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Half of the world's annual precipitation falls in just 12 days

Half of the world’s annual precipitation falls in just 12 days

Climate change likely to make global precipitation more uneven Currently, half of the world's measured precipitation that falls in a year falls in just 12...

Tiny dinosaur tracks lead to big discovery

Tracks made by dinosaurs the size of sparrows have been discovered in South Korea by an international team of paleontologists. “These 110-million-year-old footprints and trackways...

Scientists finally decode kerogen- source rock of fossil fuels

Detailed 3D imaging of kerogen, a source of petroleum and natural gas, could improve estimates of recoverable amounts The fossil fuels that provide much of...
Huge amount of water dragged into Earth’s interior, study finds

Huge amount of water dragged into Earth’s interior, study finds

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to...

For arid, Mars-like desert, rain brings death

When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death. An international team of...

Scientists find a kilometer-wide iron meteorite impact crater in Greenland

The crater measures more than 31 km in diameter, corresponding to an area bigger than Paris, and placing it among the 25 largest impact...

The world’s plastic problem is bigger than the ocean

As you read this, a strange object that looks like a 2,000-foot floating pool noodle is drifting slowly through the central north Pacific Ocean. This...

Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions

During the late Cretaceous period, more than 65 million years ago, birds belonging to hundreds of different species flitted around the dinosaurs and through...

Not all the Earth’s water came from comets

We have comets and asteroids to thank for Earth’s water, according to the most widely-held theory among scientists. But it’s not that cut-and-dried. It’s still...

A toast to the proteins in dinosaur bones

Burnt toast and dinosaur bones have a common trait, according to a new Yale-led study. They both contain chemicals that, under the right conditions,...