Could Earth Scientists Create Their Own Equivalent to the James Webb Space Telescope?

The primordial fires just after the Big Bang. The atmospheres of distant planets around another star. The towering pillars of interstellar dust glowing brightly in the vastness of space. That is what the new images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have offered us. These new glimpses deep into space (and time) were important … Read more

When did the first fish live on Earth – and how do scientists figure out the timing?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. How do you figure out how long ago fish were created? Hundreds of millions of years is a long time ago. – Josh, age 11, Ephrata, Pennsylvania The oldest fossils … Read more

‘Make Scientists Artists Again:’ Photographer Ian van Coller on Reimagining Glacier Retreat

‘Make Scientists Artists Again:’ Photographer Ian van Coller on Reimagining Glacier Retreat GlacierHub recently sat down with well-known photographer Ian van Coller to discuss his new book of photography, The Last Glaciers of Kilimanjaro — a reinterpretation of a past project where he summited the dormant Tanzanian volcano to document its rapidly disappearing glaciers. In … Read more

Scientists, local First Nation reflect on momentous discovery of baby woolly mammoth in Yukon

More details were revealed Wednesday about the discovery of Nun cho gathe first near-complete baby woolly mammoth found in North America by a miner in Yukon’s gold fields last month. The rare specimen made headlines around the world — and sparked wonder and excitement among local scientists in Yukon and the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin First Nation … Read more

What caused the SC earthquakes? Scientists have theory

Just a few miles from a small, earthquake-shaken community, a large river winds past Interstate 20 on its way to South Carolina’s coastal plain. The Wateree River is a major natural feature of the state’s mid-section, a mighty stream known for good fishing and hydroelectric power. But the Wateree River is also a suspect in … Read more

For the first time, scientists spot humpback whales riding a ship’s wake | Science

Two years ago, a team of marine biologists was fast asleep on a research vessel off the coast of Brazil when the captain woke them up with a harried announcement: There was a “huge animal” following the ship. The bleary-eyed scientists made their way to the stern, where they found a trio of humpback whales … Read more

Deadly Afghanistan quake challenges scientists trying to study it

An earthquake in Afghanistan in late June has killed more than 1000 people.Credit: Ali Khara/Reuters/Alamy Two weeks after a deadly earthquake hit central-eastern Afghanistan, researchers are still trying to pin down important details about the event, which could help to assess the risk of future tremors in the region. The magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck at … Read more

Lasers help WA scientists find potential landslide hazards

That’s where LiDAR comes in. Laser light filters through the gaps between the branches and leaves of thick vegetation, producing precise images of the ground below. In Washington, it has revealed thousands of past slides, which Mickelson’s team then maps to identify hazard areas. With subsequent visits, LiDAR scans can even show small movements over … Read more

The Earth’s magnetic poles (probably) aren’t about to flip, scientists say

The Earth’s geomagnetic field, which scientists have been warning about for hundreds of years, isn’t about to suddenly flip over after all, according to a new study. It now looks like the magnetic North Pole will remain in the north and the magnetic South Pole will stay in the south — at least for a … Read more

UB ice scientists will travel to Greenland for field work

Packing for Arctic field work? Here’s some of the gear that Caleb Walcott, UB geology PhD student, plans to take to Greenland. Also shown are tools that geologists use to collect rock samples. Items include a warm coat, insulated overalls, a bright hat, sample bags, protective earmuffs, safety glasses, a rock saw, a field journal, … Read more