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Has Earth entered new geological age?

Humans may have created a new era in Earth's geological history. We have left a mark in the rocks, similar to what a meteorite did when it wiped out dinosaurs.

Forensic microbes work out time of death

Working out the time of death is important for forensics. By looking at bacteria and fungi living in the soil beneath a decomposing body reveals the time, and even the place, of of death.

Scientists say Earth in serious danger of being hit by comets

Scientists now believe we have a far greater chance of being hit by a comet than previously thought. They say that the possibility of a catastrophic impact, which would cause mass extinctions, has been seriously underestimated.

NASA's K2 discovers dead star vaporizing a mini 'planet'

Mountain View - On its second mission, NASA's Kepler space telescope has found something that sounds dire, but is completely amazing: A dead star, known as a white dwarf, cannibalizing a small planet that exists within its solar system.

Speculation grows about NASA's big Mars announcement today

Washington - Wild speculation continues online over what NASA plans to announce today concerning what has been discovered about Mars, the fourth planet from the sun.

Earth's 3 trillion trees are falling at an alarming rate

Earth has trillions of trees, including redwoods in California, olive trees in Tunisia, cherry trees in Japan and many more. However, they are falling at a very high rate.

Another Earth is found — but will we ever be able to reach it?

NASA's announcement on Thursday of its discovery of a cousin planet to Earth was historic, breathtaking but are we destined to merely be admirers from afar, or will we ever be able to visit?

NASA releases 'epic' photo of Earth

Today NASA published another awe-inspiring glimpse of Planet Earth. The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has snapped its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away.

Ocean plastic cleanup device to launch as pilot project in 2016

Two years ago, Boyan Slat, a then 19-year-old Aerospace Engineering student at TU Delft in Holland, made the claim he could cleanup the oceans vast accumulation of plastics and other marine garbage in about five years.

Alberta 'creationist' unearths fish fossil 60 million years old

Calgary - Edgar Nernberg, a "creationist" from Alberta, found primitive fish fossils in rocks 60 million years old. But he says the discovery has done nothing to change his belief that the Earth is only 6,000 years old and that the theory of evolution is false.

NASA's Messenger spacecraft takes final plunge into Mercury

Cape Canaveral - NASA’s long-trekking Messsenger spacecraft plunged to its destruction April 30 after running out of fuel on its 4,105th orbit of the planet Mercury.

Woman sues all gay people on earth

Sylvia Driskell, a 66-year-old woman from Nebraska, is suing every single gay person on the planet. She will be representing herself in Driskell V. Homosexuals.

New concern about radon risks

Toronto - Naturally occurring in soils, radon can seep into buildings, accumulate and reach high levels in indoor air. A new concern about the gas has been raised by the David Suzuki Foundation.

Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HD1 narrowly missed Earth on Tuesday

Asteroid 2015 HD1, a small and faint asteroid, about 50 feet across, missed Earth by a hair's breadth at about 3 a.m. CDT ( 8 UTC), Tuesday, April 21, hurtling past at just 45,600 miles (73,400 kilometers) or 0.2 lunar distance.

Life may exist on Titan, but not like anything we know

A team of scientists from Cornell University believe that oxygen-free, methane-based life forms could exist on Titan. Such life forms would be unlike anything we know on Earth and live in conditions, which nothing in our biosphere could endure.

Could dark matter cause our extinction?

Dark matter could be the cause of mass extinctions, according to scientists who have analyzed the movement of the Earth through the region called the galactic disc.

Got binoculars? Check out Monday's asteroid fly-by

Pasadena - Got binoculars? Monday's close encounter with Asteroid 2004 BL86 is probably the best time you'll have to use them for sky-watching in the next 13 years.

Mars once had a massive lake, NASA reports

According to reports released by NASA, Mars' Gale Crater once contained a massive lake. NASA presented evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years, long enough to sustain life.

Alien life may exist without conditions like Earth

A group of scientists are proposing that alien life forms may not need conditions similar to Earth to survive and that we should not exclude the possibility of other “exotic” types of life existing in the Universe.

Hot-air balloon will take tourists 20 miles above earth

On Tuesday, World View Enterprises, a Tucson-based space-tourism company, announced that they completed a test flight of a hot-air balloon and a capsule that is being developed to bring tourists 20 miles about earth.

Longest planetary orbit discovered

Nearly 156 light-years from Earth, the planet GU Psc b has the longest ever planetary orbit recorded. It takes over 160,000 years to orbit its sun and it has been detected by Canadian astrophysicists.

Google Street View lets you time-travel into the past

As of today, Google has begun rolling out a new feature for Street View, the component of Google Earth and Google Maps that lets you view places as if you were actually there, that allows you to travel back in time and view the place in the past.

Detoxifying role of Earth’s bacteria

Bacteria can do something that is quite unusual, they are able to detoxify a class of amino acids produced by plants and animals. Without this process occurring, the planet would be poisoned.

