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

" 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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