Earth news stories

A Pink, Dried-Up Lake in Kenya Shaped Human Evolution 500,000 Years Ago
12th October 2018 | | Earth, Humans

“Together, the evidence suggests an advance in cognitive abilities.”

Easter Island Heads May Have Been Markers for Drinking Water
11th October 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Researchers have found evidence of discharge points where brackish water would have been collected in reservoirs or trenches, in the same locations as the statues.

Bees Go Silent during Total Solar Eclipses, New Research Shows
11th October 2018 | | Animal Life, Earth, Weird

The results were clear and consistent at locations across North America: bees stopped flying during the period of total solar eclipse.

The Problem with Ice Age Overkill
8th October 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The question of what happened to our Ice Age megafauna does not fall under the purview of a single discipline. It’s a mystery at the intersection of various sciences.

Skull-shaped ‘Great Pumpkin’ asteroid to fly past Earth after Halloween
2nd October 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Extinct comet classified as potentially hazardous because of its size and proximity to our planet.

Humans delayed the onset of the Sahara desert by 500 years
2nd October 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Humans did not accelerate the decline of the ‘Green Sahara’ and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by around 500 years, according to new research led by UCL.

Ice age discovery may reveal early migration route of first Americans
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Islands along the coastline were seemingly ice-free 17,700 years ago, so an early route along the coastline of Canada might have been viable well before an alternative, inland route.

Possible Site of Atlantis Found Using Satellite Imagery
19th September 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

New visual and arithmetic clues suggest that the mythical city of Atlantis may have been hiding in plain sight the entire time, in rather an unlikely place.

Mushrooms could solve the war on plastic, says Kew Gardens
12th September 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Tech

The first report on the state of the world’s fungi has revealed that if the natural properties of fungus can be harnessed and developed, plastic could be broken down naturally in weeks rather than years.

An Ayahuasca Journey in Virtual Reality
6th September 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The 17-minute “mixed-reality” work ‘Awavena’ melds augmented reality, 360-degree film footage, and VR to tell the story of the sacred brew.

Archaeologists Are Using Technology To Explore The ‘Lost City Of Ancient Israel’ And Its Underground Chambers
5th September 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

A multimedia guide is being created so that viewers will be able to virtually visit the vast underground realms of Beit Lehi, the lost city of Ancient Israel.

A fight for both land and culture in the face of climate change
2nd September 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

First Nations peoples have rights and a moral obligation to care for water under their law and customs. Yet surprisingly to Hooper and other Indigenous activists in the region their cultural needs were not considered in water flow plans.

Cold climates contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthals
30th August 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Climate change may have played a more important role in the extinction of Neanderthals than previously believed, according to a new study.

Cold, dry climate shifts linked to Neanderthal disappearance
28th August 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Researchers found that cold periods coincided with an apparent disappearance of our evolutionary cousins in different parts of the continent, followed by the appearance of our species, Homo sapiens.

Treasure Trove of Fossil Human Footprints Is Vanishing
28th August 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The ancient tracks at Engare Sero have stood the test of time, but they won’t last if left exposed to the elements.

Digging deep: Cooking pots reveal how ancient megacity died out because of climate change
28th August 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Five scientists were part of an international team that took animal fat residue from ceramic pots used by residents of the ancient Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük in southern Turkey.

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