Oxygen Gas, Methane, and Water on Comet 67P Have Learnings for Early Earth Life
James Sullivan talks here about the Comet 67P and the gaseous oxygen (unusual) and other findings on it that have learnings for us regarding the beginning of life on our planet.
Atacama Desert's Startling Purple Canopy of Flowers This Fall
One of the Earth's driest places, Chile's Atacama Desert, is blanketed in purple flowers this fall because of unprecedented rains brought by El Niño. They flowers are nearly over--they're expected to disappear by late-November.
A World Without Mosquitoes? [IN-DEPTH]
Even entomologists don't really like mosquitoes, it turns out. Also, they're attracted to your carbon, which sounds evil. More info on their liking for beer and other chemicals, and how the planet might be affected by their removal.
Why Iowa Isn't The Middle of Nowhere For Cambrian-Period Fossils [IN-DEPTH]
In the shallow seas around a place now known for its world-famous creative-writing program at the University of Iowa, an aggressive "sea scorpion," shunted through waves. More on it and its strange Paleozoic Era fellows, here.
Summer of the Shark: What's Behind Increased Encounters?
One thing is clear: We still don't know sharks very well, despite their having been on the planet way longer than us and survived several mass extinctions. Will we learn more?
Dinosaur Graveyard: What Stacked Up Predators in Utah?
Editorial: While it's not a pit of tar in a Los Angeles park, it may be nearly as good in terms of providing a predator record of the Jurassic period. Paleontologists will continue to study this predator pit in Utah, first explored in 1928. Today they're using new technology, photogammetry.
Is Extinction A Thing of the Past? Life and Jurassic World
Our writer James Sullivan talks about how a wooly mammoth could potentially roam Siberia, and the ethics of such cases.
Approaching Titan: Space, Saturn's Moons, in Two Years?
How have our expectations changed in the last 15-20 years? One of our writers talks about microbes, what we've learned from the Southern Ocean, and space explorations in our near future.
Book Review: 'A New History of Life'
Thrills and suspense are the last things you'd associate with a science book, but Peter Ward and Joe Kirschvink's A New History of Life delivers plenty of both.
Humans domesticated dogs far longer than was previously thought, new evidence suggests
Dogs been known for quite some time as "man's best friend" - a fairly accurate label when you consider the number of hardships we have shared with canines.
China's Jurassic Park is slowly revealing its paleontological secrets and rewriting what we know about dinosaur evolution, early mammals and their shared ecosystem.
In the past decade, many of the more exciting finds in paleontology have been taking place in the Far East - in areas like the Jehol region of northeast China, which has come to be known as the country's "Jurassic Park."