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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...

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...