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The massive asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was even more devastating than anyone imagined

The massive asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was even more devastating than anyone imagined

By Mike Wehner | BGR Facebook Twitter Print Email A duckbill dinosaur (left) next to its eggs buried in the ground, and a birdlike oviraptorid dinosaur (right) incubating its eggs in an open nest.  (Illustrated by Julius Csotonyi) The massive asteroid that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs was one of the most significant … Continue reading "The massive asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was even more devastating than anyone imagined"

How NASA is tracking Tropical Storm Harvey

How NASA is tracking Tropical Storm Harvey

By Chris Ciaccia Published August 30, 2017 Fox News Astronaut Randy Bresnik took this photo of Tropical Storm Harvey from the International Space Station on Aug. 28 at 1:27 p.m. CDT. (Credits: NASA) NASA is using a host of technology to track Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall again Wednesday. The government agency is harnessing satellites … Continue reading "How NASA is tracking Tropical Storm Harvey"

PHOTO: NASA shows dramatic picture of massive new Antarctic iceberg

PHOTO: NASA shows dramatic picture of massive new Antarctic iceberg

By Calla Cofield Space.com Staff Writer Published July 17, 2017 An image from the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows a crack in a the Larsen C ice shelf on July 12, 2017.  (NASA Worldview) Multiple NASA satellites have captured images of the dramatic and long-awaited birth of one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, which broke … Continue reading "PHOTO: NASA shows dramatic picture of massive new Antarctic iceberg"

Scientific mystery: Beneath Mount St. Helens lies a heart of cold stone

Scientific mystery: Beneath Mount St. Helens lies a heart of cold stone

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore Published November 02, 2016 Newser Facebook Twitter Email Print In a June 7, 2015 photo, Mount St. Helens is visible from a trail near Cougar, Wash. The first new hiking trail at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in two decades opened in 2014 and delivered something that had been missing … Continue reading "Scientific mystery: Beneath Mount St. Helens lies a heart of cold stone"

One of our largest water sources contains toxic salt, too much arsenic

One of our largest water sources contains toxic salt, too much arsenic

By Arden Dier Published August 31, 2016 Newser Facebook Twitter Email Print A woman collects water from a tube-well in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April.(AP Photo/A.M. Ahad) A river basin in southern Asia is so enormous that 750 million people rely on it for their groundwater. Now, a new study in Nature Geoscience presents an equally … Continue reading "One of our largest water sources contains toxic salt, too much arsenic"

This tree started growing during the Viking age

By Tia Ghose, Senio r Writer Published August 24, 2016 Facebook Twitter Email Print "Adonis," A Bosnian Pine living high in the mountains of Greece, is Europe's oldest officially dated tree, at 1,075 years. “Adonis,” A Bosnian Pine living high in the mountains of Greece, is Europe’s oldest officially dated tree, at 1,075 years. (Dr … Continue reading "This tree started growing during the Viking age"

Devastating plant fungus may eradicate bananas within five years

Devastating plant fungus may eradicate bananas within five years

By Matt Dunn Published August 18, 2016 Facebook460 Twitter0 Email Print Cavendish bananas are the most popular variety in the U.S. But they are facing a deadly fungal disease compound. (AP) If you love bananas, better buy all the bunches you can because the sweet yellow fruit you know and love might be extinct within the … Continue reading "Devastating plant fungus may eradicate bananas within five years"

Stunning photo captures ‘dinosaur lightning’

Stunning photo captures ‘dinosaur lightning’

Published August 17, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook1113 Twitter196 livefyre21 Email Print Lightning in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona on July 26, 2013. (NPS/Hallie Larsen) The U.S. Department of Interior has shared a stunning photo on their Twitter feedthat shows a jagged bolt of lightning that evokes the shape of a tyrannosaurus rex. A spokesperson for … Continue reading "Stunning photo captures ‘dinosaur lightning’"

Scientists discover hidden Antarctic lake

Scientists discover hidden Antarctic lake

Published April 27, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook103 Twitter92 livefyre39 Email Print File photo – A satellite view of Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters February 6, 2012. (REUTERS/NASA/Handout) A large, ribbon-shaped lake may be hiding beneath the ice that covers Antarctica, and it may contain countless life forms – unlike … Continue reading "Scientists discover hidden Antarctic lake"

Hiding in the Amazon’s muddy waters, a massive reef

Hiding in the Amazon’s muddy waters, a massive reef

By Michael Harthorne Published April 26, 2016 Newser Facebook88 Twitter0 Email Print File photo – Virgin Amazon jungle is seen in this aerial photo taken over Mato Grosso State, one of the Brazilian states of greatest deforestation, May 18, 2005 (REUTERS/Rickey Rogers). You don’t hear a lot of good news about coral reefs these days, … Continue reading "Hiding in the Amazon’s muddy waters, a massive reef"

Scientists shocked to find fairy circles in Australia

Scientists shocked to find fairy circles in Australia

By Michael Harthorne Published March 16, 2016 Newser Facebook36 Twitter0 livefyre25 Email Print A large fairy circle with a hardened top-soil layer that prevents the growth of grass. (Photo: Dr. Stephan Getzin) The fairy circles of Namibia—believed to be unique in the natural world—have long been “one of nature’s greatest mysteries,” according to a recently … Continue reading "Scientists shocked to find fairy circles in Australia"

Can you outrun a supervolcano? Maybe, study finds

Can you outrun a supervolcano? Maybe, study finds

By By Becky Oskin, Contributing Writer Published March 08, 2016 Facebook34 Twitter0 livefyre21 Email Print Kodachrome slides, held by geologist Greg Valentine of the University of Buffalo, show images of geologic formations associated with the supereruption of the Silver Creek caldera. (Douglas Levere) Can you outrun a supervolcano? New evidence from an ancient eruption suggests … Continue reading "Can you outrun a supervolcano? Maybe, study finds"

What caused this weird crack to appear in Michigan?

What caused this weird crack to appear in Michigan?

By Becky Oskin, Contributing Writer Published February 11, 2016 Facebook113 Twitter0 livefyre54 Email Print A long crack that popped up in a Michigan forest on Oct. 4, 2010, uprooted trees and caused others to tilt. (Michigan Tech College of Engineering) A strange and sudden buckling of the earth in Michigan five years ago is now … Continue reading "What caused this weird crack to appear in Michigan?"

Rare weather event produces spontaneous snowballs in Idaho

Published February 10, 2016 Associated Press Facebook10584 Twitter0 Email Print NOW PLAYINGRare natural phenomenon forms ‘snow rollers’ in Idaho Never autoplay videos BOISE, Idaho –  Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids — except there are no human tracks. A rare weather event … Continue reading "Rare weather event produces spontaneous snowballs in Idaho"

Scientists solve 50-year-old mystery of Alaska tsunami

Scientists solve 50-year-old mystery of Alaska tsunami

By Michael Casey Published February 03, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook56 Twitter0 livefyre12 Email Print FILE – In this March 29, 1964 file photo, a photographer looks over wreckage as smoke rises in the background from burning oil storage tanks at Valdez, Alaska. On Monday, Feb. 1. 2016, federal scientists say they’ve pinpointed the cause of tsunami … Continue reading "Scientists solve 50-year-old mystery of Alaska tsunami"

European village gets ‘biblical’ amounts of rain for more than two straight months

European village gets ‘biblical’ amounts of rain for more than two straight months

Published January 12, 2016 Facebook45 Twitter0 livefyre4 Email Print (Google Street View) So much rain has drenched a village in Wales that if Noah were there, he’d need two arks, a local official said. It’s rained in the village of Eglwyswrw every day since late-October, for roughly 80 days straight, Metro reported Tuesday. “It is … Continue reading "European village gets ‘biblical’ amounts of rain for more than two straight months"

Temperatures spike almost 50 degrees in North Pole

Temperatures spike almost 50 degrees in North Pole

By Michael Casey Published January 01, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook1287 Twitter0 livefyre682 Email Print Arctic sea ice reached its fourth-lowest extent on record on Sept. 11, 2015. (Dan Pisut, NSIDC, NOAA Climate.gov) There has been a heat wave of sorts in the North Pole this week that might even have Santa trading in his sleigh for … Continue reading "Temperatures spike almost 50 degrees in North Pole"

El Nino Is Looking Scarily Like 1997’s El Nino

El Nino Is Looking Scarily Like 1997’s El Nino

THAT’S NOT GOOD By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff www.newser.com Posted Dec 31, 2015 9:10 AM CST STORY COMMENTS (117) (NEWSER) – The El Nino weather system of 1997-98 was so bad that descriptions of it sound like something out of a Ben Affleck disaster movie: Australia turned into a slow cooker, California and Peru were … Continue reading "El Nino Is Looking Scarily Like 1997’s El Nino"

Alaska Had Biggest Landslide in Decades— and No One Saw

Alaska Had Biggest Landslide in Decades— and No One Saw

THE SLIDE DUMPED TONS OF DEBRIS INTO TAAN FIORD By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff www.newser.com Posted Dec 26, 2015 6:26 AM CST STORY COMMENTS (21) (NEWSER) – If millions of tons of rock slide down an Alaskan mountain and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Regardless, it certainly creates … Continue reading "Alaska Had Biggest Landslide in Decades— and No One Saw"

A Canadian Lake Has Fallen Off a Cliff

A Canadian Lake Has Fallen Off a Cliff

RAIN, WARMING TEMPERATURES MELTED ICE HEADWALLS By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff www.newser.com Posted Dec 20, 2015 8:03 AM CST     (NEWSER) – In June, Canadian officials warned that a nameless lake in the Northwest Territories was about to fall off a cliff. It did. On July 15, a section of ground ice that’s been … Continue reading "A Canadian Lake Has Fallen Off a Cliff"

The strange ghost forest that morphed into a beach forest

The strange ghost forest that morphed into a beach forest

By Kate Schneider Published December 15, 2015 Facebook200 Twitter0 livefyre92 Email Print The Neskowin Ghost Forest is the remnants of a Sitka spruce forest on the Oregon Coast. (Oregon.gov) It looked like your average beach, but in 1998 an astonishing discovery was made here when the sand started to vanish due to a storm. Underneath hundreds … Continue reading "The strange ghost forest that morphed into a beach forest"

