Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Studies of Earth’s Place in the Universe

The cosmologist James Peebles split the prize with two astronomers, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, for work the Nobel judges said “transformed our ideas about the cosmos.” VideoThe cosmologist James Peebles split the Nobel Prize in Physics with the astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. Read more »

Humans Dominated Earth Earlier Than Previously Thought

A new report by a worldwide collection of archaeological experts has found that human activity began altering the planet 3,000 years ago, much earlier than previously estimated.29, 2019Humans substantially altered the planet much earlier than previously thought, a worldwide collection of archaeological experts reported Thursday. Read more »

How a Bitter Divorce Battle on Earth Led to Claims of a Crime in Space

ImageThe domestic troubles of Anne McClain, left, a decorated NASA astronaut, appear to have extended into outer space.The five space agencies involved in the space station — from the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada — have long-established procedures to handle any jurisdictional questions that arise when astronauts of various nations are orbiting Earth together. Read more »

Butterflies and the Salt of the Earth

Q&AThe insects love mud puddles.ImageCreditVictoria RobertsSometimes in the woods I come across a swarm of butterflies hovering over a patch of earth. Read more »

In Super-Deep Diamonds, Glimmers of Earth’s Distant Past

Science|In Super-Deep Diamonds, Glimmers of Earth’s Distant PastTrilobitesImageElectron microscope images of diamonds from the Juína area of Brazil.These sturdy, rare minerals travel hundreds of miles from Earth’s mantle, where they form, to the crust, where they are discovered. Read more »

Earth’s Food Supply Is Under Threat. These Fixes Would Go a Long Way.

Answering that challenge requires a huge overhaul of how we use land and water for food production, experts say.But if agriculture is done right, experts say, it can be less of a climate change problem and more of a climate change solution. Read more »