Energy & Matter

Satellite view of volcanoes finds the link between ground deformation and eruption

Great Rift Valley in East Africa volcano upliftUsing satellite imagery to monitor which volcanoes are deforming provides statistical evidence of their eruption potential, according to a new study in Nature Communications.

The European Space Agency’s Sentinel satellite, launched April 3, should allow scientists to test this link in greater detail and eventually develop a forecast system for all volcanoes, including those that are remote and inaccessible. Continue reading

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Renewable Energy World: Where’s the Heat? Geothermal Industry Seeks Resource Assessment Tools to Spur Development

SMU, geothermal, renewable energy, Maria RichardsIn a renewable energy report on geothermal technology, the renewable energy news web site Renewable Energy World.com covered the SMU Geothermal Laboratory‘s research to locate and quantify the huge geothermal resources available for production from existing oil wells within Texas. The report relied on the expertise of SMU geothermal expert Maria Richards, director of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory.

The article by associate editor Megan Cichon, “Where’s the Heat? Geothermal Industry Seeks Resource Assessment Tools to Spur Development,” published April 16. Continue reading

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Search for dark matter covers new ground with CDMS experiment in Minnesota

CDMS Dark matter, Jodi Cooley, SMUScientists hunting for dark matter announced Friday they’ve made significant headway in figuring out a key characteristic of the mysterious substance.

Dark matter has never been detected, but scientists believe it constitutes a large part of our universe. Key to finding dark matter is determining its mass, or the volume of matter it contains. Continue reading

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SMU Daily Campus: Navigating neutrinos — Professor studies most elusive particle in the universe

SMU neutrinos Fermilab NOvAJournalist Lauren Aguirre of the SMU Daily Campus covered the research of SMU physicist Thomas E. Coan, an associate professor in the SMU Department of Physics.

Coan works with more than 200 scientists around the world to study one of the universe’s most elusive particles — the neutrino.
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SMU Daily Campus: SMU seismologists investigate cause of North Texas earthquakes

SMU Heather DeShon earthquakes seismologyJournalist Jehadu Abshiro of the SMU Daily Campus covered the research of SMU seismologist Heather R. DeShon.

DeShon is leading the effort to trace the source of a recent sequence of small earthquakes in North Texas and any relationship they may have to the injection of waste water by energy companies using shale gas production to recover gas.
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NOvA experiment glimpses neutrinos, one of nature’s most abundant, and elusive particles

NOvA, SMU, Tom Coan, neutrinos 400x300Scientists hunting one of nature’s most elusive, yet abundant, elementary particles announced today they’ve succeeded in their first efforts to glimpse neutrinos using a detector in Minnesota.

Neutrinos are generated in nature through the decay of radioactive elements and from high-energy collisions between fundamental particles, such as in the Big Bang that ignited the universe. Continue reading

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Star-Telegram: Researchers say finding cause of Azle quakes will take time

MZxcE.St.58Journalist Jim Fuquay of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram covered the research of SMU seismologist Heather R. DeShon.

DeShon is leading the effort to trace the source of a recent sequence of small earthquakes in North Texas and any relationship they may have to the injection of waste water by energy companies using shale gas production to recover gas.
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AP-NBC 5 DFW: Reasearch Conducted to Determine the Cause for Texas Earthquakes

The Associated Press covered the research of SMU seismologist Heather R. DeShon.

DeShon is leading the effort to trace the source of a recent sequence of small earthquakes in North Texas and any relationship they may have to the injection of waste water by energy companies using shale gas production to recover gas.
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KERA: What’s Causing Quakes? SMU Scientists Aim To Finish Seismic Study In Two Years

Journalist Doualy Xaykaothao with KERA public radio covered the research of SMU seismologist Heather R. DeShon.

SeismicMonitor1_0DeShon is leading the effort to trace the source of a recent sequence of small earthquakes in North Texas and any relationship they may have to the injection of waste water by energy companies using shale gas production to recover gas.
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