Image Credit: Flickr/Alex The Shutter On December 31, 2016, a "leap second" will be added to the world's clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This corresponds to 6:59:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, when the...
A much faster pace of evolution means that species could have proliferated much more rapidly than they do now, affording the flora and fauna of Earth ample time to acquire their enormous diversity and complexity. Credit: © CAMIO* / Flickr Early...
Cistern Spring in Yellowstone National Park is home to the elusive archaeon Nanopusillus acidilobi. Credit: ORNL A microbial partnership thriving in an acidic hot spring in Yellowstone National Park has surrendered some of its lifestyle secrets to researchers at the Department...
The preservation of Cretaceous mollusk fossils from Seymour Island is excellent, with shells preserving original mother-of-pearl material as in these two specimens of Eselaevitrigonia regina. Credit: Sierra V. Petersen A new reconstruction of Antarctic ocean temperatures around the time the...
A simulation of the Antarctic ozone hole, made from data taken on October 22, 2015. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (edited by MIT News) Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the "first fingerprints of healing" of the Antarctic ozone...
The lava-making furnace, viewed from above. Credit: Douglas Levere How do you make your own lava? Dump 10 gallons of basaltic rock into a high-powered induction furnace. Let it heat up for 3 or 4 hours. Stir occasionally with a steel...
Human use of artificial light is causing Spring to come at least a week early in the UK, researchers at the University of Exeter in Cornwall have found. New research led by a team of biologists based at the University's...
Approximately 500,000 years after the major natural disaster at the boundary between the Permian and the Triassic another event altered the vegetation fundamentally and for longer.Credit: Graphic UZH There have been several mass extinctions in the history of Earth with...
Tropical Cyclone 02A developed in the Northern Indian Ocean's Arabian Sea as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and analyzed the storm in infrared light and NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible look at the storm. On June 26, at the...
This image shows the California Aqueduct, with the Lost Hills Oil Field in the background.Credit: Rob Jackson, Stanford University California's drought-stricken Central Valley harbors three times more groundwater than previously estimated, Stanford scientists have found. Accessing this water in an...
Cutaway of the Earth's surface, down to the liquid core. A numerical convection experiment shows blobs in green, surrounding mantle rock in blue, and former oceanic crust from the surface that has subducted into the interior in yellow.Credit: Dr....