Former 'Star Trek' actress to voice film promoting geocentrism

Kate Mulgrew, who portrayed Captain Kathryn Janeway on 'Star Trek: Voyager,' is narrating a film that promotes the long disproven notion that the sun revolves around the earth.

When does an onion know it is time to bulb?

Agriculturalists know that onions form a bulb in response to lengthening days. However the molecular mechanisms controlling this response were not known until now.

Get set for comet Ison, comet of the century

Kingston Upon Hull - In January Digital Journal reported about comet ISON, discovered by Russian scientists in September 2012 and expected to be visible from Earth in 2013, so much so that it would be visible to the naked eye. That event is rapidly approaching.

Earth's water probably came from early asteroid strikes

There is a strong possibility that asteroid strikes, which occurred over a billion years ago, gave Earth a very good portion of its water.

Asteroid narrowly misses the Earth

Houston - An asteroid has "narrowly" missed the planet, coming within 4.2 million miles. The incident happened in September but has only now been announced due to the U.S. government shutdown.

Video: Three-man ISS crew returns safely to terra firma

The Expedition 36 crew members, comprising two Russian Cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut returned safely to Earth on Wednesday after 166 days in space, on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

NASA releases photo of thousands waving at Cassini spacecraft

NASA released an incredible collage of 1,400 images of people waving at the spacecraft Cassini as it pointed its camera at Earth.
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Pink auroras over Crater Lake by  Brad Goldpaint.
Pink auroras over Crater Lake by Brad Goldpaint.
Goldpaint Photography
This computer image from a NASA video shows the small asteroid 2012 DA14 on its path as it passes by...
This computer image from a NASA video shows the small asteroid 2012 DA14 on its path as it passes by Earth on Feb. 15
NASA / NPR
The Earth has an amazing number of magnetic fields which interact both internally and with other ste...
The Earth has an amazing number of magnetic fields which interact both internally and with other stellar bodies in unpredictable but intriguing ways.
NASA
A depiction of Mars if it had life by Kevin Gill
A depiction of Mars if it had life by Kevin Gill
Kevin Gill
Pluto By Moonlight: On July 14  New Horizons mission scientists will soon obtain the first images of...
Pluto By Moonlight: On July 14, New Horizons mission scientists will soon obtain the first images of the night region of Pluto, using only the light from Charon, itself softly illuminated by a Sun 1,000 times dimmer than it is at Earth.
JHUAPL / SwRI
Australia Globe
Australia Globe
Bruce Jones Design
Four different spaceships linked together in orbit. At the far left is Endeavour  while Russia s Soy...
Four different spaceships linked together in orbit. At the far left is Endeavour, while Russia's Soyuz capsule "Yuri Gagarin" is perched at a rooftop docking port on the International Space Station.
NASA
Artist s rendering of meteor fireball impact
Artist's rendering of meteor fireball impact
Vojtech.dostal.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Plane Earth
Plane Earth
Terry Minion
On Jan. 4 a large presence of stratocumulus clouds was the central focus of camera lenses which rema...
On Jan. 4 a large presence of stratocumulus clouds was the central focus of camera lenses which remained aimed at the clouds as the Expedition 34 crew members aboard the International Space Station flew above the northwestern Pacific Ocean
NASA
FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossa...
FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Satellite images of the earth at night.
Satellite images of the earth at night.
NASA
The Blue Marble Earth image Nasa released earlier this week – the home we may have to one day leav...
The Blue Marble Earth image Nasa released earlier this week – the home we may have to one day leave.
NASA
From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states  people around the world shared more than 1 400 image...
From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission.
Courtesy NASA
CELESTIAL: NASA says Monday s flyby of Comet 2004 BL86 is the Earth s closest asteroid encounter unt...
CELESTIAL: NASA says Monday's flyby of Comet 2004 BL86 is the Earth's closest asteroid encounter until 2027.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Wikimedia Commons
Harmony Band sing of their message of One Love www.harmony-music.de
www.myspace.com/harmonymusicde
Harmony Band sing of their message of One Love www.harmony-music.de www.myspace.com/harmonymusicde
One Love- Harmony Band screen shot
View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon.  This is the first time t...
View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap.
Image courtesy NASA Johnson Space Center
All dried up
All dried up
Giant impact hypothesis: collision between two proto-planets of similar chemical composition led to ...
Giant impact hypothesis: collision between two proto-planets of similar chemical composition led to the formation of the Moon.
Hagai Perets, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
Emblem 2d:  Nutrix ejus terra est.  of Michael Maier  Atalanta Fugiens  circa: 1617/1618
Earth Mothe...
Emblem 2d: "Nutrix ejus terra est." of Michael Maier, Atalanta Fugiens, circa: 1617/1618 Earth Mother image from an alchemical text.
Alexander Roos