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Dust from a giant asteroid crash caused an ancient ice age before dinosaurs

About 466 million years ago, long before the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth froze. The seas began to ice over at the Earth's poles,...

Rare 10 million-year-old fossil unearths new view of human evolution

Human ancestors might not have been built like modern African apes, a new study suggests. Near an old mining town in Central Europe, known for...

Boney armor protects Komodo dragons in battle

The boney armor that Komodo dragons have just beneath their scales helps protect the dominant predator from other Komodo dragons, researchers report. Tiny bones cover...

Scientists discover the sixth major mass extinction

Scientists have concluded that earth experienced a previously underestimated severe mass-extinction event, which occurred about 260 million years ago. This raises the total of major...

Scientists discover new giant flying pterosaur

A newly identified species of pterosaur is among the largest ever flying animals, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. Cryodrakon...

Rocks at asteroid impact site record first day of dinosaur extinction

When the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs slammed into the planet, the impact set wildfires, triggered tsunamis and blasted so much sulfur into...

‘Superbolts’ have 1000x the energy of regular lightning

Though the lightning season is winding down in the Southeastern US, “superbolt” season won’t start until November, according to new research. The new study maps...

Explosive nitrogen created craters that pock Saturn moon Titan

Lakes of liquid methane on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, were likely formed by explosive, pressurized nitrogen just under the moon's surface,...

1 billion tons of Kīlauea lava spark algae bloom in North Pacific Ocean

Volcanoes are often feared for their destructive power, but a new study reminds us that they can foster new growth. A year ago in July,...

Deep-sea sediments reveal solar system chaos

A day is the time for Earth to make one complete rotation on its axis, and a year is one revolution around the Sun...

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