Giant magma ocean once swirled inside early Earth

Giant magma ocean once swirled inside early Earth

By Charles Q. Choi Published November 09, 2015 Facebook64 Twitter80 livefyre182 Email Print As far back as 4.5 billion years ago, a dense magma ocean may have formed at the top of Earth’s core. (@sylvain Petitgirard/ Bayreuth University) An ancient ocean of magma once existed on top of Earth’s core, new experiments suggest. This research … Continue reading "Giant magma ocean once swirled inside early Earth"

Giant Wyoming crack explained: A landslide brought it down

Giant Wyoming crack explained: A landslide brought it down

By Laura Geggel Published November 06, 2015 Facebook120 Twitter37 livefyre22 Email Print The large gash that mysteriously appeared in northern central Wyoming. (SNS Outfitters and Guides.) (SNS Outfitters and Guides.) A gaping crack the length of six football fields that opened up in a matter of one to two weeks in northern Wyoming is likely … Continue reading "Giant Wyoming crack explained: A landslide brought it down"

Stunning NASA image shows the power of tropical cyclone Kate

Stunning NASA image shows the power of tropical cyclone Kate

Published November 13, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook49 Twitter177 livefyre5 Email Print On Nov. 11, GPM found that intense storms within feeder bands there were dropping rain at a rate of over 80 mm (3.1 inches) per hour. A 3-D cross section by GPM’s Radar (DPR Ku Band) through Kate’s weak eye shows intense storms swirling around … Continue reading "Stunning NASA image shows the power of tropical cyclone Kate"

Giant Crack in Africa Will Create a New Ocean

Giant Crack in Africa Will Create a New Ocean

by Live Science Staff   |   November 02, 2009 12:23pm ET The rift in Afar, Ethiopia, that researchers say will eventually become a new ocean. Credit: University of Rochester View full size image A 35-mile rift in the desert of Ethiopia will likely become a new ocean eventually, researchers now confirm. The crack, 20 feet wide … Continue reading "Giant Crack in Africa Will Create a New Ocean"

Earth may hold more helium than we thought

Earth may hold more helium than we thought

By Michael Harthorne Published August 21, 2015 Newser Facebook0 Twitter0 Email Print In this photo provided by Mark McBreairty, a balloon cluster carrying Jonathan Trappe lifts off from Caribou, Maine, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark McBreairty) Don’t mourn the loss of your humorously high-pitched voices quite yet. Despite years of warnings from scientists that Earth’s … Continue reading "Earth may hold more helium than we thought"

Giant pumpkin weighing over 2,000 pounds crushes North American record

Giant pumpkin weighing over 2,000 pounds crushes North American record

Published September 22, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook133 Twitter3 livefyre15 Email Print The giant pumpkin clocked in over 2,100 pounds. (YouTube/Associated Press) It’s the great pumpkin Charlie Brown. A giant pumpkin weighing 2,145.5 pounds has crushed the North American record at a Wisconsin festival over the weekend. The giant gourd was grown by Gene McMullen, a factory worker … Continue reading "Giant pumpkin weighing over 2,000 pounds crushes North American record"

Hidden superchain of volcanoes discovered in Australia

Hidden superchain of volcanoes discovered in Australia

  By Tia Ghose Published September 16, 2015 Facebook0 Twitter0 livefyre15 Email Print Scientists recently realized that separate chains of volcanic activity in Australia were actually caused by a single hotsput lurking under the Earth’s lithosphere. The new superchain, called the Cosgrove Volcanic Track, spans 1,240 miles. (Drew Whitehouse, NCI National Facility VizLab) Scientists have just … Continue reading "Hidden superchain of volcanoes discovered in Australia"

Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

Published August 31, 2015 Associated Press Facebook113 Twitter96 livefyre73 Email Print This 1982 photo provided by The National Park Service shows a park employee sitting on a rock in Calcite Lake at The Wind Cave National Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The underground lakes, which were discovered in the 1960s, aren’t home … Continue reading "Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water"

Fossils show how ancient seafloor gave rise to life

Fossils show how ancient seafloor gave rise to life

By Stephanie Pappas Published September 01, 2015 Facebook24 Twitter51 livefyre79 Email Print Scientist found mummified microbial life in rocks from a seafloor hydrothermal system that was active more than 100 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous, when the supercontinent Pangaea was breaking apart and the Atlantic Ocean was jus (Illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole … Continue reading "Fossils show how ancient seafloor gave rise to life"

Volcano zone reservoirs could hold huge amounts of gold and silver

Volcano zone reservoirs could hold huge amounts of gold and silver

By Walt Bonner Published September 02, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook139 Twitter244 livefyre100 Email Print Steam rises from the “Champagne Pool” at Wai-O-Tapu, in the central area of New Zealand’s North Island Sept. 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) The heat is on for prospectors in what could be the next gold rush. According to a recent study in the … Continue reading "Volcano zone reservoirs could hold huge amounts of gold and silver"

Amazing ‘red lightning’ photographed from space

Amazing ‘red lightning’ photographed from space

By Stephanie Pappas Published August 26, 2015 Facebook64 Twitter26 livefyre Email Print A red sprite photographed by space station astronauts on Aug. 10, 2015, above Acapulco, Mexico. (NASA/JSC) Like a giant jellyfish floating through the atmosphere, “red sprites” hover above thunderstorms in two new photographs snapped from space. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) captured … Continue reading "Amazing ‘red lightning’ photographed from space"

Sea creatures make brighter clouds to cool the Earth

Sea creatures make brighter clouds to cool the Earth

By Elizabeth Goldbaum Published July 27, 2015 Facebook37 Twitter58 livefyre5 Email Print Marine stratocumulus clouds stretched across the southern Indian Ocean in this image taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite in early March 2013. (NASA.) Green globs of little critters in the ocean are responsible for half of the cloud droplets that cover the Southern Ocean during … Continue reading "Sea creatures make brighter clouds to cool the Earth"

Denver’s ‘corpse flower’ really does smell like rotting meat

Denver’s ‘corpse flower’ really does smell like rotting meat

By Stephanie Pappas Published August 21, 2015 Facebook76 Twitter95 livefyre15 Email Print Visitors to the Denver Botanic Gardens take a gander at a giant corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) that bloomed August 19. This was the first bloom for the 13-year-old plant, which produces a smell like rotting meat meant to attract flies, (Stephanie Pappas) From the … Continue reading "Denver’s ‘corpse flower’ really does smell like rotting meat"

SCIENTISTS CREATE 360-DEGREE IMAGES OF HAWAII CORAL REEFS

SCIENTISTS CREATE 360-DEGREE IMAGES OF HAWAII CORAL REEFS

  Aug 19, 10:37 PM EDT SCIENTISTS CREATE 360-DEGREE IMAGES OF HAWAII CORAL REEFS BY CALEB JONES ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Photo/XL Catlin Seaview Survey HONOLULU (AP) — Alongside the lush and steep windward coast of the Hawaii island of Oahu researchers are creating images of coral reefs that are in danger of dying because of … Continue reading "SCIENTISTS CREATE 360-DEGREE IMAGES OF HAWAII CORAL REEFS"

Typhoon lifts Boeing 747 off the ground

Typhoon lifts Boeing 747 off the ground

Published August 17, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook2415 Twitter445 livefyre298 Email Print  (Screenshot of MrOutofcontrolvideos YouTube videos) A video has captured the incredible moment when a Boeing 747 was lifted off the ground by Typhoon Soudelor in Taiwan. The typhoon is shown repeatedly lifting the nose wheel of a China Airlines Cargo jet in a MrOutofcontrolvideos YouTube … Continue reading "Typhoon lifts Boeing 747 off the ground"

Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts freezing temperatures, more snow

Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts freezing temperatures, more snow

Published August 16, 2015 Associated Press Facebook3681 Twitter705 Email Print March 25, 2014: U.S. Postal employee Janeen Long salts and sands the sidewalk in front of the Exmore, Va. Post Office during a heavy snow fall. (AP/Eastern Shore News) CONCORD, N.H. –  Just when you thought you had gotten over last winter, be warned: The Old … Continue reading "Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts freezing temperatures, more snow"

Study: Phoenix is slowly sinking

Study: Phoenix is slowly sinking

By Rob Quinn Published August 14, 2015 Newser Facebook490 Twitter425 Email Print Phoenix is a few inches lower than it was when this photo was taken in 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) Researchers say that while there’s no need for residents of Phoenix to panic, parts of their city are slowly and unstoppably sinking into the … Continue reading "Study: Phoenix is slowly sinking"

Forecasters warn this winter’s El Nino could be historically strong

Forecasters warn this winter’s El Nino could be historically strong

Published August 14, 2015 Associated Press Facebook5073 Twitter410 Email Print WASHINGTON –  The current El Nino, nicknamed Bruce Lee, is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years, federal meteorologists say. But California and other drought struck … Continue reading "Forecasters warn this winter’s El Nino could be historically strong"

Indigenous tribes in Suriname ask gov’t to protect their lands

Published March 11, 2015 EFE By Natalia Bonilla The Trio and Wayana tribes are asking Suriname’s National Assembly to take steps to protect some 72,000 sq. kilometers (28,000 sq. miles) of land in the south of the country from mining and logging activities that are destroying their habitat. “For the past 10 to 15 years … Continue reading "Indigenous tribes in Suriname ask gov’t to protect their lands"

Try to visit this island and you may not leave alive

Try to visit this island and you may not leave alive

By Arden Dier Published July 22, 2015 Newser Facebook1150 Twitter389 Email Print In this Nov. 14, 2005, file photo, clouds hang over North Sentinel Island, in India’s southeastern Andaman and Nicobar islands. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh, File) Sometimes paradise is better off lost: Off the coast of India in the Bay of Bengal, a Manhattan-size island called … Continue reading "Try to visit this island and you may not leave alive"

Red Sea parts for 2 new islands

Red Sea parts for 2 new islands

By Becky Oskin Published June 01, 2015 Facebook244 Twitter236 livefyre35 Email Print A 2011 satellite photo of the eruption that created Sholan Island. (Jónsson et al., Nature Communications) Two volcanic islands recently born in the Red Sea have yielded stunning images, providing scientists with new insights about a little-known rift in Earth’s crust. Both islands emerged … Continue reading "Red Sea parts for 2 new islands"

