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KA-BOOM! Scientists Find New Trigger Of Volcanic Eruptions

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.19.2015 | Science

An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unknown trigger of volcanic eruptions -- a finding that could give scientists a leg u...

KA-BOOM! Scientists Solve Mystery Of Earth's Tectonic Plates

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that the Earth's crust consists of at least 15 tectonic plates--continent-sized slabs of rock on the surface of the Earth t...

What Would Happen If Humans Suddenly Disappeared From The Planet?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.29.2015 | Science

What would happen if all humans suddenly vanished from the face of the planet? That freaky thought experiment is explored in a new video from YouTube'...

Simple Experiment Debunks Theory About Dino-Killing Asteroid

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.23.2015 | Science

Scientists have long believed that an asteroid impact in what is now Mexico wiped out 80 percent of all species on Earth--including the dinosaurs--abo...

These Kids Will Inherit the Earth

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

I know much of that impact isn't going to occur during my lifetime, but will be passed forward to future generations, including this generation in front of me today.

Scientists Use Super-Powerful Laser To Simulate 'First Spark Of Life'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science

It's long been known that life on Earth arose about 4 billion years ago. But what caused the first "spark of life?" That remains a topic for debate. ...

Here's Why Rivers Almost Never Flow In A Straight Line

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.21.2014 | Science

This is probably something you learned in elementary school: Rivers almost never flow in a straight line. Instead, they twist and turn along serpentin...

Has 'Darwin's Dilemma' Finally Been Solved?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.20.2014 | Science

Though the theory of evolution has long been accepted as scientific fact, scientists have always had trouble reconciling Darwin's notion of gradual ev...

Scientists Poke Huge Hole In Theory About Volcanoes

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Science

Have scientists had volcanoes all wrong? A popular theory has it that, at least in certain types of volcanos, eruptions occur when molten rock know...

WATCH: Secrets Of Strange Arches Revealed

natureheader | Richard A. Lovett | Posted 07.21.2014 | Science

The fantastical arch shapes of sandstone formations have long been thought to be sculpted by wind and rain. But a team of researchers has now found th...

Were Scientists Wrong About Reefs?

natureheader | Jessica Morrison | Posted 06.28.2014 | Science

Animal reef-building evolved millions of years earlier than previously thought, researchers report today in Science1. Scientists have discovered fossi...

Mystery Of Strange Mounds Solved At Last?

LiveScience | Joseph Castro | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science

In the prairies of Washington, hundreds of large, vegetation-topped mounds — dubbed mima mounds — cover the landscape in a seemingly non-random ...

YIKES: Here's What Would Happen If The Earth Suddenly Stopped Spinning

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 06.20.2014 | Science

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the Earth and everything on it are rotating. But it's a good thing that our planet keeps spinning, because if it su...

World's Hardest Gems Fabricated By Scientists Overseas

LiveScience | Jesse Emspak | Posted 06.19.2014 | Science

Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring minerals known to man. Even so, scientists are working to make them even tougher, in order to use the sp...

Ginormous 'Sculptures' Discovered Under Ice Sheet

LiveScience | Jeanna Bryner | Posted 06.17.2014 | Science

The Greenland ice sheet may look like a vast expanse of white, but scientists peering beneath the smooth veil have found a fun house of sorts, full o...

Huge Diamond-Studded Crater Linked To Mass Extinction

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New evidence implicates one of Earth's biggest impact craters in a mass extinction that occurred 33.7 million years ago, accor...

Weird Rocks Suggest We Were Wrong About Earth's Interior

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 05.23.2014 | Science

Models of how the Earth's mantle works may need to change, thanks to two new studies that recreate the extreme conditions just above the planet's co...

Collision Caused Huge Ring-Shaped Structure, Scientists Say

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 05.08.2014 | Science

An ancient ring-shaped structure in southern Alberta, Canada, likely formed when a meteorite smashed into Earth, producing a 5-mile-wide (8 kilomete...

Biggest Impact Crater On Earth Gives Up Its Secrets

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 04.30.2014 | Science

Geologists say they've discovered rocks long thought vanished, the youngest remains of the oldest and biggest impact crater on Earth. In the abrade...

'Plates' Mystery Gets Surprising New Explanation

natureheader | Jessica Morrison | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science

Earth's tectonic plates may have taken as long as 1 billion years to form, researchers report today in Nature.The plates — interlocking slabs of cru...

Tiny Island Gobbles Up Older Neighbor

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science

As a seafloor volcano continues to erupt in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, a newborn island has swallowed its neighbor whole, images from space ...

REVEALED: Surprising Source Of 'Zebra Stripes' In Space

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 04.04.2014 | Science

Strange stripelike features in Earth's magnetic field are caused by the planet's spin, and not by the constant bombardment of solar particles as pre...

Secrets Of Earth's Past Discovered In Famous Paintings

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science

Turns out there's way more to art than its aesthetic appeal. New research by Greek and German scientists suggests that some of the world's most celebr...

Debate Over Grand Canyon's Age May Finally Be Over

natureheader | Alexandra Witze | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

A longstanding geological fight over the age of one of the most iconic landscapes in the United States — Arizona's Grand Canyon — may finally be o...

Ancient Diamonds Aren't Exactly Diamonds

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 12.30.2013 | Science

Evidence of Earth's first continents — 4.3-billion-year-old "diamonds" — are actually just fragments of polishing grit, a new study finds. In 20...