Long-Lost NASA Satellite Wakes Up from its 12-Year Slumber

February 10, 2018
Launched in 2000, NASA's IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) satellite was tasked with studying how Earth's magnetosphere was affected by the solar wind, imaging plasma streams in the planet's atmosphere from an orbit that took it 28,000 miles (45,000... continued

Mayan Civilization was Far More Vast and Complex than Previously Thought

February 8, 2018
A recent aerial survey of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala has uncovered a vast interconnected network of ancient cities, hidden for centuries beneath the jungle canopy that reclaimed this "megalopolis" after it was abandoned long ago. These new findings... continued

New Study Supports a Major Cometary Impact at the End of the Last Ice Age

February 6, 2018
The evidence pointing toward a major cometary impact that heralded the closure of the last ice age 13,000 years ago is steadily growing, with a new study from the University of Kansas offering more data that supports what is known... continued

Two New Archaeological Finds Point to an Earlier Migration out of Africa

February 3, 2018
Archaeological sites in India and Israel have yielded new finds that once again illustrate the probability that some groups of people left Africa much earlier than previously assumed. Although a number of these migrations have been found to have occurred... continued

Researchers use AI to Decipher the Enigmatic Voynich Manuscript

February 1, 2018
Computer scientists at Canada's University of Alberta have used artificial intelligence to decipher the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. Although computer-based cryptoanalysis has been used since World War II to crack innumerable codes, in recent years computers have been pitted against a... continued

Strong Winter Storms can move 600-ton Boulders Around: What Could a Superstorm Do?

January 30, 2018
A new study has confirmed that waves generated by powerful storms can move massive seaside boulders that weigh hundreds of tons, and as global warming spurs stronger and more powerful storms, this finding illustrates the sheer force that our planet's... continued

Climate Watch Update

January 27, 2018
Unknowncountry's Climate Watch section has been updated for winter 2017/2018. It discusses the extreme heat in the Southern Hemisphere and the extreme cold in the Northern Hemisphere, and explains why this is happening. It points out that Winter Storm Dylan that struck... continued

Marine Biologist Films Humpback Whale Protecting Her from a 15-Foot Tiger Shark

January 26, 2018
A recent encounter between a human diver and a humpback whale has illustrated how concern for the safety of others can reach across species. Marine biologist Nan Hauser was on an expedition to the South Pacific's Cook Islands to study... continued

New Research Shows that Geoengineering Efforts Would Have to be Done Right… Or Not At All

January 25, 2018
As Earth's climate continues to warm, some scientists are looking at doing more than simply reducing humanity's outpouring of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by devising ways to actively cool the planet back to temperatures that our civilization is comfortable... continued

Challenger Astronaut Christa McAuliffe’s Science Lessons to be Taught from the ISS

January 24, 2018
On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger launched with America's first civilian to be sent into space, Christa McAuliffe. McAuliffe was chosen from a list of over 11,000 applicants for NASA's Teacher in Space Project, aimed at sending civilian... continued