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A new study uses CubeSats to measure short-term changes in northern hemisphere lakes. The study region includes (clockwise starting at the top left): Mackenzie River Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada; Canadian Shield, north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada; Yukon Flats, Alaska and Tuktoytaktuk Peninsula, Northwest Territories, Canada. Credit: Planet

Tiny satellites reveal water dynamics in thousands of northern lakes

Scientists at the Brown University used an army of small satellites and have shown that water levels in small lakes across northern Canada and...
Research found that ancient supercontinents formed and then fell apart through alternating cycles spanning hundreds of millions of years. Credit: Curtin University

Research finds billion-year superocean cycles in Earth’s history

According to Curtin scientists, ancient supercontinents framed and after that went into alternating cycles traversing hundreds of millions of years that included superoceans being gulped...
Apollo 14 Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. assembles equipment on the lunar surface in Feburary 1971. Credit: NASA

Earth’s oldest rock found on the Moon

Scientists may have just found the oldest intact Earth rock—on the moon. Scientists have discovered the rock decades ago by the Apollo 14 crew. The Apollo...
Rice University petrologists have found Earth most likely received the bulk of its carbon, nitrogen and other life-essential volatile elements from the planetary collision that created the moon more than 4.4 billion years ago. (Image courtesy of Rice University)

Planetary collision that formed the moon made life possible on Earth

A new study by the Rice University scientists suggests that most of the Earth's essential elements of life such as carbon, nitrogen and other life-essential...
Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be making a close pass of Earth December 16, 2018. It will be at its closest distance to Earth in over four centuries. It is a member of the Jupiter family of comets - their farthest point from the sun being near the orbit of Jupiter. It will be bright enough to see with the naked eye above the eastern horizon all month long, and can be seen even better with a telescope and/or binoculars. This 120 second image of the comet was taken Dec. 2 by an iTelescope 50 mm refractor located at an observatory near Mayhill, New Mexico. The streak below the comet was produced by a rocket body (upper stage) passing through the telescope's field of view during the exposure. Specifically, the upper stage is the one that placed the Indonesian Garuda 1 communications satellite into geostationary orbit back in February of 2000. At the time of this image, the Garuda 1 upper stage was 15,880 miles from the observatory; Comet Wirtanen was 10.3 million miles distant. Image Credit: NASA

The brightest comet of the year will be visible this Sunday

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the comet named 46P/Wirtanen will make its 10 closest comet flybys of Earth in 70 years. And as scientists reported, you...
This illustration shows the percentage of marine animals that went extinct at the end of the Permian era by latitude, from the model (black line) and from the fossil record (blue dots). A greater percentage of marine animals survived in the tropics than at the poles. The color of the water shows the temperature change, with red being most severe warming and yellow less warming. At the top is the supercontinent Pangaea, with massive volcanic eruptions emitting carbon dioxide. The images below the line represent some of the 96 percent of marine species that died during the event. [Includes fossil drawings by Ernst Haeckel/Wikimedia; Blue crab photo by Wendy Kaveney/Flickr; Atlantic cod photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld/Wikimedia; Chambered nautilus photo by John White/CalPhotos.]Justin Penn and Curtis Deutsch/University of Washington

Global warming wiped out 95% of marine life 252 million years ago

A new study by the University of Washington has suggested that extreme global warming caused Earth's biggest ever mass extinction. The largest extinction in Earth's history...
An artist’s concept of a super-Earth in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun. Such large planets could have long-lasting magma oceans that generate magnetic fields capable of protecting incipient life. The graphic was created to model Kepler-62f, one of many exoplanets discovered by NASA’s now inoperable Kepler space telescope. (Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/Tim Pyle)

What magnetic fields can tell us about life on other planets?

Earth has a magnetic field – it’s what makes compasses align north-south and lets us navigate the oceans. It also protects the atmosphere, and...
A dark matter hurricane is headed our way

A dark matter hurricane is headed our way

As per a recent paper, the Earth is caught directly in the focus of a cosmic hurricane. A swarm of about 100 stars, joined...
Ice spikes – aka penitentes – on the Upper Rio Blanco in the Central Andes of Argentina. Similar ice spikes could exist on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, at its equatorial latitudes.

Jupiter’s moon Europa may have large pointed spikes of ice on its surface

A team of researchers from Cardiff University has predicted Penitentes, large pointed spikes of ice, which is known on Earth and Pluto might be...