Earth news stories

Cross species transfer of genes has driven evolution
9th July 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Far from just being the product of our parents, widespread transfer of genes between species has radically changed the genomes of today’s mammals, and been an important driver of evolution.

First Human Mission To Binary Asteroid Will Help NASA Defend Earth From Possible Collisions
3rd July 2018 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The Hera spacecraft mission, proposed by the European Space Agency, is heading to a binary asteroid to support NASA’s planetary defense plan against potential asteroid collision.

An asteroid exploded over Russia this week
25th June 2018 | Earth, Humans, Space

The small asteroid exploded in the air; fragments may have reached Earth. Plus … why are so many large meteors seen over Russia?

The FDA approved a pot-derived drug for seizures — will the DEA allow it to be sold?
25th June 2018 | | Earth, Humans

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made from cannabis.

Preparing for the Asteroid Apocalypse
24th June 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The U.S. launches a new effort to better catalog Earth killers. But the big question is what to do if we find one headed our way.

This Magical Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit
22nd June 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Weird

It looks like a normal tree, but in spring the plant reveals a patchwork of blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months.

What is cannabis oil and how does it work?
19th June 2018 | | Earth, Humans

Your questions about the medical use of cannabis oil answered.

Out of their minds: wild ideas at the ‘Coachella of consciousness’
19th June 2018 | | Earth, Humans

An annual conference on consciousness in the Arizona desert takes an anything-goes approach to some seriously wacky theories.

How Native American food is tied to important sacred stories
17th June 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.

New research unveils true origin of ancient turquoise
14th June 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Geochemical analyses of ancient turquoise artifacts refute long-held claims that it was imported to Mexico from US.

Native Americans fear US-Mexico border wall will destroy ancient culture
14th June 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Tribal leaders fear a border wall as envisioned by Trump will sever access to the Rio Grande river’s water, spoiling religious traditions and ruining ancient culture for the tribes.

‘Shocking’ die-off of Africa’s oldest baobabs
11th June 2018 | Ancient, Earth

The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and some as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated.

Giant kelp switches diet when key nutrient becomes scarce
8th June 2018 | Earth

Growth spurts of kelp are fueled by a diet of dissolved nitrogen. One of the main forms of nitrogen is nitrate, and although nitrate is scarce in the summer and fall, giant kelp continues to grow.

Cannabis shops set to open in Canada by autumn after Senate approves legalisation
8th June 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The Cannabis Act will now go back to the House of Commons, which passed the bill in November 2017 but needs to sign off on changes made by the Senate.

A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong, And It Could Change History as We Know It
6th June 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

This may not seem like a huge deal, but in situations where a decade or two of discrepancy counts, radiocarbon dating could be misrepresenting important details.

Researchers report the earliest fossil footprints
6th June 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Fossil footprints for animal appendages in the Ediacaran Period (about 635-541 million years ago) have been discovered in China. This is considered the earliest animal fossil footprint record.

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