Antarctic fossils reveal creatures weren't safer in the south
May 26, 2016
A study of more than 6,000 marine fossils from the Antarctic shows that the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs was sudden and just as deadly to life in the polar regions.
Target coal or carbon? Researchers are analyzing coal and energy caps as carbon policy instruments for China
May 25, 2016
In China, coal is king. The source of about 70 percent of the nation's energy supply, it has long been the engine of the Chinese economy. But the reign of coal, which has the highest carbon content of all fossil fuels, has ...
Wildfire - it's not spreading like wildfire
May 24, 2016
A new analysis of global data related to wildfire, published by the Royal Society, reveals major misconceptions about wildfire and its social and economic impacts.
We need the full picture to plan for climate change impacts
May 24, 2016
How can society plan for the future if we only look at individual issues in isolation? Climate change impact studies typically focus on a single sector such as agriculture, forestry or water, ignoring the implications of ...
Scientists discover fresh lunar craters
May 23, 2016
A Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists discovered two geologically young craters—one 16 million, the other between 75 and 420 million, years old—in the Moon's darkest regions.
Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential
May 19, 2016
The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars' northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites - hitting the planet millions of years apart - triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis. These gigantic ...
Jupiter blasted by 6.5 fireball impacts per year on average
May 18, 2016
Jupiter is hit by an average of 6.5 objects per year that create impacts large enough to be visible from Earth, according to preliminary results from a worldwide campaign by amateur astronomers to observe the giant planet. ...
New UN climate talks aim at fleshing out Paris deal
May 16, 2016
Five months after ushering in a landmark climate deal, diplomats kicked off a new round of talks Monday tasked with converting a political blueprint into a workable plan.
Clues to ancient giant asteroid found in Australia
May 16, 2016
Scientists have found evidence of a huge asteroid that struck the Earth early in its life with an impact larger than anything humans have experienced.
Scientists bore into dinosaur-era asteroid crater
May 11, 2016
Sixty-six million years ago an asteroid smashed into Earth releasing energy equivalent to 100 million nuclear bombs and creating a massive dust cloud that blocked out the sun for more than a year.