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The Drifting World

Plankton are the sea stuff that we do not eat and cannot see. They are, by definition, not swimmers but drifters; any creature that cannot propel itself against the current is a plankter (that’s the singular). Their tiny cosmos contains multitudes—an estimated million and a half species, including …

University of Chicago

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.<p>The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are …

Biology

NOVA's Evolution Lab is an Interactive, Guided Tour of The Tree of Life

If you’re interested in biology, or are just curious what humans have in common with a mushroom, or how a bacteria could possibly be related to …

An Object at Rest

Quit Saying 'I'm Just Not a Math Person'

It started with a fairly simple problem. The class of elementary education majors were looking at energy and efficiency. This course is specifically …

Video Analysis of an Exploding Stormtrooper

It's my tradition to look at Star Wars and physics on Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You - May 4). Let's look at something from the latest …

Freakiest dinosaur ever found is a vegetarian relative of <i>T. rex</i>

Meet <i>T. rex</i>‘s bizarre vegetarian relative. <i>Chilesaurus diegosaurezi</i> was discovered in southern Chile where it lived around 150 million years ago. It …

Paleontology

Landslides in the Nepal earthquake: preliminary guidelines

Pakistan 2005<p>Landslides in the Nepal earthquake: preliminary guidelines for relief and response activities<p>Alex Densmore, David Milledge, David …

Evolution Aside, Even Basic Geology Disproves Creationism

In the ongoing conflict between science and creationism, evolution is usually a main point of contention. The idea that all life on Earth evolved …

An initial analysis of landslides from the Nepal Earthquake

Landslides from the Nepal Earthquake<p>Whilst the Nepal Earthquake is now the centre of global attention, the true pattern of loss is not yet apparent. …

New mass extinction event identified by geologists

<b>Over the past 450 million years, life on Earth has been devastated by five mass extinction events that are widely recognised by geologists.</b><p>Now, an international team of researchers proposes adding a sixth mass extinction to the list.<p>The team believes it has accumulated sufficient evidence to …

Earth Science

New evidence for combat and cannibalism in tyrannosaurs

Skull shows evidence of bites that healed, and also those inflicted after death by another tyrannosaur<p>A new study documents injuries inflicted in …

10 Microscopic Views Of Events With Huge Consequences For Earth

Earth is very old and very big, but it contains many microscopic details that have accumulated over the eons. Today’s technology can show us amazing …

New Species Of 'Terror Bird' Discovered In Argentina

An army of huge carnivorous "terror birds" -- some as big as 10 feet tall -- ruled South America for tens of millions of years before going extinct some 2.5 million years ago.<p>Now, with the discovery of a new species of terror bird called Llallawavis scagliai, paleontologists are gaining fresh …

Dinosaurs

Lunar affairs

A study in Nature adds a dramatic twist to the backstory of a neighbour we thought we knew.<p>In the stories of many human cultures, the Solar System is …

Astronomy

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Customers

The Last Time Oceans Got This Acidic This Fast, 96% of Marine Life Went Extinct

The greatest extinction event in the history of the planet was driven by oceans acidifying about as fast as they are today.<p>The biggest extinction event in planetary history was driven by the rapid acidification of our oceans, a new study concludes. So much carbon was released into the atmosphere, …

Climate Change

Overriding Plate's Properties Affect Subduction

In tectonic subduction as in love, it takes two to tango. Excepting the rare cases where two tectonic plates collide and dive down toward the mantle …

Brontosaurus Rising

For the first time in more than a century, admirers of the brontosaurus no longer need to defend their beloved dinosaur from accusations of nonexistence. Since 1903, the scientific consensus has been that the brontosaurus wasn’t actually different enough from the apatosaurus to deserve its own …

Paleontology

Brontosaurus Should Be Reinstated As A Distinct Dinosaur, Say Scientists

It's the most famous dinosaur that never was — or at least that's what paleontologists have believed for 112 years. After an exhaustive comparative …

Dinosaurs

Scientists Say It's Time to Reinstate the Brontosaurus

Remember Pluto? Tiny lonely rock orbiting the sun at the edge of the solar system? And then, in 2006, researchers summarily defrocked the little …

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