Geography

Bag-like sea creature was humans' oldest known ancestor

Bag-like sea creature was humans’ oldest known ancestor

Researchers have identified traces of what they believe is the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans -- a microscopic, bag-like sea creature, which lived...
Recent storms recouped 37 percent of California’s five-year snow-water deficit

Recent storms recouped 37 percent of California’s five-year snow-water deficit

The recent “atmospheric river” weather pattern that pummeled California with storms from late December to late-January may have recouped 37 percent of the state’s...
Exceptionally preserved Jurassic sea life found in new fossil site

Exceptionally preserved Jurassic sea life found in new fossil site

A trove of exceptionally preserved Jurassic marine fossils discovered in Canada, rare for recording soft-bodied species that normally don't fossilize, is expanding scientists' view...
Ice Age ‘skeleton crew’ offers insights for today’s endangered species

Ice Age ‘skeleton crew’ offers insights for today’s endangered species

The ghosts of Ice Age mammals can teach valuable, real-world lessons about what happens to an ecosystem when its most distinct species go extinct,...
Ancient figures reveal trading routes of prehistoric African civilization

Ancient figures reveal trading routes of prehistoric African civilization

Researchers from The University of Manchester have completed the very first biological analysis of ancient terracotta figurines found in Ghana, which were created by...
Nepali trail runner Mira Rai voted National Geographic’s 2017 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

Nepali trail runner Mira Rai voted National Geographic’s 2017 People’s Choice Adventurer of the...

Mira Rai, a Nepali trail runner, has been named the 2017 National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for her tireless efforts in breaking...
NASA studies cosmic radiation to protect high-altitude travelers

NASA studies cosmic radiation to protect high-altitude travelers

NASA scientists studying high-altitude radiation recently published new results on the effects of cosmic radiation in our atmosphere. Their research will help improve real-time radiation...
Anthropologists uncover art by really old masters -- 38,000 year-old engravings

Anthropologists uncover art by really old masters — 38,000 year-old engravings

An international team of anthropologists has uncovered a 38,000-year-old engraved image in a southwestern French rockshelter--a finding that marks some of the earliest known...
Devastating tsunamis could be mitigated by using acoustic-gravity waves

Devastating tsunamis could be mitigated by using acoustic-gravity waves

Devastating tsunamis could be halted before hitting Earth's shoreline by firing deep-ocean sound waves at the oncoming mass of water, new research has proposed. Dr...
Caves in central China show history of natural flood patterns

Caves in central China show history of natural flood patterns

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that major flooding and large amounts of precipitation occur on 500-year cycles in central China. These findings...