Earth news stories

During the last ice age, humans in Africa lived in the mountains
12th August 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The researchers found that humans settled higher up in the mountains earlier than previously realized and lived in the region for more extended periods as well during the Middle Pleistocene Epoch.

What Would Happen If A ‘City-Killer’ Asteroid Hits London? Scientists Discuss Grim Scenario
8th August 2019 | | Earth, Humans, Space

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and cosmochemist Natalie Starkey recently discussed what would happen if the asteroid that caused the Chelyabinsk impact event hit a heavily-populated city.

Asteroid’s surprise close approach illustrates need for more eyes on the sky
7th August 2019 | Earth, Space

Archival records from sky surveys show it had previously been observed but wasn’t recognised as a near-Earth asteroid.

More People Die Defending the Environment in a Year Than UK and Australian Soldiers Combined
7th August 2019 | Earth, Humans

The study used data on the number of environmental defender deaths collected from the international human rights group Global Witness.

Cannabis ‘to be legalised in the UK’ within five to ten years, say MPs
30th July 2019 | | Earth, Humans

A group of cross-party MPs who’ve been on a fact-finding trip to Canada predict the UK will fully legalise cannabis use within five to ten years.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Fights Back With Clean Energy
29th July 2019 | | Earth, Humans

The Sioux Nation is fighting back by building the largest solar energy farm in North Dakota.

We Now Know How The Cannabis Plant Produces Its Super-Strength, Pain-Killing Compounds
25th July 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The team behind the research hope their findings might one day help us create new painkillers that come without the troublesome side effect of potential addiction.

A Mysterious, Cross-Shaped Structure Is Buried Underground in Russia. It Could Be One of the World’s Oldest Churches.
20th July 2019 | | Earth, Humans

The unknown structure sits in a fortification in Derbent that dates to around A.D. 300.

The First Archaeological Artefacts Found During the Search for Lost Prehistoric Settlements in the North Sea
16th July 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

It has long been suspected that the southern North Sea hides a vast landscape that once was home to thousands of people.

Aborigines say Uluru is sacred. Tourists rushing to beat a hiking ban are trashing it.
15th July 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

With a ban on hiking the formation set for October, tourists are making a last-ditch pilgrimage to set foot on the rock before it’s illegal, creating human traffic jams.

Ancient megafauna helped drive plant dispersal prior to domestication
12th July 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Large grazing animals during the Pleistocene drove evolutionary changes in key grains like quinoa and buckwheat and these changes paved the way for domestication.

This was the moment a car-size asteroid exploded above Puerto Rico
1st July 2019 | | Earth, Space

In what it called a “breakthrough”, the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy declared it had detected Saturday’s relatively small incoming asteroid in advance in a press statement.

Queen’s Brian May Outlines Asteroid Deflection Mission
1st July 2019 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

A famous astrophysicist (and guitar player) tells all about an ambitious mission to save humanity from asteroids, should one ever threaten Earth.

We will rock you: the world prepares for Asteroid Day
28th June 2019 | Ancient, Earth, Space, Tech

Scientists, scholars, astrophysicists, engineers, students and academics will gather in 192 countries to be part of the official United Nations’ day of awareness and education.

An asteroid hit Earth right after being spotted by telescope this week
28th June 2019 | | Earth, Space

A small, harmless space rock turned into a fireball in our atmosphere. What’s unusual is that astronomers saw it beforehand.

Switzerland aims to legalise medical marijuana
28th June 2019 | Earth, Humans

The Swiss government has proposed to allow prescriptions for cannabis to treat people suffering from cancer or other serious conditions.

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