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A Giant 1,115-Foot Asteroid Just Skimmed Past Earth On Its Closest-Ever Approach
28th March 2019 | inquisitr.com | Earth, Space

The asteroid is estimated to be twice as big as the Pyramid of Khufu in Giza and will return for another visit 16 years from now.

Fascinating Experiment Suggests Some Humans Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field
26th March 2019 | gizmodo.com.au | Earth, Humans, Tech

The ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field is well documented among many animals, but researchers have struggled to show that humans are also capable of the feat. Until now.

Geologists Keep Finding ‘Impossible’ Rocks on This Remote Tropical Island
20th March 2019 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

Because of Anjouan’s fiery origins, the entire island should be uniformly composed of volcanic basalt: a dark-coloured, lava-derived rock.

US detects huge meteor explosion
18th March 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Space

A huge fireball exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere in December, according to Nasa. It went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

Geologic evidence supports theory that major cosmic impact event occurred approximately 12,800 years ago
14th March 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Earth

More evidence of a cosmic impact, this time from south of the equator, that likely caused climate change and megafaunal extinctions.

Small asteroid to sweep closer than moon’s distance
14th March 2019 earthsky.org | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The space rock has an estimated size of 75 feet in diameter, so it’s slightly larger than the asteroid that penetrated the atmosphere over the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 15, 2013.

UK’s first medical cannabis clinic opens in Greater Manchester
11th March 2019 | independent.co.uk | Earth, Humans

Private centre launched by professor who helped young epilepsy sufferer Alfie Dingley secure cannabis licence.

Modern beer yeast emerged from mix of European grape wine, Asian rice wine yeast
6th March 2019 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans

This finding points to the emergence of beer yeast from a historical East-West transfer of fermentation technology, similar to the transfer of domesticated plants and animals by way of the Silk Route.

Meet The Amazing Fungus That Farms Bacteria
2nd March 2019 | forbes.com | Animal Life, Earth, Weird

Much like humans, fungi can use cultivation, harvesting, storage, dispersal, and division of labor to farm bacteria.

A 280-Foot Asteroid Will Skim Past Earth On Tuesday On Its Closest Approach For The Next 70 Years
18th February 2019 | inquisitr.com | Earth, Space

While this may conjure not-so-warm memories of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi The Day After Tomorrow, there’s no need to panic.

Marijuana is an ancient plant, but we’re only beginning to unravel its DNA
9th February 2019 geneticliteracyproject.org | Earth

For farmers and breeders who want to settle scores, DNA-mapping projects will provide more clarity about what’s what in the cannasphere.

Scientists Have Found Hidden Evidence of Ancient Ice Streams in The African Desert
6th February 2019 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

Once, about 300 million years ago, when southern Africa was joined at South America’s hip, this now arid region was covered in a wide expanse of glaciers.

Britain broke off from Europe 450,000 years ago – and it made us the people we are today
6th February 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The defining features of our island shaped our history in ways we might not even understand.

New map of Beringia ‘opens your imagination’ to what landscape looked like 18,000 years ago
2nd February 2019 | cbc.ca | Ancient, Earth

Jeff Bond, a Yukon geologist, says this is the first time a map of Beringia has included lakes, rivers and drainages.

American colonisation killed so many people it triggered climate change, study suggests
2nd February 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

‘Genocide-generated drop in CO2’ resulted from abandoned farmland turning into forests that sucked climate-warming gas from atmosphere.

Scientists Warn of Steady Increase in Asteroid Impacts on Earth
28th January 2019 sputniknews.com | Earth, Space

Although the number of space rocks striking earth is increasing, the probability of an asteroid strike wiping out mankind is extremely low.

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