The planet has just 2 giant forests left

The planet has just 2 giant forests left

By Jenn Gidman Published March 25, 2015 Newser Facebook63 Twitter46 Email Print In this Sept. 15, 2009, file photo, a deforested area is seen near Novo Progresso, in Brazil’s northern state of Para. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, file) To see the Earth’s ecology forest for its trees, first we have to acknowledge there aren’t many large, intact … Continue reading "The planet has just 2 giant forests left"

The planet has just 2 giant forests left

The planet has just 2 giant forests left

By Jenn Gidman Published March 25, 2015 Newser Facebook63 Twitter46 Email Print In this Sept. 15, 2009, file photo, a deforested area is seen near Novo Progresso, in Brazil’s northern state of Para. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, file) To see the Earth’s ecology forest for its trees, first we have to acknowledge there aren’t many large, intact … Continue reading "The planet has just 2 giant forests left"

Oregon’s mysterious ‘disappearing lake’ explained

Oregon’s mysterious ‘disappearing lake’ explained

By Laura Geggel Published May 08, 2015 Facebook2617 Twitter334 Email Print One of two lava tubes that drain the water from Lost Lake, turning it into a meadow during the dry summer months. (YouTube Screenshot of “Lava tube draining Lost Lake”) During the rainy fall and winter, most Oregonians probably don’t give much thought to Lost … Continue reading "Oregon’s mysterious ‘disappearing lake’ explained"

Mount Everest shrank as Nepal quake lifted Kathmandu

Mount Everest shrank as Nepal quake lifted Kathmandu

By Becky Oskin Published May 01, 2015 Facebook616 Twitter205 livefyre460 Email Print This undated photo provided by Alpenglow Expeditions, Mount Everest is seen from a base camp on the northern Tibetan side of the mountain. (Adrian Ballinger/Alpenglow Expeditions via AP) The first good view of the aftermath of Nepal’s deadly earthquake from a satellite reveals that … Continue reading "Mount Everest shrank as Nepal quake lifted Kathmandu"

Source of Antarctica’s eerie ‘bleeding glacier’ found

Source of Antarctica’s eerie ‘bleeding glacier’ found

By Becky Oskin Published April 29, 2015 Facebook164 Twitter183 livefyre48 Email Print Blood Falls, Antarctica. (Peter Rejcek, National Science Foundation) Antarctica’s Dry Valleys are the most arid places on Earth, but underneath their icy soils lies a vast and ancient network of salty, liquid water filled with life, a new study finds. The Dry Valleys are … Continue reading "Source of Antarctica’s eerie ‘bleeding glacier’ found"

Dinos died here: Getting to the core of asteroid impact mystery

Dinos died here: Getting to the core of asteroid impact mystery

By Jeanna Bryner Published April 13, 2015 Facebook54 Twitter274 Email Print A giant space rock that slammed into Earth 65.5 million years ago is blamed for killing off the dinosaurs. (Painting by Donald E. Davis.) The catastrophic asteroid crash blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs also left a gaping scar in the Earth. That sprawling … Continue reading "Dinos died here: Getting to the core of asteroid impact mystery"

How barley allowed humans to reach new heights

How barley allowed humans to reach new heights

By John Johnson Published November 22, 2014 Newser Facebook22 Twitter25 Email Print File photo of a field of barley. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) Scientists know that humans were kicking around the lower altitudes of the Tibetan Peninsula around 10,000 years ago. Permanent settlements, however, didn’t show up in the harsh higher altitudes until 3,600 years ago. What … Continue reading "How barley allowed humans to reach new heights"

Mysterious, wavelike cloud hugs Grand Teton mountains (Photo)

Mysterious, wavelike cloud hugs Grand Teton mountains (Photo)

By Shannon Hall Published February 23, 2015 Facebook296 Twitter318 livefyre30 Email Print Jackie Skaggs snapped this stunning photo of a lenticular cloud embracing the summit of the Grand Teton Range from the park’s headquarters in Moose, Wyoming, on Feb. 12, 2015. (Jackie Skaggs snapped this stunning photo of a lenticular cloud embracing the summit of the … Continue reading "Mysterious, wavelike cloud hugs Grand Teton mountains (Photo)"

Earth’s core has a core of its own

Earth’s core has a core of its own

By Rob Quinn Published February 11, 2015 Newser Facebook54 Twitter78 Email Print Eruptions like this one at Mount Etna provide some of the only solid evidence of what lies deep beneath us. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra) In research that didn’t involve incredible advances in drilling technology, researchers have found some surprising secrets at our planet’s core. What … Continue reading "Earth’s core has a core of its own"

Researchers may have spotted deepest life on earth

Researchers may have spotted deepest life on earth

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore Published January 14, 2015 Newser Facebook34 Twitter179 Email Print File photo of Lopez Island, Wash. (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams) Life has a way of persisting in the unlikeliest of places—not just in the ocean’s deepest spot, the Mariana Trench, but possibly even miles below the Earth’s surface. Following up on a Yale grad student’s initial fieldwork dating … Continue reading "Researchers may have spotted deepest life on earth"

Just like a dream: Surreal places you won’t believe actually exist

Just like a dream: Surreal places you won’t believe actually exist

By Catarina Cowden Published January 02, 2015 Facebook105 Twitter143 Email Print iStock Next Our imaginations take us to grand and colorful places that we can not conceive as a reality. But what if those colors actually existed right here on Earth? There are places right here on our planet that are absolutely extraordinary. They defy norms and go far … Continue reading "Just like a dream: Surreal places you won’t believe actually exist"

Stunning video captures hikers walking on crystal clear ice

Stunning video captures hikers walking on crystal clear ice

Published December 12, 2014 FoxNews.com Facebook76 Twitter81 livefyre8 Email Print  (YouTube/Tomas N) Walking on a frozen lake may be dangerous, but when it looks like crystal clear water, who can resist? Tomad Nunuk. a YouTube user who goes by Tomas N., uploaded a video on Dec. 8 that shows two adventurous mountain trekkers crossing over a completely solid lake … Continue reading "Stunning video captures hikers walking on crystal clear ice"

The deepest holes in the world

The deepest holes in the world

© digitalunderwater.com / Alamy Next Whether they’re man-made mines or natural sinkholes, these massive holes around the world are anything but the pits. 1. Dean’s Blue Hole: Long Island, Bahamas © digitalunderwater.com / Alamy At more than 650 feet deep, Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest sinkhole with an entrance below water. Located in a … Continue reading "The deepest holes in the world"

Scientists look to mine metals from plants

Scientists look to mine metals from plants

A hyperaccumulator plant in northern Boreno suit able for phytomining. (Antony van der Ent) Inside a lab at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, soil samples sit under a row of a glowing light bulbs hanging from a track only a short distance above them. In another room, a centrifuge hums as beakers of Nyquil-colored … Continue reading "Scientists look to mine metals from plants"

Surprising facts about the world

Surprising facts about the world

iStock Next It’s a big, weird world out there. In his Maphead columns, Ken Jennings catalogs the world’s oddities—here are some of the most surprising things he’s found. 1. There’s a country where you can get a beer with the Royal Family iStock One benefit of living in a nation as small as Liechtenstein is getting … Continue reading "Surprising facts about the world"

China claims it has the world’s largest supercave — but there’s competition

China claims it has the world’s largest supercave — but there’s competition

Reuters Next The Miao Room in China’s Gehibe Cave complex. Analyzed with a new laser tracking system, the expanse of this single chamber was recently measured at 380 million cubic feet, making it the world’s largest underground space. To put this in perspective, the single room is nine times the size of the old Houston Astrodome. You could fit … Continue reading "China claims it has the world’s largest supercave — but there’s competition"

NASA images reveal shocking scale of Aral Sea disaster

NASA images reveal shocking scale of Aral Sea disaster

Terra satellite image, Aug. 25, 2000. (NASA) Next A series of NASA satellite images has revealed the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea, a massive environmental disaster dubbed “the quiet Chernobyl.” NASA’s Terra satellite began capturing the images in 2000, when the vast central Asian lake known as the Aral Sea was already a fraction … Continue reading "NASA images reveal shocking scale of Aral Sea disaster"

$1 trillion trove of rare minerals revealed under Afghanistan

$1 trillion trove of rare minerals revealed under Afghanistan

Rare Earths, clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium and gadolinium.U.S. Department of Agriculture / Peggy Greb Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, according to U.S. scientists. Afghanistan, a … Continue reading "$1 trillion trove of rare minerals revealed under Afghanistan"

Ancient grains making a modern-day comeback

Ancient grains making a modern-day comeback

Ancient grains like farro are part of a growing industry for alternative foods.iStock Man first cultivated grain roughly 10,000 years ago, letting him diversify his Quest for Fire diet of animal parts, seeds and berries. Now those selfsame “ancient grains” are staging a comeback. Ancient grains like farro, freekah and kamut are early strains of … Continue reading "Ancient grains making a modern-day comeback"

Zombie fungus makes ‘sniper’s alley’ around ant colonies

Zombie fungus makes ‘sniper’s alley’ around ant colonies

After a zombie fungus kills a carpenter ant, it grows a stalk from the insect’s corpse that will sprinkle spores on new hosts.Penn State A fungus that turns worker ants into zombie henchmen has a surprisingly clever strategy to recruit new hosts. The parasite doesn’t attack the nest directly. Rather, the fungus leads ants to … Continue reading "Zombie fungus makes ‘sniper’s alley’ around ant colonies"

Surf’s up in the Arctic: Record-high waves seen in 2012

Surf’s up in the Arctic: Record-high waves seen in 2012

An Arctic storm captured by satellite in natural light on Aug. 6, 2012.NASA Record-high waves hit Alaska’s Beaufort Sea in September 2012, when Arctic sea ice shrank to an extreme summer low, a new study reports. The study authors blame shrinking Arctic sea ice for the house-size swells, and predict that waves will grow larger as the … Continue reading "Surf’s up in the Arctic: Record-high waves seen in 2012"

