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March 24, 2017
Unravelling Earth's magnetic field
Paris (ESA) Mar 23, 2017
ESA's Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earth's magnetic field to unpick - as well as our planet's magnetic history imprinted on Earth's crust. Earth's magnetic field can be thought of as a huge cocoon, protecting us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that bombard our planet in solar wind. Without it, life as we know it would not exist. Most of the field is generated at depths greater than 3000 km by the movement of molten iron in the outer co ... read more

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NASA Satellite Identifies Global Ammonia 'Hotspots'
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Relativistic Electrons Uncovered with NASA's Van Allen Probes
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Optical fingerprint can reveal pollutants in the air
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15 years of GRACE: Satellite mission flies thrice its planned time
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NASA says goodbye to a Pathfinder Earth Satellite after 17 years
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Scientists consider how city skylines influence weather
The contours of Earth's surface, its topography, influences local weather patterns, and city buildings are part of a place's topography. ... more
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From the butterfly's wing to the tornado: Predicting turbulence
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Half of Washington's cherry blossoms dead after cold snap
This week's bitter cold snap killed about half of Washington's beloved cherry blossoms, and the survivors are now expected to peak at the end of next week, the National Parks Service said Friday. ... more
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Scientists measure Earth's rotational forces with underground laser gyroscope
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'Going deep' to measure Earth's rotational effects
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Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
A research team consisting of members from Japan's National Institute of Polar Research, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and other organizations conducted forecas ... more
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