Earth

Ancient Fossil Footprints Point to a Battle Between Giant Sloths and Early Humans

Sloths nowadays are pretty mellow animals. But that wasn't always the case: up until around 11,000 years ago, the dreaded...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 8:38PM

This Genetic Mutation May Have Helped Ancient Humans Survive the Ice Age

Here's a riddle for anthropologists and geneticists alike: What do breastfeeding, shovel-shaped teeth, and the last Ice Age have in...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - 11:15AM

Baffled NASA Scientists Discover Holes Appearing in Arctic Ice

What started off as a routine flyover for researcher John Sonntag ended with a discovery that scientists are scrambling to...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 23 April 2018 - 11:26AM

Our Brains Are Melting After Conspiracy Theorist Retracts His Claim That The World Ends Today

It's the end of the world as we know it, but... We feel fine. Despite David Meade's claim that April 23, 2018, will be the day the...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 23 April 2018 - 10:08AM

Celebrate Earth Day With Impressive NASA Photos of Our Planet's Surface

NASA is mostly known for their work in space, but they do plenty of work on our home planet as well as issues like climate change ...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 2:16PM

Newly Discovered 'Exploding Ant' Species is a Terrifying Product of Evolution

When you have ants in your house or apartment, it's gross and you usually have tons of them to deal with. But hey, at least they...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 11:50AM

A Sudden Solar Storm Lights Up the Sky With 'Electric Blue Auroras'

While dangerous on occasion, geomagnetic storms are typically harmless. And they're undetectable to the average person except in one...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 21 April 2018 - 4:04PM

Scientists Say They've Finally Found the Real Reason Dinosaurs Flourished—And It's Deadly

The extinction of the dinosaurs created an opportunity for mammals to take over the world, but a new study published in Nature...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 20 April 2018 - 11:15AM

Many Species of Ancient, Massive Mammals Went Extinct Thanks to Early Humans

Turns out, the whole "humans killing off endangered animals" phenomenon is hardly a recent one, and we took out some big ones in our...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 19 April 2018 - 6:41PM

Scientists Say an 8-Mile-Deep Italian Cave May Be the Key to Finding Life on Mars

To prepare for missions to Mars, NASA tests out its tech in extreme locales like Death Valley, Calif., and Lake Vostok in Antarctica,...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 1:01PM

Japan's 'Semi-Infinite' Rare-Earth Mineral Discovery Could Transform the Future of Tech

If you still remember high school chemistry, you might recognize the names cesium, chromium, and thorium, but what about Ytterbium,...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 11:44AM

Were There Pre-Human Civilizations on Earth? New Scientific Research Makes the Case

Astronomers and SETI scientists are constantly scanning the stars for signs of an intelligent, non-human civilization, but what if...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 11:19AM

New Model of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Sheds Light on Its Inner Workings

The enormous volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park is one of those lurking dangers that probably won't erupt soon and leave a...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 6:35PM

Astronomers Say an Asteroid Snuck Up on Us and Almost Hit Earth Yesterday

Five years ago, the 10,000-ton, 56-foot Chelyabinsk meteor exploded over Russia with the force of 30 atomic bombs. Yesterday, an...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 16 April 2018 - 11:23AM

Atlantic Ocean Currents Have Slowed Down to a 1,000 Year Low

The "Atlantic meridional overturning circulation" (AMOC) may sound complicated, and it mostly is, but it's defined very simply as the...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 15 April 2018 - 3:52PM

How to Watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower When It Passes Through the Night Sky

For the rest of April, you'll have a good chance of seeing some shooting stars as the Lyrid meteor shower comes through this...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 15 April 2018 - 11:06AM

Oceanographers Say the Atlantic's Lagging Currents Are Bad News for Global Warming

On the heels of a new, magnetic map of the world's oceans provided by the ESA, climate scientists have announced a new ocean...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 11:45AM

Is the Nibiru Rapture Real? Christian Numerologist Says End Times Are April 23

Doomsday prophets are nothing if not persistent, we'll give them that--almost two years ago to the day, Outer Places called the last...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 11:11AM

ESA Swarm Mission: The First-Ever Images of Earth's Mysterious Second Magnetic Field

Say what you will about the many, many, many scientific inaccuracies in the 2003 disaster movie The Core, but it did teach a...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - 11:32AM

This Archaeologist's 88,000-Year-Old Finger Bone Discovery May Rewrite Human History

In most people's imaginations, archaeologists spend their days carefully unearthing artifacts and ancient fossils by arduously...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 12:23PM