The Tree of 40 Fruit is exactly as awesome as it sounds

The Tree of 40 Fruit is exactly as awesome as it sounds

The Tree of 40 Fruits is edible contemporary art.Sam Van Aken Award-winning contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken grew up on a family farm in Reading, Pennsylvania, but he spent his college years and much of his early career focused on art rather than agriculture. While Van Aken says that his … Continue reading "The Tree of 40 Fruit is exactly as awesome as it sounds"

Radar images show human footprint claims more of Earth Becky Oskin

Radar images show human footprint claims more of Earth Becky Oskin

Radar image of human development in Europe.German Aerospace Center (DLR) A new global survey of human development finds people have settled more of the Earth than previously estimated, according to researchers with the German Remote Sensing Data Center. “The number and proportion of human settlements in many areas in the world has been significantly underestimated so far,” … Continue reading "Radar images show human footprint claims more of Earth Becky Oskin"

Beach bummer: toxic slime will hit Lake Erie again

Beach bummer: toxic slime will hit Lake Erie again

By Becky Oskin, Senior Writer Published July 11, 2014 Facebook35 Twitter210 Satellite image of a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie in 2011, one of the worst blooms in recent years.MERIS/ESA, processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS Slimy green mats of toxic algae will again threaten the western shores of Lake Erie later this summer, according to an algae forecast … Continue reading "Beach bummer: toxic slime will hit Lake Erie again"

Isolated Amazon tribe makes contact with scientists

Isolated Amazon tribe makes contact with scientists

By Lori Cuthbert Published July 09, 2014 Discovery News Facebook50 Twitter247 Reuters A never-before-contacted tribe in Brazil’s Amazon voluntarily emerged from the forest and approached scientists, according to an announcement from the country’s Indian affairs department (FUNAI). Science Now reported that on June 29, the group of Brazilian scientists had made the first official contact with an isolated … Continue reading "Isolated Amazon tribe makes contact with scientists"

How extinct undersea volcanoes trigger rare ‘tsunami earthquakes’

How extinct undersea volcanoes trigger rare ‘tsunami earthquakes’

By Kelly Dickerson Published July 01, 2014 Facebook73 Twitter183 Tsunamis, like the one that stuck Aceh, Indonesia, can cause serious flooding and submerge entire villages.United States Navy How unusual slow earthquakes can spawn powerful tsunamis is a long-standing mystery that researchers may have finally solved. Called “tsunami earthquakes,” these slow quakes are capable of creating huge waves … Continue reading "How extinct undersea volcanoes trigger rare ‘tsunami earthquakes’"

Hidden volcanoes melt Antarctic glaciers from below, study finds

Hidden volcanoes melt Antarctic glaciers from below, study finds

By Stephanie Pappas Published June 09, 2014 Facebook355 Twitter54 Gplus11 The edge of the Thwaites glacier, shown here in an image taken during Operation Icebridge, a NASA-led study of Antarctic and Greenland glaciers. The blue along the glacier front is dense, compressed ice.NASA photograph by Jim Yungel Antarctica is a land of ice. But dive below the West … Continue reading "Hidden volcanoes melt Antarctic glaciers from below, study finds"

The world’s most elusive sea route: Cruise to traverse The Northwest Passage

The world’s most elusive sea route: Cruise to traverse The Northwest Passage

By Paul Motter Published May 19, 2014 FoxNews.com Facebook15 Twitter70 Gplus0 Polar Bears in Bellot Strait between Gulf of Bothia and Beaufort sea.ABERCROMBIE & KENT Next If you’ve got lots of adventurous spirit and the big bucks to support it, here’s a once-in-a-lifetime voyage you’ll never forget: The luxury and adventure travel company Abercrombie and Kent is offering … Continue reading "The world’s most elusive sea route: Cruise to traverse The Northwest Passage"

Radioactive krypton assists in hunt for the world’s oldest ice

Radioactive krypton assists in hunt for the world’s oldest ice

By Becky Oskin Published April 22, 2014 Facebook29 Twitter36 Gplus6 Ice core driller Tanner Kuhl with the blue ice drill on Taylor Glacier in Antarctica. The field camp is visible in the background.XAVIER FAIN Radioactive krypton could help researchers track down the world’s oldest ice, filling a crucial gap in Earth’s climate history. Scientists are currently searching for Antarctic … Continue reading "Radioactive krypton assists in hunt for the world’s oldest ice"

The 8 biggest mysteries of our planet

The 8 biggest mysteries of our planet

By Becky Oskin Published April 24, 2014 Facebook84 Twitter126 Gplus33 NTsOMZ Next In 1970, geologists were still putting the finishing touches on plate tectonics, the model that explains how the Earth’s surface takes shape. More than 40 years later, many riddles still remain when it comes to our planet. For instance, dozens of spacecraft have mapped the surface … Continue reading "The 8 biggest mysteries of our planet"

Chunk of Africa found underneath Southeastern US

Chunk of Africa found underneath Southeastern US

Published April 22, 2014 Discovery News Facebook569 Twitter509 Gplus0 This is an aeromagnetic map of the eastern margin of North America showing, among other things, Brunswick magnetic anomaly (BMA) and East Coast magnetic anomaly (ECMA).COURTESY OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Geoscientists have identified a chunk of Africa stuck onto the southeastern United States. A long mysterious … Continue reading "Chunk of Africa found underneath Southeastern US"

Scientists watch enormous iceberg drift away from Antarctic glacier

Scientists watch enormous iceberg drift away from Antarctic glacier

Published April 23, 2014 Associated Press Facebook2 Twitter13 Gplus1 This combination of Dec. 10, 2013, left, and March 11, 2014 photos provided by NASA shows a large iceberg separating from the Pine Island Glacier and traveling across Pine Island Bay in Antarctica. Scientists are watching the iceberg, which is bigger than the island of Guam, as it … Continue reading "Scientists watch enormous iceberg drift away from Antarctic glacier"

Tiny fossils found in China appear to be 500-million-year-old embryos

Tiny fossils found in China appear to be 500-million-year-old embryos

By Stephanie Pappas Published April 15, 2014 Facebook18 Twitter46 Gplus0 A Cambrian embryo fossil exposed by acid etching on rock. The polygonal pattern suggests that the embryo was in the multicellular blastula stage of development.BROCE ET AL Tiny, spherical fossils found in southern China appear to be the embryos of a previously unknown animal. The fossils come from … Continue reading "Tiny fossils found in China appear to be 500-million-year-old embryos"

Scientist: Gold crystal ‘too big to be real’ is real

Scientist: Gold crystal ‘too big to be real’ is real

By Kate Seamons Published April 10, 2014 Newser Facebook0 Twitter6 Gplus0 Neutron diffraction data collected on the single-crystal diffraction (SCD) instrument at the Lujan Center, from the Venezuelan gold sample, indicate that the sample is a single crystal.LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY Next It’s a single gold crystal that “seemed almost too perfect and too big to be real,” … Continue reading "Scientist: Gold crystal ‘too big to be real’ is real"

Baby volcanic island eats its older neighbor

Baby volcanic island eats its older neighbor

By Megan Gannon Published April 07, 2014 Facebook14 Twitter70 Gplus0 A new volcanic island, called Nishino-shima, emerged from the ocean on Nov. 20, 2013.JAPANESE COAST GUARD As a seafloor volcano continues to erupt in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, a newborn island has swallowed its neighbor whole, images from space show. In November 2013, a baby … Continue reading "Baby volcanic island eats its older neighbor"

Glow-in-the-dark plants go on sale

Glow-in-the-dark plants go on sale

By Lina Zeldovich Published March 27, 2014 FoxNews.com Glow-in-the-dark plants like this one — an actual photo — are coming to your house this fall. (DIYSECT) Like the glowing forests from the film “Avatar,” glow-in-the-dark plants are coming to your home. Growing a glowing tree may take a while, but you can order glow-in-the-dark seeds for Arabidopsis, … Continue reading "Glow-in-the-dark plants go on sale"

1,500-year-old Antarctic moss brought back to life

1,500-year-old Antarctic moss brought back to life

By Becky Oskin Published March 17, 2014 LiveScience Moss growing on Signy Island offshore of Antarctica. (P. BOELEN) Moss frozen on an Antarctic island for more than 1,500 years was brought back to life in a British laboratory, researchers report. The verdant growth marks the first time a plant has been resurrected after such a long freeze, … Continue reading "1,500-year-old Antarctic moss brought back to life"

Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa’s e-waste nightmare

Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa’s e-waste nightmare

By Jeremy Kaplan How Green Published March 06, 2014 FoxNews.com     In pictures, Ghana’s e-waste disaster   Over the course of four days, 26-year-old German photographer Kevin McElvaney met hundreds of young boys and girls, most from the northern part of Ghana, who came south to burn cables and extract the copper from them. It can be … Continue reading "Welcome to Hell: Photographer documents Africa’s e-waste nightmare"

Poachers targeting California’s redwoods to feed drug habits

Poachers targeting California’s redwoods to feed drug habits

Published March 06, 2014 FoxNews.com California’s majestic redwood trees are in danger as poachers enter the sunshine state’s national parks to steal its wood to sell for furniture. Rangers at Redwood National and State Park are taking extreme measures to protect the massacre of the national treasures, some of which are thousands of years old. … Continue reading "Poachers targeting California’s redwoods to feed drug habits"

Confirmed: Oldest fragment of early Earth is 4.4 billion years old

Confirmed: Oldest fragment of early Earth is 4.4 billion years old

By Becky Oskin Published February 24, 2014 LiveScience Cathodoluminescence image of a 400-µm Jack Hills zircon. (JOHN VALLEY/UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN) Ever heard this life advice? When solving a big problem seems impossible, break it into smaller steps. Well, scientists just took one of geology’s biggest controversies and shrunk it down to atomic size. By zapping single atoms … Continue reading "Confirmed: Oldest fragment of early Earth is 4.4 billion years old"

It’s back: Winter looms on with return of Polar vortex

It’s back: Winter looms on with return of Polar vortex

Published February 24, 2014 FoxNews.com Don’t pack up your winter gear just yet — the polar vortex is back and blasting arctic air across the nation. After a brief tease of warmer weather this weekend, temperatures are expected to drop as low as 20 to 40 degrees below normal in some cities. “Record cold temperatures … Continue reading "It’s back: Winter looms on with return of Polar vortex"

Sheriff says Lake Michigan ice caves in Leelanau County no longer safe because of winds, thaw

