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January Full Moon 2020: The ‘Wolf Moon’ Arrives with a Lunar Eclipse
7th January 2020 | | Earth, Space

The full moon of January, called the Wolf Moon, will occur on Jan. 10 at 2:21 p.m. EST (1921 GMT), and it will coincide with a lunar eclipse for skywatchers in much of the world.

North Atlantic Current could stop within the next century
7th January 2020 | Earth, Humans

New research suggests the ocean current that delivers warm water to Europe has a one-in-six chance of halting temporarily over the next hundred years, potentially resulting in freezing temperatures.

Bushfires have reshaped life on Earth before. They could do it again
7th January 2020 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The catastrophic bushfires raging across much of Australia have not only taken a huge human and economic toll, but also delivered heavy blows to biodiversity and ecosystem function.

If Aliens Existed Elsewhere in the Universe, How Would They Behave?
3rd January 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

The fact that Earth’s oceans had to stay liquid for billions of years in order for life to survive—the planet’s temperature had to be not too hot and not too cold but just right— scientists christened it the first “Goldilocks planet.”

New Discovery of 96-Million-Year Old Turtle Species and Hints at Intercontinental Migrations
27th December 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New 96-million-year old turtles from Texas connect North America with Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, suggesting vast intercontinental migrations during this time.

Amazon forest regrowth much slower than previously thought
23rd December 2019 | | Earth, Humans

The regrowth of Amazonian forests following deforestation can happen much slower than previously thought, a new study shows.

23rd December 2019 | | Earth

For the first time in four years, that event falls on 22 December this year, and also ushers in the beginning of astronomical winter.

Ursid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight
22nd December 2019 | | Earth, Space

The Ursids (sometimes also referred to as the Umids) are so named because they appear to fan out from the vicinity of the bright orange star Kochab in the constellation of Ursa Minor, the little bear.

Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest forest—and its radical impact on life
22nd December 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest forest in an abandoned quarry near Cairo, New York. The 385-million-year-old rocks contain the fossilized woody roots of dozens of ancient trees.

Earth’s Atmosphere Had Terrifying Mercury Pollution Even Before The Killer Asteroid
18th December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Even before the Chicxulub asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago, dinosaurs and other life forms were dealing with toxic mercury levels, a new study suggests.

Denman Glacier: Deepest point on land found in Antarctica
14th December 2019 | | Earth

The deepest point on continental Earth has been identified in East Antarctica, under Denman Glacier.

A ‘meteor hurricane’ caused civilisation to collapse and another could wipe out humanity, scientists warn
14th December 2019 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Scientists have blamed the demise of several ancient civilisations on a ‘meteor hurricane’ caused by a dying comet.

December Full Moon 2019: The ‘Cold Moon’ Joins Venus and Saturn Overnight Tonight!
11th December 2019 | | Earth, Space

The full moon of December, called the Full Cold Moon, will arrive overnight tonight just after midnight EST on Thursday, Dec. 12, and as it rises it will be joined in the sky by the planets Venus and Saturn.

Greenland rocks suggest Earth’s magnetic field is older than we thought
11th December 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

Analysis finds that the Earth’s magnetic field arose at least 3.7 billion years ago. This pushes back the time of the magnetic field’s birth to about 200 million years earlier than the commonly accepted estimate.

DNA recovered from Arctic lakes holds clues for our future world
11th December 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

High in the Canadian Arctic on Baffin Island, beneath 10 meters of water and many more of mud, sits a refrigerated archive of Earth’s past life.

Did a million years of rain jump-start dinosaur evolution?
10th December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

An extended bout of warm wet weather 232 million years ago may have profoundly altered life on Earth.

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