Beneath the Antarctic Ice Lies a Chasm Deeper than the Grand Canyon

Buried beneath thick slabs of Antarctic ice there lies a craggy landscape, home to mountains, valleys, and – scientists now know – a massive, subglacial gorge deeper than the Grand Canyon. » 1/15/14 10:32am 1/15/14 10:32am

Strange Historic Photos From Antarctica and Other Kingdoms of Ice

Right now, a science expedition to Antarctica is trapped in ice, waiting to be freed so they can continue exploring. They're just the latest group of humans to venture into the unpredictable, frozen world of the South Pole and beyond. Here are some of the most incredible and awe-inspiring images from over a century of… » 1/01/14 3:00pm 1/01/14 3:00pm

Yellowstone's Megavolcano is more than twice the beast we feared

Beneath Yellowstone National Park lurks a vast caldera – a high-pressure volcanic cauldron brimming with enough gas and magma to make Mount St. Helens' 1980-eruption look like a middle school science project by comparison. Now, newly reported findings suggest this megavolcanic reservoir is even bigger than previously… » 12/13/13 8:00am 12/13/13 8:00am

Here's what lurks inside the world's deepest pits

In our quest for natural resources, humans have dug very, very deep into the Earth. We haven't raised a Balrog yet, but we've accidentally lit pit fires that burn for decades, and we've caused earthquakes. Here are some insane pictures of the deepest pits we've ever dug. » 11/26/13 3:13pm 11/26/13 3:13pm

How science fiction could get climate change right

We've all seen how terrible things can get when science fiction tries to tackle environmental issues. There's The Day After Tomorrow, with its super ice-hurricanes, and The Host, starring fish monsters created by pollution. Still, there's no reason you can't have disaster porn and accurate representations of climate… » 10/23/13 2:17pm 10/23/13 2:17pm