This Lost Map Changed How We Saw the World

In 1815 William Smith drew a map of the United Kingdom which transformed the scientific landscape: It laid the foundations for modern geology, and identified natural resources which would beget the Industrial Revolution. But up until last year, this first-edition copy was considered to be lost forever. » 3/24/15 6:01pm Tuesday 6:01pm

When Did The Anthropocene Begin? Here Are The Two Most Plausible Dates.

The Anthropocene, for the uninitiated, is a proposed (albeit still informal) geological epoch, characterized by the global impact of human activity. But the question these days, at least among researchers concerned with such things, doesn't have to do with what the Anthropocene is, but when. » 3/11/15 6:00pm 3/11/15 6:00pm

This Chunk Of Fool's Gold Naturally Formed In These Cubes

The golden color and shine of iron pyrite (which is responsible for its nickname, "fool's gold") may grab all the attention. But, there is another element of its appearance that is every bit as dramatic: It's tendency to form into these incredibly precise, almost machine-like cubes.So how does it do it? The question… » 3/06/15 4:20pm 3/06/15 4:20pm