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Our World Is Getting Hotter And This GIF Shows It

We just had the warmest August on record, which also tied last month for the warmest month ever recorded. But it’s the overall trend that’s truly scary, and now you can watch it unfold right before your eyes.


We Were Wrong About Where The Moon Came From

The moon is our almost constant frenemy in space, lighting our nights and spoiling our star-views in equal turns. But now, new measurements from Apollo-era moon rocks suggest that the moon and Earth had a much more savage past than we knew.


Australian Scientists Just Found The World's Oldest Fossils

Australian and UK scientists have dug up the oldest fossils found on Earth to date — 3.7 billion-year-old sedimentary formations created by clumps of bacteria — which predate the current earliest fossils by a whopping 220 million years, and suggest life originated here more than four billion years ago.

And the researchers say they could help us learn about life on Mars.


A Previously Undiscovered Asteroid Just Came Very Close To Earth

On Sunday, a newly discovered 16 to 52m-long asteroid was spotted. Later that day, it flew by Earth at less than one-quarter of the distance to the moon. Don’t panic, though. It’s fine. We’re fine. Everything’s fine.


How Long Would It Actually Take To Fall Through The Earth?

Video: Obviously, in order to answer this super-silly thought exercise, you’d have to make it a little bit more manageable to calculate. That means in this scenario, the Earth is perfectly round, has the same density all throughout, and won’t, like, scorch your bum when you fall through the core. Life Noggin explains the maths behind how long it would take, giving consideration to all that gravity nonsense, and comes up with a shockingly small number.


Epic Timelapse Captures An Entire Year On Earth From 1.6 Million Kilometres Away

Video: A spacecraft parked in orbit at a distance of 1.6 million kilometres has captured the mother of all timelapse videos — an entire year on Earth. Enjoy.


Why North America Looks The Way It Does

Video: North America is a beautiful continent that’s home to the Rockies, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and many more natural wonders. How did that happen? How did North America get its shape? The answer is that it took millions and millions of years. Over the history of Earth, tectonic plates have smashed into each other and dove under one another to literally move continents and create everything we see above ground.


Right Before They Erupt, Volcanoes Become Ominously Silent

If an active volcano nearby suddenly kicks up its activity with steam, smoke and below-ground rumblings, it’s a good idea to get away very quickly. But now researchers have found an even more dangerous sign to watch volcanoes for: Sudden, total silence.


What Was Going On With Earth's Magnetic Field A Billion Years Ago?

We know about our North and South poles, but what about an East, West, or slightly-to-the-left pole? According to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters, around one billion years ago, that might have been a possibility.


Researchers' Attempt To Find Even One Pristine Spot On Earth Ends In Total Failure

An exhaustive attempt by researchers to find a single untouched space on planet Earth has yielded no results. Sorry, folks, everything is ruined now.


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