500-Million-Year-Old Worm ‘Superhighway’ Found Hidden in the Mountains
A fossilized ecosystem offers new evidence for life that once existed in seemingly uninhabitable places.
NASA Successfully Landed Its Digging Robot on Mars
InSight is the first Mars mission to focus on the red planet’s interior, and will drill a hole five meters into its surface.
Megafloods on Mars Carved Giant Canyons Into the Red Planet
Jezero Crater, site of a Martian paleolake, is on the shortlist of landing sites for NASA's Mars 2020 rover.
Data From a Dead Satellite Reveals Lost Continents Under Antarctica
“These gravity images are revolutionizing our ability to study the least understood continent on Earth—Antarctica.”
Geologists Show Tasmania and the Grand Canyon Were Connected on Ancient Supercontinent
Rocks from Arizona’s Unkar Group and Tasmania’s Rocky Cape Group were likely part of the same formation 1.1 billion years ago on the supercontinent Rodinia.
Lava, Land, and Life Forms
Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is the latest example of a powerful natural force for creating new life.
NASA's Launching a Lander That Will Dig on Mars
Mars InSight will be the first interplanetary mission to lift off from the West Coast.
An Artist Dug Up the Secret Prehistory of Governors Island
Using core sampling hardware to drill beneath the manicured surfaces of New York Harbor's former military post, David Brooks conducted a deep dive into the unique site's human and non-human past.
The Anthropocene Rocks
I Asked Geologists If the Anthropocene Is Real
Defining the Anthropocene is proving to be a rocky road.
A boring question
We Asked Geotechnical Engineers If Elon Musk’s Crazy Underground Tunnel Dream Is Realistic
They're like a "subway system on steroids."
Science Solved It
Mysterious Moving Rocks in the Desert Stumped Scientists for 70 Years
Death Valley’s ‘sailing stones’ are able to move thanks to unique environmental conditions.
humans of the year
Ellen Stofan Left NASA But She’s Still Trying to Push Humanity Forward
NASA's former chief scientist says when it comes to getting more women in science and tech, the progress is "too slow, I won’t lie to you."