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A supervolcano in New Zealand rumbles so hard it shifts the ground above it

The expanse of Lake Taupō’s azure waters, crowned by hazy, mountainous horizons, evoke an extreme sense of calm. And yet, deep beneath the ground, geological unrest is brewing, according to a new paper in the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. Lake Taupō is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and is located in … Read more

The “cosmic dawn” of our universe ended much later than we thought

For tens of millions of years, our newborn universe was shrouded in hydrogen. Piece by piece, this vast nebula was torn apart by the light of the very first stars in a dawn that defined the shape of the nascent cosmos. Having a timeline for this colossal shift would help us greatly in understanding how … Read more

Earth’s magnetic poles are unlikely to flip after all, scientists predict

Our planet’s protective shell isn’t quite what it used to be. In the last two centuries, its magnetic strength has taken a nosedive, and nobody has the faintest idea why. At the same time, a worrying vulnerability in the field called the South Atlantic Anomaly has formed over the Atlantic and is already proving problematic … Read more