Why Is Ireland's Giant's Causeway Shaped Like That?

Visitors to the coast of Northern Ireland have always marveled at the so-called Giant’s Causeway — a field of some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns arranged in a tidy hexagonal pattern. German physicists have devised a new model to help explain just how those neat geometric patterns emerge through natural processes. »11/02/15 2:22pm11/02/15 2:22pm

What is Earth's Average Temperature?

Earth is the only planet in our Solar System where life is known to exist. Note the use of the word “known,” which indicates that our knowledge of the Solar System is still in its infancy, and the search for life continues. However, from all observable indications, Earth is the only place in our Solar System where… »8/27/15 2:20pm8/27/15 2:20pm

Earthquake Kits Selling Like Hotcakes After Terrifying New Yorker Story

It’s been more than a week since The New Yorker published a story called The Really Big One, describing how much of the Pacific Northwest will be destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami and scaring the crap out of Americans nationwide. Now, emergency kits are “flying off the shelves.” »7/24/15 10:34am7/24/15 10:34am