Geography

Earth is in the minority among habitable planets

Earth is in the minority among habitable planets

If we want to send spacecraft to exoplanets to search for life, we better get good at building submarines. A new study shows that our assumptions about...
China's New Manned Submersible Completes Deep Sea Testing

China’s new manned submersible completes deep sea testing

China's new manned submersible, on board the ship Tansuo-1, returned to port in Sanya, Hainan Province on Tuesday, after completing deep sea testing in...
Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball

Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball

While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to...
Asteroids don’t hit Earth at regular intervals, as was previously thought

Asteroids don’t hit Earth at regular intervals, as was previously thought

Do mass extinctions, like the fall of the dinosaurs, and the formation of large impact craters on Earth occur together at regular intervals? "This question...
Prehistoric squid was last meal of ichthyosaur 200 million years ago

Prehistoric squid was last meal of ichthyosaur 200 million years ago

Scientists from the UK have identified the smallest and youngest specimen of Ichthyosaurus communis on record and found an additional surprise preserved in its stomach. The ichthyosaur...
Volcanic eruptions led to mass extinction 250 million years ago

Volcanic eruptions led to mass extinction 250 million years ago

Massive volcanic eruptions and resulting environmental changes caused the Great Permian Extinction approximately 250 million years ago, research suggests. The study reports a global spike...
Monstrous crocodile fossil points to early rise of ancient reptiles

Monstrous crocodile fossil points to early rise of ancient reptiles

A newly identified prehistoric marine predator has shed light on the origins of the distant relatives of modern crocodiles. The discovery reveals that an extinct...
Earth's crust

Earth’s first example of recycling — its own crust!

Rock samples from northeastern Canada retain chemical signals that help explain what Earth's crust was like more than 4 billion years ago, reveals new...
What really killed the dinosaurs

What really killed the dinosaurs?

Before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, Earth experienced a short burst of intense volcanism Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid more than five miles...
'Lost chapel' of Westminster Palace revealed in new 3-D model

‘Lost chapel’ of Westminster Palace revealed in new 3D model

The first dedicated House of Commons chamber, destroyed in the 1834 Palace of Westminster fire, has been reconstructed with the help of 3D visualization...