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'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...

WATCH: Sand Is Similar The World Over, And Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 11.27.2013 | Science

All sand looks pretty much the same, but why? It's a question few of us think about, but the answer is fascinating. It's all explained in a new video ...

REVEALED: How Shifts In Ancient Climate Led To Bigger Brains

| Mark Maslin, The Conversation | Posted 11.18.2013 | Science

Editor's note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. It should ...

Water Was Locked Away Beneath Bay For HOW MANY Years?

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science

When scientists drilled deep into the center of a huge crater beneath the Chesapeake Bay, they discovered ancient seawater that had been locked up in ...

X-Rays Reveal Young Earth's Freaky Layered Look

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science

Young Earth’s molten lava ocean was layered like a pudding cake, according to a study published today (Nov. 6) in the journal Nature. Researchers...

Curiosity Confirms Theory About Space Rocks

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 10.21.2013 | Science

Some pieces of rock that fell to Earth from space are indeed from Mars, new measurements reveal. New data collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity ...

Source of Mysterious Medieval Eruption Identified

| Carolyn Gramling | Posted 10.02.2013 | Science

About 750 years ago, a powerful volcano erupted somewhere on Earth, kicking off a centuries-long cold snap known as the Little Ice Age. Identifying th...

Scientists Baffled By Mysterious New Island

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 10.01.2013 | Science

A new island emerged from the ocean offshore of the city of Gwadar, Pakistan, after a strong magnitude-7.7 earthquake shook the country Sept. 24. Th...

10 Surprising Facts About The North Pole

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

From extreme cold and extreme life forms to mind-bending patterns of light and darkness, the North Pole is one peculiar place. Alas, a lot of what the...

Giant Underground Blob Has Scientists Baffled

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 09.18.2013 | Science

The Afar Rift in Ethiopia is marked by enormous gashes that signal the breakup of the African continent and the beginnings of a new ocean basin, scie...

LOOK: 50 UNBELIEVABLE Facts About Our Planet

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.12.2013 | Science

Did you know that 75 percent of Earth's animal species could be extinct within the next three centuries? Or that up to a million species -- most of th...

LISTEN: Volcanoes 'Scream' Before They Erupt

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.16.2013 | Science

Do volcanoes scream before they erupt? Not quite. But new research shows that volcanoes emit a characteristic sound before blowing their tops -- thou...

THIS Red Dirt May Mimic Martian Soil

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 07.14.2013 | Science

The red dirt in central Australia might be a close mimic for the red surface of Mars, suggests research that sheds light on how opals formed in the la...

Farmer Unearths Ancient Meteorite

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science

Farmers expect to reap what they sow. So it was quite a surprise when Bruce Lilienthal found a meteorite half-buried in a field on his farm in Minneso...

YUCK: Early Earth Had Surprising Stench

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/29/2013 03:13 PM EDT on LiveScience Kids like to taunt each other with the cry, "Las...

Earth's Core WAY Hotter Than Scientists Thought

Posted 04.26.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 04/25/2013 02:07 PM EDT on LiveScience Earth's internal engine is running about 1,00...

Mysterious Blobs May Help Reveal Planets' Innards

Posted 12.15.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 12/12/2012 01:27 PM EST on OurAmazingPlanet Metallic blobs that rise from Earth's cor...

Global 'Hum' Helps Scientists Probe Planet's Core

Posted 11.23.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 11/23/2012 10:40 AM EST on OurAmazingPlanet The global "hum" of the Earth i...

Research Vessel Bores World's Deepest Hole

Posted 09.06.2012 | Science

By: OurAmazingPlanet Staff Published: 09/06/2012 02:05 PM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet A Japanese drilling vessel has set a record by drilling more t...

Brutal 'Extinction Event' Affected Earth For HOW Long?

Posted 05.29.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/27/2012 11:24 PM EDT on LiveScience Whatever ultimately wiped more than 90 percent of...