The epic hunt for the place on Earth where life started

The epic hunt for the place on Earth where life started

Darwin’s warm little pond, the deep ocean and icy shores – all have been suggested as the birthplace of life. Now one location could have it all By Penny Sarchet NEARLY 4 billion years ago, the first life appeared on our planet. It would have looked unlike any life as we know it today, more […]

Half of life on Earth has vanished since we arrived on the scene

Half of life on Earth has vanished since we arrived on the scene

There’s a lot less life than there once wasCris Bouroncle / AFP / Getty Images The amount of living matter on Earth has fallen by half since the beginning of human civilisation. This is one of the staggering facts from the most comprehensive global census of the mass of living organisms yet done. “Many things […]

The Fire This Time: Trump’s Scorched Earth Diplomacy Burns Asia

The Fire This Time: Trump’s Scorched Earth Diplomacy Burns Asia

Boom!  Trump’s China techwar takes out ZTE, as the major Chinese telecom equipment supplier is crushed by US penalties and closes its doors.  Boom boom!  Wut?  Trump dumbfounds the US punditocracy by offering to walk those ZTE penalties back. The good news is there’s an explanation for the craziness. The bad news is that Trump’s […]

Earth Week: Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea

Earth Week: Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea

Top Story We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean. The seafloor is an alien landscape, with crushing pressures, near-total darkness and fluids wafting from cracks in the Earth’s crust. It’s also home to weird animals that scientists are only just getting to know. Now, […]

Earth had water even before the collision that made the moon

Earth had water even before the collision that made the moon

Earth’s oceans may have withstood the smash-up that made the moonTodd Gipstein/National Geographic/Getty By New Scientist staff and Press Association Earth may have had water for far longer than we thought. The planet may have had lakes and oceans even before the giant impact that created the moon, and it could have survived that colossal […]

Cocktail umbrellas can save Earth from the Anthropocene

Cocktail umbrellas can save Earth from the Anthropocene

Liz Foster Light Painting Photography/Alamy Stock Photo By Jonathon Keats When naturalist William Bartram explored the south-east of what’s now the US in the early 1770s, he discovered gopher tortoises, sandhill cranes and rivers overflowing with trout and bream. Retracing Bartram’s path in 2007, artist Mark Dion found golfers, retirees and highways jammed with SUVs. […]

Dan McKenzie: The man who made Earth move

Dan McKenzie: The man who made Earth move

“The impact was immediate and profound. Geology was completely transformed” The Royal Society/Anne Purkiss By Anil Ananthaswamy IT WAS 1967, and a profound shift in our understanding of the planet was taking place. In San Francisco, hippies gathered to celebrate counterculture and jolt our social consciousness. Meanwhile, in the far south of California, a young […]

“President Trump Fixes Earth” is #1 Show in the Alpha Centauri Galaxy|Humor

“President Trump Fixes Earth” is #1 Show in the Alpha Centauri Galaxy|Humor

“Award or no award, no one talks to the Galaxy Commander like that!” said Alpha Centauri’s press release. Washington, DC President Donald Trump was recently visited by a spaceship fron Alpha Centauri, to give him the Galaxy Award, an award to the top entertainment show in the (Alpha Centauri) galaxy. “Our people cannot get enough […]

A US Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

A US Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

By Peter Certo In our military-revering culture, it’s a strange thing for a president to start a war of words with the grieving families of slain soldiers. Strange, yes. But from Donald Trump’s campaign season feud with the parents of Humayun Khan, who died protecting fellow soldiers in Iraq, to his recent feud with the […]

Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the shore. Scientists report that these small seismic signals can aid science. As a record of wave motion in a lake, they can reveal when a lake freezes over […]