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This Is How You 'Collect' Lava

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 10.07.2015 | Science

For volcanologists in Hawaii, collecting lava is just another day at the office. Kilauea, located on Hawaii's Big Island, is one of the most active vo...

Ancient Tsunami Was Nearly As Tall As The Eiffel Tower

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.07.2015 | Science

When surfers have taken on nearly 100-foot-tall waves, they've faced the challenge of a lifetime. But those waves are pipsqueaks ...

'A Walk in the Woods': Negotiating Nature on the Appalachian Trail

Joseph Cooper | Posted 09.02.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

The movie adaptation of A Walk in the Woods is on solid footing with Bill Bryson's chronicle of the struggles, discomforts, and deprivations he endured -- and gratifications he derived -- as he explored the Appalachian Trail in the spring and summer of 1996. The book conveys the trepidations he experienced -- the perils encountered, and imagined.

Fountains Of Fire Used To Erupt On The Moon And Now We Know Why

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science

Scientists from Brown University and the Carnegie Institution for Science just solved a moon mystery decades in the making.  We have long known ...

Nature's: It's All Over Me

Marion Leary | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
Marion Leary

This was not a vacation for the faint of heart, this was a vacation of extremes -- extreme temperatures as the Colorado River, starting just below the Glen Canyon dam, was a chilly 46 degrees F.

There and Back Again, Grand Canyon Edition

Steven Newton | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
Steven Newton

Josh Rosenau and I have just returned from NCSE's annual rafting trip down the Colorado River and through the spectacular geology and biology of Grand Canyon. Our two motorized boats were packed with an eclectic mix of scientists, teachers, NCSE members, and people who wanted the ultimate experience in Grand Canyon in the company of those who love science.

Assessing the Probability of a Massive Cascadia Earthquake

Paul Runge | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science
Paul Runge

Watching the waves spill onto the beach in Clatsop County, Oregon, it's easy to forget that the nearby houses are doomed. The Pacific waters are frigid blue. The beaches run inland from white sand to tough, salt-sprayed grass. It's too peaceful to envision disaster.

Astoria Characters: The Cerebral Cowboy

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.09.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Jim Ruchalski, a pack-a-day guy, has gone to a lot of trouble to clear the stale-smoke scent out of his apartment. That's why the candles are burning and the fans are humming on high.

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...

Geologist Discovers Plant That May Only Grow On Top Of Diamonds

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.07.2015 | Science

There she grows! A picky plant found in West Africa may grow only on top of mineral deposits often loaded with diamonds, according to research soon...

The World's 16 Most Incredible Sea Caves

Thrillist | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel

Are you ready to gaze upon the marvels of water and wind erosion? Sure you are. Here are 16 of the world's most incredible sea caves.

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...