Geography

Scientists figure out how the asteroid belt attacked the dinosaurs

How do you track an asteroid that hit the Earth over 60 million years ago? By using a combination of geology and computer simulations, at...

Minor volcanic eruptions could cascade into global catastrophe, shows study

Currently, much of the thinking around risks posed by volcanoes follows a simple equation: the bigger the likely eruption, the worse it will be...

Apollo lunar samples solve mystery of the moon’s magnetic shield

In 2024, a new age of space exploration will begin when NASA sends astronauts to the moon as part of their Artemis mission, a...

Bird brains left other dinosaurs behind 66 million years ago, shows study

Today, being “birdbrained” means forgetting where you left your keys or wallet. But 66 million years ago, it may have meant the difference between life...

Scientists take Earth’s inner temperature using erupted sea glass

If the Earth’s oceans were drained completely, they would reveal a massive chain of undersea volcanoes snaking around the planet. This sprawling ocean ridge system...

We’re not much different than Neanderthals, new study shows

Only a small fraction of human DNA is unique to modern humans. We like to think of ourselves as special in the human family tree....

Some Cretaceous dinosaurs lived in extreme heat, shows study

In dinosaurs’ heyday in the late Cretaceous Period roughly 78 million years ago, Earth’s climate was both warmer and more varied than what we...

Scientists use seismic data to look inside Mars for the first time

Since early 2019, researchers have been recording and analyzing marsquakes as part of the InSight mission. This relies on a seismometer whose data acquisition and...

Newly-hatched pterosaurs may have been able to fly, shows study

Newly-hatched pterosaurs may have been able to fly but their flying abilities may have been different from adult pterosaurs, according to a new study. Pterosaurs...

Scientists discover 15,000-year-old viruses in Tibetan glacier ice

Most of the viruses were previously unknown to humans, study finds. Scientists who study glacier ice have found viruses nearly 15,000 years old in two...