Earth & Environment

Where you live could increase your longevity

In a study from Syracuse University, scientists found Americans who live in so-called blue states tend to live longer than those in red states,...

Scientists discover extinct prehistoric reptile that lived among dinosaurs

Scientists have discovered a new extinct species of lizard-like reptile that belongs to the same ancient lineage as New Zealand’s living tuatara. They describe the...

Scientists find new way to detect baby planets in the making

Astronomers agree that planets are born in protoplanetary disks — rings of dust and gas that surround young, newborn stars. While hundreds of these disks...

Scientists discover the earliest gibbon fossil in southwest China

Scientists have discovered the earliest gibbon fossil, a find that helps fill a long-elusive evolutionary gap in the history of apes. The work, reported in...

Air pollution may cause heart attack within an hour

In a study from Fudan University, scientists found exposure to air pollutants – even at levels below World Health Organization air quality guidelines –...

North Atlantic reached a tipping point, shows Ice Age study

Scientists have used centuries-old clam shells to see how the North Atlantic climate system reached a "tipping point" before the Little Ice Age. The Little...

Why experts say lawns should become a thing of the past

Grass is under siege in the western United States. A new Las Vegas law requires homeowners to get rid of their lawns by 2027, and...

Extreme heat events mean higher risk for diabetics

The global effects of climate change have been demonstrated to extend beyond the environment to many other areas including human health, particularly with respect...

What killed dinosaurs and other life on earth

Determining what killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period has long been the topic of debate, as...

Where to land on the Moon? Scientists check the shadowed side for future landings

It was 1972 when the last humans landed on the Moon. The Apollo program was discontinued thereafter. But interest in the Moon has been rekindled. With...

Light accelerates conductivity in nature’s electric grid

The natural world possesses its own intrinsic electrical grid composed of a global web of tiny bacteria-generated nanowires in the soil and oceans that...

Exoplanets made of water are more common than we thought, shows study

A new study suggests that many more planets in distant solar systems have large amounts of water than previously thought—as much as half water...

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Warming climate may trigger this disease outbreak in Southern California

In a new study, researchers found as climate change brings hotter weather to Southern California, coastal populations from San Diego to Santa Barbara may...

Chemicals in consumer products may cause obesity, fatty liver diseases

In a new study, researchers found chemical compounds found in many consumer products could be major contributors to the onset of lipid-related diseases, such...

With Russia invading Ukraine, what’s the threat of nuclear war right now

During an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Putin’s chief spokesperson refused to rule out the possibility that Russia would consider using nuclear weapons. Is Putin...

New study reveals how dinosaurs once crossed oceans

The first fossils of a duckbilled dinosaur have been discovered in Africa, suggesting dinosaurs crossed hundreds of kilometers of open water to get there. The...

Scientists discover 66-million-year-old badger-like animal in Madagascar

In evolutionary terms, islands are the stuff of weirdness. It is on islands where animals evolve in isolation, often for millions of years, with different...