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Video/Earth Science

How an Earth science outsider finally put the Pangea puzzle together

8 minutes

Essay/Deep Time

Welcome to Terra Sapiens

Humans have been altering Earth for millennia, but only now are we wise to what we’re doing. How will we use that wisdom?

David Grinspoon

Essay/Deep Time

What say you, dinosaur?

Did Neanderthals speak? Did dinosaurs roar? And when did birds begin to sing? The soundscape of deep time is coming back

Alex Riley

Video/Chemistry

Peek into the chemical nursery where metal crystals are born and bred

3 minutes

Video/Earth Science

Battling sexism and dissension, Marie Tharp changed how we understand the Earth

5 minutes

Video/Physics

What makes a magnet? A balletic, visual exploration of electromagnetic force

3 minutes

Essay/Deep Time

Laws or comets?

Does history unfold randomly and by chance, or are there underlying patterns and deep connections between its parts?

Walter Alvarez

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Idea/Earth Science

Keeping kids frenetically entertained is ruining our museums

Brian Switek

Video/Evolution

Great for killing, and for research: the lethal fangs of saber-toothed cats

5 minutes

Essay/Earth Science

Half-Earth

Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future

Edward O Wilson

Essay/Deep Time

A tyrannosaur of one’s own

Dinosaur collecting isn't just for museums any more – film stars and sheikhs do it too. What drives a man to covet big bones?

Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Idea/Earth Science

Save the soil to save the Earth: A Q & A with Ronald Amundson

Sara Zaske

Idea/Astronomy

In space, there really might be no place like home

Robert Hazen

Video/Earth Science

Under a powerful X-ray laser, coral reveals weather patterns from centuries ago

3 minutes

Essay/Biology

Earth’s aliens

Alien life forms might be living right under our noses, but how can we find them if we don’t know what we’re looking for?

Sarah Scoles

Video/Astronomy

How would the world look if we could see the magnetic fields around us?

5 minutes

Essay/Earth Science

The fire age

We can melt ice sheets and cook landscapes. When humans made fire, they made themselves and their planet too

Stephen J Pyne

Essay/Deep Time

Written in stone

In the race for geology’s highest accolade – a ‘golden spike’ – do advocates of the Anthropocene sell their ideas short?

James Westcott

Video/History of Science

Tour the Explorers Club, basecamp for great expeditions past and future

5 minutes

Video/Earth Science

Sand can be lava, coral, bones, even excrement. What’s on your favorite beach?

3 minutes

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Essay/Biology

Mineral fodder

We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons

Robert Hazen

Essay/Earth Science

The last meadows?

One tree at a time, forests are edging out the world’s mountain meadows. Can we save these islands of diversity?

Roberta Kwok

Essay/Deep Time

Acid trap

Earth’s oceans are beginning to warm and turn acidic, endangering plankton and the entire marine food chain

Peter Brannen

Video/Earth Science

A portent of climates to come – on the telling rings of the bristlecone pine

7 minutes

Essay/Earth Science

Middle Earth

The Equator once marked the edge of the civilised world. If we put it at the centre, we might see our place in the heavens

Kurt Hollander

Essay/Earth Science

Fog everywhere

We came to know air indirectly, by its visible signs. The stuff itself is as elusive as the atmosphere of a gothic novel

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis