January 3, 2014 |
We all know that reading a novel can transport you, delight you and intrigue you while you're reading it. Now, thanks research by scientists at Emory University, we know that immersing yourself in a novel causes measurable physical changes in the brain that can be detected up to five days after the reader closes the book. The Emory researchers, in a paper for the journal Brain Connectivity, compared the effect to “muscle memory.” "The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist," neuroscientist Gregory Berns said, according to a report in the journal Science Codex . "We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else's shoes in a figurative sense.
November 21, 2013 |
An exploding underwater volcano is causing a new island to form in the Pacific Ocean about 620 miles south of Tokyo, and you can watch a bit of its dramatic rise in the video above. The video, showing thick plumes of steam and ash shooting out of the new volcanic island, was captured this week by the Japan Coast Guard. The new island -- really more of an islet -- is just 600 feet in diameter, according to an Associated Press report . And it is unclear whether it is here to stay.
November 17, 2013 |
A volcano may be stirring more than a half-mile beneath a major ice sheet in Antarctica, raising the possibility of faster base melting that could ultimately affect climate. Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western Antarctica detected a swarm of low-magnitude earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 similar to those that can precede volcanic eruptions, according to a study published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The area of activity lies close to the youngest in a chain of volcanoes that formed over several million years, and the characteristics and depth of the seismic events are consistent with those found in volcanic areas of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Pacific Northest, Hawaii and Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, the study concludes.
October 20, 2013 |
HALEAKALA, Hawaii - It's not getting any closer, I thought to myself, gazing at the 30-mile-wide mound of ancient lava in the distance. Nearly an hour into my ride I was pounding the pedals heading up the north slope of Maui's Haleakala, one of the world's largest dormant volcanoes. For the record, geologists say the crater is actually an "erosional depression" caused by two valleys merging together. No matter, this was no molehill, and my destination was as elusive as ever. Two miles high, with a cavity big enough to accommodate Manhattan , Haleakala is so vast it's easy to lose perspective.
September 7, 2013 |
Discovering a mega-volcano on the floor of the Pacific Ocean is about as sexy as volcanology gets. But more often the scientific advances come from the drab confines of computer labs. Both happened this week - Tamu Massif, a shield volcano the size of New Mexico, was mapped and described by a research team led by Texas A&M, based on a scientific cruise off the coast of Japan. Meanwhile, a team from UC Berkeley and University of Maryland stayed home and ran a model on a supercomputer.
September 6, 2013 |
Visitors to Volcano House on Hawaii's Big Island can learn about the unique history of its oldest inn through a new tour being offered by park rangers starting Friday (today). Volcano House , on the edge of the active Kilauea volcano inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , has welcomed visitors from around the world since a modest grass hut was erected on the site in 1846. Guests have included writers Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain. Rangers will lead visitors on one-hour walking tours each day starting at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. The walk includes a stop at a replica of the original inn before moving on to the more substantial Volcano House built in 1877.