Sheriff says Lake Michigan ice caves in Leelanau County no longer safe because of winds, thaw

Published February 21, 2014 Associated Press People take photos of the frozen waters and snow of Lake Michigan that have formed huge ice caves along the shore of northern Leelanau County, between Northport and Leland, Mich., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Sub-zero temperatures in late December through mid-January, along with strong winds and heavy snowfall, … Continue reading "Sheriff says Lake Michigan ice caves in Leelanau County no longer safe because of winds, thaw"

Montserrat: a modern-day Pompeii in the Caribbean

Montserrat: a modern-day Pompeii in the Caribbean

By Blane Bachelor Published February 20, 2014 FoxNews.com     Glimpses of the Caribbean’s modern-day Pompeii   Known among locals simply as “the volcano,” Soufrière Hills on the Caribbean island of Montserrat roared to life in 1995 after decades of inactivity, causing many residents of the island’s capital city, Plymouth, to flee. Today, Plymouth and its … Continue reading "Montserrat: a modern-day Pompeii in the Caribbean"

We’ve found Amazon River’s true source, scientists say

We’ve found Amazon River’s true source, scientists say

By Kate Seamons Published February 14, 2014 Newser In this Oct. 4, 2005 file photo, a boat tries to make its way through a section of the Amazon River suffering from lower water levels near Uricurituba in northern Brazil. (AP PHOTO/A CRITICA, EUZIVALDO QUEIROZ,FILE) It’s an argument that’s persisted for nearly four centuries: Where does the Amazon … Continue reading "We’ve found Amazon River’s true source, scientists say"

2 dead after boulder smashes into Alps tourist train in France

2 dead after boulder smashes into Alps tourist train in France

Published February 08, 2014 Associated Press PARIS –  An enormous boulder hurtled off a mountain and smashed into a tourist train in the French Alps on Saturday, derailing it on the mountainside and killing two passengers, officials said. Nine people were injured. The force of the boulder caved in the side of the train, which … Continue reading "2 dead after boulder smashes into Alps tourist train in France"

World’s record-breaking sand dunes

World’s record-breaking sand dunes

By Laura Kelly Published January 24, 2014 FoxNews.com With just the right amount of sand and wind, Mother Nature can sculpt some incredible works of art. Just take a look at these 10 captivating, record-breaking sand dunes from around the world. 1Great Dune of Pyla: La Teste-de-Buch, France Atout France/ Franck Charel Also known as the … Continue reading "World’s record-breaking sand dunes"

Newly discovered wonders of the world

Newly discovered wonders of the world

By Laura Kelly Published January 15, 2014 FoxNews.com If you think we’ve uncovered all that Earth has to offer, think again. While humans began exploring our world long ago, the planet is so vast and ever-changing that we continue to uncover new wonders each year. And these past few years have been no exception. Whether undocumented, … Continue reading "Newly discovered wonders of the world"

Nature’s fury: See Mount Sinabung erupt

Nature’s fury: See Mount Sinabung erupt

  Spewing hot lava, ash and dust into the air for miles in all directions, Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, Indonesia continues to reveal its force. The volcano has sporadically erupted since September, forcing thousands of people who live around its slopes to flee their homes. Asia PreviousNext Image 1 of 13 Toggle Sinabung stirs Thousands … Continue reading "Nature’s fury: See Mount Sinabung erupt"

What is a Polar Vortex?

What is a Polar Vortex?

Published January 06, 2014 AccuWeather   As the coldest air in 20 years surges into major population centers in United States, many are raising eyebrows over its rare cause: the positioning of the polar vortex. A polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern hemisphere, which … Continue reading "What is a Polar Vortex?"

Greenland’s snow hides 100 billion tons of water

Greenland’s snow hides 100 billion tons of water

By Becky Oskin Published December 23, 2013 LiveScience A drill rig was used to extract old snow (firn) cores from within the Greenland snow aquifer. (EVAN BURGESS) Big surprises still hide beneath the frozen surface of snowy Greenland. Despite decades of poking and prodding by scientists, only now has the massive ice island revealed a hidden aquifer. … Continue reading "Greenland’s snow hides 100 billion tons of water"

Sparkling discovery: Antarctica may contain diamonds

Sparkling discovery: Antarctica may contain diamonds

By Charles Q. Choi Published December 19, 2013 LiveScience iew looking southeast from the locality of the kimberlite samples on the slopes of Mt Meredith, across the Lambert Glacier, towards the Fisher Massif, northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica. (DR GEOFF NICHOLS) Antarctica might have a new kind of ice diamonds might exist there, a new study finds, … Continue reading "Sparkling discovery: Antarctica may contain diamonds"

Scientist finds 1959 message in bottle showing the extent of glacial melt in remote Canada

Scientist finds 1959 message in bottle showing the extent of glacial melt in remote Canada

Published December 19, 2013 news.com.au Climate clues: A message in a bottle left behind by a geologist in 1959 has revealed the pace of glacial retreat in remote Canada. (REUTERS) A 54-year old message in a bottle tucked under some rocks is helping scientists study just how much a remote glacier has melted due to climate … Continue reading "Scientist finds 1959 message in bottle showing the extent of glacial melt in remote Canada"

Banana-geddon: World’s bananas under threat from bugs and spreading fungus

Banana-geddon: World’s bananas under threat from bugs and spreading fungus

Published December 18, 2013 news.com.au Banana fungus threaten the global supply of one of America’s favorite snack. (ISTOCK) One country has already declared it a national emergency and alarm bells are ringing for banana lovers. But banana-geddon is very real and fruit fans everywhere are fearing for the future supplies of the popular global snack. Already … Continue reading "Banana-geddon: World’s bananas under threat from bugs and spreading fungus"

Gadget garbage: UN study predicts increase in electrical waste by a third by 2017

Gadget garbage: UN study predicts increase in electrical waste by a third by 2017

How Green Published December 16, 2013 Associated Press Aug. 26, 2013: Discarded television sets pile up in a scrap yard awaiting recycling in Zhuzhou city in south China’s Hunan province. China’s recycling industry has boomed over the past 20 years. Its manufacturers needed the metal, paper and plastic and Beijing was willing to tolerate the … Continue reading "Gadget garbage: UN study predicts increase in electrical waste by a third by 2017"

Heavy fog enshrouds london

Heavy fog enshrouds london

By by Megan Gannon Published December 13, 2013 LiveScience A thick fog blankets London’s Canary Wharf business district on Dec. 10, 2013. (METROPOLITAN POLICE | @MPSINTHESKY) An impenetrable fog rolled into London Wednesday morning, which caused some travel woes, and also produced rare views of the city’s skyline from above, with only the tallest buildings poking above … Continue reading "Heavy fog enshrouds london"

Canada makes North Pole claim

Canada makes North Pole claim

Published December 11, 2013 Associated Press In this March 31, 2007 photo, Ranger Joe Amarualik, from Iqaluit, Nunavut, drives his snowmobile on the ice during a Canadian Ranger sovereignty patrol near Eureka, on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. Canada plans to make a claim to the North Pole in an effort to assert its sovereignty in the … Continue reading "Canada makes North Pole claim"

Ask a science teacher: Why is snow white, and where does its color go when the snow melts?

Ask a science teacher: Why is snow white, and where does its color go when the snow melts?

By Larry Scheckel Published December 09, 2013 FoxNews.com LARRY SCHECKEL/REUTERS Snow is a bunch of ice crystals stuck together. It’s a very complex arrangement. To understand why snow is white, we must be familiar with what happens to light when it strikes any material. The color of anything, including snow, depends on how light interacts with … Continue reading "Ask a science teacher: Why is snow white, and where does its color go when the snow melts?"

Rare weather event fills Grand Canyon with fog

Rare weather event fills Grand Canyon with fog

By Douglas Main Published December 04, 2013 LiveScience The Grand Canyon, filled with fog, in a rare weather event called a temperature inversion. (NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PHOTO BY ERIN WHITTAKER) Usually the Grand Canyon offers stunning views stretching for miles, deep into valleys etched by the Colorado River. But that vista has changed over the past few … Continue reading "Rare weather event fills Grand Canyon with fog"

Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river

Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river

Published November 26, 2013 Associated Press Nov. 24, 2013: A large spinning circle of bits of ice that Loegering spotted in North Dakota’s Sheyenne River while out hunting with friends. Members of the National Weather service said a combination of cold, dense air last weekend and an eddy in the river likely caused the disk … Continue reading "Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river"

Active volcano discovered under Antarctic ice sheet

Active volcano discovered under Antarctic ice sheet

By Becky Oskin Published November 18, 2013 LiveScience Mount Sidley is the youngest volcano rising above the ice in West Antarctica’s Executive Committee Range. A group of seismologists has detected new volcanic activity under the ice about 30 miles ahead of Mount Sidley. (DOUG WIENS) Earthquakes deep below West Antarctica reveal an active volcano hidden beneath the … Continue reading "Active volcano discovered under Antarctic ice sheet"

Photographer captures breathtaking images of world’s vanishing tribes

Photographer captures breathtaking images of world’s vanishing tribes

By Adrienne Berard Published November 15, 2013 FoxNews.com     Stunning portraits of the world’s most remote tribes   Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent three-and-a-half years documenting vanishing indigenous cultures all over the world. The resulting photographs have recently been released in a voluminous book called Before They Pass Away. Here is a selection of his images.   … Continue reading "Photographer captures breathtaking images of world’s vanishing tribes"

US officials crush 6 tons of illegal ivory to send global anti-poaching message

US officials crush 6 tons of illegal ivory to send global anti-poaching message

Published November 15, 2013 Associated Press Steve Oberholtzer, a special agent for the Fish and Wildlife Service, talks about ivory poachers as he is surrounded by tons of ivory at the the National Wildlife Property Repository at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Commerce City, Colo., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Over 6-tons … Continue reading "US officials crush 6 tons of illegal ivory to send global anti-poaching message"

3D-printed fossils & rocks could transform geology

3D-printed fossils & rocks could transform geology

By Becky Oskin Published November 11, 2013 LiveScience Iowa State’s MakerBot Replicator printing the Earth on Oct. 28 during the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver.(BECKY OSKIN) Whether they’re cracking open rocks or scanning tiny changes in topography, geologists already work in three dimensions. But one of the most popular attractions at the Geological Society … Continue reading "3D-printed fossils & rocks could transform geology"

