Geography

Journey to the Bottom of the World

Journey to the Bottom of the World

Antarctica is known as a desolate landscape of winds that roam a continent of snow and ice. What is less known about these winds, however,...
Ice Age hunters

Fires set by Ice Age hunters destroyed forests throughout Europe

Large-scale forest fires started by prehistoric hunter-gatherers are probably the reason why Europe is not more densely forested. The finding was published Nov. 30 in...
Animation of AIM Data

NASA’s AIM observes early noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica

Data from NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, spacecraft shows the sky over Antarctica is glowing electric blue due to the...
The fossils that make up the Lucy skeleton

Human ancestor ‘Lucy’ was a tree climber

Since the discovery of the fossil dubbed Lucy 42 years ago this month, paleontologists have debated whether the 3 million-year-old human ancestor spent all...
Increasing Tornado Outbreaks

Increasing tornado outbreaks — is climate change responsible?

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms kill people and damage property every year. Estimated U.S. insured losses due to severe thunderstorms in the first half of...
giant crocodile mummy

Egyptian giant crocodile mummy is full of surprises

The 3-metre-long mummified Egyptian 'giant crocodile', one of the finest animal mummies in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), turns out...
About a Great Mortality in Bern 1439

The coldest decade of the millennium? How the cold 1430s led to famine and...

While searching through historical archives to find out more about the 15th-century climate of what is now Belgium, northern France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands,...
Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings: Archaeologists unveil new findings from Greek warrior’s tomb

A University of Cincinnati team's rare discovery of four gold rings in the tomb of a wealthy Bronze Age warrior undisturbed for 3,500 years...
technosphere

Earth’s ‘technosphere’ now weighs 30 trillion tons

The planet's technosphere now weighs some 30 trillion tons - a mass of more than 50 kilos for every square metre of the...
Saltwater disposal and earthquakes in Oklahoma.

Manmade earthquakes in Oklahoma on the decline, but risk remains high

New regulations in Oklahoma that call for reductions in the amount of wastewater being injected into seismically active areas should significantly decrease the rate...