Sir Tony Robinson: Talk on Volcanoes In London

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) is delighted to announce that Sir Tony Robinson, star of the BBC’s Black Adder series and presenter of the hugely popular Channel 4 documentary, Time Team will deliver this year’s Stoneley Lecture on the subject of nature’s most dangerous, destructive and yet strangely beautiful events; volcanoes

Science Behind the Photo #42

The Giant’s Causeway: World Heritage site, celebrity of ‘Visit Ireland’ publicity campaigns, subject of myth and legend Its beautiful, sculpted steps are iconic, but it may shock people to realise the lavas which formed this stunning landscape are only 60 million years old, produced in what’s known as the Paleogene period. To give an idea […]

Science Behind the Photo #30

Peak District, UK, April 2009 – This is what your stylish kitchen worktop looks like in raw form. Granite is among the hardest of the igneous rocks – those created when molten magma cools and solidifies.  It usually forms at subduction zones where one of the earth’s tectonic plates slips under another. Rock melted by friction […]

The volcanic tsunami that broke an empire

3700 years ago, Mount Thera exploded with a force that ruptured the fabric of an entire civilisation. Humans had been coping with the area’s angry tectonics for centuries, but for the Minoans of Crete, something made this eruption truly devastating. In 2000, scientists found tsunami traces in sediments from Crete and Turkey. Now, researchers have […]

Getting over the ‘Great Dying’

It’s not how you fail, it’s how you bounce back.  And while the end-Permian mass extinction may have been nature’s greatest failure, new evidence shows its recovery was even more impressive than we thought. Two hundred and fifty million years ago, life nearly died.  96% of marine species were lost, 70% of land vertebrates perished, […]

Moon birth theory holds no water

Four and half billion years ago, a meteorite the size of Mars slammed into Earth, melting the entire surface of our planet and throwing billions of tonnes of rock into space.  In time, the ejected rubble – baked dry by the explosion’s searing heat – condensed into a parched, lifeless satellite, the Moon.  This is […]

Volcano dangers predicted by cool headed scientists

Predicting volcanic eruptions is notoriously tough. Tracking movements of molten rock hundreds of metres below the Earth’s surface is never going to be easy, but scientists now claim they’ll know exactly when Sicily’s Mount Etna is next about to blow. Etna is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Its erratic eruptions have claimed 72 […]

Sleeping beauty

If an asteroid decided to take a shine to our watery planet, couldn’t we distract it with a gentle nudge, or a handsome movie star with an enormous bomb? And if we get overrun by superbugs, or consumed by the Sun, or if Cheryl Cole stops making sweet music, surely we could do something, before […]

From the editor – Summer 2010

by Adrian Giordani I, Science is back for one more run! And what an issue we have in store for you. If, like me, you’ve been enjoying the World Cup, take a breather from the disappointment and excitement, and pick up the latest I, Science issue. Read the exclusive interview I had with Dr. Simon […]