Australia worried Katy Perry’s CD is a biohazard

Australia worried Katy Perry’s CD is a biohazard

Published November 06, 2013 News Corp Australian Papers     Katy Perry Topless in Rolling Stone   The outrageous songstress likes getting sexy, doesn’t like casual sex.   Biosecurity officers have been directed to inspect Katy Perry CDs purchased overseas due to fears they may pose a risk to Australia. The deluxe version of the … Continue reading "Australia worried Katy Perry’s CD is a biohazard"

Oldest air on Earth hiding in Antarctic ice

Oldest air on Earth hiding in Antarctic ice

By Tim Wall Published November 06, 2013 Discovery News A researcher from the University of Copenhagen examines an ice core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. (NASA/LORA KOENIG) Tiny puffs of air from 1.5 million years ago may be locked inside bubbles in the ice nearly two miles beneath Antarctica’s surface. That ancient air, if it exists, … Continue reading "Oldest air on Earth hiding in Antarctic ice"

Suits claim Love Canal still oozing 35 years later

Suits claim Love Canal still oozing 35 years later

Published November 02, 2013 Associated Press Aug. 2, 1978: This file photo shows a fence and a sign cordoning off a contaminated toxic waste dump site in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, N.Y. (AP) FILE – In this Aug. 4, 1978 file photo, children play in the front yard of their home on 99th … Continue reading "Suits claim Love Canal still oozing 35 years later"

Maine volcanoes (yes, Maine) among world’s biggest

Maine volcanoes (yes, Maine) among world’s biggest

By Becky Oskin Published November 03, 2013 LiveScience Mount Desert Island in Maine’s Acadia National Park as seen from across the Mount Desert Narrows. (EDWIN CHASE) DENVER –  Maine has supervolcanoes. Wait, Maine has volcanoes? Yes, and their eruptions could have been among the biggest ever on Earth, geoscientist Sheila Seaman reported Tuesday at the Geological Society … Continue reading "Maine volcanoes (yes, Maine) among world’s biggest"

Detritus from the Gold Rush is heading toward America’s food basket

Detritus from the Gold Rush is heading toward America’s food basket

Published October 28, 2013 Inside Science News Service View of gold miners excavating an eroded bluff with jets of water at a placer mine in Dutch Flat, California, between 1857 and 1870. (DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY) When gold was discovered in California in 1849, the miners were confronted with a problem: there were huge amounts of the … Continue reading "Detritus from the Gold Rush is heading toward America’s food basket"

Invasive earthworms harming Great Lakes forests

Invasive earthworms harming Great Lakes forests

By Becky Oskin Published October 29, 2013 LiveScience Scott Loss uses a liquid-mustard mixture to sample earthworms. The mustard contains a skin irritant that causes earthworms to come to the surface. A recent decline in ovenbirds (also known as Seiurus aurocapilla), a ground-nesting migrat (SARA SCHMELZER LOSS.) DENVER –  Gardeners and farmers may love earthworms for their rich … Continue reading "Invasive earthworms harming Great Lakes forests"

How Google Street View could fight invasive species

How Google Street View could fight invasive species

By By Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor Smarter America Published October 21, 2013 LiveScience Researchers used Google Street Views to track caterpillar nests from the pine processionary moth; here, different examples of infested trees located along streets in the region of Orleans, France. (PLOS ONE) Google’s online street views could help scientists track and fight invasive species … Continue reading "How Google Street View could fight invasive species"

There’s gold in them thar trees

There’s gold in them thar trees

By Charles Q. Choi Published October 22, 2013 LiveScience Trees may turn golden for reasons that have nothing to do with the onset of autumn. (REUTERS) A Eucalyptus tree in the Australian Outback, where researchers took samples of branches and leaves from trees to look for tiny particles of gold that could hint at subterranean gold deposits. (MEL … Continue reading "There’s gold in them thar trees"

Oklahoma teen finds 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

Oklahoma teen finds 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

Published October 22, 2013 FoxNews.com This photo provided by Crater of Diamonds State Park shows Tana Clymer, 14, of Oklahoma City, with a 3.85-carat canary diamond she discovered Saturday Oct. 19, 2013, at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park. The park is the only diamond-producing site in the United States that is open to the … Continue reading "Oklahoma teen finds 3.85-carat diamond at Arkansas state park"

Antarctic ozone hole hits 2013 peak size

Antarctic ozone hole hits 2013 peak size

By Tia Ghose Published October 23, 2013 LiveScience The ozone hole reached its biggest extent for the year on Sept. 26, 2013. (NOAA) The Antarctic ozone hole reached its biggest extent for the year on Sept. 26, 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday. At its maximum, the ozone hole over the South Pole measured … Continue reading "Antarctic ozone hole hits 2013 peak size"

Reluctant anglers drafted in war on fish

Reluctant anglers drafted in war on fish

Published October 19, 2013 The Wall Street Journal June 21, 2011: A fly fisherman on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (REUTERS) Balancing on some boulders along the Lamar River here on a recent afternoon, Dave Hallac clutched his fly-fishing rod and reeled in one of the outlaws. “This is the enemy here,” the … Continue reading "Reluctant anglers drafted in war on fish"

Charges possible for Boy Scouts leaders who toppled Utah rock formation

Charges possible for Boy Scouts leaders who toppled Utah rock formation

Published October 19, 2013 FoxNews.com This undated photo released by Utah State Parks shows rock formations at Goblin Valley State Park. (AP/UTAH STATE PARKS) A group of Boy Scouts leaders may face criminal charges after purposely knocking over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and posting a video of the incident online, authorities say The men … Continue reading "Charges possible for Boy Scouts leaders who toppled Utah rock formation"

South Dakota ranchers reel after ‘catastrophic’ storm leaves up to 100,000 cattle dead

South Dakota ranchers reel after ‘catastrophic’ storm leaves up to 100,000 cattle dead

By Joshua Rhett Miller Published October 11, 2013 FoxNews.com Oct. 7, 2013: Frozen cattle are seen along Highway 34 east of Sturgis, S.D., another casualty of the early October blizzard. (AP/Rapid City Journal, Kristina Barker) Oct. 7, 2013: Major roads are plowed, but piles of snow are melting causing potential flood hazards in Rapid City, S.D.. … Continue reading "South Dakota ranchers reel after ‘catastrophic’ storm leaves up to 100,000 cattle dead"

Toxins from algae in Lake Erie pose threat to drinking water

Toxins from algae in Lake Erie pose threat to drinking water

Published October 14, 2013 Associated Press White foam created by a release of chemicals from dying algae blooms on western Lake Erie washes up on the break wall at West Harbor in Port Clinton, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, D’Arcy Egan) TOLEDO, OHIO –  Toxins from blobs of algae on western Lake Erie are infiltrating … Continue reading "Toxins from algae in Lake Erie pose threat to drinking water"

New photos of Pakistan’s ‘Earthquake Island’

New photos of Pakistan’s ‘Earthquake Island’

By Becky Oskin Published October 06, 2013 LiveScience An aerial photo from Pakistan’s National Institute of Oceanography suggests the new island is 60 to 70 feet (15 to 20 meters) tall.(PAKISTAN’S NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY/NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY) The Earth performed the ultimate magic trick last week, making an island appear out of nowhere. The new island … Continue reading "New photos of Pakistan’s ‘Earthquake Island’"

7 insects you’ll be eating in the future

7 insects you’ll be eating in the future

By Marc Lallanilla Published October 02, 2013 LiveScience Mealworms and spring onions are stir-fried to be used in a quiche at the Rijn IJssel school for Chefs in Wageningen. (REUTERS/Jerry Lampen) As the human population continues to inch closer to 8 billion people, feeding all those hungry mouths will become increasingly difficult. A growing number of … Continue reading "7 insects you’ll be eating in the future"

Wisconsin bridge support beam sinks into the ground, causing huge dip in roadway

Wisconsin bridge support beam sinks into the ground, causing huge dip in roadway

Published September 26, 2013 FoxNews.com Sept. 25, 2013: The Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge is pictured after a support pier sank, causing a dip in the roadway. (AP/PRESS-GAZETTE MEDIA) This is one bumpy road! A support pillar for a busy Wisconsin bridge that serves an interstate highway has sank into the ground, causing a dip in the … Continue reading "Wisconsin bridge support beam sinks into the ground, causing huge dip in roadway"

Deadly Pakistan quake creates new island

Deadly Pakistan quake creates new island

Published September 25, 2013 FoxNews.com Sept. 25, 2013: An island that rose from the sea following an earthquake is pictured off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea . (REUTERS/STRINGER) Sept. 25, 2013: People walk on an island that rose from the sea following an earthquake, off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea. (REUTERS/STRINGER) Map locating … Continue reading "Deadly Pakistan quake creates new island"

New study says threat of man-made global warming greatly exaggerated

New study says threat of man-made global warming greatly exaggerated

By Doug McKelway Published September 19, 2013 FoxNews.com Facebook3119 Twitter448 LinkedIn3 ADVERTISEMENT A peer-reviewed climate change study released Wednesday by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change finds the threat of man-made global warming to be not only greatly exaggerated but so small as to be “embedded within the background variability of the natural climate system” and not dangerous. … Continue reading "New study says threat of man-made global warming greatly exaggerated"

Planet good for another 1.75 billion years, scientists say

Planet good for another 1.75 billion years, scientists say

By Wynne Parry Published September 19, 2013 LiveScience Earth could continue to host life for at least another 1.75 billion years, as long as nuclear holocaust, an errant asteroid or some other disaster doesn’t intervene, a new study calculates. But even without such dramatic doomsday scenarios, astronomical forces will eventually render the planet uninhabitable. Somewhere between 1.75 … Continue reading "Planet good for another 1.75 billion years, scientists say"

Warming whoops: Scientists debate the falling rate of rising temperatures

Warming whoops: Scientists debate the falling rate of rising temperatures

By Jeremy A. Kaplan Published September 17, 2013 FoxNews.com The cover of a forthcoming part of the world’s most authoritative climate report, compiled every six years by the United Nations. (UN) The world has warmed 0.05 degrees Celsius (0.09 degrees Fahrenheit) per decade over the past 15 years, a fraction of the 0.2ºC (0.36ºF) per decade rate … Continue reading "Warming whoops: Scientists debate the falling rate of rising temperatures"

