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Earth’s inner core is much younger than we thought

Earth’s inner core is much younger than we thought

January 29, 2019

Rochester researchers have gathered the first field data that show the Earth’s inner core is only about 565 million years old—relatively young compared to the age of our 4.5-billion-year-old planet.

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Researchers unravel more mysteries of metallic hydrogen

Researchers unravel more mysteries of metallic hydrogen

July 23, 2018

Liquid metallic hydrogen is not present naturally on Earth and has only been created in a handful of places, including the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. LLE scientists are researching the properties of liquid metallic hyrdrogen to understand how planets both inside and outside our solar system form magnetic shields.

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Book shines a light on co-evolution of planets and civilizations

Book shines a light on co-evolution of planets and civilizations

June 12, 2018

In Light of the Stars, astrophysicist Adam Frank poses big questions about alien civilizations, climate change, and what life on other worlds tells us about our own fate.

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Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

June 4, 2018

Does the universe contain planets with truly sustainable civilizations? Or does every civilization that may have arisen in the cosmos last only a few centuries before it falls to the climate change it triggers? Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank and his collaborators have developed a mathematical model to illustrate how a technologically advanced population and its planet might develop together, putting climate change in a cosmic context.

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We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

April 16, 2018

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? In a compelling thought experiment, professor of physics and astronomy Adam Frank and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Gavin Schmidt wonder how we would truly know if there were a past civilization so advanced that it left little or no trace of its impact on the planet.

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Earth’s magnetic field fluctuations explained by new data

Earth’s magnetic field fluctuations explained by new data

February 27, 2018

Using new data gathered from sites in southern Africa, researchers have extended their record of Earth’s magnetic field back thousands of years to the first millennium.

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Professor assists NASA mission to measure disks that give birth to planets

Professor assists NASA mission to measure disks that give birth to planets

December 1, 2017

Unlike typical observatories that are positioned on the ground or in space, the telescope Dan Watson is working on is situated in between — on a Boeing 747SP jet airliner.

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Dustin Trail wins award for studies of early Earth

Dustin Trail wins award for studies of early Earth

October 26, 2017

The assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Mineralogical Society of America Award, a major honor in the field.

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Rochester leads new multi-institutional effort to study ‘extreme matter’

Rochester leads new multi-institutional effort to study ‘extreme matter’

September 7, 2017

Institutions including Cornell, Michigan, Princeton, and Stanford will join Rochester in developing an instrument to produce and study matter that exists under pressures far higher than either on or inside Earth.

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Climate change for aliens

Climate change for aliens

September 7, 2017

For more than 50 years, the Kardashev scale has been the gold standard for classifying hypothetical “exo-civilizations” by their ability to harness energy. A team of researchers led by Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank have devised a new system that takes into account the impacts of that energy use.

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