Earth news stories
It was a year of endings and beginnings: the plucky Cassini spacecraft’s 13-year-long mission reached its finale, while the fledgling field of gravitational wave astronomy bagged the catastrophic collision of two dead stars.
This is a good opportunity to imagine what such a day might look like if we had evolved on another planet where the sun would take a different dance across the sky.
Researchers from the United States and China are now studying the core — nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall — to assemble one of the longest-ever records of Earth’s climate history.
“The damage we are inflicting on species and ecosystems is so extensive and profound that scientists now believe we are witnessing Earth’s sixth mass extinction event – the last one marked the end of the dinosaurs,” Attenborough said.
There’s an increasingly confident group of researchers that think life emerged in space, and evidence published in the Journal of Chemical Physics on Tuesday provides support for their daring hypothesis.
Geologists exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland’s Isle of Skye found something out-of-this-world instead: ejecta from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact.
Researchers have found an ancient shark in North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world.
The spotlight is back on the mythological ‘Ram Setu’ between India and Sri Lanka, after a show on the Science Channel in the US hinted that such a structure may actually exist outside of mythology.
Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk.
Parasites similar to modern ticks have been found inside pieces of amber from Myanmar dating back 99 million years. One is entangled with a dinosaur feather, another is swollen with blood, and two were in a dinosaur nest.
The Kepler space telescope is operated by Nasa to discover other earths, some of which could support life. And it is has found its latest discovery, one significant enough to bring with it a huge press conference.