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Waves surge in opposite directions around Io’s largest lava lake
Loki Patera on Jupiter’s innermost moon is a giant bowl of molten rock – but it doesn’t behave like one NASA/JPL/University of ArizonaBy Aylin WoodwardSurf’s up on Jupiter’s moon. Magma waves travelling...
California's punishing rain creates rare spectacle
First the rain, now the drain. California’s punishing rain this month has flooded neighborhoods and triggered evacuations. It has also pushed Lake Berryessa in Napa County way beyond capacity, pouring...
Intel will release 8th-gen Coffee Lake chips this year—still at 14nm
Enlarge reader comments 19 Share this story Intel's eighth-generation Core CPUs, codenamed Coffee Lake, will launch in the second half of 2017—far earlier than the 2018 launch period suggested by supposed...
Coffee Lake to go? Intel’s next-gen CPUs are around the corner
Kaby Lake? Forget about it – even though it’s hardly old news – because later this year, Intel’s next-generation processors (the eighth incarnation of the Core family) are set to arrive promising a considerable...
Massive lake drained for hydropower leaves dry bed and no fish
This lake used to be about a kilometre wideReuters/Dado RuvicBy Maria BolevichA large artificial lake in the Balkan state of Bosnia and Herzegovina totally vanished this month and with it an estimated...
This is the lightest laptop money can buy
Fujitsu has unleashed a bunch of new laptops, tablets and workstations aimed at the business market – no less than 18 of them – with the highlight being an incredibly light LifeBook.The LifeBook U937/P...
Largest lake in southern Europe under threat from “eco-resort”
Under threatradisics/wild wonders of EuropeBy Maria BolevichThe largest lake in southern Europe is under threat from a double whammy. Environmentalists say that the development of an “eco-resort” on its...
Dell XPS 15 leak reveals a potential portable gaming powerhouse
Dell has spilled the details of the upcoming XPS 15 refresh by accidentally posting the spec on its website, revealing that the laptop will benefit from some serious additional graphics grunt in the form...
iPhone’s incredible survival story
The phone, left, after being discovered in a case, and right, after being turned back on. Picture: Facebook A FISHERMAN who dropped his iPhone in a frozen US lake has been reunited with it 18 months later....
Beached boats, pink water as drought depletes Utah's Great Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY -- On the southern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.North of the nearly empty...
Toxic algae has shown up in more than 40 Calif. lakes, waterways
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Toxic algae has shown up in more than 40 state lakes and waterways from Los Angeles to the northern reaches of California, the highest count in state history.Water agencies have been...
Mars May Have Been Wet More Recently
Mars may have been wet much later than previously thought, upping the chance the Red Planet could have hosted microbial life. Using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, researchers say lakes and...
Rose gold Dell XPS 13 shows itself early, thanks to international slip up
We've known that Dell is looking to push out an XPS 13 refresh featuring a Kaby Lake processor for a little while now, and a new leak on some Dell websites has confirmed the machine – and its color schemes.The...
Laptops using Intel's next budget processors will suffer from one big flaw
Notebook manufacturers producing machines powered by Apollo Lake CPUs are turning to soldered-on system memory in a bid to make these laptops as svelte as possible.Of course, this quest for thin devices...
Amid drought, feds pessimistic for Lake Mead's future
LAS VEGAS -- Amid punishing drought, federal water managers are projecting - by a very narrow margin - that Lake Mead won't have enough water to make full deliveries to Nevada and Arizona in 2018. Play...
Lake Tanganyika Ecosystem Sensitive to Climate Change
Africa's Lake Tanganyika has more biodiversity than the Galapagos Islands. It is the world’s longest freshwater lake and is home to many of the colorful freshwater fish (called cichlids) that fill home...
World’s longest lake is being depleted of life as waters warm
By Maina Waruru Deep troubleBobby Model/National GeographicLoss of biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s oldest and deepest lake, has been driven by 500 years of sustained climate warming, a study...
Toxic algae smothers Utah Lake, sickens 100
SPANISH FORK, Utah -- A huge toxic algae bloom in Utah has closed one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi River, sickening more than 100 people and leaving farmers scrambling for clean...
Intel's Coffee Lake will bring six-core CPUs to the masses
Is Intel about to bring six-core CPUs into its mainstream processor offerings? Apparently so, although you'll have to wait till the year after next for them to arrive.Yes, according to a leaked slide,...
Vicious beaver has a go at paddleboarder
Beavers. Not so sweet and fluffy. Picture: Supplied AND we thought they were cute. A beaver attacked a woman paddleboarding at a lake in North Carolina, appropriately named er, Lake Beaver. The woman,...
"Guacamole-thick" algae causes crisis on Florida coastline
STUART, Fla. -- A smelly, "guacamole-thick" muck is fouling a stretch of beaches promoted as Florida's "Treasure Coast," where lawmakers and residents blame the federal government, saying the algae crisis...
Google Maps mysteries solved
The only reason Google Maps isn't unusably out of date is because every day, tens of thousands of regular people send Google corrections. But one group contributes way more than you'd think. WSJ's Christopher...
Scientists discover hidden Antarctic lake
Life forms hidden under the surface. A large, ribbon-shaped lake may be hiding beneath the ice that covers Antarctica, and it may contain countless life forms — unlike any others on earth — that have been...
Frozen lake on Pluto not ideal for ice skating - CNET
Enlarge ImageThis could be a frozen lake on Pluto. NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI The more we learn about Pluto, the more bonkers the dwarf planet seems to get. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft buzzed Pluto in 2015, but...
