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Geoscientists Discover Hidden Faults of the Pacific Plate

University of Toronto geoscientists have made a significant breakthrough in plate tectonics, discovering that the Pacific Plate is not as rigid as previously thought but is instead torn by large undersea faults. This challenges traditional views and suggests a more complex interaction between oceanic plates and the Earth’s mantle. Credit: SciTechDaily.comResearch indicates that the Pacific Plate is being torn apart at undersea plateaus across the ocean, due to the weight of the oceanic plate subducting along the Western…

These Rare, Weird, and Oddly Beautiful Animal Skeletons Have Been Hidden for Too Long

A huge virtual gallery of museum skeletons is fully open for viewing. A large group of scientists has painstakingly created 3D reconstructions of thousands of vertebrate specimens, which are now freely available to view online. The endeavor not only allows the public to see once-inaccessible museum collections, but it is already improving scientific knowledge.The project is called openVertebrate, or oVert, and has been years in the making. Since 2017, scientists from 18 museums, universities, and other institutions around…

Scientists Are Unlocking the Hidden Minerals in Produced Water

The water recovered from hydrocarbon reservoirs contains critical minerals that are key to many technical and industrial operations. Credit: Texas A&M EngineeringIn an ironic twist, a treasure trove of critical minerals is dumped out with water considered too polluted and expensive to clean.Texas A&M University researcher Dr. Hamidreza Samouei is investigating the components of produced water and says this waste byproduct of oil and gas operations contains nearly every element in the periodic table, including…

Where To Buy RuPaul’s New Memoir ‘The House of Hidden Meanings’ Online

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission. RuPaul‘s highly anticipated new memoir The House of Hidden Meanings was announced back in October of 2023, but the queer icon’s tell-all has already skyrocketed to the top of on Amazon’s bestselling LGBTQ+ Biographies list ahead of its release. With the release date and cover revealed late last year, Mama Ru’s revelatory memoir gives his fans a behind-the-scenes look…

Geologists explore the hidden history of Colorado’s Spanish Peaks

Credit: Sabrina J. Kainz If you've driven the mostly flat stretch of I-25 in Colorado from Pueblo to Trinidad, you've seen them: the Spanish Peaks, twin mountains that soar into the sky out of nowhere, reaching altitudes of 13,628 and 12,701 feet above sea level. In a new study, geologists from CU Boulder have laid out a timeline for the emergence of

Hidden ‘star’ sand dune mystery solved by ancient find

Lala Lallia Star Dune in Erg Chebbi, Morocco. Credit: Prof. C Bristow Scientists have solved the mysterious absence of star-shaped dunes from Earth's geological history for the first time, dating one back thousands of years. The study by Aberystwyth University, Birkbeck and UCL academics is the first to date how long it took a star dune to form and

Silica Surprises in China’s Lunar Sample Reveal Moon’s Hidden History

Fresh Crater on Oceanus Procellarum. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University The lunar sample returned by China’s 2020 lunar mission contained minerals that provide clues to their origin.Earth’s moon achieved its Swiss cheese appearance from celestial objects crashing into its surface, forming impact craters. But craters weren’t all that was left behind; the intense pressure and temperature of such a collision also impacts the rocks and dust covering the lunar surface, known as regolith, altering its mineral…

Scientists Uncover Hidden Turtle Paradise in Kerala’s Rivers

Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle hatchling taken along the Chandragiri river in Kerala, India. Credit: Ayushi JainBiologists have identified a breeding group of Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtles during conservation initiatives in southern India.Local communities have provided essential knowledge leading to the first-ever discovery of nesting evidence and a breeding population of an extremely rare turtle species in India.The Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) is native to the rivers of South and Southeast…

Unlocking the Quantum Secrets Hidden in Diamonds for Advanced Electronics

Highly precise optical absorption spectra of diamond reveal ultra-fine splitting. Credit: KyotoU/Nobuko NakaHighly precise optical absorption spectra of diamond reveal ultra-fine splitting.Besides being “a girl’s best friend,” diamonds have broad industrial applications, such as in solid-state electronics. New technologies aim to produce high-purity synthetic crystals that become excellent semiconductors when doped with impurities as electron donors or acceptors of other elements.The Science of DopingThese extra electrons…

The hidden driver of the ride-sharing economy

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain When Greg Buchak was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, Uber and Lyft were just beginning to spread across the country. Since he didn't own a car, he found the ride-sharing apps convenient for short and long trips. Yet as a financial economist in training who studied borrowing and lending, Buchak began an ongoing debate with his friends: Were these new services actually good for…