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Cyclone Remnant Spawns Horrifying River of Rock in New Zealand Cyclone Remnant Spawns Horrifying River of Rock in New Zealand

Earlier this week, a storm spawned by the former Cyclone Gita swept across New Zealand, damaging buildings, knocking out electricity, and creating floods. But along the Rakaia River, the storm triggered a bizarre natural phenomenon known as granular flow—essentially a raging river of rocks.

Earth's First Land Plants May Have Sprouted 80 Million Years Earlier Than Previously Thought Earth's First Land Plants May Have Sprouted 80 Million Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

For hundreds of millions of years, life on Earth was a purely aquatic phenomenon. The jump from the oceans to the continents was a monumental event, one that would irrevocably change the face of our plant. A new study suggests the first plants to make this evolutionary leap appeared much earlier than we thought.

Powerful Earthquake Hits Taiwan, Partially Collapses Hotel Powerful Earthquake Hits Taiwan, Partially Collapses Hotel

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan today, causing damage and a partially collapsed hotel building, sources report.

Study With One-Word Abstract Finds Moon Phases Don't Predict Earthquakes Study With One-Word Abstract Finds Moon Phases Don't Predict Earthquakes

It’s not often that science can answer questions with an easy “yes” or “no.” Usually it’s more of an “evidence suggests” or “this correlation proposes” sort of situation, even if the public’s understanding is generally a little less nuanced. So USGS Seismologist Susan Hough found the right question:

Visit to Biggest Underwater Volcano in Last 100 Years Reveals Deep Sea Mystery Visit to Biggest Underwater Volcano in Last 100 Years Reveals Deep Sea Mystery

Scientists knew something strange happened when they heard reports of a raft of floating rock near New Zealand back in 2012. That raft eventually grew to around 150 square miles—remains of the largest underwater volcanic eruption in the 20th or 21st century to date, bigger even than Mount St. Helens.

Scientists Observe Strange Double Whirlpool Effect in Ocean for First Time Scientists Observe Strange Double Whirlpool Effect in Ocean for First Time

Slow waves meander westward out in the deep ocean south of Australia. Sometimes they carry with them carry large eddies, whirlpools over 100 miles across. But every so often, these whirlpools combine into double whirlpools and travel across the ocean 10 times faster than the rest of the whirlpools, moving in sync for…

Earth's Underworld is Real and Scientists Just Mapped It Earth's Underworld is Real and Scientists Just Mapped It

Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate, reads the gates to the Inferno. “Abandon all hope, you who enter,” which is a pretty nice way of saying “welcome to Hell.” But there’s a real underworld, albeit one with fewer dogs and less being blown around by the wind or wading through shit. Scientists are working on a…

World's Largest Mud Flow Probably Powered By Underground Magma Tunnel World's Largest Mud Flow Probably Powered By Underground Magma Tunnel

The largest mud volcano eruption has been raging in Indonesia since May 29, 2006. At its peak, 180,000 cubic meters of mud flowed daily from a site near a heavily populated region of Java—enough mud to completely fill the Empire State Building every six days. Almost 60,000 villagers have fled since then, and it’s…

Earth's Explosive History Explains Its Strange Chemical Make-Up Earth's Explosive History Explains Its Strange Chemical Make-Up

If you made a building out of bricks and cinderblocks, then hundreds of years later you’d expect it to still be, well, a building made of bricks and cinderblocks. But planets are not buildings if you haven’t noticed. Earth, for instance, just doesn’t seem to have the same composition as the meteors thought to have…

Scientists Aren't Sure What Climate Change Did to Harvey Scientists Aren't Sure What Climate Change Did to Harvey

Hurricane Harvey and its remnants have quickly become one of the worst natural disasters in US history. The unprecedented duration and intensity of the storm has sparked a heated debate about how much climate change is to blame. The short answer is that we don’t really know, yet. But attempting to answer that question…

How Does Two Feet of Rainfall Become Ten Feet of Flooding? How Does Two Feet of Rainfall Become Ten Feet of Flooding?

Hurricane Harvey and its remnants have managed to dump likely record-setting amounts of rainfall across Texas. The Weather Channel expects that some locations could see accumulation totals of 50 inches before the weather finally lets up. Some locations around and outside of Houston have already have seen floods higher…

Quantum Mechanics Could Shake Up Our Understanding of Earth’s Magnetic Field Quantum Mechanics Could Shake Up Our Understanding of Earth’s Magnetic Field

Earth’s magnetic field does way more than guide our compasses and cause occasional worry. It’s part of the reason there’s life at all on this planet—it protects us from harmful solar radiation that might otherwise blow our ozone layer away.

Why Did Montana Experience a Powerful Earthquake Last Night? Why Did Montana Experience a Powerful Earthquake Last Night?

Last night, planet Earth rumbled in a place where it usually doesn’t rumble: Montana. But it also rumbled in the Philippines. Come to think of it, it rumbled in Vanuatu and Japan too. The Earth rumbles a lot.

Do Not Be Alarmed By NASA’s Eerie Artificial Clouds Do Not Be Alarmed By NASA’s Eerie Artificial Clouds

In news that is sure to vindicate chemtrail truthers, NASA has finally delivered on its longstanding promise to produce a dazzling display of artificial clouds. And dang, was it cool.

Scientists Think They've Solved the Mystery of Our Atmosphere's Missing Xenon Scientists Think They've Solved the Mystery of Our Atmosphere's Missing Xenon

Xenon is a peculiar element. It certainly has one of the most mysterious names (from the Greek xenos, or “stranger”). As a noble gas, it refuses to bond with other elements except under exotic conditions. And its uses are all about as creepy as its name: Folks use it for its eerie glow, to detect radiation, or in its…

Collapse of Enormous Antarctic Ice Shelf Imminent Collapse of Enormous Antarctic Ice Shelf Imminent

In a dramatic development, the giant rift in the Larsen C ice shelf has grown an additional 11 miles (17 km) since last week, and the leading tip of the crack is now exceptionally close to the ocean. There’s now very little to prevent a complete collapse—an event that will produce one of the largest icebergs in…

March Was Hot March Was Hot

In the past 137 years, there’s only been one March hotter than March 2017, and it was March 2016. That’s according to the latest iteration of NASA’s global temperature dataset, released today, which points to the dreadfully predictable conclusion that our round Earth is still getting hotter.

NASA to Aliens: 'Please Take Care of This Planet, As We Have Failed' NASA to Aliens: 'Please Take Care of This Planet, As We Have Failed'

Earth has been the Airbnb for some questionable guests over the years, but none have been more deplorable than humans. Our bad habits are screwing up the planet big time, causing arctic glaciers to melt and sea levels to rise eight inches over the last century alone. At this point, getting adopted by some alien…

Japan's Scientists Believe They'll Be the First to Reach Earth's Mantle Japan's Scientists Believe They'll Be the First to Reach Earth's Mantle

Once again, scientists are looking inward to explore the next frontier. Researchers at Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) announced this week that an excavation is planned in which the team will attempt to successfully drill all the way through Earth’s crust for the first time in history.

Scientists Found a New Window Into the Hellish Ancient Earth Scientists Found a New Window Into the Hellish Ancient Earth

Four and a half billion years ago, some dust from a cloud orbiting around a star coalesced into a rocky planet. But unlike most of the dusty balls in our solar system, this one was special—it was just the right distance away from the star that one day after the surface had cooled, water could exist as a liquid, rather…

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