Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communication systems and power supplies, and scientists say we’re overdue.
The latest science media releases highlighting exciting news and research from around the globe.
Thawing permafrost likely allowed methane gas to be released, creating the large hole in permafrost found in northern Russia, says the Russian team that investigated it.
Yes, Virginia, comets are dirty snowballs. Latest image from the inbound Rosetta spacecraft, now less than 2,000 km from its comet and closing fast.
More than 4 billion years ago, giant asteroid impacts melted, mixed and buried the surface of Earth
Climate extremes are here to stay, say researchers.
This Octomom was observed to set a new record – 53 months – for the longest brooding period of any known animal.
Around August 10, the biggest and brightest full moon of 2014 will face off against everyone’s favorite meteor shower — and the outcome could be beautiful.
There’ve been hints in the past that this type of misaligned system exists, but this is the cleanest and most striking example, astronomers say.
“We are ‘sniffing’ methane. We see the bubbles on video from the camera … All analysis tells the signs. We are in a [methane] mega flare.”
Dark matter makes up 90% of the matter in both systems, the study finds.
Researchers have concluded that the only plausible source for the geysers is an underground sea now known to exist beneath Enceladus’ icy surface.
Since 1500, more than 320 land animals have gone extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline.
NASA’s Opportunity rover, still going after 10 years on Mars, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record with 25 miles of driving.
A newly-discovered species suggests that feathers were much more common among dinosaurs than once thought.
These baby loggerhead sea turtles hatched from their eggs and began their march to the sea on Friday night, July 25, around 9 p.m.
Earth has just entered the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseids. Now is the time to start watching for meteors.
Maybe some extra-terrestrials pollute their planets too.
This map shows the amount of water stored in underground aquifers in the U.S. on July 7, 2014, in contrast to the average from 1948 to 2009.
Nature itself puts up a roadblock to hurricane prediction – minor variations in the atmosphere – too small for seasonal forecast models to capture.
Shot in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Relax … and enjoy the night sky.
The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.