Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead (Oso) Landslide in Washington

On March 22nd, a massive landslide buried a town in the state of Washington. It is the most deadly landslide within the United States in a decade, and we knew it could happen. Living in the path of impending catastrophe is a choice we all make daily, but that doesn't make it easy. » 3/26/14 1:59pm 3/26/14 1:59pm

Macrophotographs of insects to melt your face

Whether it's the claws of a carnivorous caterpillar or the clashing mandibles of warring ants, the most fascinating insect-parts are often the smallest – and we love getting a good look. Macrophotography is one of the best ways to do just that, and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab's collection offers some of… » 9/11/13 9:00am 9/11/13 9:00am

Watch intrepid scientists wrestle the biggest Burmese python ever found…

The US Geological Survey (USGS) is full of extremely adventurous scientists. They walk around on volcanoes, hunt down giant mud slides, and — who knew? — wrestle with pythons in the Florida Everglades. USGS communications coordinator Ben Young Landis just emailed io9 to tell us all about this enormous snake: » 8/14/12 4:24pm 8/14/12 4:24pm

Incredibly detailed map reveals forest biomass in the United States

In the last several hundred years, human activity has shifted large quantities of the world's carbon from long-term storage (i.e. carbon bound up in rocks, fossil fuels, and forests) into forms of short-term storage such as croplands and pastures, which tend to store less carbon for shorter periods of time. » 1/19/12 7:40am 1/19/12 7:40am

Beautiful astrogeological maps reveal the Moon's mysterious far side

Many people refer to it incorrectly as its "dark" side, but the far side of our moon actually receives about as much light, on average, as the side facing Earth... you'd just never know it, because the Moon's rotation is such that the same side is perpetually facing us (the result of a phenomenon known as tidal locking » 12/09/11 2:19pm 12/09/11 2:19pm