A new laser instrument developed for the International Space Station is expected to generate incredible 3D maps of Earth’s forests. The instrument called Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) uses lidar, a special kind of laser technology, to create detailed 3D maps and measure the biomass of forests.
Two new mystery holes have appeared in the Siberian permafrost. Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding.
Witness the recent trend of modern-day science catching up to an ancient understanding about the true nature of reality, its make-up, how it functions and how we can work with it to bring about change on our planet.
Earth’s magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm. Changes measured by the Swarm satellite show that our magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than originally predicted, especially over the Western Hemisphere.
Planets orbiting double stars have been a favorite of science fiction writers. Until now, astronomers did not know that a double sunset like that made famous by the movie Star Wars was possible. The Kepler telescope is a game changer.
Camelopardalid is uncommon because its debris is strongly influenced by Jupiter’s gravity. The May shower just might rival the Perseid meteor shower in August.
A visualization showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation. The US-based group, which includes a number of former NASA astronauts, campaigns on the issue of space protection. It hopes the visualization will press home the idea that impacts are more common than we think.
Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today’s California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat, according to scientists using a new way to measure past temperatures.
Researchers have found a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible.
The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 ½ times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park’s super volcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according to a new study.
Data from a NASA satellite reveals temperatures in east Antarctica recently plunged below 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth,
“I’ve never been in conditions that cold, and I hope I never am,” said ice scientist Ted Scambos of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. “I am told that every breath is painful, and you have to be extremely careful not to freeze part of your throat or lungs when inhaling.”
For the first time, an active volcano has been spotted rumbling away under the ice sheet of west Antarctica. It’s further evidence that the frozen continent is anything but still. The heat from the volcano could speed up the demise of Antarctica’s fragile ice sheet.