Grey rock-like fragments on dark background.

Meet the microorganism that likes to eat meteorites

At least one type of microbe on Earth not only likes to eat meteorites but actually prefers them as a food source, according to a new international scientific study.

Plume of smoke rising into the sky over the ocean.

Why White Island erupted yesterday … and why there was no warning

White Island is one of several volcanoes in New Zealand that can produce sudden explosive eruptions at any time. An Earth scientist explains why.

Christmas Bird Count starts December 14

It’s time again for the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. This is the project’s 120th year! Learn how to join the count here.

Erupting volcano.

New Zealand volcano is on the Pacific Ring of Fire

Here’s information about New Zealand’s White Island volcano – which erupted on Monday, December 9 – in the context of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

New biomass map takes stock of Earth’s carbon

ESA released the 1st of a series of global maps aimed at quantifying change in carbon stored as biomass across the world’s forests and shrublands.

How does the solar wind affect Earth?

Why should we care about the new findings – released this week – from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe? This new NASA video explains how the solar wind – a stream of charged particles from the sun – affects earthly astronauts and technologies.

Active 2019 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ended on November 30, produced 18 named storms, including 6 hurricanes, 3 of which were major (Category 3, 4 or 5).

Wolfe Creek Crater in Australia much younger than thought

Australia’s Wolfe Creek Crater likely formed when a 50-foot meteor struck about 120,000 years ago.

When is my earliest sunset?

For the southernmost US and similar latitudes, the earliest sunsets of the year are happening now. Your earliest sunset depends on your latitude, but always comes before the winter solstice.

Photo of Water laden with algae on the shores of Pelee Island, Lake Erie, in 2009. Image Credit: Tom Archer.

Algal blooms are getting worse in lakes worldwide

In a global study that analyzed almost 30 years of satellite images of freshwater lakes, most of the lakes showed signs of worsening algal blooms.

Sea creature with claw mouth and stalks.

Bizarre Tully Monster fossil is still a mystery

Was the Tully Monster – which left behind one of the strangest fossils ever discovered – a vertebrate or an invertebrate? The mystery continues.

Two sea lions on sea ice.

Arctic ice loss exposes sea mammals to deadly virus

Scientists have linked melting Arctic sea ice to the emergence of a deadly virus among sea lions, ice seals, sea otters and other marine mammals.

Acorns on an oak tree branch with leaves.

Tons of acorns in your yard? It must be a mast year

Masting is what biologists call the pattern of trees for miles around synchronizing to all produce lots of seeds – or very few. Why and how do they get on schedule?

Listen to Earth’s magnetic song

Scientists have created a recording of the eerie ‘song’ that Earth sings when it’s hit by a solar storm.

Wide river intersecting a city.

Why Nile hasn’t changed course in 30 million years

Scientists say they’ve solved the geologic mystery of the Nile River’s unchanging path, and also discovered the river is about 30 million years old – 6 times older than previously believed.

Seedling in a shower of rain.

Who knew? Plants ‘panic’ when it rains

Using a spray bottle to simulate rain, researchers found a “panic-like” response in plants. Complex chemical warning signals were passed from leaf to leaf and even communicated to other plants.

Some microbes eat electricity

Scientists have discovered that certain microbes get energy from electrical charges. What’s more, it turns out that these microbes are very common.

Segmented rod-like structure in a rock.

Did ancient Earth life escape our solar system?

You’ve heard of panspermia, the idea that life exists throughout space and was carried to Earth by comets? What if the reverse occurred, with microbes on Earth ejected into space by asteroid impacts, escaping into the solar system billions of years ago?

This ancient rhino roamed the Yukon

Fossils suggest that a long-extinct cousin of today’s rhinoceroses tromped through the forests of Northwest Canada roughly 8 to 9 million years ago.

Watch what happens when scientists excavate a giant anthill

In this video clip, scientists pump concrete into a giant abandoned ant colony, then excavate the colony to reveal the intricate complexity of its inner structure. A must-see.