Scientists Make Unplanned Update to World Magnetic Model as ‘North Pole’ Shifts Towards Siberia

Scientists with the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) have made an early update to World Magnetic Model (WMM), which helps navigation systems used by ships, planes, and submarines in the Arctic region. Scientists say the unplanned update of the WMM comes as the Earth's northern magnetic pole unpredictably moves quickly away from the Canadian Arctic … [Read more...]

Researchers Recreate Rogue Wave in Lab, Shedding Light on How They Form in Open Ocean

Researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh have worked out the unique set of conditions that allow for the creation of 'freak' or 'rogue' waves that can seemingly appear without warning and pose a danger to ships and mariners at sea. During the study, the team set out to recreate the conditions that led to famous Draupner freak wave, one of the first confirmed … [Read more...]

Shifting North Magnetic Pole Forces Unprecedented Navigation Fix

By Alister Doyle OSLO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Rapid shifts in the Earth's north magnetic pole are forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps navigation by ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic, scientists said. Compass needles point towards the north magnetic pole, a point which has crept unpredictably from the coast of northern … [Read more...]

This is the Longest Sailable Straight Line Path on Earth

In 2012, reddit user kepleronlyknows posted a map claiming to show the longest straight line a vessel could theoretically sail on earth without hitting land. The map showed a route from Pakistan, through the Mozambique Channel, around the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, and north through the Pacific to eastern Russia.The user provided no details about how he came to … [Read more...]

Scientists Study Antarctic Glacier, Hoping to Crack Sea Level Risks

OSLO, April 30 (Reuters) - Britain and the United States launched a $25 million project on Monday to study the risks of a collapse of a giant glacier in Antarctica that is already shrinking and nudging up global sea levels. The five-year research, involving 100 scientists, would be the two nations' biggest joint scientific project in Antarctica since the 1940s. Ice is … [Read more...]