Fossil Rock Anthem

Dancing paleontologists, colourful graphics, and unashamed catchiness make Fossil Rock Anthem one of my favourite scientific parody songs. Even better, it's educational effectiveness is backed by research into the developing field of using music to engage students in learning science. » 4/15/14 1:10pm 4/15/14 1:10pm

Mapping the Moon

Selenography, the study of surface and physical features of the Moon, is a field where science meets art. From careful engravings and sketches of early observations to lunar photography, it is all gorgeous. So settle in, and enjoy some lunar eye-candy. » 4/13/14 8:02pm 4/13/14 8:02pm

Watch This Terrifying Recreation Of The Deadly Oso Mud Slide

In late March, a major landslide occurred a few miles east of Oso, Washington, killing at least 35 people and engulfing an area approximately one square mile (2.6 km2). Geologists are now studying the event and they're baffled by its ferocity and speed — a slide that rushed down at an astounding 60 mph (97 km/hr). » 4/10/14 1:50pm 4/10/14 1:50pm

Did Microbes Cause The Earth's Most Devastating Mass Extinction?

A little over 250 million years ago, our planet experienced a mass extinction the likes of which have never been seen before or since. About 90% of all species were suddenly wiped out. And new study suggests it wasn't caused by an asteroid or super-volcano — but rather methane-spewing microbes. » 3/31/14 12:00pm 3/31/14 12:00pm

South Carolina and the Mammoth

Almost every state has a state fossils, but not South Carolina. Inspired by a letter from an 8-year-old girl, a pair of legislators in South Carolina are addressing its paleontological neglect by trying to honour the woolly mammoth. Alas, it isn't that easy. » 3/31/14 11:24am 3/31/14 11:24am

New Evidence Emerges In Support Of Double Asteroid Impact Theory

Nearly 15% of all asteroids travel in pairs, yet very few impact craters on Earth have been identified as "doublets" — dual craters arising from sudden back-to-back impacts. But a new analysis has identified a potential candidate in Sweden, the product of a binary pair striking the Earth some 458 million years ago. » 3/19/14 9:10am 3/19/14 9:10am

Did Life On Earth As We Know It Come From ‘Geological Life’?

When it comes to life on Earth, we're not sure if it came from the outside (transported by comets) or on the inside. A new theory focuses on the "interior " theory, saying that microbes could have evolved from non-living matter such as chemical compounds in minerals and gases. » 3/13/14 9:40am 3/13/14 9:40am

Watch a surprisingly stirring short film about mountains

We don't usually think of mountains as having life spans, but these colossal geologic entities live and die in cycles like countless other forms of matter (albeit on much larger time scales). The Weight of Mountains is a short film by Temujin Doran that explores this process through stunning geophysical imagery. » 3/08/14 9:35am 3/08/14 9:35am

Louisiana's giant sinkhole showed up in radar data before imploding

Since 2012, a monstrous sinkhole in Bayou Corne Louisiana has been swallowing up land in giant, tree-sized gulps, growing to a whopping 25-acres. Now, analyses of NASA radar data indicate the land showed signs of collapsing before the sinkhole opened. This raises a pressing question: Could sinkholes like Bayou Corne's… » 3/07/14 4:30pm 3/07/14 4:30pm