Tobias Stierli / NCCR PlanetS, Author provided Earth is the only planet we know contains life. Is our planet special? Scientists over the years have mulled over what factors are essential for, or beneficial to, life. The answers will help us identify other potentially inhabited planets elsewhere in the galaxy. To […]

Peterman Island, Graham Land, Antarctica. A new study finds that atmospheric rivers in the Southern Hemisphere have been gradually shifting toward the South Pole for the past 40 years, a trend which could lead to increased rates of ice melt in Antarctica. Credit: McKay Savage, CC-BY-2.0. Weather systems responsible for […]

In September, an international team announced that based on data obtained by the Atacama Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii, they had discovered phosphine gas (PH3) in the atmosphere of Venus. The news was met with its fair share of skepticism and controversy since phosphine is considered a […]

Repeated catastrophic ice discharges from western North America into the North Pacific contributed to, and perhaps triggered, hemispheric-scale changes in the Earth’s climate during the last ice age, new research published in Science reveals. The discovery provides new insight into the impact rapidly melting ice flowing into the North Pacific may have […]

The site for astronomy at Dome A. Credit: SHANG Zhaohui A research team led by Prof. SHANG Zhaohui from National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) has proved that Dome A in Antarctica is the best site for optical astronomical observation on Earth. The study was published […]

Coral images: Analysis of the fossil remains of deep-sea corals (pictured here) were used to examine the history of the oceans and connections to global climate. Credit: Dann Blackwood, USGS The fossilized remains of ancient deep-sea corals may act as time machines providing new insights into the effect the ocean […]

Measurements from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that this year’s ozone hole over the Antarctic is one of the largest in recent years. A detailed analyses from the German Aerospace Center indicates that the hole has now reached its maximum size. Credit: ESA Measurements from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show […]

Infographic describing the study’s findings. Credit: Bob Wilder / University at Buffalo The research places the ice sheet’s modern decline in historical context, providing a robust look at how this century’s losses could starkly outpace prior changes. If human societies don’t sharply curb emissions of greenhouse gases, Greenland’s rate of […]

Archaeologic excavations at Hall’s Cave exposed sediments for geochemical analysis that span from circa 20,000 to 6,000 years. Credit: Michael Waters, Texas A&M University Researchers say cooling 13,000 years ago is coincident with major volcanic eruption. Texas researchers from the University of Houston, Baylor University and Texas A&M University have […]