Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano sprung to life today and began sending out a series of pyroclastic flows. Reportedly there were a number of hikers on the mountain at the time, some of whom recorded and photographed the spectacle. Here is video from overhead.
Vinctifer comptoni lived around 110 million years ago in the Romualdo Formation, in what is now Brazil. Although most of its close relatives are sharp-toothed predators, Vinctifer comptoni was a filter feeder. One clue it was not a hunter is the lack of teeth, and instead had enlarged gill rakers. These long, comblike bones were apparently used to filter small animals from the water, which were then swallowed.
Drought-induced depletion of groundwater is no longer an issue that’s out of sight, out of mind.
Research by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, published this week in Science, describes a GPS technique used to measure drought-in…