Today's shaking may have been unexpected, but Washington isn't the only unlikely location for an earthquake in the United States
August 23, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Deflection could be our best bet if an asteroid is headed towards Earth
August 10, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Getting this close to a bubbling cauldron of lava is not just dangerous; it's stupid enough that even other volcanologists will yell at you
July 28, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
It's Predator Week here at the blog. What's your favorite predator, either existing or extinct?
July 18, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Thomas Jefferson and Noah Webster argue over conventional wisdom that lasted thousands of years
July 15, 2011 | By Joshua Kendall
Despite the heat waves across the country, no one is screaming "climate change is real" because of them. Why?
July 14, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Iceland is pretty much the least habitable of all the places that people have inhabited. But visiting it is like hiking through a geology textbook
July 07, 2011 | By Laura Helmuth
The first tropical storm of 2011 is a reminder to prepare for potential disasters
June 29, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Loggers, hunters, developers, fishers, polluters and whalers are the evil villains in this movie genre
June 24, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki
A group of Italian scientists may go to trial for allegedly playing down the risk of the quake that struck the Abruzzo region of Italy in April 2009
June 16, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
A new study finds an unprecedented decline in snowpack in the West
June 10, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
What scientists are learning from "the best recorded earthquake ever" could help prepare for future ones
May 23, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Ocean acidification creates plenty of potential problems for life in the oceans, but corals might have it the worst
May 17, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The Mississippi River doesn't like to stay where it is, but then most rivers prefer to meander, expanding beyond their banks on occasion, at other times forging new paths across the landscape. This isn't a problem unless you've built cities and towns and farms up and down its banks, as we've done. ...
May 13, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Last week's devastating tornadoes have left indelible marks on not only the lives of people throughout the South, but also the Earth itself. This image was acquired by NASA's Aqua satellite on April 27 and shows the tracks of three tornadoes near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.The tracks are pale brown trails...
May 06, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Recently discovered photographs depict the aftermath of the devastating California earthquake in a new light
May 2011 | By Arcynta Ali Childs
The powerful quake and ensuing tsunami that struck Yokohama and Tokyo traumatized a nation and unleashed historic consequences
May 2011 | By Joshua Hammer
Decades of research have made these storms more predictable, giving people more time to find shelter, but we're sadly still vulnerable
April 28, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The geysers of Yellowstone are a reminder of the potential danger that lies below---a supervolcano that last erupted some 70,000 years ago. The Yellowstone region sits on a volcanic hotspot, similar to the one that creates the Hawaiian islands. That hotspot first pushed through the Earth's surface ...
April 15, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
When you hear the term "ozone hole" you think about the ozone depletion over Antarctica, and how people in the far south of the Southern Hemisphere have to protect themselves from the Sun. It's why my friends have to buy hats for their little girl and slather her with sunblock every time she goes o...
April 06, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski