The world's first magma-powered geothermal plant

Introducing ICCP-1, the world's first magma-enhanced geothermal system. Located in Iceland, it's an important proof-of-concept that could lead to a revolution in the energy efficiency of high-temperature geothermal areas across the globe. » 1/27/14 4:00pm 1/27/14 4:00pm

A major step to predicting when supervolcanoes will explode

Scientists have learned that massive caldera volcanoes, like the one stewing beneath Yellowstone, are ruled by geological processes far different than the ones governing conventional volcanoes. These massive reservoirs of magma can explode spontaneously — an important piece of insight that can help us predict a future… » 1/06/14 2:20pm 1/06/14 2:20pm

This video is so viscerally satisfying, my body is actually tingling

For the weekend: a ridiculously satisfying video of a ravioli can being overtaken by a blob of oozing lava. Not since the disappearing styrofoam have we found ourselves so unaccountably moved by a video so simple (though, admittedly, lava does tend to have this effect on us). » 11/29/13 12:40pm 11/29/13 12:40pm

Supervolcanoes can erupt with pretty much zero warning

A single volcanic eruption wiping out life on entire continents isn't exactly a cheery thought, but at least we had the mild comfort that it would take as much as 200,000 years for one to erupt. Yeah, about that... » 6/03/12 3:00pm 6/03/12 3:00pm

X-rays reveal why the Moon has no volcanoes

The Moon is an almost completely still world, its eternal peace and quiet disrupted only by the occasional meteor or Apollo astronaut. But we now know there's plenty of magma inside the Moon. So why are there no volcanoes? » 2/19/12 4:00pm 2/19/12 4:00pm

The New Mutants, the X-Men's sister squad, get snazzy new wardrobes

We've seen the core X-Men team receive new styles as of late (1, 2). Now their erstwhile farm team, the New Mutants, are boasting similarly sleek makeovers, courtesy of concept artist Daniel Govar and superhero costume design site Project Rooftop. Check out his takes on Warlock, Sunspot, and your other favorite mutant… » 1/16/12 4:15pm 1/16/12 4:15pm

Insane X-Men club kid fashion makes blowing up Sentinels look good

You may remember Kevin Wada and Max Wittert's haute couture remixes of the X-Men's superheroing outfits. The artists have now drafted a new batch of mutant apparel that ranges from Chamber's plasma frock to Cyclops' quartz slab sunglasses to Namor's winged anklets. Which, to be perfectly honest, I would wear the… » 1/03/12 7:00am 1/03/12 7:00am

Clouds made of rock vapor once rained magma on ancient Earth

Billions of years ago, a Mars-sized body smashed into the young Earth, causing a chain reaction that created the Moon. Earth's atmosphere became full of rock vapor and the sky rained down magma. Yes, it was literally Hell on Earth. » 1/09/11 10:30am 1/09/11 10:30am

A vast magma ocean is bubbling beneath the Earth's mantle

1800 miles underground lies a mysterious zone between the Earth's mantle and core. Nobody is quite sure what's down there, but new evidence suggests the area reaches temperatures of 7000 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning it could be a vast magma ocean. » 9/17/10 12:39pm 9/17/10 12:39pm

The crack in the world that will split Africa in two

Geologists working in Ethiopia have found that a 60-meter-long canyon is steadily expanding and will allow a new ocean to form — one which will bisect the African continent. » 6/25/10 10:00am 6/25/10 10:00am