Planet Earth Archive
22 May 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The best beaches of 2014, as ranked by Florida International University's "Dr. Beach." Hawaii and Florida rank high on the list, with a protected Oahu beach taking the top spot.
22 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Models of how the Earth works may need to change, thanks to two new studies that recreate the extreme conditions just above the planet's core.
22 May 2014, 01:21 PM ET
An expected El Niño could mean below-average Atlantic hurricane activity this year.
22 May 2014, 08:36 AM ET
Pat Sajak, the longtime host of "Wheel of Fortune," set off a social media firestorm earlier this week when he took to Twitter to call people who believe in climate change "alarmists" and "unpatriotic racists."
22 May 2014, 12:59 AM ET
Rains are finally heading for drought-stricken parts of the Southern Plains, but they won't bust the drought.
21 May 2014, 01:47 PM ET
Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, will be tranquil and dry across much of the United States; however, there will be some areas of stormy weather to watch.
21 May 2014, 01:40 PM ET
See the forecast for these five popular Memorial Day Weekend vacations.
21 May 2014, 01:02 PM ET
The change in global rainfall patterns caused by a powerful El Niño won't be welcomed everywhere in the world.
21 May 2014, 12:38 PM ET
A large uncontained wildfire burning in south-central Alaska was visible from space on Tuesday (May 20). High winds, high temperatures and manpower spread thin by other fires are making it hard to control the Funny River blaze.
21 May 2014, 12:13 PM ET
For the first time in 16 years, freshwater from the Colorado River has flowed into the Gulf of California.
21 May 2014, 08:20 AM ET
Are you wondering if it's your imagination, or is there really an uptick in earthquakes? A Live Science analysis looks at recent earthquake activity.
20 May 2014, 09:00 PM ET
Ancient fossils now reveal the deep sea may be the origin of many lineages of sea creatures found closer to the surface, such as a number of sea stars, sea urchins and snails, researchers say.
20 May 2014, 07:20 PM ET
Research suggests the deep sea has played a much greater role in producing and preserving diversity in marine life than once thought. Photos take a look at deep-sea creatures, past and present.
20 May 2014, 06:23 PM ET
Climate change threatens hundreds of national parks and monuments around the country, according to a new report.
20 May 2014, 04:52 PM ET
Last month ranked as the world's hottest April on record, tying with April 2010, U.S. weather officials said. Last month was 1.39 degrees Fahrenheit (0.77 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average.
20 May 2014, 04:48 PM ET
Last month tied as the hottest April on record according to new NOAA data released Tuesday.
20 May 2014, 03:30 PM ET
The numbers of earthquakes recorded at various magnitudes.
20 May 2014, 02:50 PM ET
A team of scientists ventured to the depths of the Caribbean Sea on a three-month voyage to study fault zones and strange biological communities.
20 May 2014, 02:50 PM ET
The Caribbean usually conjures images of white sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise water, but beneath the sea's tranquil surface, powerful forces are at work.
20 May 2014, 01:03 PM ET
The flooding that has devastated Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia is visible from orbit in new satellite imagery. Dozens have died and tens of thousands have been evacuated in these record-breaking floods.
20 May 2014, 12:59 PM ET
"Fairy circles" that form in the arid grasslands of Namibia have baffled scientists for decades. In the latest attempt to explain why these mysterious rings form, a group of researchers turned to aerial images.
20 May 2014, 08:13 AM ET
Record snowfalls in Japan outline the multiuse landscape of the country's second-largest island, Hokkaido. The cultivated greenbelts that helped protect against the 2011 tsunami are visible along the coast.
20 May 2014, 12:48 AM ET
The "Big One" may be many smaller ones.
19 May 2014, 06:09 PM ET
Storm chasers captured stunning footage of a supercell, or rotating thunderstorm, churning above northeastern Wyoming over the weekend.
19 May 2014, 05:45 PM ET
The Bay Area could face a cluster of deadly earthquakes that delivers a series of rapid knockout punches.
19 May 2014, 04:45 PM ET
Government, business and science are teaming up to fight one of the biggest threats to modern civilization. No, it's not terrorism or climate change - it's a fungus known as coffee rust that's attacking coffee crops worldwide.
19 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Ash kicked Greenland's annual summer melt into overdrive in summer 2012. Without the boost from forest fire ash, warm summer temperatures couldn't have melted Greenland's surface ice in 2012.
19 May 2014, 02:17 PM ET
The below sea-level canyons beneath the ocean-feeding glacier cut further inland than previously estimates. Accelerated ice loss of the glacier was thought to be limited, but this finding calls into question its duration.
19 May 2014, 12:25 PM ET
The May 20, 2013, tornado has the people of Moore working to restore what was demolished, and this time the city is rebuilding stronger.
19 May 2014, 12:15 PM ET
After several days of abnormally cool weather, warmer and more humid air will settle over the Midwest early this week and fuel thunderstorms.
19 May 2014, 11:59 AM ET
While the week will start with a high fire danger across the southern High Plains, days of welcome rainfall are on the horizon.
19 May 2014, 10:57 AM ET
In the winter of 1997-1998, severe weather events were recorded across the continental U.S.. For month leading in the winter, warm (El Niño) conditions persisted in the Pacific Ocean. NASA's Jason-2 satellite is monitoring in 2014.