Invasive Soviet water flea cuts US lake’s visibility by a metre
A spiny water flea up to murky businessJake WalshIt’s an expensive invasion. The spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) has cut visibility in Lake Mendota in Wisconsin by 1 metre since it was first...
Many of world’s lakes are vanishing and some may be gone forever
Satellite images show Lake Poopó still held water in April 2013 (left), but was dry by January 2016 (right)Jesse Allen/NASABolivia’s second largest lake has vanished into thin air. In December, Lake Poopó...
Super-fast evolving fish splitting into two species in same lake
Same lake, different fishEawag/David MarquesSome thought it was impossible. But a population of stickleback fish that breed in the same streams is splitting into two separate species before our eyes,...
Bigstep Launches Easy-to-Use ‘Data Lake as a Service’ Optimized for Big Data
Big data as a service provider Bigstep just launched a ‘data lake as a service’ offering, the Full Metal Data Lake. It looks to remove much of the cost, hassle and complexity of big data...
Scientists: Disappearance of Bolivia's No. 2 Lake a Harbinger
Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia's second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain. Lake...
Mountain snows that feed Colorado River look good so far
In this May 1, 1997 file photograph, sign marks the Colorado River as it flows past the Never Summer Mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park near the town of Grand Lake, Colo. Snowpack in the mountains...
World's largest canyon could be hidden under Antarctic ice sheet
A map of West Antarctica. Credit: Wikipedia The world's largest canyon may lie under the Antarctic ice sheet, according to analysis of satellite data by a team of scientists, led by Durham University....
Lake Erie's lack of ice means shipping companies save money this winter
A lack of ice on Lake Erie is making life easier for shipping companies this winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. tweeted Thursday that the lake had been declared 99...
Outback meteorite retrieved by scientists
Lake Eyre, where scientists have retrieved a meteorite that fell to earth on New Year’s Eve. A 1.7 kilogram meteorite has been retrieved by a team of Perth researchers in the South Australian outback using...
Asian carp could cause some Lake Erie fish to decline, others to increase
If they successfully invade Lake Erie, Asian carp could eventually account for about a third of the total weight of fish in the lake and could cause declines in most fish species—including prized sport...
Europe’s oldest lake faces destruction to make way for tourists
They call it Europe’s Galapagos. Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is the most biodiverse lake of its size in the world, home to more than 350 species found nowhere else and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Researcher studies fish populations at world's second largest freshwater lake
Fishermen pose with their sardine haul from East Africa's Lake Tanganyika. Catherine Wagner, a UW assistant professor in the Department of Botany and the UW Biodiversity Institute, is studying interactions...
Climate change rapidly warming world's lakes
Lakes are warming at a global average of 0.61 degrees F per decade (0.34 degrees C per decade). Credit: Illinois State University/USGS/California University of Pennsylvania Climate change is rapidly warming...
Number of severe algal blooms in Lake Erie to double, forecast says
Harmful algal bloom as seen from the research docks of The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie in 2013. Credit: Jeff Reutter, courtesy of Stone Laboratory. By the...
The places on Earth most likely to be struck by lightning
The place most likely to be struck by lightning in the world is one spot above Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, according to new data.Over this mountain lake, there was a lightning show an astounding 297...
Teaching computers to learn like humans
Computers have advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years. Yet even the best artificial intelligence systems have been lacking in humans' unique ability to learn new concepts. For example, people need...
Why one lake contains more than 1000 species of the same fish
The poster child for evolution may have finally revealed its secret. More than 1000 closely related but different species of cichlid fish live in Lake Malawi in south-east Africa – more than in any other...
California's Folsom Lake drops to historic low
SACRAMENTO COUNTY -- The water level of Folsom Lake has dipped to a new historic low, CBS affiliate KOVR in Sacramento reported.On Sunday, the lake level was measured at 140,410 acre feet. The previous...
If we met new life—on this planet or the next—would we know it when we saw it?
© Adam BatchelorIf we met new life, would we know it when we saw it? Matthew Francis investigates for Mosaic. “Why would NASA want to study a lake in Canada?” Three different border guards asked me variations...
Deadly fish virus still present in Wisconsin lake
In May 2007, hundreds of freshwater drum—also known as sheepshead—turned up dead in Lake Winnebago and nearby Little Lake Butte des Morts, both inland lakes near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The fish were splotched...
What is life?
"Why would NASA want to study a lake in Canada?" Three different border guards asked me variations on that question, and while they ultimately let me pass, it was obvious they didn't understand. Why is...
Not a drop to drink
Lonely tap. Credit: Carsten Tolkmit A major research collaboration is looking at how small towns in the hills of India and Nepal are coping with increasing demand for water: who wins and who loses when...
Lake once filled the crater on Mars where Curiosity rover sits
The Curiosity rover is lucky it got to Mars when it did. If it had arrived three billion years ago, it would have had to swim the backstroke. Last week saw news of modern Mars water running down hills...
Rise of machines will ‘lead to more opportunities, rather than less'
Given these rapid advancements, the tech firm is now looking to apply AI to a range of fields. Image recognition, for instance, can be used for diagnosing medical conditions, said Lily Peng, a trained...
Computer Wins 2nd Game Against Chinese Go Champion
A computer beat China's top player of go, one of the last games machines have yet to master, for a second time Thursday in a competition authorities limited the Chinese public's ability to see. Ke Jie...
Nvidia CEO shrugs off Google's efforts to undercut its growth engine
In a blog post Wednesday, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that his company has an ongoing collaboration with Google, while also indirectly belittling part of Google's tensor processing unit (TPU) initiative....
Google can now track your offline purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitably online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases...
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