The ancient mountains that fed early life
Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago.
Magma pancakes beneath Lake Toba
Where do the tremendous amounts of material that are ejected to from huge volcanic calderas during super-eruptions actually originate?
MAVEN studies passing comet and its effects
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.
Observing the Birkeland currents
When the supersonic solar wind hits the Earth's magnetic field, a powerful electrical connection occurs with Earth's field, generating millions of amperes of current that drive the dazzling auroras. These ...
Synthesis of a new lean rare earth permanent magnetic compound superior to Nd2Fe14B
A research group led by Dr. Kazuhiro Hono at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan, synthesized a new magnetic compound, which requires a lesser amount of rare earth element ...
Planetary atmospheres a key to assessing possibilities for life
A planetary atmosphere is a delicate thing. On Earth, we are familiar with the ozone hole—a tear in our upper atmosphere caused by human-created chemicals that thin away the ozone. Threats to an atmosphere, ...
Watch the "blood moon" eclipse from Mercury (w/ Video)
Yes, it's another time-lapse of the October 8 lunar eclipse that was observed by skywatchers across half the Earth… except that these images weren't captured from Earth at all; this was the view from Mercury!
Get ready for a total lunar eclipse
Look up towards the east on Wednesday night (October 8) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible from across Australia.
Second total lunar eclipse of year coming up Wed.
If you missed April's total eclipse of the moon, now's your chance. But you'll need to get up early.
The search for habitable worlds, from sub-Neptunes to super-Earths
During a live Google Hangout, three astrophysicists—Zachory Berta-Thompson, Bruce Macintosh and Marie-Eve Naud—discussed the huge variety of planets discovered so far, how close we are to being able to see other Earth-like ...
Researchers develop technique to understand how tiny atmospheric particles change elusive ice clouds
Thin and wispy cirrus clouds skirt the scrutiny of current climate models. To uncover that missing information, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is leading an international effort to run coordinated ...
Copernicus operations secured until 2021
In a landmark agreement for Europe's Copernicus programme, the European Commission and ESA have signed an Agreement of over €3 billion to manage and implement the Copernicus 'space component' between 2014 ...
How citizen scientists took control of a spaceship
For decades, space exploration remained a domain within reach of only government agencies, who could command huge pools of expertise and public funds. Now the means by which our space endeavours are funded ...
Video: Researchers gather extensive dataset from Icelandic volcano eruption
A team of researchers from Cambridge's Department of Earth Sciences have recently returned from Iceland where, thanks to a bit of luck, they have gathered the most extensive dataset ever from a volcanic eruption, which will ...