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Alien life is out there. But our theories are steering us away from it.
20th January 2020 | space.com | Earth, Humans, Space

If we discovered evidence of alien life, would we even realize it? Life on other planets could be so different from what we’re used to that we might not recognize any biological signatures that it produces.

What can oceans tell us about the end of the dinosaurs?
20th January 2020 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

An asteroid did do the deed, study suggests, then volcanism shaped life in its aftermath.

In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes
17th January 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It was all about the asteroid.

How the dinosaur-killing asteroid primed Earth for modern life
17th January 2020 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Marine die-offs after the impact may have created opportunities for the life that survived around the globe, new data reveal.

800,000 Years Ago, a Meteor Slammed Into Earth. Scientists Just Found the Crater.
15th January 2020 | space.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

About 790,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into Earth with such force that the explosion blanketed about 10% of the planet with shiny black lumps of rocky debris.

7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth
15th January 2020 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Space

Scientists recently identified the oldest material on Earth: stardust that’s 7 billion years old, tucked away in a massive, rocky meteorite that struck our planet half a century ago.

Jupiter throws comets and asteroids towards Earth like a ‘sniper’, scientist warns
11th January 2020 metro.co.uk | Earth, Humans, Space

It was once thought that the gas giant Jupiter protected Earth from asteroids and other deadly space objects. But one scientist has warned that the massive planet actually acts as a ‘sniper rather than a shield’.

Could invisible aliens really exist among us? An astrobiologist explains
11th January 2020 theconversation.com | Earth, Humans

Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut and a chemist at Imperial College London, recently said that alien lifeforms that are impossible to spot may be living among us. How could that be possible?

Strength from perpetual grief: How Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis
11th January 2020 phys.org | Earth, Humans

How do you support people forever attached to a landscape after an inferno tears through their homelands: decimating native food sources, burning through ancient scarred trees and destroying ancestral ecosystems.

Mystery of Weird Hum Heard Around the World Solved
10th January 2020 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Tech

Mysterious seismic hums detected around the world were likely caused by an unusual geologic event — the rumblings of a magma-filled reservoir deep under the Indian Ocean, a new study finds.

Fossilized seashells show signs of ocean acidification before dinosaur-annihilating asteroid
8th January 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New evidence gleaned from Antarctic seashells confirms that Earth was already unstable before the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

January Full Moon 2020: The ‘Wolf Moon’ Arrives with a Lunar Eclipse
7th January 2020 | space.com | Earth, Space

The full moon of January, called the Wolf Moon, will occur on Jan. 10 at 2:21 p.m. EST (1921 GMT), and it will coincide with a lunar eclipse for skywatchers in much of the world.

North Atlantic Current could stop within the next century
7th January 2020 bigthink.com | Earth, Humans

New research suggests the ocean current that delivers warm water to Europe has a one-in-six chance of halting temporarily over the next hundred years, potentially resulting in freezing temperatures.

Bushfires have reshaped life on Earth before. They could do it again
7th January 2020 theconversation.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The catastrophic bushfires raging across much of Australia have not only taken a huge human and economic toll, but also delivered heavy blows to biodiversity and ecosystem function.

If Aliens Existed Elsewhere in the Universe, How Would They Behave?
3rd January 2020 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

The fact that Earth’s oceans had to stay liquid for billions of years in order for life to survive—the planet’s temperature had to be not too hot and not too cold but just right— scientists christened it the first “Goldilocks planet.”

New Discovery of 96-Million-Year Old Turtle Species and Hints at Intercontinental Migrations
27th December 2019 scitechdaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New 96-million-year old turtles from Texas connect North America with Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, suggesting vast intercontinental migrations during this time.

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