Plants colonized the Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
4 hours ago
For the first four billion years of Earth's history, our planet's continents would have been devoid of all life except microbes.
Meet the new 'renewable superpowers'—nations that boss the materials used for wind and solar
10 hours ago
Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would such a change affect global politics?
Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets
Feb 15, 2018
Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits are extremely rare. The fossil ...
Cracking discovery: Japan scientist uses egg white for clean energy
Feb 15, 2018
A Japanese scientist said Thursday his team has cracked open a method to improve the production of carbon-free energy—by using proteins taken from egg white.
More light shines on Pleistocene extinction event with possible discovery of new genus of horse
Feb 14, 2018
A group of North American Pleistocene horses was previously identified as different species. Now, mitochondrial and partial nuclear genomic studies support the idea that there is only one species, which belongs to a new genus.
How sharks and other animals evolved electroreception to find their prey
Feb 13, 2018
Many creatures can use electric fields to communicate, sense predators or stun their prey with powerful electric shocks, but how this ability came about was a mystery.
Ancient trail of Columbian mammoths uncovered in south-central Oregon
Feb 12, 2018
A fossilized trackway on public lands in Lake County, Oregon, may reveal clues about the ancient family dynamics of Columbian mammoths.
Q&A: How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment?
Feb 11, 2018
The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue:
'Walking' fish help scientists to understand how we left the ocean
Feb 09, 2018
Our ancestors' transition out of the water and onto the land was a pivotal moment in evolution. No longer buoyed by water, early tetrapods (animals with four limbs) had to overcome gravity in order to move their bodies. Exactly ...
Researchers uncover New Zealand's first fossils preserved in amber
Feb 08, 2018
The discovery of fossil insects, nematodes and fungi preserved in amber from sites in Otago is shedding new light on New Zealand's geological and biological history.