The Evolution Our Dynamic Planet In 40 Sec: Video

Geoscientists have released a video that for the first time shows the uninterrupted movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates over the past billion years. On a human timescale however - things move in cm per year.

Mysterious, Upside-Down Lightning in the Stratosphere

European Space Station observatory has recorded five blue flashes from the top of a storm cloud, one of which ended with a blue jet streaking high into the stratosphere. Our understanding of these blue jet lightnings is limited.

The Earth has been spinning faster lately

Scientists around the world have noted that the Earth has been spinning on its axis faster lately - the fastest ever recorded in decades. Scientists say we may need to cut an entire second out of the year.  

Human-produced mass now outweighs the Earth's biomass

The mass of human-made products at the start of the 20th ct was about 3% of the Earth’s biomass. However, due to increased urbanization and consumption, human-produced weight now outweighs the overall global biomass.

US-European Mission Launches to Monitor the World's Oceans

Sentinel-6 satellite lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Nov 21. Its mission now is to measure and chart the rise of the sea level more precisely than ever before. 

Supernovae explosions may have left traces on our Earth

Recent findings suggest that relatively close supernovas could theoretically have triggered at least four disruptions to Earth's climate over the last 40,000 years. What happens in space may not always stay in space.

Extreme Life Thrived in An Asteroid Pit After Dinosaur Extinction

When the asteroid struck our planet some 66 mil years ago, it created a 180-km impact crater and produced a gigantic magma chamber. A new research found that this hydrothermal system supported an entire microbial ecosystem.

A New Mass Extinction has been Discovered

It looks like another extinction prior to the appearance of the dinosaurs paved the way for their long reign. That extinction took place about 233 million years ago. And scientists have only now discovered it.

Earth may have been wet since it formed

A new study finds that Earth's water may have come from materials that were present in the inner solar system at the time the planet formed - instead of far-reaching comets or asteroids delivering such water.

Exploding stars may have caused mass extinction on Earth

Killer cosmic rays from nearby supernovae could be the culprit behind at least one mass extinction event, researchers said, and finding certain radioactive isotopes in Earth.

Antarctica's seafloor is leaking methane

Scientists believe that immense quantities of methane are stored under Antarctica’s seafloor. They don’t know the leak’s cause, but global warming probably isn’t to blame, since the Ross Sea has not yet warmed significantly.

The Mysterious Anomaly Is Weakening Earth's Magnetic Field

The South Atlantic Anomaly is a vast expanse of reduced magnetic intensity in Earth's magnetic field, extending all the way from South America to southwest Africa.

The most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth

100 million years ago, ferocious predators, including flying reptiles and crocodile-like hunters, made the Sahara the most dangerous place on Earth.

Antarctica Was Once A Rainforest

A team of scientists drilled into the ground near the South Pole to discover that 90 million years ago Antarctica was once home to a swampy rainforest and had average temperatures around +11C. 

Two commercial satellites link up for first time

A robotic servicing spacecraft has hooked up with an aging satellite over the Pacific Ocean. It accomplished the first link-up between two commercial satellites in space, and the first docking with a satellite that was never designed to receive a visitor.