Earth news stories

Asteroids could have delivered water to the early Earth
26th April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

Shooting small rocks from a high-speed cannon showed that some asteroids could have brought water to the early Earth — without all the water boiling away on impact, a new study finds.

Ancient Amazonians lived sustainably – and this matters for conservation today
24th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Studies show that traditional uses of the landscape should be valued highly, and that Amazonian communities can support themselves without extensive deforestation.

As marijuana goes mainstream, what’s happening to the way we talk about weed?
23rd April 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

As a once-illicit drug becomes folded into the mainstream, so does the language used to describe it.

First Europeans survived climate change following ‘super-eruption’ by working together, say archaeologists
17th April 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Notably, some of the flint being used by the prehistoric Ligurians had its origins hundreds of kilometres away.

A 150-Foot Asteroid Flew Alarmingly Close to Earth Just Hours After Being Spotted
16th April 2018 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers.

All of the World’s Yeast Probably Originated in China
16th April 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, yeast that lives in infected toenails—they all descended from a common ancestor.

Supreme Court case tests weight of old Native American treaties in 21st century
14th April 2018 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The decision could provide more legal ammunition for those supporting recent tribal movements in support of Bears Ears or to stop the Dakota Access pipeline.

Kumara controversy: NZ scientists question study findings
14th April 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Matisoo-Smith and Knapp said there were well accepted and published protocols for the extraction and sequencing of ancient DNA, none of which appear to have been followed by these researchers.

Sweet potato migrated to Polynesia thousands of years before people did
13th April 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans
Tuber’s travels deepen mystery about timing of first contact between people in Americas and the South Pacific.
10th April 2018 | | Earth, Space

Okay, if you’ve got some spare time, check out this amazing website called Stuff in Space. It’s a simulation of every satellite (alive or dead), space station, and large piece of space junk orbiting the Earth right now.

Strange Eye Proteins Allow Birds to Actually See Earth’s Magnetic Field
7th April 2018 | Animal Life, Earth

A protein found in birds’ eyes that’s linked to circadian rhythms called cryptochrome lets birds see the earth’s magnetic field as another layer of their vision, an ability called magnetoreception.

Scientists seeking people with ‘encounters’ while taking DMT
31st March 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University are looking for participants for a study involving those who believe they encountered “autonomous beings or entities” after consuming DMT.

Africa Is Splitting in Two, and Here’s the Proof
31st March 2018 | | Earth

The enormous crack appeared on March 19 and measures more than 50 feet (15 meters) wide and several miles along. Moreover, it’s growing longer.

China’s Tiangong-1 space station will crash to Earth this weekend
31st March 2018 | | Earth, Space

The out-of-control spaceship will re-enter the atmosphere sometime between Saturday night and Sunday evening UK time.

Warragamba dam wall plan ‘would flood 50 Aboriginal heritage sites’
26th March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Green groups join traditional owners to oppose plan which they say would also wipe out pockets of threatened plants.

Germany was covered by glaciers 450,000 years ago
23rd March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

New chronological data for the Middle Pleistocene glacial cycles push back the first glaciation and early human appearance in central Germany by about 100,000 years.

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