Most disasters are regional concerns, but some can have global effect: supervolcanos.
Scientists have found new chemistry that could hint at the origins of Life on Earth, and in turn, our ancestry.
Just when you think you’ve found the lost City of Ithaca, pesky science goes and proves otherwise…
Neil Stoker contemplates the connection between the earth and humanity at Emily Young’s ongoing exhibition
Rachel David finds out why scientists are making jelly volcanoes
The Moon may provide insights into the organic evolution of the early solar system
What caused Earth’s metal-rich mantle and crust? Iron rain may be the answer.
Margaux Lesaffre on the strange small world where the blue lizard lives
Amber Madden-Nadeau on the beauty of the Pyrenees, and the forces that created this mountain range
The drilling ship Chikyu has discovered slow growing extremophile organisms living over 2000m below the sea bed
What do organic materials detected by the Mars rover reveal about the potential for ancient life on the Red Planet?
It has long been hypothesised that Earth’s water originated from comets, but new data from the ESA’s Rosetta may indicate otherwise
The explosive past of the small Mediterranean island of Pantelleria provides geological insights …
This fringe event with all the trimmings spotlighted the various uses for studying how fluids move …
When I tell people I am an Earth scientist, I am generally faced with the amused exclamation: “So… you love rocks!” …
‘I, Science’ writers on six inventions or practices they feel will be commonplace in the future …
Science lovers take over the Natural History Museum for the 2013 Science Uncovered event …
The Giant’s Causeway: World Heritage site, celebrity of ‘Visit Ireland’ publicity campaigns, subject of myth and legend Its beautiful, sculpted steps are iconic, but it may shock people to realise the lavas which formed this stunning landscape are only 60 million years old, produced in what’s known as the Paleogene period. To give an idea […]
With thanks to Adair Farrar The San Juan River Goosenecks State Park in Utah, USA, overlooks a deep meander of the San Juan River, a 600-km-long tributary of the Colorado River. One of the best examples of entrenched river meanders in the world, the river flows through 8 kms of canyon while progressing westwards only […]
Dr Brian Bett was interviewed for our Exploring the Deep feature. This is the full transcript of that interview. JC: What is like exploring the deep sea from a personal perspective? BB: In many ways I am a traditional field ecologist, it just happens that my field lies under 3-miles of water. So this means […]
This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science magazine Antonio Torrisi uncovers the secrets held by the mysterious Lake Vostok, Antarctica’s as-yet unexplored sub-surface lake. The Antarctic is one of the most extreme places on Earth, so it follows it would be one of the least explored. However, remote areas spark […]
Peak District, UK, April 2009 – This is what your stylish kitchen worktop looks like in raw form. Granite is among the hardest of the igneous rocks – those created when molten magma cools and solidifies. It usually forms at subduction zones where one of the earth’s tectonic plates slips under another. Rock melted by friction […]
3700 years ago, Mount Thera exploded with a force that ruptured the fabric of an entire civilisation. Humans had been coping with the area’s angry tectonics for centuries, but for the Minoans of Crete, something made this eruption truly devastating. In 2000, scientists found tsunami traces in sediments from Crete and Turkey. Now, researchers have […]
It’s not how you fail, it’s how you bounce back. And while the end-Permian mass extinction may have been nature’s greatest failure, new evidence shows its recovery was even more impressive than we thought. Two hundred and fifty million years ago, life nearly died. 96% of marine species were lost, 70% of land vertebrates perished, […]
Atlantis, the Space Shuttle, landed for the final time last week and ended thirty years of routine space flight. NASA has since been fighting to prove it’s not given up on space exploration, and that there are plenty more missions to make with new, better technology. “The things that you’ve done will set us up […]
How did Antarctica come to be a barren, treeless land of ice? Once carpeted with flowers and forests, today it’s a frozen desert, good only for mosses, lichens and a few hardy species of grass. So what happened? Scientists drilling off the Antarctic Peninsula – the last refuge for plants as temperatures fell – have […]
Four and half billion years ago, a meteorite the size of Mars slammed into Earth, melting the entire surface of our planet and throwing billions of tonnes of rock into space. In time, the ejected rubble – baked dry by the explosion’s searing heat – condensed into a parched, lifeless satellite, the Moon. This is […]
Why does Saturn’s largest moon have a nitrogen atmosphere like Earth? It’s a question that has stumped astronomers since the Voyager spacecraft went to Titan in 1981. However, laser gun-toting scientists from Japan think a catastrophic volley of meteorites might hold the answer. Titan’s air is so thick and its gravity is so low that if […]
Predicting volcanic eruptions is notoriously tough. Tracking movements of molten rock hundreds of metres below the Earth’s surface is never going to be easy, but scientists now claim they’ll know exactly when Sicily’s Mount Etna is next about to blow. Etna is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Its erratic eruptions have claimed 72 […]
Take yourself into the middle of nowhere and hold a radio receiver to the sky. Above the snapcracklepop of static, you might just be lucky enough to catch a whistler. Sounding like weaponry from an early sci-fi film, whistlers are the remnants of lightning strikes that have travelled tens of thousands of miles through space […]