Iowa farmer says he’s grown the perfect American pig

Iowa farmer says he’s grown the perfect American pig

By Lauren Blanchard Published September 17, 2013 FoxNews.com Ionia, IA –  From California’s Silicon Valley to the cornfields of Iowa, former computer engineer and now pig farmer, Carl Blake is reinventing the way that Americans eat their pork. Through his technology-based approach and good ol’ fashioned farming, he says he has bred the perfect tasting American … Continue reading "Iowa farmer says he’s grown the perfect American pig"

Climate models wildly overestimated global warming, study finds

Climate models wildly overestimated global warming, study finds

By Maxim Lott Published September 12, 2013 FoxNews.com The predicted temperature changes (darker red indicating greater change) due to global warming, based on data that scientists, policymakers and the public are now questioning. Can you rely on the weather forecast? Maybe not, at least when it comes to global warming predictions over short time periods. That’s … Continue reading "Climate models wildly overestimated global warming, study finds"

Auctioneer shows off 118-carat ‘world’s greatest’ white diamond in NYC

Auctioneer shows off 118-carat ‘world’s greatest’ white diamond in NYC

Published September 04, 2013 Associated Press Sept. 4, 2013: A 118-carat white diamond is on display at Sotheby’s, a New York auction house. (AP) NEW YORK –  A New York auction house is showing off what it calls the world’s greatest white diamond on the block — a 118-carat stone from Africa the size of a … Continue reading "Auctioneer shows off 118-carat ‘world’s greatest’ white diamond in NYC"

New explanation for mysterious ‘fairy circles’ in African desert

New explanation for mysterious ‘fairy circles’ in African desert

By Joseph Castro Published September 05, 2013 LiveScience Fairy circles are circular patches of perennial grasses with a barren center that emerge in the deserts along the southwest coast of Africa. Here, numerous tracks of Oryx antelopes crossing fairy circles in an interdune pan, shown in this aeria (Image courtesy of N. Juergens) The bizarre circular patches … Continue reading "New explanation for mysterious ‘fairy circles’ in African desert"

Control the weather with lasers

Control the weather with lasers

By Larry O’Hanlon Published August 30, 2013 Discovery News A lightning storm is pictured over the sea near the popular tourist destination of Cancun August 13, 2013. (Reuters) What could be cooler than zapping clouds to make them do as you wish? The dream has been around a long time. Is it nuts? A decades ago the … Continue reading "Control the weather with lasers"

Pilot photographs amazing views from the cockpit

Pilot photographs amazing views from the cockpit

By Laura Kelly Published August 27, 2013 FoxNews.com       Pilot snaps stunning shots from cockpit   For Karim Nafatni, a room with a view is just one of his job’s perks. As a commercial pilot based in Dubai, Nafatni gets to witness epic, dramatic vistas and landscapes on a daily basis and lucky for … Continue reading "Pilot photographs amazing views from the cockpit"

Leaked draft of climate report struggles with drop in warming

Leaked draft of climate report struggles with drop in warming

Published August 20, 2013 FoxNews.com The cover of the IPCC’s fourth assessment report to the U.N., “Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report,” more frequently referred to as AR4. (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)) An unreleased draft of the U.N.’s next major climate report reportedly states that scientists are more certain than ever that man’s actions are … Continue reading "Leaked draft of climate report struggles with drop in warming"

Mind-blowing colors found in nature

Mind-blowing colors found in nature

Published August 13, 2013 TheActiveTimes When images of China’s “rainbow mountains” went viral, we—like so many others—were entranced by the incredible colors of nature. But then we noticed the disclaimer: “There could be some slight photo manipulation going on to make the colors pop.” After a little research, we realized this was definitely the case … Continue reading "Mind-blowing colors found in nature"

Hail storm wreaks havoc on Bordeaux region, will affect wine prices

Hail storm wreaks havoc on Bordeaux region, will affect wine prices

Published August 09, 2013 FoxNews.com In just 10 minutes, five percent of the crop that would become 2013’s dry white Bordeaux was destroyed in a hail storm that ravaged the famous wine-producing region last Friday. Due to the storm, which only lasted from 8:40 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. last Friday, the 2013 dry white Bordeaux … Continue reading "Hail storm wreaks havoc on Bordeaux region, will affect wine prices"

Yellowstone’s Steamboat geyser sees rare eruption

Yellowstone’s Steamboat geyser sees rare eruption

Published August 01, 2013 Associated Press July 31, 2013: Steamboat Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin in Wyoming, erupts on Wednesday. (AP) BILLINGS, Mont. –  Old Faithful it’s not. Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser — the world’s tallest — has erupted for the first time in more than eight years. The nine-minute blast sent … Continue reading "Yellowstone’s Steamboat geyser sees rare eruption"

Santa not swimming: No lake at North Pole, scientist says

Santa not swimming: No lake at North Pole, scientist says

Published July 31, 2013 FoxNews.com July 22, 2013: A picture of a buoy anchored near a remote webcam at the North Pole shows a meltwater lake surrounding the camera. (North Pole Environmental Observatory) Santa’s workshop is safe. Amid all the frenzy caused by photos that appear to show a lake where one would expect to find the … Continue reading "Santa not swimming: No lake at North Pole, scientist says"

Apocalyptic, fiery clouds gathering over Midwest captured in video

Apocalyptic, fiery clouds gathering over Midwest captured in video

Published July 24, 2013 news.com.au Unusual Mammatus clouds form in the sky over Iron Mountain. (Jason Asselin/Youtube) Jason Asselin captured Mammatus clouds on video hovering over Michigan. (Jason Asselin/Youtube) Next Slide Previous Slide Eerie round, orange clouds were spotted over a Michigan town, making the sky appear “on fire” and leading residents to worry that wild weather was … Continue reading "Apocalyptic, fiery clouds gathering over Midwest captured in video"

Why mosquitoes bite some more than others

Why mosquitoes bite some more than others

Published July 17, 2013 FoxNews.com Does it seem like you’re a mosquito magnet? A new report says some of us are bitten more than others for several different reasons. According to Smithsonian Magazine, about 20 percent of us are more appealing than others to the insects. The reasons? They include: 1. Alcohol — just one … Continue reading "Why mosquitoes bite some more than others"

How to take great photos of the night sky

How to take great photos of the night sky

Published June 28, 2013 FoxNews.com The sun is setting and night is beginning to fall.  Many photographers are packing up their gear and heading home for the day, but Andy Austin, founder of Peak Photography of Montana, is just getting ready for the night ahead. On a moonless night the sky comes alive with a celestial … Continue reading "How to take great photos of the night sky"

Why is Africa ripping apart? Seismic scan may tell

Why is Africa ripping apart? Seismic scan may tell

By Charles Q. Choi Published June 19, 2013 LiveScience This radar image highlights portions of three of the lakes located in the Western Rift of the Great Rift Valley, a geological fault system of Southwest Asia and East Africa: Lake Edward (top), Lake Kivu (middle) and Lake Tanganyika (bottom). (ESA) Arrays of sensors stretching across more than … Continue reading "Why is Africa ripping apart? Seismic scan may tell"

Beware deadly hurricane season, researcher warns

Beware deadly hurricane season, researcher warns

By Douglas Main Published June 08, 2013 LiveScience An image showing flooding from Hurricane Audrey, which killed about 500 people in 1957. (NOAA) Hurricanes that strike the Gulf Coast in June can be as deadly or more deadly that those that hit later in the season, one researcher warns. That’s partially because hurricanes that make landfall … Continue reading "Beware deadly hurricane season, researcher warns"

Oklahoma man thanks Ford after surviving tornado flight in pickup

Oklahoma man thanks Ford after surviving tornado flight in pickup

Published June 07, 2013 FoxNews.com Chip Legett Four people in Oklahoma survived being tossed over 100 yards in a pickup truck when they were hit head on by the largest tornado to ever touchdown in the United States. The incident happened just southeast of El Reno, where the category five twister claimed 18 lives on … Continue reading "Oklahoma man thanks Ford after surviving tornado flight in pickup"

Ruby, jade shine light on Earth’s history

Ruby, jade shine light on Earth’s history

By Becky Oskin Published June 02, 2013 LiveScience The 23.1-carat Carmen Lucia Ruby, donated to the Smithsonian Institution. (Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution) Gem hunters have always been natural geologists, seeking the mother lode long before researchers explained how gems and minerals form. Now, scientists want to officially link precious gems to their geologic setting, with a … Continue reading "Ruby, jade shine light on Earth’s history"

Feathered dino may be world’s first bird

Feathered dino may be world’s first bird

By Tanya Lewis Published May 31, 2013 LiveScience A birdlike dinosaur from the Middle/Late Jurassic of China could be the first of the bird group. (Masato Hattori) The skeleton of a Jurassic dinosaur from China could also be the oldest known bird, scientists report. The fossil of Aurornis xui was found last year in a museum at the … Continue reading "Feathered dino may be world’s first bird"

Amazing! First ever photograph inside a hydrogen atom

Amazing! First ever photograph inside a hydrogen atom

Published May 28, 2013 FoxNews.com The first direct observation of the orbital structure of an excited hydrogen atom, made using a newly developed “quantum microscope.” (Stodolna et al. / Physical Review Letters) A photoionization microscope provides direct observation of the electron orbital of a hydrogen atom. The atom is placed in an electric field E and … Continue reading "Amazing! First ever photograph inside a hydrogen atom"

Remote Alaska volcano erupting with lava and ash

Remote Alaska volcano erupting with lava and ash

Published May 17, 2013 Associated Press May 16, 2013: In this photo provided by the Alaskan Volcano Observatory, the Pavlof volcano erupts. (AP) A remote Alaska volcano continues to erupt, spewing lava and ash clouds. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Thursday a continuous cloud of ash, steam and gas from Pavlof Volcano has been seen 20,000 … Continue reading "Remote Alaska volcano erupting with lava and ash"

Oldest water on Earth found deep underground

Oldest water on Earth found deep underground

By Charles Q. Choi Published May 16, 2013 LiveScience A scientist takes a sample of water from a mine deep underground in Ontario, Canada. The water turned out to be 2.6 billion years old, the oldest known water on Earth. (B. Sherwood Lollar et al.) A scientists takes a sample of water from a mine deep … Continue reading "Oldest water on Earth found deep underground"

