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You have got to check out this story from NPR: The compass has been around since at least the 12th century, but scientists still don’t know exactly how the Earth generates the magnetic field that keeps a compass needle pointing north. But geophysicist Dan Lathrop is trying to find out — by building his own…

I saw this press release and for one brief happy instant I thought it might be about the band Scorpions and their hit Winds of Change. Sadly, it was just about wind direction changing over the last 30,000 years. Boo. Alright fine. I will still post it: Dartmouth researchers have learned that the prevailing winds…

Pangea Ultima

Geologists are using computer models to speculate where the continents are going to go in the next 100 million years. Their conclusion: the continents may again rejoin into a new Pangea — Pangea Ultima: Today, some of his most ambitious efforts center on envisioning how Earth might look 250 million years from now. The easy…