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4 Under-Represented Ways We Could Go Extinct

Ravishly | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science

As the morbid and jaded creatures we are, humans really get a kick out of pondering our species' ultimate demise. It's time we give some love to more obscure, but still scientifically plausible means of extinction.

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...

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...

WATCH: Skydiver Almost Hit By Meteor Mid-Air

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.03.2014 | Weird News

It's a good thing Chicken Little doesn't skydive, because he'd be seriously losing his cool right now. How else is he supposed to react to this video ...

Sixth Extinction

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Darwin was right about many things, including the mechanism by which the plenitude of life we know as biodiversity came to thrive on this planet. Unfortunately for us, his picture has hit a big roadblock.

Russian Meteor Sparks Ominous New Assessment Of Space Rock Risk

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 01.06.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the...

Has Scientist Found Holy Grail Of Life?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered question. Now a scientist...

Big Space Rock Raised From Bottom Of Lake

AP | Posted 10.17.2013 | Science

MOSCOW -- MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists have recovered a giant chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteorite from the bottom of the lake it crashed into. T...

LOOK: Fast-Moving Meteor Adds Flash To Folk Rock Concert

AP | JEFF MARTIN | Posted 11.10.2013 | Science

ATLANTA — NASA officials say brilliant lights in the sky and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia came from a meteor that streaked across ...

Tsunamis of Sound

Eric J. Heller | Posted 07.13.2013 | Science
Eric J. Heller

If you could see sound traveling, you'd soon notice other waves coming at you with long wavelengths: like ocean swell 100 feet or 1000 feet from crest to crest, or like tsunami waves, miles from crest to crest. These are the "tsunamis of sound," hugely long waves.

Barnstorming Space

Rod Pyle | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science
Rod Pyle

The scope of the event was vast, the presentations compelling and the ideas soaring. These are the mavericks among mavericks and, despite the fact than many will fail to accomplish their current goals, some will lead us to a better- and private- future in space.

Meteor Sighting Reported Across Northeast US

Posted 03.23.2013 | Science

On Friday night around 8 p.m. EDT, Twitter lit up with multiple accounts of a bright object, possibly a meteor, shooting across the skies of the north...

Congressional Science Committee Takes On Asteroid Threat

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 03.20.2013 | Science

The end might not be upon us, but Congress wants to plan ahead, just in case. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Tuesday held...

Ancient Meteorite Crater Discovered Beneath Small Town

Posted 03.08.2013 | Science

By: Andrea Thompson, OurAmazingPlanet Managing Editor Published: 03/06/2013 12:49 PM EST on LiveScience Buried beneath the rocks, dirt, buildings ...

Huge New Meteorite Found By Researchers In Antarctica

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

An unusually large meteorite has been discovered by an international team of researchers in Antarctica. The team, searching an area known as the Na...

REVEALED: Cosmic Secrets Of Huge Russian Fireball

Posted 02.27.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/27/2013 06:55 AM EST on A meteor that exploded over Russia earlier this month likely hit Earth after a long ...

Has 100-Year-Old Meteor Mystery Finally Been Solved?

Posted 02.24.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 02/22/2013 02:12 PM EST on It may be the ultimate cosmic cold case, but the 100-year-old mystery of a huge ...

MAP: Every Meteorite Impact Since 2300 B.C.

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 02.20.2013 | Science

Just days after a meteor exploded over Russia, a map showing every meteorite to have hit Earth since 2300 B.C. is going viral. Scientists concluded...

The Meteor Threat From Space Is Real, but Man has a Better Chance Than the Dinosaurs

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.18.2013 | Science
Andrew Lam

The dinosaurs didn't fare well. Man, on the other hand, has a better chance. Whether or not we can deflect a large meteor as in the Hollywood movie, Armageddon, remains to be seen. But brilliant minds are at work. And nothing like an external threat to galvanize humanity.

Recovery From Astonishing Meteor Explosion Begins

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 04.18.2013 | Science

CHELYABINSK, Russia — As a small army of people worked to replace acres of windows shattered by the enormous explosion from a meteor, many joked...

Upon Closer Inspection...

Posted 02.15.2013 | Comedy

Now, we're really in trouble....

GOP-Controlled Committee Plans Hearing On Asteroids That Pose A 'Potential Threat To Earth'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology announced Friday that it will hold a hearing in the coming weeks over asteroids that pose a "pote...

How We're Preparing For Meteors

Posted 02.15.2013 | Comedy

If you woke up this morning and suddenly found your worst nightmare a reality, you're not alone. The meteor that streaked across the Russian Urals an...

WATCH: Meteorite Streaks Across Russian Urals

AP | JIM HEINTZ and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

MOSCOW -- With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 ato...

The Trouble With Meteors

John Geoghegan | Posted 02.22.2013 | TED Weekends
John Geoghegan

Unfortunately for us, earth has experienced at least five mass extinctions during the past 540 million years. Some scientists believe it may be as many as twenty. In other words, mass extinction events are not uncommon.