Earth news stories

Georgetown in northern Queensland once part of North America – geologists
20th January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

Researchers found rocks in the area 412km west of Cairns were unlike any others in Australia, but similar to those in Canada.

18th January 2018 | | Earth, Space, Tech

Saturn’s moon Titan may be nearly a billion miles away from Earth, but new research reveals a new way this distant world and our own are eerily similar.

What the Marijuana Genome Map Means for the Future of Pot
18th January 2018 | | Earth, Humans
A breakthrough in genetic research opens the door to more-targeted products and maybe even pharmaceuticals.
Divers Found The World’s Largest Underwater Cave, And It’s Full of Maya Secrets
18th January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

After 10 months of intensive exploration, scientists in Mexico have discovered the world’s largest flooded cave system – and it’s truly an underwater wonderland.

Bright meteor sets off earthquake sensors in Michigan
18th January 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Space

Residents were shaken up on Tuesday night as a bright meteor fireball exploded north of Detroit, registering as a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.

The asteroids most likely to hit Earth
15th January 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If you glean any politics from this article, take away the moral imperative for our civilization to improve our long-term thinking and invest well in planetary asteroid detection and deflection.

Ingredients for life revealed in meteorites that fell to Earth
11th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Space

This opens up many possibilities for how organic matter may be passed from one host to another in space.

Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey
10th January 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

This is not news to Aboriginal groups, who have reported about Firehawks in oral traditions for millennia.

Chemists discover plausible recipe for early life on Earth
8th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth

Their experiments demonstrate that key chemical reactions that support life today could have been carried out with ingredients likely present on the planet four billion years ago.

Magic Mushrooms Do The Opposite of Anti-Depressants, But That May Be Why They Work
8th January 2018 | | Earth, Humans

Psilocybin delivers therapeutic effects to people with depression, and researchers think this is because the drug helps to revive emotional responsiveness in the brain.

Ancient Mauryan technology brings water, hope to dry Magadh in Bihar
4th January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Ancient Mauryan engineering has brought water back to Magadh, the grain bowl of Bihar that had turned almost entirely arid because of abortive modern irrigation policies.

How Indigenous knowledge advances modern science and technology
4th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Although the value of integrating Indigenous science with Western science has been recognized, we have only begun to scratch the surface of its benefits.

Glassy debris points to relatively recent asteroid impact in southeast Asia
4th January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet’s surface. Yet its impact crater remains undiscovered.

Explainer: the seasonal ‘calendars’ of Indigenous Australia
3rd January 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

There is no beginning or end, and as such, there is no “New Year”. Instead, both seasons and humans are viewed as components of cycles.

Photographer turns focus to Cherokee Nation
3rd January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

“Everyone was just so warm and friendly,” Downey said of Tahlequah residents. “It was really heartwarming, I’ve got to say; beautiful people down there.”

Speed breeding technique sows seeds of new green revolution
2nd January 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Tech

Speed breeding offers a potential new solution to a global challenge for the 21st century.

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