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2014-03-27 10:39:57

A new study by an international team of scientists, including Dr Jan Zalasiewicz and Professor Mark Williams of the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, suggests that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature – and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and half billion years ago.

Last Interglacial temperate landscape
2014-03-04 05:28:14

Analysis of fossilized dung beetles has revealed that prehistoric temperate ecosystems were comprised not just of dense forest, but a mosaic of closed forest and wood-pasture vegetation.

Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherers Had Blue Eyes, Dark Skin
2014-01-27 04:48:38

A 7,000 year old man from the Mesolithic Period, named La Braña 1 and recovered at the La Braña-Arintero site in Valdelugueros, Spain, reportedly had blue eyes and dark skin.

Global Warming To Shift Rain And Wind Belts: Experts
2013-09-24 04:32:23

A new study from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reveals that a northward shift of Earth's wind and rain belts could make a broad swath of regions drier.

Russian Meteor Produced A Shockwave That Traveled The Globe Twice
2013-06-28 07:07:05

The Chelyabinsk meteor that blazed a trail across the morning sky in Russia this past February left a shocking impact on not just the Ural Mountains region, but the entire world.

Researchers Map New Jersey Sea-Level Changes Over Last 10,000 Years
2013-05-29 09:07:40

The public and policymakers alike were caught off guard when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the US last fall. But the majority of the destruction came from the storm surge and flooding that followed the storm.

Experts Convene On Uncertainties Of Global Water Resources
2013-05-20 13:27:19

To raise awareness and inform the debate surrounding man’s effect on the Earth, climate experts at the GWSP conference are embracing the term ‘Anthropocene’ as a label for the epoch that heralded human dominance of the planet with the retreat of the glaciers 11,500 years ago.

Boreal Forests Expected To Shift Poleward
2013-05-06 04:58:49

What will happen to the climate in various parts of the world as the effects of global warming become amplified? Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new way to predict what will occur as temperatures rise across the Earth.

Meteorite Fragments From The Tunguska Event
2013-05-05 06:19:14

A Russian scientist has reportedly found meteorite or asteroid fragments potentially linked to a mysterious explosion that took place over Siberia more than 100 years ago.

Meteor Strikes Like Russian Event Only Occur Once Every 10 To 30 Years
2013-02-15 17:22:17

As reports continue to stream in through various media outlets on injuries, damages, and the science behind such events, it seems this morning’s (February 15) meteor strike in Russia’s Ural Mountains region has left a pretty big impression far and wide.


Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.