Roughly 250 million years ago, a volcano erupted for nearly a million years, ushering a mass extinction that wiped out over 90 percent of all life. Now, scientists reveal more details about what led to this cataclysmic event.
Dirty air is killing people and causing illnesses, but it’s also making people dumber. A new study shows that air pollution is linked to a clear and drastic decline in cognitive performance among almost 32,000 subjects.
Climate change has been plaguing humans since the beginning of time. A new study revealed that ancient hominins, Neanderthals, may have died out due to cold, dry climate shifts.
Scientists try to piece together the early history of life by backtracking to the 'last universal common ancestor.' By combining genetic data and fossils, they uncover new details about the microbe that's the source of all life on Earth.
Archaeologists salvaged a hunk of cheese from 13th century B.C. The mummy cheese is a fascinating peek into the lives of ancient Egyptians — but can you eat it?
The idyllic island of Atlantis is said to have been inspired by an earth-shattering volcanic eruption that reverberated through Europe and Asia. A new research on ancient tree rings sought to settle the age-old debate over the date of this event.
Magnesite is a natural mineral that pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but it can take hundreds of years to form. Now, scientists have found a way to make it in just 72 days.
Scientists are still finding new things to discover about the element of water. In a new study, a team from NYU revealed new molecular properties that could have a great impact on clean energy and other technology.
It's an age-old problem that has baffled scientists for decades: the challenge of breaking a dry spaghetti noodle in just two pieces. In a new study, MIT students finally figure out how.
Ancient humans died out due to their lazy natures. A new study describes how the Homo erectus exerted the least amount of effort necessary to get by — and this led to their inevitable demise.
Shopping bags and other plastics do more than just pollute lands and damage marine life, a new study revealed. When exposed to sun, common plastics release greenhouse gases that add to global warming effect.
A forgotten Eighth Wonder of the World? Scientists confirmed the fate of New Zealand's Pink and White Terraces that used to be a breathtaking natural landmark until its disappearance in the 1800s.
Hundreds of years ago, inventor and painter Leonardo da Vinci documented his musings on the strange behavior of tap water. Now, scientists finally explain the nature of the hydraulic jump.
The planet is getting pushed to its tipping point on the way to a 'Hothouse Earth' state. In these conditions, temperatures and sea levels could reach unbearable heights.
For the second year in a row, Death Valley in California set the record for the hottest month ever. Scientists warn that the national park's scorching temperatures may soon make it too warm for human habitation.