Planet Earth Archive
28 October 2014, 03:09 PM ET
Mammoth bones more than 70,000 years old emerged from the eroded river banks of a reservoir in Idaho this month. Paleontologists and students raced to rescue part of the beast's skull and a tusk, but they suspect more lies below the surface.
28 October 2014, 02:58 PM ET
A mammoth skeleton was discovered this month on the banks of a reservoir in Idaho. Paleontologists have rescued part of its skull and a tusk, but there could be a lot more buried below the surface.
28 October 2014, 11:29 AM ET
China is taking initial steps to control emissions from ports and shipping — an important new flank in that nation's war on pollution.
28 October 2014, 09:55 AM ET
A significant chunk of the missing oil from 2010's Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been discovered sitting on the seafloor at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
28 October 2014, 01:27 AM ET
Reef historian Iain McCalman, in Sydney, and reef scientist Stephen Palumbi, in California, are monitoring reef degradation from opposite sides of the planet. They compared notes.
27 October 2014, 12:49 PM ET
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been erupting for more than 30 years. A new stream of lava started flowing on June 27, 2014. By the fall, the molten rock was pushing close to homes and buildings in the town of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island.
27 October 2014, 11:45 AM ET
An oozing lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano picked up speed over the weekend as it crept toward Pahoa, prompting local authorities and residents to prepare for possible evacuations on the Big Island.
27 October 2014, 06:17 AM ET
The aurora borealis can make for a spectacular night sky show, even sometimes visible from space. Here are eight amazing facts about the northern lights.
26 October 2014, 06:40 PM ET
Most people will have heard of plate tectonics: moving pieces on the surface of the planet that collide, pull away or slide past one another over millions of years to shape our world, but new information points to a more complex process.
25 October 2014, 01:26 AM ET
While scientists gather the ground truth about climate, it's up to lawmakers to do something responsible with it.
24 October 2014, 05:14 PM ET
Telltale signs of life have been discovered in rocks that were once 12 miles (20 kilometers) below the surface — some of the deepest chemical evidence for life ever found.
24 October 2014, 07:44 AM ET
Neanderthals disappeared from Europe starting 40,000 years ago, after the region's biggest volcanic blast in the last 200,000 years sent superheated pyroclastic flows of volcanic gas and ash sky-high. But don't blame the volcano, scientists say.
23 October 2014, 03:34 PM ET
When snow and ice thawed during the Antarctic summer last year, a lost notebook was revealed near the century-old base camp that British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott established at Cape Evans.
23 October 2014, 12:56 PM ET
Hidden in ice for more than 100 years, the photography notebook of a British explorer on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica has been found.
23 October 2014, 09:40 AM ET
Stark images reveal one of the oldest organisms on Earth, the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, dotting the Rocky Mountains. The dead gnarly wood of these ancient sentinels creates unique and beautiful landscapes across rugged mountaintops.
21 October 2014, 07:40 AM ET
A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, research shows.
21 October 2014, 02:15 AM ET
Weather extremes, from intense rains in the western United States to flooding in the northeast, are directly tied to a warming climate.
20 October 2014, 06:02 PM ET
The "odds are good" that 2014 will be the warmest year in the books, fueled by record ocean warmth.
20 October 2014, 09:36 AM ET
Don’t look directly at the Sun! Life’s Little Mysteries’ Natalie Wolchover shows how you can build a simple shoebox "pinhole camera" out of household materials for safe solar viewing. It’s the harmless way to view any solar eclipse.
17 October 2014, 03:03 PM ET
Live Science caught up with Fabien Cousteau, who spent a month in an undersea lab this past summer.
17 October 2014, 01:20 PM ET
Earth's magnetic field could flip within the next 100 years, a new study suggests.
17 October 2014, 12:30 PM ET
Earthquake science has kept pace with San Francisco's tremendous transformation since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
17 October 2014, 08:20 AM ET
Oct. 17 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The animation shows earthquake waves speed away from the epicenter in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco, California.
16 October 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Tornadoes are touching down in clusters more often than 50 years ago.
16 October 2014, 01:34 PM ET
Don't expect the polar vortex to pummel the eastern United States this winter.
15 October 2014, 12:14 PM ET
The catastrophic 1934 drought is one of the worst North America droughts on record, and was caused, in part, by an atmospheric condition that may have led to the current drought in California, a new study finds.
15 October 2014, 07:27 AM ET
The U.S. Department of Defense released a new report Oct. 13 that says climate change poses an "immediate risk to national security." The so-called road map is designed to help the military navigate and prepare for increasing global temperatures.
14 October 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Another rare case of fracking-caused earthquakes has jolted Ohio.
14 October 2014, 04:01 PM ET
A NASA mission is measuring biofuel emissions and contrail formation by flying jets directly behind a large aircraft.
14 October 2014, 11:06 AM ET
Rocks found in the deep ocean near methane vents are teeming with microscopic life, new research finds. Microbes live in (and build) these rocks, surviving on the greenhouse gas methane seeping from below the ocean floor.
13 October 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Four San Francisco Bay Area faults have built up enough seismic strain to unleash destructive earthquakes.
13 October 2014, 04:39 PM ET
September 2014 was the warmest September since 1880, update NASA data shows.