Earth news stories

The moon has a hidden tide that pulls on Earth’s magnetosphere, new study reveal
5th February 2023 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space

The moon exerts a previously unknown tidal force on the “plasma ocean” surrounding Earth’s upper atmosphere, creating fluctuations that are similar to the tides in the oceans, a new study suggests.

Remapping the superhighways traveled by the first Australians reveals a 10,000-year journey through the continent by Flinders University
5th February 2023 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans

New, sophisticated models combined recent improvements in demography and models of wayfinding based on geographic inference to show the scale of the challenges faced by the ancestors of Indigenous people making their mass migration across the supercontinent more than 60,000 years ago.

Scientists Discover a Weird New Form of Ice That May Change How We Think About Water
5th February 2023 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Weird

Scientists rattling normal frozen water around in a jar of ultracold steel balls have discovered a previously unknown form of ice, closer to liquid water than any other ice yet.

Did the Seeds of Life Ride to Earth Inside an Asteroid?
2nd February 2023 | wired.com | Ancient, Earth, Space, Tech

Biological amino acids could have celestial or terrestrial roots. An experiment simulated their formation in deep space—but the mystery isn’t solved yet.

Image from: ESO (Wikki Commons)

New ancient ‘marine crocodile’ discovered on UK’s Jurassic Coast one of the oldest specimens of its type ever found
2nd February 2023 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A new study has uncovered a new thalattosuchian—an ancient ‘sister’ of modern-day crocodiles’ ancestors.

The James Webb Telescope detected the coldest ice in the known universe – and it contains the building blocks of life
25th January 2023 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

The James Webb Space Telescope’s latest observations of icy molecules will help scientists understand how habitable planets form.

The ancient trees at the heart of a case against the Crown
23rd January 2023 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A small indigenous community is fighting a historic land rights claim in Canada – and they are using ancient trees and famed British explorer Captain Cook’s journal to help make their case.

World’s Oldest Meal Helps Unravel Mystery of Our Earliest Animal Ancestors
17th January 2023 scitechdaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered new insights into the physiology of our earliest animal ancestors by studying the contents of the last meal consumed by the Ediacara biota, the world’s oldest large organisms dating back 575 million years.

Fungi are ‘underloved and understudied’
16th January 2023 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans

Mushrooms aren’t known for their ornamental value, but for this scientist, they are a thing of beauty. The plant pathologist is on a mission to spread the word that fungi need conservation just as much as plants and animals.

 

Who were Europe’s ‘bog bodies’? Deep look uncovers the secrets of this mysterious practice.
12th January 2023 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A deep dive into “bog bodies” reveals that this practice started in southern Scandinavia during the Neolithic and spread throughout Northern Europe.

Bering Land Bridge formed much later than originally thought, study suggests
4th January 2023 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The Bering Land Bridge, a stretch of land that once connected Asia with North America, came into existence much later than experts previously thought, but humans likely crossed not long after it formed, according to a new study.

Surfer creates island eco-haven with ancient knowhow
3rd January 2023 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

To the uninformed, his land looks wild. But much of it is farmed: one part has timber trees for making furniture, in another cacao trees for chocolate, near the top a garden for herbs, and everywhere throughout the forest a variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Nations reach ‘historic’ deal to protect nature
19th December 2022 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Nations have agreed to protect a third of the planet for nature by 2030 in a landmark deal aimed at safeguarding biodiversity.

 

Precise solar observations fed millions in ancient Mexico
13th December 2022 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Without clocks or modern tools, ancient Mexicans watched the sun to maintain a farming calendar that precisely tracked seasons and even adjusted for leap years.

Scientists Reconstructed a 2 Million-Year-Old Ecosystem From Ancient DNA
8th December 2022 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in reconstructing the history of our planet. Sedimentary deposits from the permafrost of Greenland contained recoverable environmental DNA dating back to around 2 million years ago.

UN calls for ‘peace pact with nature’
7th December 2022 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction,” the head of the United Nations has warned at the start of a high-level nature summit in Canada.

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