Boron-based atomic clusters mimic rare-earth metals
Earth ate a Mercury-like body early in its history, study finds
A Mercury-like body smashed into a young Earth and gave our planet's core the radioactive elements necessary to generate a magnetic field, two Oxford geochemists say.
Irradiating formamide with meteorite dust can lead to synthesis of prebiotic compounds
A new view of the Moon's formation: Crucial difference in 'fingerprints' confirms explosive, interconnected past
Within the first 150 million years after our solar system formed, a giant body roughly the size of Mars struck and merged with Earth, blasting a huge cloud of rock and debris into space. This cloud would ...
New group seeks to timeline the Anthropocene—when humans became the dominant force on Earth
Ascent or no ascent? How hot material is stopped in the Earth's mantle
The largest magmatic events on Earth are caused by massive melting of ascending large volumes of hot material from the Earth's interior.
Hubble, the telescope that revolutionized our view of space
Hubble, the first telescope to revolutionize modern astronomy and change our view of the universe by offering glimpses of distant galaxies, marks its 25th year in space this week.
Space treaties are a challenge to launching small satellites in orbit
Until recently the idea of launching a satellite into space was an expensive business and the preserve of governments, international space organisations and multi-million dollar companies.
Snowball Earth: New study shows Antarctic climate even gripped the tropics
New details of a nightmare period on Earth with surface conditions as frigid as present-day central Antarctica at the equator have been revealed thanks to the publication of a study of ancient glacier water.
Meteorites key to the story of Earth's layers
A new analysis of the chemical make-up of meteorites has helped scientists work out when the Earth formed its layers.
Will asteroid 2012 TC4 hit Earth in October 2017?
On Oct. 12, 2017, the asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to whizz by Earth dangerously close. The exact distance of its closest approach is uncertain, as well as its size. Based on observations in October 2012 when ...
Cosmic debris: Study looks inside the universe's most powerful explosions
A new study provides an inside look at the most powerful explosions in the universe: gamma-ray bursts.
Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds
The Sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, according to a new study by a team of researchers led by the National Center for Atmospheric ...
Scary times for Europe's comet-chaser Rosetta (Update)
Europe's pioneering probe Rosetta battled breakdowns with navigation and communication with Earth after it ran into blasts of dust and gas from the comet it is tracking, mission control said Thursday.