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Scientists Sound Alert Over Mysterious Holes

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.23.2015 | Science

Scientists were baffled last July when they discovered three giant holes in the ground in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Now, with the he...

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...

Now We Know How Many Licks It Takes To Reach The Center Of A Lollipop

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Science

How many licks does it take to reach the center of a lollipop? A new mathematical model formulated by scientists at New York University and Florida St...

Scientists Find Big Surprise In Earth's Core

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Science

An international team of researchers has discovered one of Earth's deepest, darkest secrets: our planet's inner core -- once thought to be a ball of s...

Believe It Or Not, This Is Actually Lava

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green

As the Puna lava flow remains mostly stalled near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii, visitors up the slope of the Kilauea volcano can stil...

Did the Anthropocene Begin with a Bang or a Drumroll?

Anthony D. Barnosky | Posted 03.24.2015 | Science
Anthony D. Barnosky

How do you mark the instant when human impacts so changed the planet that the signs will remain embedded in Earth's rock record for time immemorial? That is essentially the question that three important new scientific studies tackled this month.

Famous 'Blue Hole' May Help Solve Mystery Of Maya Downfall

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.02.2015 | Science

Scientists know all about the sophisticated calendars and writing system of the Maya, as well as their ritual sacrifices. But as for exactly what caus...

Scientists Pinpoint Cause Of World's Second-Biggest Impact Crater

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Science

What kind of object punched a huge hole in Ontario? Since the 1960s, scientists have believed that the Sudbury Basin, a vast crater in Northern Ont...

Scientists Journey Inside Mysterious Siberian Crater

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.15.2014 | Science

Scientists are closing in on what caused three massive holes to open up mysteriously in northern Siberia last July. This week a team of Russian res...

New Study Yields Surprising New Picture Of Earth In Its Infancy

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science

What was Earth like in its infancy? Scientists have long believed that it was a brutally hot and hellish place, covered in molten rock and pelted by a...

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...

Ancient Earth's 'Deep History' Gets Major Rewrite

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Science

It may be time to rewrite geology textbooks. Geologists say they've found evidence that oxygen-producing life existed on Earth some 3.02 billion ye...

Plastiglomerate: The Rock of the Future Made Into Sculpture

Rachel Mason | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Rachel Mason

In 2013 the Canadian artist Kelly Jazvac and a geologist Patricia Corcoran discovered a new form of stone: they called it plastiglomerate, congealed masses of plastic waste merged with oceanic lava rock, coral, and sediment.

New Study Yields Big Surprise About Earth's Interior

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Science

Maybe we were mistaken about Earth's mantle, the layer of our rocky planet that lies between its core and the thin crust on which we live. For yea...

Mysterious Giant Crack Splits Ground In Mexico

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.25.2014 | Science

Scientists in Mexico are puzzling over a giant fissure that has split the ground in the northern part of the country. The crack, which runs for nea...

Ancient Earth's 'Face-Lift' Detailed In New Model

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Science

Earth got a "face-lift" early in its history, wiping out most of its original crust, according to a new model of the ancient barrage of asteroids ca...

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...

Scientists Get First-Ever Glimpse Of Elusive Mineral

LiveScience | Jeanna Bryner | Posted 06.19.2014 | Science

Earth's most abundant mineral lies deep in the planet's interior, sealed off from human eyes. Now, scientists for the first time have gotten a glimps...

Were Scientists Wrong About Origins Of Tiny Tubes?

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 05.28.2014 | Science

What were thought to be some of the oldest traces of life on Earth may not have been caused by life at all, new research suggests. The fossils, tin...

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...

Spanish Conquest May Have Altered Nation's Shoreline

| Heather Pringle | Posted 05.22.2014 | Science

In 1532, Francisco Pizarro led an expedition of battle-hardened Spanish soldiers on a fateful journey, from the desert coast of northern Peru to the h...

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...

Landscape Predating Human Beings Found Under Ice

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 04.20.2014 | Science

Buried thousands of feet under Summit, the highest point on Greenland's ice sheet, is a soil born before humans ever walked on Earth. The 2.7-million...

'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...

Backgrounding Apollo and Beyond: The GRAIL Mission at 2+ Years

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 06.01.2014 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

Events of March 31, 2014 One of the exciting things about living in the Boston area is that the high number of colleges and universities means I'm al...