Earth Science

Meteorite that hit Isle of Skye 60,000,000 discovered on Scottish island

Geologists have found evidence that a meteorite hit the Isle of Skye around 60 million years ago.<p>They made the discovery while exploring volcanic …

Geology

30 million-year-old shark teeth discovered in man’s luggage

A man from China stopped by Russian customs agents was discovered to be in possession of 24 fossilized shark teeth that are said to have come from …

Prehistory

These weather events turned extreme thanks to human-driven climate change

<b>NEW ORLEANS</b> — For the first time, scientists have definitively linked human-caused climate change to extreme weather events.<p>A handful of extreme …

Climate Change

200-Million-Year-Old Plesiosaur Reveals Ancient Sea Monster Was Freakishly Strong and Swam With Underwater Wings

The remains of an ancient marine reptile that once torpedoed through the ocean with powerful flippers were found in a mud pit in Germany and …

Paleontology

Activism is a hot topic at the world’s biggest Earth and planetary science conference

NEW ORLEANS — “I’m going to start with some protest 101,” Lee Rowland told the few dozen scientists who filled the windowless meeting room. “You know, basic rules for making sure if you go out and protest, you don’t get arrested.”<p>Her audience shifted in their seats. They included experts in Martian …

Geophysics

The Morning Jolt: Roy Moore’s racial dog whistles drove black vote

The Rev. Arthur Price Jr., preaches during a 16th Street Baptist church service in Birmingham on Sunday — telling the mostly black congregation that …

Karen Handel

Skull of juvenile mammoth found during LA subway work

As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.<p>When her phone …

Paleontology

Giant penguins as big as humans may have waddled around Earth 59 million years ago

Ancient penguins about the size of a grown man may have waddled around the planet about 59 million years ago, new research suggests.<p>Fossils …

News (Ireland)

Wildfires are burning longer and hotter each year

We used to define fire by seasons: they varied from place to place, but there was a period of time that fires were not reliably seen before, and a …

Science

Melting Glaciers Release Pollutants Frozen Decades Ago

(Inside Science) -- An alpine glacier may seem like the epitome of purity -- crystal-white and untouched. But as glaciers grow, they preserve …

Climate Change

Now we know why Hurricane Harvey's rainfall was so intense

Houston's record-breaking rain can be traced back to atmospheric changes.<p>Houston is a city accustomed to flooding. There have been 30 major floods there since the 1940s, with three massive surges in the past three years alone. But when Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston, Texas area in August, it …

Climate Change

Strange Sea Swirls: What's Behind Speedy 'Smoke Ring' Vortices?

Typically, ocean waters flow gently westward, in part driven by the massive, slow waves generated by the Earth's spin. Even when whirlpools or eddies …

Science

Here's video footage taken of Jupiter that reminds us how incredibly small we really are

This week’s best and most inspiring news comes to us live from the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, an enormous raging crimson nightmare of a storm that’s taking place on an alien planet that would incinerate anyone who wandered near it. To recap: Today’s most gasp-worthy headline is from a planet that …

Golf

Scientists say these 3 weather events of 2016 would have been impossible without climate change

The world’s largest gathering of Earth scientists is happening this week in New Orleans, and they are talking about some amazing science.<p>Mars appears to be lifeless, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bummer. Data gathered from hundreds of experiments during the total solar eclipse vary from …

Climate Change

Scientists Bashed a Fake Skull to See if a Rare Neolithic Weapon Could Kill

The results were brutal.<p>Humans have lived around the River Thames in England for millennia, which means the river foreshore is surprisingly rich in …

Science

Global warming boosted Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall by at least 15 per cent, studies find

NEW ORLEANS — There’s a theme lurking under the giant science meeting here along the Mississippi River: Extreme weather really is getting more …

Climate Change

Evidence of 'special site' for Bronze Age burials near Loch Ness

<b>Archaeologists say they are finding increasing evidence that a site near Loch Ness was important for burials in the Bronze Age.</b><p>A second 4,000-year-old grave has been located in an area being developed in Drumnadrochit where a stone-lined grave known as a cist was found in 2015.<p>The discovery two …

Loch Ness

Meet Piper: The Border Collie Making a Michigan Airport Safer for Travelers

Birds may look harmless on solid ground, but in the sky they pose a big threat to any aircraft crossing their path. The Cherry Capital Airport in …

Pittsburgh Penguins

Painted Dunes

The sunset-colored dunes of volcanic ash make taking a poor photo impossible.<p>The Painted Dunes at Lassen Volcanic National Park look like a landscape …

National Parks

Mars mission sheds light on habitability of distant planets

How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It's a complex question but one that NASA's Mars …

Planets

MU69: NASA New Horizon's Furthest Ever Destination Could be Hiding a Moon

The next stop for NASA’s New Horizons probe, a spacecraft on a mission to explore areas of space not yet seen by astronomers, may be hiding a …

Solar System

Study: Loss of water in drought caused California’s Sierra Nevada to rise almost an inch

LOS ANGELES — A new NASA study says loss of water from rocks during drought caused California’s Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (24 millimeters) …

Drought

Mysterious Fossils Are The Embryos Of Jellyfish Ancestors, Paleontologists Say

Scientists say mysterious microscopic fossils discovered decades ago are the ancestors of jellyfish, opening a window into that evolutionary line.<p>The …

World News

Face To Face… Portraits Dating Sensation

6 artists and their PORTRAITS, as different as themselves, but nonetheless put into a relationship that is surprisingly amazing!<p>You certainly …

France

NZ's glaciers have shrunk by a third in area

New Zealand's glaciers have shrunk in area by one third since over the past four decades - an astonishing loss scientists have partly attributed to …

Climate Change

The World's E-Waste Is Piling Up at an Alarming Rate, Says New Report

Nine Great Pyramids of Giza in one year.<p>The world is making progress on addressing the environmental problems that are plastic waste and plastic …

Science

NASA Star-Tracking Technology Will Help Save Whale Sharks Because Their Skin Looks Like the Night Sky

We are all made of star stuff but some creatures show their celestial origins more clearly than others. The spots on the backs of whale sharks …

Oceans

Small Wonders

• <b>The ANDESITE spacecraft, set to launch after March 1, 2018, will study the aurora</b>• <b><br>ANDESITE is designed and built by BU graduate and undergraduate</b> …

Magnetism

Bones of a Colossal Human-Sized Penguin Have Been Discovered in New Zealand

Whoa!<p>A new species of prehistoric penguin has been found in New Zealand, and it's so big that the researcher who found its bones initially couldn't …

Science

Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood

Paleontologists have found entombed in amber a 99-million-year-old tick grasping the feather of a dinosaur, providing the first direct evidence that the tiny pests drank dinosaur blood.<p>Immortalized in the golden gemstone, the bloodsucker’s last supper is remarkable because it is rare to find …

Science