Planet Earth Archive
15 June 2015, 02:54 PM ET
Winter clouds hang low over the coast of Peru in a new bird’s-eye image from NASA;s Terra satellite.
15 June 2015, 01:01 PM ET
For generations, Bedouin nomads living in the Egyptian coastal resort Abu Dabbab by the Red Sea have heard noises like the rumbling of a distant quarry blast or cannon shot accompanying small quakes in the area. And now researchers know why.
13 June 2015, 11:09 PM ET
Old concrete is not known for standing up to earthquakes, but retrofits made with carbon fiber and shape memory alloy may change that assumption.
13 June 2015, 12:06 PM ET
No matter how thrilling this movie may be, one question will plague me throughout: where are the dung beetles?
13 June 2015, 09:07 AM ET
Faced with a rapidly changing habitat, polar bears are adapting with a new entrée: For the first time, a polar bear was seen preying on a white-beaked dolphin carcass that had been trapped in the ice in Svalbard.
11 June 2015, 12:09 PM ET
Hundreds of thousands of low-rise concrete buildings in the U.S. have not been retrofitted for earthquake safety.
10 June 2015, 05:01 PM ET
A new program to help college women resist rape was able to reduce the risk of rape by nearly 50 percent during participants' freshman year, a new study finds.
10 June 2015, 04:20 PM ET
Unexpected algae leaves clues to an ancient environment
10 June 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Global warming isn't going to help crops — in fact, in most countries it will destroy them.
10 June 2015, 02:52 AM ET
How many hurricanes will the United States really get this year?
06 June 2015, 10:47 AM ET
It's been one of modern biology's greatest mysteries: How did the chemical soup that existed on the early Earth lead to the complex molecules needed to create living, breathing organisms? Now, researchers say they've found a missing link.
05 June 2015, 05:04 PM ET
How did Colonial Americans rid themselves of garden pests?
05 June 2015, 03:26 PM ET
A rare striped rabbit, seen only a handful of times, has peeked out of its tropical forest home, and a graduate student got the chance of a lifetime, holding and photographing the little guy.
04 June 2015, 02:52 PM ET
The global warming hiatus — a decade-plus slowdown in warming — could be chalked up to some buoys, a few extra years of data and a couple buckets of seawater.
04 June 2015, 11:53 AM ET
Control emissions, save the world.
04 June 2015, 11:37 AM ET
The movie, which premieres in September 2015, is a dramatization of the 1996 mountain climbing disaster on Mount Everest. Its based on the best-selling book "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster" by Jon Krakauer.
04 June 2015, 07:26 AM ET
Want to trace the footsteps of dinosaurs or pinpoint the exact location of extinct volcanoes? A new interactive geological map of Texas lets people browse everything from where dinos once roamed to the whereabouts of oil and gas formations.
03 June 2015, 01:04 PM ET
Some of the large lakes that sit atop the Greenland ice sheet can completely drain billions of gallons of water in a matter of hours. Now geoscientists know why: hidden movements of the ice sheet trigger giant cracks to form and drain the pools.
03 June 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The lakes that form atop Greenland's Ice Sheet, called supraglacial lakes, can rapidly, and mysteriously, drain billions of gallons of water in a matter of hours. Here's a look at the stunning icy-blue lakes.
03 June 2015, 12:56 AM ET
Not so long ago, hurricanes used to make landfall essentially without warning. But over the past century or so, new observation technologies have allowed us to track these storms more effectively and thus make better predictions – and save lives.
02 June 2015, 04:14 PM ET
Sailing and science enthusiasts took to the schooner Mystic Whaler over the weekend to learn what tall ship sailing, life in space and studying Antarctica have in common.
02 June 2015, 02:12 PM ET
Wispy, featherlike clouds off the coast of Chile appear to cover the Pacific Ocean in white fur, in a newly released satellite photo.
01 June 2015, 12:28 PM ET
A network of undersea faults off the coast of Southern California could produce huge quakes that could send tsunami waves crashing into Los Angeles, new research suggests.
30 May 2015, 08:57 AM ET
In the south-central part of Utah, a 100-mile-long (161 kilometers) formation, dubbed Waterpocket Fold, has created a landscape that is not only spectacular to view but is also a geological treasure for research and study.
30 May 2015, 08:27 AM ET
Blue-ice areas are patches of ice where wind and evaporation have scoured glaciers clean of snow.
30 May 2015, 03:13 AM ET
No, El Niño is not the source of every weather crisis, but it can be devastating, and researchers have uncovered a new clue that may help predict how bad things can get.
29 May 2015, 11:44 AM ET
When these six climate impacts occur, they will dramatically transform the planet.
29 May 2015, 08:46 AM ET
Manhattanhenge, a phenomenon when the setting sun is perfectly aligned with Manhattan's grid-patterned streets, occurs twice a year with a full sunset, and twice a year with a half sunset.
28 May 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Two volcanic islands that were recently born in the Red Sea are providing scientists with new information about a little-known rift in Earth's crust.
28 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
The jet stream off the East Coast of the United States controls an important climate pattern in the Atlantic Ocean.
27 May 2015, 01:58 PM ET
Forecasters are calling for another quiet hurricane season in the Atlantic this summer.
27 May 2015, 09:29 AM ET
Severe floods in Texas and Oklahoma are causing devastation after multiple storm systems battered a formerly drought-stricken area, according to experts.