Tucked away in a geometry book at the Munich University Library, researchers found a 500-year old map of the new world, and one of the first to bear the name America.
July 03, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Data visualizer John Nelson compiled historical earthquake records to produce this gorgeous, and informative, map. In all, 203,186 earthquakes are marked on the map, which is current through 2003. And it reveals the story of plate tectonics itself.
July 02, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
One hundred million years ago, the coastline of North America was drastically different than it is now. First off, the precursors of the Rocky Mountains, stretching from the tip of Alaska to Central America, were their own island, separated from the eastern states by the ocean. Florida was under water, as was much of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. And this ancient coastline, giving birth to the Deep South since the waters receded, could swing this year's election.
June 28, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
A study lead by United States Geological Survey scientist Asbury Sallenger found that over the past 20 years the ocean height has gone up faster along the coast north of Cape Hateras, North Carolina, than to the south. According to Nature, In absolute figures, sea levels on this stretch of coast have climbed by between 2 [...]
June 25, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
CNN is reporting that Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle (the people who make Java), is buying 98% of Lanai, Hawaii’s sixth largest island. According to Reuters, ‘It is my understanding that Mr. Ellison has had a long standing interest in Lanai. His passion for nature, particularly the ocean, is well known specifically [...]
June 21, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Photo: NASA/GSFC/Suomi NPP Scientists working with data collected by NASA’s new Suomi NPP satellite put together this absolutely gorgeous view of the Earth’s icy north. The image, which shows the Arctic polar ice cap, a green Europe poking out of the clouds on the left, and northern Africa, the middle east, and Asia, was made [...]
June 19, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Recognized for his role in animal conservation, Amstrup explains what climate change is doing to the arctic and what he's doing to stop it
June 14, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The plan will protect the Coral Sea as well as pygmy blue whale habitat off the southern coast of Western Australia
June 14, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
A new study indicates that temperate regions will experience more fires, while equatorial areas will see fewer
June 13, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Brian Eno's Music for Airports is a sound environment created specifically to complement the experience of waiting in an airport terminal
June 07, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
The hulking crustacean has razor-sharp mandibles and eyes that catch the light like a cat's. Now it has turned into a high-tech saboteur
June 07, 2012 | By Abigail Tucker
With Saab's new digital panorama, the local air traffic controller may soon go the way of the technical support specialist.
June 04, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
Venus' next transit of the sun isn't until 2117—so read about what to watch for and make sure to look to the skies
June 01, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Enormous magma reserves may sit quietly for just thousands or even hundreds of years
May 31, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
How a ditch irrigation system in the arid Southwest became the backbone of local democracy.
May 14, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
From one conservationist's perspective, harvesting rainwater doesn't necessarily mean high-tech strategies—traditional techniques have been around for centuries
May 09, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Could the design of a Brita filter help us with controlling how much water we waste?
May 03, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
The moon's closest approach to earth will coincide with a perfectly full moon
May 02, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
An important piece of science recently popped up in Times Square, in the form of a 19,000-square-foot interactive map by a Dutch information designer.
May 02, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
The discoverer of the world's (then) smallest frog, snake and lizard does it again with new species of Caribbean skinks
May 01, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg