat inspire stuff that stays cool

A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change insects beetles volcanoes temperature material-science biomimicry featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Alaskan volcano paved the way for the Roman Empire

A massive volcanic eruption on the other side of the planet may have created conditions that led to the rise of the Roman Empire, researchers say.

Bess Connolly Martell-Yale • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change history volcanoes roman-empire egypt society-and-culture

Volcanoes may have shaped oxygen’s evolution on Earth

"...an evolution of the mantle of the Earth could control an evolution of the atmosphere of the Earth, and possibly an evolution of life."

Hannah Hickey-U. Washington • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: volcanoes oxygen science-and-technology rocks early-earth mantle

Tectonic plates are a lot older than we thought

Earth's underground network of tectonic plates was in place more than 4 billion years ago—about a billion years earlier than scientists had thought.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: volcanoes earthquakes plate-tectonics science-and-technology early-earth

Volcanic CO2 emissions triggered Triassic extinction

201 million year ago, climate change wiped out nearly half of the species on Earth. New research shows volcanic CO2 emissions played a direct role.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change extinction carbon-dioxide volcanoes earth-and-environment

Tree ring ‘time capsules’ are a clue to Thera volcano mystery

Though it's been hotly debated for decades, tree rings may pin down the year the Thera volcano erupted over the Minoan civilization.

U. Arizona • futurity
April 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: tree-rings trees volcanoes science-and-technology ancient-history

Did volcanoes kill the dinosaurs? This team says nope

Volcanoes had nothing to do with K-Pg, the mass extinction event in which dinosaurs perished, researchers say. That was all an asteroid's doing.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: dinosaurs extinction volcanoes asteroids science-and-technology

Iron crystal ‘snow’ falls in Earth’s core

"It's sort of a bizarre thing to think about. You have crystals within the outer core snowing down onto the inner core..."

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
Dec. 23, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: planets volcanoes earth science-and-technology iron magma

Mercury’s volcanic activity may point to Earth-like worlds

Volcanic activity on Mercury, or a lack of it, could help us find other Earth-like planets, researchers say.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space planets volcanoes mercury science-and-technology

Shells reveal mercury, warming when dinosaurs died out

New research indicates climate warming and mercury contamination at the time of the Deccan Traps volcanism.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: dinosaurs extinction fossils volcanoes science-and-technology methylmercury shells

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