Researchers offer 'proof' that oxygen is the only light element in the Earth's core
Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years
The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change. Stanford climate ...
New study proves Moon was created in massive planetary collision
(Phys.org)—It's a big claim, but Washington University in St. Louis planetary scientist Frédéric Moynier says his group has discovered evidence that the Moon was born in a flaming blaze of glory when ...
Japan space scientists make wireless energy breakthrough
Japanese scientists have succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly, in a key step that could one day make solar power generation in space a possibility, an official said Thursday.
New isotopic evidence supporting moon formation via Earth collision with planet-sized body
A new series of measurements of oxygen isotopes provides increasing evidence that the Moon formed from the collision of the Earth with another large, planet-sized astronomical body, around 4.5 billion years ...
Rings, dark side of Saturn glow in new Cassini image
(Phys.org) —The gauzy rings of Saturn and the dark side of the planet glow in newly released infrared images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Dwarf planet Ceres: 'A game changer in the solar system'
In March of 2015, NASA's Dawn mission will arrive at the dwarf planet Ceres, the first of the smaller class of planets to be discovered and the closest to Earth. Ceres, which orbits the Sun in the asteroid ...
Could planting trees in the desert mitigate climate change?
As the world starts feeling the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and consequent global temperature rise, researchers are looking for a Plan B to mitigate climate change. A group of German ...
Aussie snakes slither into species book
Scientists have added dozens of Australian species to the family of small worm-like snakes called Scolecophidia, which are some of the least-understood creatures on Earth.
Mars Icebreaker Life mission
Missions to Mars have only scratched its surface. To go deeper, scientists are proposing a spacecraft that can drill into the Red Planet to potentially find signs of life.
A glimpse into the evolution of proteins
(Phys.org) —ETH-Zurich researchers look several billion years back in time, when life on Earth was just beginning. In a laboratory experiment, they examined how a primitive protein was able to evolve. However, ...
New look at human fossil suggests Eastern Europe was an important pathway in evolution
A fossilized bone fragment found buried deep in the soil of a Serbian cave is causing scientists to reconsider what happened during a critical period in human development, when the strands of modern humanity ...
Scientists searching for alien life—on earth (w/ Video)
(AP)—Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are helping search for evidence of alien life not by looking into outer space, but by studying some rocks right here on Earth.
Warming 'seesaw' turns extra sunlight into global greenhouse
(Phys.org)—Earth's most recent shift to a warm climate began with intense summer sun in the Northern Hemisphere, the first pressure on a seesaw that tossed powerful forces between the planet's poles until ...