Arsenic-breathing life discovered in Pacific

Arsenic is a deadly poison for most living things, but new research shows that microorganisms are breathing arsenic in a large area of the Pacific Ocean.

Rows of beach houses, flooded.

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week. Are you ready?

May 5-11, 2019, is Hurricane Preparedness Week in the U.S. If a hurricane were approaching, would you and your family be ready? This post will tell you how to prepare.

The strangest crab that has ever lived

Meet Callichimaera perplexa, the platypus of crabs. It’s a 95-million-year-old extinct species that, scientists say, will force us to rethink the definition of a crab.

Dramatic image of dark shelf cloud over a 3-story building.

What you need to know about derechos

Derechos typically form in late spring and summer. They are violent storm systems that can produce widespread wind damage across a large area. Check out the images in this post.

Star chart, showing Milky Way around Orion region.

Beetles steer by the Milky Way

When dung beetles grab a prized bit of food, they hurry off in a straight line. To be able to do this, they have to be able to see the stars.

Microplastics found in remote Pyrenees Mountains

Microplastic particles – too small for the human eye to see – were blown into the once pristine region by the wind, according to a new study.

A STEVE display over Prince George, BC, Canada.

Scientists explain mysterious, celestial STEVE

STEVE is a majestic sky phenomenon, similar to well-known auroras, but not as well understood. Now, a new study provides an explanation.

What caused the Great Dying?

New evidence that volcanic eruptions caused the Great Dying, a mass extinction 252 million years ago that killed off 95% of life on Earth.

Male emperor penguins are good dads

In fact, they’re one of nature’s best animal dads. This month – autumn in Antarctica – their breeding cycle begins. But there’s still a long winter ahead.

Rain over Asia foreshadows intense California heat

When heavy rain falls over Southeast Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean, temperatures in California’s Central Valley will reach 100 degrees F (38 C) in 4 to 16 days, says a new study.