Earth

After Killing the Dinosaurs, Chicxulub Asteroid Crater Was One of the First Places to Harbor New Life

When a six-mile-wide asteroid single-handedly kills 75 percent of life on Earth and leaves a crater over a hundred miles wide, you'd...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 01 June 2018 - 11:55AM

Paleontologists Confirm a Reptile Fossil is the Ancient 'Mother of All Lizards'

At first glance, the reptile Megachirella wachtleri pictured above looks like a normal lizard. And it should — it's the direct...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 6:41PM

Satellites Are Capturing Footage of Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano as Seen From Space

For the past several weeks, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii's big island has been destroying homes and forcing nearby residents to...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 27 May 2018 - 3:46PM

The Oldest Case of Dandruff Ever is Found on a 125 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossil

If you've ever struggled with dandruff, know that you're not alone. Dinosaurs had it, too.The oldest known case of dandruff now dates...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 25 May 2018 - 7:44PM

New Microbe Research Suggests the Key to Finding Aliens Is Hiding in the Stratosphere

Despite being a haven for life, Earth has some pretty inhospitable environments--the deep ocean has enough darkness, low temperatures,...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 25 May 2018 - 11:48AM

Newly Discovered Antarctic Ice Core Could Hide a Million Years of History Inside It

Ice cores, long vertical samples taken from glaciers and ice sheets, can tell us a lot about the past — details in each individual...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 6:10PM

A New U.S. Weather Satellite Faces a Major Malfunction Just Months After Launch

When a satellite is supposed to last for 15 years, it's more than a little frustration when it starts breaking down less than three...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - 5:38PM

Giant Hammerhead Flatworms Which Can Regenerate Themselves are a Growing Problem in France

It would be one thing if a single invasive species began making a home somewhere it wasn't supposed to. But when there's several...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - 8:17PM

An Unassuming Mineral is Actually Sucking Iron Out of the Earth's Crust

There's a lot of reasons why Earth doesn't look like Mars right now (and most of them involve water), and one thing keeping Earth...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 19 May 2018 - 3:50PM

Scientists Say the Cause of Mass Extinctions May Be Even Older Than Humanity

Apart from black holes, supernovae are one of the most destructive forces in the universe. If our Sun decided to suddenly explode, it...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 18 May 2018 - 12:49PM

Banned Ozone-Damaging Chemical 'CFC-11' is Likely Being Produced By an Unknown Source

Despite the resistance to fighting climate change that we still have to deal with, some aspects of our planet are improving due to...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - 7:53PM

The White House Just Shut Down NASA's Best Tool for Fighting Climate Change

While mostly known for their work in space, NASA does a lot of important work in Earth sciences as well, with their Carbon Monitoring...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 14 May 2018 - 7:32PM

A Jurassic Crocodile Fossil With Dolphin-Like Features Has Been Uncovered

Crocodiles are an ancient species that haven't changed too much over millions of years — natural selection was never too big a...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 14 May 2018 - 6:20PM

Long Lost Asteroid is Rediscovered Just Before Making a Close Pass by Earth

Asteroid 2010 WC9 was first detected way back on November 30, 2010 by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona, who ended...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 5:49PM

Utah State Park Visitors Keep Vandalizing 200 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprints

There's nothing inherently unusual about tourists skipping rocks on a lake in a state park. The problem arises when these rocks happen...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 11 May 2018 - 8:03PM

NASA Scientists Are Scratching Their Heads Over This New Magnetic Mystery Swirling Through Earth's Violent Outer Atmosphere

A newly discovered magnetic phenomenon in Earth's outer atmosphere explains what happens to the energy from solar flares.

Chris Mahon
Friday, 11 May 2018 - 12:42PM

Congress Just Proposed Legislation to Search for Alien Life – How AI Can Overcome the Biggest Obstacle of Our Own Human Bias

When all we know is Earth, how can we conceive of an alien civilization that doesn't look anything like Earth life?

Chris Mahon
Friday, 11 May 2018 - 12:03PM

An Ugly Underwater Worm That Eats Bones is Named After Jabba the Hutt

Since 2002, marine biologist Robert Vrijenhoek has studied a type of bone-eating worm he discovered out near the Monterey Bay...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 6:30PM

Carbon Dioxide in Earth's Atmosphere Reaches All-Time High for Recorded History – But the Trump EPA Probably Won't Do Anything About It

The last time there was this much carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, human beings didn't exist.

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 - 11:17AM

Scientists Are Using Technology that Edits Human DNA to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists are using the same technology that edits human DNA to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Chris Mahon
Monday, 07 May 2018 - 11:07AM