Content Tagged with: Department Of Earth Sciences

The thrust of the problem

A new understanding of a fault that caused a deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake can help scientists better predict where and when the next big one will hit. For decades, scientists have debated the structure of the Main Himalayan Thrust — the fault responsible for a 2015 earthquake that killed nearly...
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

The most spectacular celestial vision you’ll never see

Contrary to previous thought, a gigantic planet in wild orbit does not preclude the presence of an Earth-like planet in the same solar system – or life on that planet. What’s more, the view from that Earth-like planet as its giant neighbor moves past would be unlike anything it is...
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Making sense of a ‘7.1’

Abhijit Ghosh, UCR associate professor of geophysics, is racing to understand everything he can about the fault that was unknown until it produced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on July 5. Ghosh's work could help officials prepare for the next big shake.
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

NASA’s TESS mission finds ‘missing link’ planets

NASA’s newest planet-hunting satellite has discovered a type of planet missing from our own solar system. Launched in 2018 , the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has found three new worlds around a neighboring star. Stephen Kane, a UC Riverside associate professor of planetary astrophysics, says the new star...
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Australia enables UCR to dig into Earth’s wild past

Australian officials signed an agreement last night allowing UC Riverside to continue its pioneering research on a government-owned goldmine for unusual fossils. Nilpena Station is a city-sized plot of land in the Australian Outback. It harbors the richest collection on Earth of animal species around 550 million years old. Some...
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Star tours

Astronomers have a new tool in their search for extraterrestrial life – a sophisticated bot that helps identify stars hosting planets similar to Jupiter and Saturn.
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Slime travelers

New UC Riverside research settles a longstanding debate about whether the most ancient animal communities were deliberately mobile. It turns out they were, because they were hungry.
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

New study dramatically narrows the search for advanced life in the universe

In a new study, a UC Riverside–led team discovered that a buildup of toxic gases in the atmospheres of most planets makes them unfit for complex life as we know it.
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Meteor magnets in outer space

Astronomers believe planets like Jupiter shield us from space objects that would otherwise slam into Earth. Now they’re closer to learning whether giant planets act as guardians of solar systems elsewhere in the galaxy. A UCR-led team has discovered two Jupiter-sized planets about 150 light years away from Earth that...

Pioneering UC Riverside geoecologist elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Marilyn Fogel, a University of California, Riverside endowed geoecology professor, received one of the highest honors in science this week with her election to the National Academy of Sciences, or NAS. Membership in the NAS is rare. According to the Congressional Research Service, there are 6.9 million scientists in the...

Carbon monoxide detectors could warn of extraterrestrial life

For some distant worlds, carbon monoxide may actually be compatible with a robust microbial biosphere
By Sarah Simpson | | Science / Technology

Superbloom? If you say so

Superbloom is a term concocted by the media, but this year’s wildflowers are still spectacular, especially for the creatures that depend on them
By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

New NASA research consortium to tackle life's origins

NASA is uniting experts across multiple disciplines to investigate life's beginnings on our planet -- and to explore if and how life sprung up elsewhere in the universe
By PCE3 Consortium | | Science / Technology

A warming world increases air pollution

Climate change is warming the ocean, but it’s warming land faster and that’s really bad news for air quality
By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Special journal issue looks for new clues about old life

Collection edited by UCR researchers focuses on the role of rising oxygen in the birth of complex life
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Oldest evidence for animals found by UCR researchers

Molecular fossil evidence suggests sponges lived on the ancient ocean floors 100 million years before the Cambrian period
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Scientists honored by American Geophysical Union

Marilyn Fogel and Timothy Lyons will be honored as new fellows during December meeting
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Omega centauri unlikely to harbor life

Close encounters between stars in the Milky Way’s largest globular cluster leave little room for habitable planetary systems
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

UCR team among scientists developing guidebook for finding life beyond earth

Major series of review articles outlines past, present, and future of searching for life on other planets

Two new creatures discovered from dawn of animal life

Names of recently discovered Ediacaran era fossil animals honor President Barack Obama and Sir David Attenborough