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EarthSky spoke with a professor of Mayan archaeology about the supposed connection between an ancient Mayan calendar and 2012 doomsday prophecies.
To meet demand for oil within U.S. borders, industry has pushed the limits of technology to reach oil reserves in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Stuart, an archaeologist and expert on the ancient Maya, told EarthSky that neither the Maya, nor their calendar, ever predicted the end of the world.
Lowenstein studies water droplets that have been sealed inside salt crystals for thousands to millions of years.
Bridget Scanlon and other scientists say we need to know where our water resources are, and what options society can leverage to use these resources most effectively.
Deep in cracks of hot undersea volcanoes, microbes inhale hydrogen and carbon dioxide and exhale methane. They might help scientists understand life beyond Earth.
A geologist presents the basics of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and explains why it’s being used to obtain energy.
The author of The Population Bomb said that equal opportunities for women might be key to maintaining Earth’s population at a reasonable level.
Landsat has been observing the landscape of the vast 64,000 square miles of watershed in Chesapeake Bay for decades.
Energy expert Scott Tinker said, “It’s a waltz, with energy underpinning the economy, and the economy helping to invest in the environment. It’s very elegant when it’s working well.”
Moon, Antares, Saturn January 23-25
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