A new analysis of ancient DNA has revealed that some species of ice-age megafauna, including woolly mammoths, wild horses and steppe bison, survived much further into the modern era than previously thought. The recovered genetic material taken from soil samples from Canadian permafrost, indicates that some of these species didn’t
A significant layer of water ice has been spotted across the mid latitudes of Mars, located just a few feet below the planet’s surface. This new finding adds a new layer to the geological history of the Red Planet, and also may offer a useful source of water for future human expeditions sent there.
Despite a cool, cloudy summer, the ice levels in the Arctic have shrunk enough to tie with the second-lowest Arctic sea ice minimum, recorded in 2007. "Historically such weather conditions slow down the summer ice loss, but we still got down to essentially a tie for second lowest on the satellite record," reports US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) director Mark Serreze.
The term "global warming" suggests that we can expect temperatures across the planet to become increasingly hotter with every passing year.
Australia’s blazing hot weather certainly broke all records during 2013, with summer and winter temperatures that were 1.2C above the long term average. In its annual report, the Bureau of Meteorology announced that last year was the hottest since records began in 1910. The report revealed that temperatures had remained consistently above average for most of the last ten years, and that this trend appeared to be in line with an increase in temperatures worldwide due to global warming: