Earth news stories

Photographer turns focus to Cherokee Nation
3rd January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

“Everyone was just so warm and friendly,” Downey said of Tahlequah residents. “It was really heartwarming, I’ve got to say; beautiful people down there.”

Speed breeding technique sows seeds of new green revolution
2nd January 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Tech

Speed breeding offers a potential new solution to a global challenge for the 21st century.

A science news preview of 2018
2nd January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

From next steps in the commercial space revolution to a rocket-powered supercar, there’s much to look forward to in 2018.

Lost Roman roads could be found as Environment Agency laser scans whole of England from air
31st December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

All the data gathered will be made available for free for the public and industry including archaeologists, urban planners and even game developers.

Plants Are Better at Complex Decision-Making Than We Ever Realised
28th December 2017 | | Animal Life, Earth

We know that plants can learn, and make decisions, and we now have a new level of insight into the decision-making process plants go through when put under pressure.

These are the greatest unsolved mysteries of 2017
26th December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

A baffling discovery inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid was among the scientific discoveries and unsolved mysteries that left us scratching our heads this year.

Laughing parrots, backflipping robots and saviour viruses: science stories of 2017
26th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

Leading scientists pick the dozen most significant discoveries and developments of 2017 – from a steep decline in flying insects to a virus that can kill bacteria.
Eight amazing science stories of 2017
26th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

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.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.
22nd December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

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.

The 25 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2017
21st December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech
Make way for megamarsupials: the migration of Australia’s extinct megafauna
20th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Diprotodon was the largest marsupial ever to live. New evidence shows it migrated annually – and could make us reassess what we know of other extinct marsupials.

Interstellar ice may hold the secret to life
17th December 2017 | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

Canadian research finds low energy electrons can catalyse essential organic molecules.

Oldest Ice Core Ever Drilled Outside The Polar Regions
16th December 2017 | Earth, Tech

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.

David Attenborough Warns: Sixth Mass Extinction Is Imminent
15th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

“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.

Chemists Find New Evidence That Life Might Have Started in Space
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

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.

Skye High Impact: Geologists in Scotland Discover a 60-Million-Year-Old Meteorite Strike
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

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.

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