"Superhabitable" planets might be real, but Earth is probably as good as it gets.
The cycles of life all rely on the dynamism of the Earth's crust.
About six million years ago, the Mediterranean was sealed off from the Atlantic, and over centuries it ran dry. One megaflood reversed that.
Stone buildings in northern India reveal secrets of old structures that could save lives.
Wind farms seem less productive when scientists incorporate more realistic atmospheric models into their output predictions.
Laser-guided lightning isn't the only manmade way to create lightning.
Ocean fertilization is extremely controversial, but if done correctly, it just might work.
The acceptance of our cosmic loneliness and the rarity of our planet is a wakeup call.
Nearly 2000 years ago, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii but incinerating Herculaneum. The most lethal volcanic phenomenon is at fault.
An un-crewed sailing drone discovered the unusually shaped, slumbering seamount.
Frozen adversity set the stage for an explosion of diversity.
From up close, the cracking sound of a thunderclap dominates. From far away, it's more like a drawn-out rumble. Can science explain why?
Climate and ecological changes, as well as disruptions to the food chain, were already killing off the dinosaurs.
Temperatures in the Sun's core exceed 10 million degrees Celsius. But how on Earth did we actually come to know that?
Many impact craters on Earth have been erased thanks to wind, water, and plate tectonics. But scientists have clever ways to find them.
All human development, from large cities to small towns, shines light into the night sky.
The Black, Caspian, and Aral Seas are the last surviving fragments of a body of water that stretched from Austria to Turkmenistan.
Two populations that are geographically separated today once mated a very long time ago.
Catastrophes are difficult to predict because they are so rare. But AI using active learning can make predictions from very small data sets.
According to Peter Ward's "Medea hypothesis," photosynthesizing organisms regularly doom most life on Earth by over-consuming carbon dioxide.
What do you call it when the Earth shakes for three decades?
Slimy biofilms made up of bacterial and eukaryotic life forms have taken over an abandoned, flooded uranium mine in Germany.
Air currents in our atmosphere limit the resolving power of giant telescopes, but computers and artificial stars can sharpen the blur.
Out of sight, but not out of mind.
What we've learning from the world’s coldest, most forbidding, and most peaceful continent.
Without this genius optical trick, those gigantic telescopes aren’t any better than the one in your backyard
Size matters, but it's not the only thing.
The Centennial State is technically a hexahectaenneacontakaiheptagon.
Each year, several trillion pounds of microscopic silicon-based skeletons fall down the water column to pile up into siliceous ooze.
Why would the Earth suddenly start vomiting forth huge quantities of mud?
It's not just keeping you from getting lost.