What will Earth’s next supercontinent look like?

Here are 4 different scenarios of what planet Earth might look like when the next supercontinent forms.

Illustration of white hyenas on a mound of rocks.

Ancient hyenas roamed the Arctic

The ice age hyenas may have hunted caribou and horses, or scavenged carcasses of mammoths on a cold treeless tundra, says a study of 2 fossil teeth.

Record wettest 12 months for US, again

Wet conditions from July 2018 through June 2019 resulted in a new 12-month precipitation record in the US

Totally eclipsed sun - with dark moon blotting it out - in darkened sky over a desert campground.

Eclipses make animals do strange things

How do solar and lunar eclipses influence animal behavior? While the human world gathers to see tonight’s lunar eclipse, what’s the rest of nature doing?

Big earthquakes today in Australia and Indonesia

The 2 strong earthquakes of July 14, 2019 – the first a 6.6-magnitude off the western coast of Australia and the second a 7.3-magnitude in Indonesia – happened on or near the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Valley and snow covered mountains, blue sky.

Himalayan glaciers melting double fast since 2000

A new study, which used declassified images from spy satellites, shows that glaciers in the Himalayas melted twice as fast from 2000 to 2016 as they did from 1975 to 2000.

Rare lava lake seen from space

Satellite images confirm that this rare lava lake is a continuous feature at the top of Mount Michael, in the South Atlantic’s South Sandwich Islands. The temperature of the molten lava is some 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,800 degrees Fahrenheit).

Super rare video of giant squid in US waters

Here be monsters. This video shows a living giant squid, captured on camera in its natural habitat for only the 2nd time in history.

Map showing July 6, 2019 earthquake epicenter. It is north of a line - about equidistant - from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nevada.

California shakes from 2nd big quake in 2 days

An earthquake scientist said of the recent 2 big California earthquakes, “… the M6.4 was a foreshock. This was a M7.1 on the same fault … part of the same sequence.” She added it will not trigger another large earthquake outside the Ridgecrest, California, area.

Close up of a sunflower with a bee on it.

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

You can’t look at a sunflower and feel sad.

Zombie ants revisited

You’ll meet the parasitic fungi that take control of living insects in this story by Gino Brignoli, a London-based researcher in tropical ecology.

6 things to know about carbon dioxide

Scientists say increased carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere is causing global temperatures to warm – sea levels to rise – and storms, droughts, floods and fires to become more severe. Here are 6 things about CO2 you might not know.

Today in science: Tunguska explosion

We celebrate Asteroid Day on June 30 because it’s the anniversary of a 1908 explosion over Siberia that killed reindeer and flattened trees. Here’s the latest on what we know.

Amazing June for noctilucent clouds

For the northern part of Earth, the season for seeing noctilucent clouds – clouds that shine at night – typically begins in June. This June has been particularly fine for seeing these electric-blue clouds. Photos and video here.

Cloudy day on Mars.

How meteors create Mars’ clouds

Scientists have been trying to figure out how clouds form in Mars’ thin atmosphere, and thanks to new research, the answer seems to be … meteors.

Photo showing a volcanically active area in Hawaii

US revamps volcano early warning system

There are 161 active volcanoes in the United States, more than 1/3 of which have been classified as posing a high threat to nearby communities. A new law aims to improve volcano monitoring.

Ants crawling on a cupcake.

6 amazing facts about ants

It’s summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. And summertime is ant time. Here are 6 things about ants you might not know.

It’s twilight time: 15 favorite photos

“Love prefers twilight to daylight”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Why hottest weather isn’t on longest day

June solstice 2019. It’s the longest day for us on northern Earth, but the hottest weather for the Northern Hemisphere is still to come. The reason is called the lag of the seasons.

Yellow puppy with a sad face.

The science behind puppy dog eyes

You know that look your dog gives you, with the raised eyebrows, that melts your heart? A new study says that wolves don’t do it. It’s a part of how dogs have evolved to communicate with humans.