The Supervillain's Guide to Causing Natural Disasters

For the new supervillain starting out, there are endless choices when it comes to tools of world domination. But nothing works better than natural disasters. That's why you need our essential guide to harnessing the powers of the Earth to rule puny humans with volcanoes, landslides, earthquakes, and more. » 10/20/14 12:20pm 10/20/14 12:20pm

Here's Awe-Inspiring Evidence for One of the Planet's Biggest Floods

About 15,000 years ago, as the latest ice age was winding to a close, glaciers that covered Canada began to melt. Then, one day, those shrinking glaciers unleashed the waters of a lake the size of Lake Huron, which scoured the land from Montana to the Pacific coast. Here's what we know of the great Ice Age flood. » 10/14/14 1:27pm 10/14/14 1:27pm

These Are The 100 Most Interesting Geologic Spots In The British Isles

The United Kingdom and Ireland pack so many geologically fascinating locations in a small area, it's hard to pick which ones are the most gorgeous, the most scientifically important, or even the most downright useful. Lucky for us, the Geological Society curated a list of the Top 100 Geosites. » 10/14/14 12:58am 10/14/14 12:58am

Downloaded Games Have A Larger Carbon Footprint Than Blu-Ray Discs

So, you want that just-released videogame and, if you're like me, you forgot to reserve a copy and you download it. But, a new study that looks at the energy costs of game distribution suggests we'd do the planet a favor if, instead, we waited until the game was back in stock and drove somewhere to buy it on disc. » 9/03/14 3:20pm 9/03/14 3:20pm

Just How Bad Is California's Drought? Here's A Scary, 10-Second Answer.

California continues to dry up. The latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought. These are sobering numbers, to be sure, but for an even better perspective on the drought's unprecedented progression, check out this GIF, created by L.A. Times reader Alvaro… » 8/09/14 9:15am 8/09/14 9:15am

You Can't Blame Fracking for Every Natural Disaster

I'm seeing a lot of stories about the link between injection wells and induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, but most of them make the same error. This study had nothing to do with fracking. The injection wells in Oklahoma causing the swarms of small-magnitude earthquakes are actually used for getting rid of wastewater. » 7/08/14 11:45am 7/08/14 11:45am