Ultra Cold Air Causing Record Freeze in Much of US and UK

January 29, 2019
An extremely cold air mass is in the process of blanketing the eastern half of the United States and will also affect the United Kingdom. It will drive temperatures down well past the lowest ever previously recorded in the midwest... continued

Researchers may have Found a “Missing Link” for our Ancient Human Ancestors

January 24, 2019
A recent re-examination of the fossils of a species of hominid excavated in South Africa has revealed that they may represent what is popularly known as a "missing link" in human evolution, bridging the gap between the long-extinct genus known... continued

Saturn’s Majestic Rings are Extremely Young–and Might Not Be Around for Much Longer

January 21, 2019
Newly-analyzed data from the Cassini space probe has revealed that Saturn is losing material from its visually stunning ring system at a rapid rate, due to an effect cased by the planet's wide-reaching magnetic field that produces what NASA is... continued

Human Language may have been Born from the “Sound” of Ancient Cave Art

January 20, 2019
A team of researchers from Brazil, Japan and the US may have solved the mystery regarding how the evolution of verbal language as used by humans got its start, using the connection between ancient cave art and the acoustic properties... continued

Ocean Temperatures Broke Another Record in 2018, and are Heating Up Faster than Previously Thought

January 16, 2019
The oceans of Planet Earth are warming at a much faster rate than previously thought--forty percent faster--according to a new report, with 2018 being the hottest year on record for the planet's aquasphere. Using improved data collected through a worldwide... continued

Trade in “Ice Ivory” from Mammoth Tusks could Help Protect Endangered Elephants

January 16, 2019
The growing international ban on the trade of ivory from elephant tusks has been increasing the focus on harvesting the illicit material from an unusual source: the tusks of long-extinct mammoths, preserved in the frozen Siberian tundra. Out of the... continued

Rapid Changes to Earth’s Magnetic Field has Prompted an Urgent Update to the World’s Magnetic Field Map

January 13, 2019
Scientists have known since the early nineteenth century that the Earth's magnetic north pole wanders slowly over time, a phenomenon that cartographers have kept track of to ensure the accuracy of navigational charts and any other fields that might be... continued

Jade Rabbits and Cosmic Snowmen: Space News from the Closest and Farthest Reaches of the Solar System

January 10, 2019
From the closeness of the Moon to far beyond the orbit of Pluto, space probes have been making both headlines and history, with China successfully making humanity's first soft landing of a space probe (and rover!) on the far side... continued

The Polar Vortex is Forecast to make a Three-Way Split, Bringing Colder Weather South

January 8, 2019
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service are predicting that the northern polar vortex is likely to split once again later this month, into not just two, but three separate vortices that are expected to bring unseasonably cold and stormy weather... continued

A Traditional Irish Remedy may hold the Answer to Combating Superbug Infections

January 6, 2019
A research team that is searching for new ways of defeating antibiotic-resistant bacteria have discovered that a sample of soil from a region in Northern Ireland traditionally known for its healing properties contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria that... continued