Mount Everest’s ice is melting, researcher claims

Mount Everest’s ice is melting, researcher claims

By Becky Oskin How Green Published May 15, 2013 LiveScience Mount Everest is the second peak from the left. (Pavel Novak) Earth’s global thaw has reached Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak, researchers said Tuesday at the Meeting of the Americas in Cancun, Mexico. Glaciers in the Mount Everest region have shrunk by 13 percent in the last … Continue reading "Mount Everest’s ice is melting, researcher claims"

5 climbers killed after volcano spews rock and ash in the Philippines

5 climbers killed after volcano spews rock and ash in the Philippines

Published May 07, 2013 Associated Press May 7, 2013: A mushroom of volcanic ash shoots up to the sky as Mayon volcano, one of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes, spewed huge rocks and ash after daybreak. (AP) FILE: A column of ash shoots up to the sky in another mild eruption of the cloud-covered Mayon volcano … Continue reading "5 climbers killed after volcano spews rock and ash in the Philippines"

Feds blame combination of parasite, virus, bacteria, pesticides for strange bee disappearance

Feds blame combination of parasite, virus, bacteria, pesticides for strange bee disappearance

Published May 05, 2013 Associated Press May 2, 2013: A bee looks for a pollen laden flower in Kennewick, Wash. A new U.S. report blames a combination of problems for a mysterious and dramatic disappearance of honeybees across the country since 2006. (AP Photo/The Tri-City Herald, Richard Dickin) Jeffery Pettis, a top bee scientist at the … Continue reading "Feds blame combination of parasite, virus, bacteria, pesticides for strange bee disappearance"

Hug a tree! 5 fun facts about Earth Day

Hug a tree! 5 fun facts about Earth Day

Published April 22, 2013 Space.com NASA It’s a day to celebrate the most famous mother of all — Mother Earth. This Monday (April 22) marks the 43rd Earth Day, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries expected to participate in activities this year. Though Earth Day is mainstream now, its roots go back to the … Continue reading "Hug a tree! 5 fun facts about Earth Day"

Breaking the ice: Earthquakes trigger Antarctic ‘icequakes’

Breaking the ice: Earthquakes trigger Antarctic ‘icequakes’

By Becky Oskin Published April 22, 2013 LiveScience Researchers hard at work around a seismograph, an instrument in the orange box buried in a hole in the snow. Solar power runs the seismic station during the summer, and batteries keep it going during the long, dark winter months. (Doug Wiens) When the world shakes, so does … Continue reading "Breaking the ice: Earthquakes trigger Antarctic ‘icequakes’"

How a fake island landed on Google Earth

How a fake island landed on Google Earth

By Megan Gannon Published April 20, 2013 LiveScience A view on Google Earth of the phantom Sandy Island. (via Google Earth) Last year, a group of Australian researchers “undiscovered” an island the size of Manhattan in the South Pacific. A mysterious place called Sandy Island had popped up on maps, northwest of New Caledonia. It even showed up … Continue reading "How a fake island landed on Google Earth"

Volcano under Yellowstone bigger than previously thought

Volcano under Yellowstone bigger than previously thought

By Becky Oskin Published April 18, 2013 LiveScience Yellowstone is an active volcano. Surface features such as geysers and hot springs are direct results of the region’s underlying volcanism. (National Park Service) SALT LAKE CITY –  Yellowstone’s underground volcanic plumbing is bigger and better connected than scientists thought, researchers reported Wednesday, April 17, at the Seismological … Continue reading "Volcano under Yellowstone bigger than previously thought"

5 mysterious particles lurking underground

5 mysterious particles lurking underground

By Tia Ghose Published April 08, 2013 LiveScience The Large Underground Xenon detector in Homestake mine in South Dakota could reveal the particles that make up dark matter. (Matt Kapust, Sanford Laboratory) While the world’s largest atom smasher was busy finding the Higgs boson particle — thought to explain why other particles have mass — physicists … Continue reading "5 mysterious particles lurking underground"

Creators of mysterious desert ‘fairy circles’ found

Creators of mysterious desert ‘fairy circles’ found

By Tanya Lewis Published March 29, 2013 LiveScience Here, numerous tracks of Oryx antelopes crossing fairy circles in an interdune pan, shown in this aerial view of Namibrand, Namibia. (Image courtesy of N. Juergens) The “artists” behind bizarre, barren, grassless rings dotting the desert of Southwest Africa have been found lurking right at scientists’ feet: termites. … Continue reading "Creators of mysterious desert ‘fairy circles’ found"

Eerie Google images of Japanese ghost town in Fukushima

Eerie Google images of Japanese ghost town in Fukushima

Published March 28, 2013 SkyNews Google Maps Google Maps Google Maps Google Maps Next Slide Previous Slide Google Street View is giving people a rare glimpse of Japanese ghost town Namie which was left abandoned after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami sparked a nuclear disaster that has left the area uninhabitable. The eerie images taken by … Continue reading "Eerie Google images of Japanese ghost town in Fukushima"

8 mind-blowing volcanoes that you can visit

8 mind-blowing volcanoes that you can visit

By Laura Kelly Published March 25, 2013 FoxNews.com JNTO 1Mt. Fuji, Japan Solve Fredheim 2Thrihnukagigur, Iceland Fototeca ENIT 3Mt. Etna, Italy AP 4Pacaya, Guatemala Hawaii Tourism Authority / Tor Johnson 5Kilauea, Hawaii Italian Government Tourist Board/ Fototeca ENIT 6Mt. Vesuvius, Italy Indonesia Ministry of Culture & Tourism 7Mt. Bromo, Indonesia Vanuatu Tourism Office 8Yasur, Vanuatu Next … Continue reading "8 mind-blowing volcanoes that you can visit"

Mega volcanoes responsible for mass extinctions on Earth?

Mega volcanoes responsible for mass extinctions on Earth?

By Tanya Lewis Published March 22, 2013 LiveScience     Nature’s Fury: When Volcanoes Erupt Belching lava, earth-shaking rumbles, smoke that fills the sky … volcanoes reveal nature at her most furious. We’ve recently seen several examples of her anger.   Massive volcanic eruptions may have led to the extermination of half of Earth’s species … Continue reading "Mega volcanoes responsible for mass extinctions on Earth?"

‘Lost’ tectonic plate found beneath California

‘Lost’ tectonic plate found beneath California

By Stephanie Pappas Published March 19, 2013 LiveScience The Isabella anomaly in California is in line with known remnants of the long-gone Farallon plate. (Forsyth lab/Brown University) A tectonic plate that disappeared under North America millions of years ago still peeks out in central California and Mexico, new research finds. The Farallon oceanic plate was once … Continue reading "‘Lost’ tectonic plate found beneath California"

Neanderthals doomed by vision-centered brains

Neanderthals doomed by vision-centered brains

By Tia Ghose Published March 13, 2013 LiveScience Neanderthals had a characteristic “bun head” shaped skull which allowed for expanded visual processing in the back of the brain. That left them less head space for the frontal lobe, which governs social cognition. (Neanderthal Museum (Mettmann, Germany)) Neanderthals’ keen vision may explain why they couldn’t cope with … Continue reading "Neanderthals doomed by vision-centered brains"

Florida researchers develop medically safer hybrid grapefruit

Florida researchers develop medically safer hybrid grapefruit

Published March 12, 2013 Reuters iStock Grapefruit fans who gave up the fruit to avoid potentially dangerous interactions with their prescription medications may soon be able to indulge in the tangy fruit without risk. Tests on a new hybrid grapefruit developed in Florida found very low levels of the organic chemical compounds implicated in what … Continue reading "Florida researchers develop medically safer hybrid grapefruit"

Aggressive Florida mosquito set to spoil summer, scientist says

Aggressive Florida mosquito set to spoil summer, scientist says

Published March 10, 2013 FoxNews.com If you live in Florida, a large, aggressive mosquito with a painful bite may soon be coming to a place near you. One scientist at the University of Florida is predicting that another wave of Psorophora ciliate, sometimes called gallinippers, could be coming along with the summer’s rains. The species … Continue reading "Aggressive Florida mosquito set to spoil summer, scientist says"

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the last Manhattan Project facility in Manhattan

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the last Manhattan Project facility in Manhattan

By Allison Barrie War Games Published February 28, 2013 FoxNews.com     Terrible Beauty: Remembering the Manhattan Project In late 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt and the United States government developed a top-secret plan: The Manhattan Project. See more historic photos in the full gallery at Life.com.    The last remaining Manhattan Project facility still located in Manhattan was officially … Continue reading "EXCLUSIVE: Inside the last Manhattan Project facility in Manhattan"

Are your hot air balloon travel excursions safe?

Are your hot air balloon travel excursions safe?

Published February 26, 2013 FoxNews.com An aerial view of the balloon launch site near Luxor in Egypt, prior to a hot air balloon explosion which killed 18 tourists Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013. (AP) The tragic hot air balloon accident in Egypt that killed at least 19 people and injured two others has thrust the safety of … Continue reading "Are your hot air balloon travel excursions safe?"

‘Lost’ continent discovered beneath Indian Ocean

‘Lost’ continent discovered beneath Indian Ocean

Published February 25, 2013 FoxNews.com Beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean lies a hidden “micro-continent,” scientists say. (Google / FoxNews.com) The numbers in the circles are ages in millions of years. The areas with topography just below the sea surface are now regarded as continental fragments, scientists say. (GFZ/Steinberger) Next Slide Previous Slide Hidden beneath the brilliant … Continue reading "‘Lost’ continent discovered beneath Indian Ocean"

Hundreds of vultures swarm North Carolina neighborhood

Hundreds of vultures swarm North Carolina neighborhood

  Published February 18, 2013 FoxNews.com A group of North Carolina neighbors say they are on edge because hundreds of vultures have been swarming their neighborhood. WSOC reports the birds have been scaring children and pets as they travel in packs around the neighborhood, and are so numerous they completely covered one of the homes. … Continue reading "Hundreds of vultures swarm North Carolina neighborhood"

Giant Glacier Collapse

Giant Glacier Collapse

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