Planet Earth Archive
08 February 2016, 06:03 PM ET
The moon illuminates the Mediterranean Sea in unusual ways in a photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station.
05 February 2016, 01:23 PM ET
Trees made of hard and soft wood, or of hefty or slender cross-section, all tend to break at roughly the same wind speed, and a new study explains why.
04 February 2016, 07:51 AM ET
The fault that lies beneath the Himalayas is kinked, with a subterranean ramp that grows the mountains in between major earthquakes, new research finds.
03 February 2016, 04:49 PM ET
It's now possible to scale the brilliant, snowcapped peaks of Mont Blanc, one of Europe's tallest mountains, from the comfort of your couch.
02 February 2016, 07:02 PM ET
North American brown snakes are nonvenomous, unlike the Australian variety, which is among the most venomous in the world.
02 February 2016, 05:25 PM ET
Winter storm Jonas brought with it record-breaking amounts of snow and winds when it plowed through the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States in late January. Now, scientists at NASA have created a map showing the direction and speeds of the gusts.
02 February 2016, 02:58 PM ET
To prevent another Dust Bowl, don't plant the wrong seeds.
02 February 2016, 12:14 PM ET
The global managing director for public policy at The Nature Conservancy, Lynn Scarlett served at Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2006 and currently chairs the Science Advisory Board of NOAA.
01 February 2016, 01:10 PM ET
The Earth is getting hotter, people are causing it.
29 January 2016, 03:27 PM ET
Plate tectonics may have already been operating when Earth was just a baby, a chemical analysis of 3.5-billion-year-old diamonds reveals.
29 January 2016, 02:09 PM ET
Aerial drones are seemingly everywhere these days. Even in the most remote places on Earth, scientists are testing the limits of what these robotic devices can do.
29 January 2016, 02:02 PM ET
The world is warming, and people are causing it, despite the opinions of Patrick Michaels.
29 January 2016, 01:45 PM ET
Drones face a new set of challenges as scientists deploy the remote flying vehicles to create maps of sea ice in some of the most remote locations on Earth.
28 January 2016, 07:16 PM ET
Love it when things go ka-blooey? Be sure you add a lot of heat.
28 January 2016, 03:20 PM ET
A massive winter storm that slammed the U.S. East Coast last weekend dumped so much white stuff on the ground that the extensive snow cover was clearly visible from space.
28 January 2016, 10:50 AM ET
Tasmania's rainforest is burning up in the wake of its most severe two-year drought on record.
27 January 2016, 03:08 PM ET
A throwdown between a rapper and an astrophysicist centers on whether the Earth is a sphere, a scientific question that was supposedly settled in the third century B.C. Here's how we know it's a sphere.
26 January 2016, 01:03 PM ET
Mother Nature can't take the blame for the recent string of record-breaking heat waves, a new study finds.
26 January 2016, 10:56 AM ET
The newly proposed "Planet Nine" probably could not have triggered the comet impacts that some researchers think may be responsible for many of Earth's mass extinction events over the eons, astronomers say.
26 January 2016, 06:53 AM ET
Despite the advent of new communications and support technology, going it alone in Antarctica is still an incredibly dangerous risk, one expert says.
25 January 2016, 07:49 AM ET
A new study found that Venus flytraps track the touches of their prey, holding back after first contact to make sure that there's definitely something tasty to nab.
25 January 2016, 05:00 AM ET
The odds of year-on-year record warming is 1 in 1,500 — can this really just be chance?
22 January 2016, 05:07 PM ET
Can a full moon make a winter storm even worse? Yes, scientists say. Here's how.
22 January 2016, 04:13 PM ET
Eyes on the ground and above are capturing the immense size and intensity of the winter storm that is currently walloping the Eastern U.S. Here's a look at those images.
21 January 2016, 04:42 PM ET
Global average temperatures in 2015 broke records, but a strong El Niño was only part of the story.
21 January 2016, 02:23 PM ET
A satellite image shows a developing winter storm moving east toward the mid-Atlantic states.
21 January 2016, 01:22 PM ET
Lying among beetle specimens in museum collections across Australia was a treasure trove of unidentified weevils. Most had been collected almost 30 years ago and remained unnamed until scientists started cataloging them and stumbled across 24 new species.
21 January 2016, 11:07 AM ET
A winter storm is walloping the East Coast of the United States during the weekend of Jan 22-24. NASA's Goes-East satellite has been monitoring its progress.
20 January 2016, 03:30 PM ET
Worldwide temperature data from 1880 - 2015 has here been color-mapped and animated. 2015 – the warmest year for which scientists have data – beats 2014 (the previous record-holder) by .23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius).
20 January 2016, 01:38 PM ET
The power source for Earth's magnetic field may be magnesium minerals trapped in the core since our planet's violent birth.
20 January 2016, 01:00 PM ET
The oldest known evidence of human warfare has been unearthed in Kenya, suggesting warfare is an ancient part of the human repertoire.
20 January 2016, 12:14 PM ET
2015 blew away the competition for record heat, besting 2014 by widest margin on record.
20 January 2016, 09:00 AM ET
Tectonic plates may have inched across the Earth’s surface to where they are now over billions of years. But they left behind traces of their movement under the sea in bumps and gashes that researchers can map.
20 January 2016, 08:51 AM ET
China's frequently choking haze is providing an unexpected benefit to racing pigeons in one of the country's most polluted regions, helping the birds to navigate home faster.
19 January 2016, 02:23 PM ET
Creating smoky clouds easily visible from space, the bushfire in Yarloop, Australia was wild and deadly at the beginning of January.
17 January 2016, 11:17 AM ET
In the northwestern part of New Mexico, a natural outcropping of sandstone known as El Morro has produced a spectacular landmark in this cold, high desert region.