The hydrogen that accounts for around 10 per cent of our body mass was formed 13.8 billion years ago
A bay in south-west Japan could become the place on Earth that geologists use to officially establish the start of the Anthropocene, thanks to an abundance of sardine scales that mark humanity's...
Analysis of ancient rock that may have originated in the ocean’s hydrothermal vents suggests Earth’s continental crust emerged 500 million years earlier than scientists thought
A survey done by storm chasers has found that hailstones aren't usually spherical but are an oblong shape called a triaxial ellipsoid, a finding that could improve the models that predict hailstorm...
This extraordinary aerial shot of a recent volcanic eruption near the city of Reykjavik in Iceland shows the fourth fissure to appear during this series of eruptions
Unaware of the effects of radioactivity on the body, Curie and her husband would regularly handle elements without precautions.
Chemist Georg Steinhauser collected pieces of belly-button fluff from his navel, recording their colour and weight
Most land on Earth has been shaped by humans for at least 12,000 years, suggesting low intensity land use is compatible with preserving biodiversity
Despite being commonly known as killer whales, Orcas are actually members of the dolphin family
Seismic activity in Taiwan happens more often during the dry season when the groundwater built up during monsoon season is depleted, leaving Earth’s crust more likely to rebound under stress
The asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago eliminated plant-trampling dinosaurs and rained fertilising ash on South America's rainforests, letting flowering plants take over what used to...
French mathematician Sophie Germain thwarted the École Polytechnique’s ban on women by assuming the identity of a male student.
Stunning images of a Kenyan farmer fighting off historically huge locust swarms, and a woman receiving her first hug in months are among the nominees in this year's World Press Photo Contest
Triassic dinosaurs that existed at the time were much smaller than other contemporary creatures, many not much bigger than a cow
Freak waves cause death and destruction at sea. As climate change looks set to make them more extreme, researchers are scrambling to find ways to predict when and where these killers will strike
The Pacific hemisphere is losing heat from Earth's interior faster than the opposite hemisphere, probably because of where the Pangaea supercontinent was located millions of years ago
Chemical signatures in 3.7-billion-year-old basalt rocks from Greenland support the long-held theory that Earth was once almost entirely molten
We’ve been ravaging the planet’s ecosystems for too long, but crucial decisions this year could be the turning point that help us restore our relationship with nature
From the dramatic decline of Arctic ice to a colourful dinosaur bone and bubble beats, enjoy the winners of the RPS Science Photographer of the Year competition
Seismologists studying earthquake activity off the US coast recorded fin whale songs, which they found can be used to tell the thickness and makeup of Earth’s crust