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earthquakes, slow earthquakes, backwards earthquakes, seismology, geophysics, cascadia subduction zone, cascadia fault line, pacific northwest earthquakes

Silent earthquakes are tied to changes in fluid deep below Cascadia’s fault

Fluid pressures in the Cascadia subduction zone are linked to regular, imperceptible earthquakes.

A mural reading "I believe in Nashville" remains intact on a collapsed wall in the East Nashville neighborhood on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

How a tornado outbreak left 22 dead across central Tennessee

Twenty-two are dead, more are missing, and many more are injured after a supercell storm spawned a series of tornadoes early Tuesday morning, including one that struck downtown Nashville.



Physicist Freeman J. Dyson at The Church Center for the United Nations in New York on March 22, 2000.

Freeman Dyson, quantum physicist who imagined alien megastructures, has died at 96

Physicist Freeman Dyson was known for his work on quantum physics and mathematics, as well as his big ideas about the far future.

Scientists have spotted an extremely powerful explosion in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which is located about 390 million light years from Earth. Here, a composite showing the area in X-ray, infrared and radio wavelengths.

Scientists spot the biggest known explosion in the universe

A gargantuan explosion tore through the heart of a distant galaxy cluster, releasing about five times more energy than the previous record holder, a new study reports.



The remains of the RMS Titanic are rapidly corroding at the bottom of the North Atlantic. But a proposal to cut the ship’s telegraph machine from the wreck has drawn fierce criticism.

Titanic’s iconic telegraph ‘voice’ may be recovered. But some say the salvager is a ‘greedy treasure hunter.’

Frantic distress messages were sent over the machine after the cruise liner slammed into an iceberg in 1912.

Archaeologists digitally reconstructed the leopard image from fragments of a sarcophagus cover.

Hello kitty! Leopard face reconstructed from ancient Egyptian sarcophagus

Archaeologists have reconstructed part of a colorful leopard painting that decorated the lid of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.



U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak on Feb. 26, 2020.

6 ways the US government could help contain the new coronavirus

Here are six ways the U.S. government and health care system could fight back against the coronavirus.

Streptococcus pneumoniae

New drugs could stymie superbugs by freezing evolution

Scientists aim to stay the spread of antibiotic resistance by messing with how bacteria evolve.

When soap and water aren't available, hand sanitizer can help protect against disease-causing microbes like the novel coronavirus.

Hand sanitizer sold out? Here’s how to make your own.

High alcohol content ensures that DIY hand sanitizers will effectively reduce coronavirus when soap and water aren’t available.



One of the ancient cockroaches is pictured preserved in its amber grave.

‘Exquisite’ dinosaur-age cockroaches discovered preserved in amber

A pair of 99-million-year-old cave-dwelling cockroaches are rewriting the early history of when bugs first moved into caves.

Photos taken every hour from June 2013 to April 2014 show the expansion and contraction of Hyalonema sp. 1, which resembles a blooming tulip.

Deep-sea sponges caught ‘sneezing’ in time-lapse photos

Deep-sea sponges may not have noses, but they still sneeze.

Cat and Kittens

Why do so many cats have white ‘socks’ on their paws?

Those white socks are there because of genetic mutations and domestication.



Ice formed on a house during a storm in Hamburg, New York, on Feb. 28.

‘Welcome to Narnia’: Frozen homes near Lake Erie are an eerie sight

Powerful winds and freezing temperatures recently made a chilling spectacle of several homes near Lake Erie, encasing them in thick layers of ice.

A so-called ice volcano erupting on Oval Beach in Michigan

Bizarre ‘ice volcanoes’ erupt on Lake Michigan beach

What are ‘ice volcanoes,’ and why are they erupting in Michigan?

Read an excerpt from ‘The Falcon Thief’

Over decades, a brazen thief stole hundreds of eggs from rare and endangered falcons’ nests around the world, to sell to private collectors.



The giant coconut crab (Birgus latro) is the biggest terrestrial crab in the world.

Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.

Nightmares are the worst.

Can you ‘turn off’ a nightmare?

With lucid dreaming, people can stop or even control their dreams.

topographic map of Zealandia.

The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science’s best.



an abstract image of a quantum computer

Physicists link quantum memories across the longest distance ever

We’re one step closer to having quantum internet, but wait, what is quantum internet?

An artist's concept of DARPA's Glide Breaker anti-hypersonic-weapon system.

DARPA’s hypersonic ‘Glide Breaker’ could blast missile threats out of the sky

Aerojet Rocketdyne will develop “enabling technologies” for DARPA’s Glide Breaker program under a newly announced contract, which is worth up to $19.6 million.

A view of "Mad Mike" Hughes' rocket, taken on Aug. 12, 2019.

‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket crash

Mad Mike Huges has died after crash-landing a homemade rocket Saturday.

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