Earth Science

This Amazing Map Fills a 500-Million Year Gap in Earth's History

Tectonics of our ancient world.<p>Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, with life first appearing around 3 billion years ago. To …

Geology

Hot fuzz: the baby bird fossil that gives new meaning to ancient feathers

The discovery of a hundred-million-year-old specimen, beautifully preserved in amber, shows how the birds of yesteryear hatched fully prepared for takeoff<p>We’re back with News from the World of Old Feathers, and Lida Xing and colleagues strike again. They describe a new amber specimen of a …

Paleontology

How to buy a satellite and launch it into space

How to buy a satellite and launch it into space<p>For the first time since the beginning of the space age, privatisation of space has reached such an …

Exploration

Acting After Illness #11 Commentary

In her book, <i>100 Essays I Don't Have Time To Write On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children and Theatre</i>, playwright Sarah Ruhl notes <i>"We are now supposed to have opinions before we have experiences".</i><p>I think her view is right. (You see, I am doing it too.)<p>Texters, …

Earth

The World Must Invest In Pre-Primary Education

By the time a little girl or boy walks across a playground or field and steps into a classroom for the first time - no matter where it is in the world - it may still be too late for them to fulfill their potential.<p>Why? A child's brain is 90% developed by the time they reach their <b>FIFTH</b> birthday. …

Education

Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?

Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the …

European Space Agency

DNA Solves 200-Year-Old Mystery of Weird Ice Age Creature

An odd extinct mammal that lived in South America during the last ice age had a long neck like a llama's, three-toed feet like a rhino's and what may …

Paleontology

Asteroid Hitting Earth: Do We Have To Worry About Space Rocks Crashing Our Planet? | International Business Times

The asteroid Apophis seems like a friendly rock speeding through the space near Earth for now, but later on in its relationship with our planet, it …

Earth

World Poverty Could Be Cut in Half if All Adults Completed Secondary Education

<b>New data on out-of-school children and youth</b><p>A new policy paper released jointly by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education …

Physical Geography

Meteorite As Old As Earth Can Tell Us How Solar System Formed | International Business Times

A meteorite the size of a fist that came crashing onto a roof in the Netherlands earlier this year is as old as the Earth itself, Dutch scientists …

Earth

Uranus’s Strange Magnetic Field Cartwheels Around All Willy-Nilly

Scientists call it a “geometric nightmare.”<p>Every planet in our solar system has quirks, but Uranus seems to have more than its fair share. For one …

Culture

SpaceX's Reusable Rockets Could Save the Company a Lot of Money

Every Cone Counts<p>After a historic weekend “doubleheader,” SpaceX is leading the push for reusable rocket technology. CEO and founder Elon Musk said …

SpaceX

Isaac Newton And The Philosopher's Stone

<i>“The magisterium, our great work, the stone”</i> <br>- from <i>The Alchemist</i><p>Sir Isaac Newton is remembered for his great contributions to optics, mechanics, and astronomy. But as a typical scholar of his time, he was also interested in more obscure knowledge, such as the study of alchemy. Dedicating himself to …

Earth

EGEB: Solar car distance record, 50MW wind turbine – taller than Empire State Building, more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.</i><p><b>Nuon Solar Team</b>‏ – <i>With 882 km we officially set the 12 hrs world record for solar racing. We dare all other @WorldSolarChlg contesters to #BeatTheDutch –</i> 882km (548m) in 12 hours. …

Earth

The Alien Rocks Dusting the Streets of Your Neighborhood

Jon Larsen's idea for a book fell into his lap. Well, his breakfast, actually. The Norwegian jazz musician was dining on his porch one day eight …

Geology

Ken Campbell: the palaeontologist whose name lives on in many fossils

Professor Kenton “Ken” Campbell was an internationally respected authority on Australian geology and palaeontology for more than 50 years. Sadly he …

Paleontology

A deadly supervolcano lies under Yellowstone — here's what would happen if it erupted

Yellowstone National Park is best known for its Old Faithful geyser and its stunning wildlife.<p>But the national park also sits atop a supervolcano, simmering just under the surface. You can see some of the evidence of its active state in the hydrothermal activity that bubbles up, including Old …

Geology

Massive spike in Yellowstone earthquakes: Does Yellowstone pose a major risk?

<i>Yellowstone (July 2014, Michael Thiel)</i><p>Nearly 800 earthquakes have been detected at Yellowstone in the past two weeks:<p>Almost 770 earthquakes have been …

Geology

North Korea can now target Japan with a nuclear missile

TOKYO -- One of North Korea's missile test-firings in May suggests that the country's ballistics development program is nearly complete.<p>On May 14, …

North Korea

4 Iconic Extinct American Animals, From Dire Wolves To Saber-Toothed Tigers | International Business Times

Many animals have come and gone since the dawn of time on Earth. In fact, almost all the species ever to live on this planet already are dead.<p>Some …

Paleontology

Origami-inspired architecture brings diamond lattices to Tokyo's shopping district

Tokyo's Ginza Place hosts a panel show with a difference<p>Subscribe to WIRED<p>Space-scraper: this high-rise hangs from an asteroid, suspended in Earth's …

Earth

These Photographs Of Volcanic Eruptions And Textures Are Mind Blowing

Long exposure photography is a tough but very rewarding genre where one can capture the movements of elements around. There are times when …

Geology

The Ring of Fire: Home to the Majority of the World's Active Volcanoes

The Ring of Fire is a 25,000 mile (40,000 km) horseshoe-shaped area of intense volcanic and seismic (earthquake) activity that follows the edges of …

Geology

How long-range snipers do their job

After a record-setting shot by a Canadian sniper in Iraq, we look at the physics and intuition of extreme, long-range shooting<p>The Canadian military …

Hunting

Rock On! A Geology Game

Spark kids' interest in rocks, geology, and our magnificent Earth via this teacher-recommended, fun, learning game from iLaughnLearn. This American …

Plate Tectonics

What You Should Know About Geology

The geology of the Earth is a fascinating subject of study. Whether it is identifying rocks along the road or in your backyard or the threat of …

Earth

Scientists Solve Ancient 'Bright Night' Mystery With Satellite Data

Humans are pretty jaded these days. We can write most of the strange phenomena we see off as science (or we honestly don’t care). But when Roman …

Physical Geography

Live Science

Teton Mountain Range<p>The Teton Mountain Range is one of the most dazzling, awe-inspiring natural places still found on the North American continent. …

National Parks

Camera found at Goodwill reveals forgotten photos of Mount St. Helens eruption

A camera found at a Goodwill store in Portland, Ore., revealed long-forgotten images of the Mount St. Helens eruption.<p>Photographer Kati Dimoff told KIRO-TV that she often finds old cameras and develops the film she finds inside. In May, she found an Argus C2 camera at Goodwill. Like always, she …

Geology