EARTH

  • Earth was formed by tiny millimetre-sized stones 2 days ago

    London: A cosmic ocean of millimetre-sized particles that orbited the young Sun formed the Earth, according to new research. Fragments of asteroids regularly land on Earth as meteorites, comprising of millimetre-sized round stones, known as chondrules. Chondrules are believed to be the original building blocks of the solar system, researchers said....
  • Immediate steps needed to mitigate climate change impact: Barack Obama 2 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that climate change "can no longer be denied" and immediate measures are needed to mitigate its effects. Obama said during his Earth Day address on Wednesday at the Everglades National Park the largest subtropical wilderness in the US that global warming threatened the...
  • On Earth Day, here are 20 photos of our planet that will take your breath away 3 days ago

    Our planet is the only planet we can call home. No matter what caste, class, ethnicity, nationality or religion you belong to, we all have one home. It is the third planet from the sun. It is the blue planet. It is Earth. And Earth is beautiful. And nothing spells...
  • Google Earth Day quiz results: Pangolin, honey badger, cuttlefish, mantis shrimp, komodo dragon, woolly mammoth 3 days ago

    Since the first ever doodle for the Burning Man Festival back on August 30, 1998 doodle has posted hundreds of doodles on its home pages around the world, but this is the first time that the Internet giant has posted an online personality quiz in the form of an interactive...
  • Take the Google Earth Day quiz to find out which animal are you 3 days ago

    The Google Earth Day doodle is a first of its kind doodle that "presents one of the Internet's favourite pastimes: a goofy quiz," that at the end of it tells you which animal you are the closest to. The Google Earth Day quiz works on "any up-to-date browsers on your mobile...
  • Are you ready to brave these horrid places? 5 of the creepiest places on Earth April 12, 2015

    Our planet is so very diverse in terms of places to be at. There are beautiful landscapes and giant mountains and temperamental oceans. And then, there are some places where you don't want to be, at all! These 5 places are as creepy as they can get. From dead lakes...
  • Air quality of Mumbai, Delhi to be very poor next few days April 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Air quality of Delhi and Mumbai will be "very poor" in the next few days, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday, due to a dust storm which originated in the Gulf region last week. According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), a body under the...
  • Unusually short total lunar eclipse dazzles skywatchers April 5, 2015

    Los Angeles: The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled. Early risers in the western US and Canada should have been able to catch a glimpse before dawn Saturday. The moment when the moon was completely obscured by Earth's shadow lasted several minutes, making...
  • Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour March 29, 2015

    New York:The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign. The usually glittering nighttime majesty of the Empire State Building was set to "faint sparkle" in New York, while theaters on Broadway...
  • Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission March 28, 2015

    Baikonur (Kazakhstan): Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory, about twice as long as a standard mission...
  • Watch: 10 places on this planet, that Google Earth is hiding from us all March 16, 2015

    The old internet saying 'Noting stays hidden from Google' is not true at all. Or at least partly. There are several places on this planet that are hidden in the Google Earth maps. Military bases and nuclear silos and prisons and what not, check out these 10 places that you'll...
  • Sun has maximum impact on climate when Earth is cooler March 2, 2015

    London: The impact of the Sun on Earth's climate has greater significance when our planet is cooler, a new study has found. An international team of researchers shows that, during the last 4,000 years, there appears to have been a close correlation between solar activity and the sea surface temperature in...
  • Earth's inner core has its own inner core February 10, 2015

    Washington: Scientists have found that the Earth's inner core has its own smaller core within it, a discovery that may shed light on how our planet has evolved. The discovery was made possible after a novel application of earthquake-reading technology by a research team at the University of Illinois and...
  • NASA unveils 'dark side' of the Moon February 10, 2015

    Washington: NASA has released an incredibly detailed video of what the Moon looks on the side that is never visible from the Earth. As the Earth spins around and around, it only ever faces one side of our orbiting Moon. Just like the near side, the far side goes through...
  • NASA launches Earth-observing satellite February 1, 2015

    Vandenberg Air Force Base (US): A NASA satellite lifted off on Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts. The satellite is on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which...
  • NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture January 31, 2015

    Los Angeles: NASA on Saturday launched a new Earth-observing satellite that aims to give scientists high-resolution maps showing how much moisture lies in soil in order to improve climate forecasts. The SMAP observatory -- short for Soil Moisture Active Passive -- blasted off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta...
  • Astronomers find oldest known star with Earth-like planets January 27, 2015

    Miami: International astronomers on Tuesday they have discovered the oldest known star in a distant galaxy encircled by five Earth-sized planets, signaling that planets formed throughout the history of the universe. The system is 11.2 billion years old and was born near the dawn of the galaxy, said the report. The star...
  • Last year was Earth's hottest on record: US scientists January 17, 2015

    Cape: Last year was Earth's hottest on record in new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the air, two US government agencies said on Friday. The White House said the studies, by the US space agency NASA and the National Oceanic...
  • Year 2014 was Earth's hottest on record, say US scientists January 17, 2015

    Cape Canaveral: Last year (2014) was Earth's hottest on record in new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the air, two US government agencies said on Friday. The White House said the studies, by the US space agency NASA and the...
  • Eight new planets found that may support life January 7, 2015

    Washington: In a major find, astronomers have discovered eight new planets that may be capable of supporting life, including two most Earth-like alien worlds yet found. Astronomers announced that they have found eight new planets in the "Goldilocks" zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist...
  • NASA closer than ever to finding Earth's 'twin' January 7, 2015

    Miami: NASA is closer than ever to finding a twin for the Earth, astronomers said, announcing the discovery of eight new planets that circle in the habitable zones of their stars. Two of the eight are the most Earth-like of any known planets found so far outside our solar system,...
  • NASA plans airships, floating city for manned Venus mission December 21, 2014

    Washington: NASA plans to send solar-powered airships to explore Venus' atmosphere and to eventually establish a permanent human colony in a floating cloud city above the Earth's nearest planetary neighbour. Dale Arney and Chris Jones, from the Space Mission Analysis Branch of NASA's Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at Langley Research...
  • Earth meteorite indicates water reservoir on Mars December 19, 2014

    Washington: NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Though controversy still surrounds the origin, abundance and history of water on Mars, this discovery helps resolve the question...
  • Massive asteroid not a threat to earth: NASA December 10, 2014

    New York: A massive asteroid discovered by Russian researchers is not a threat to the Earth, NASA has confirmed. According to media reports, a Russian researcher discovered a 400-metre space rock named Asteroid 2014 UR116 coming towards the Earth. "Some press reports have suggested that an asteroid designated 2014 UR116, found on...
  • Christian Bale found unlikely inspiration in 'Life of Brian' for his role in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' December 3, 2014

    Paris: When Christian Bale landed the part of Moses in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', the latest epic from the British director, he found unlikely inspiration in Monty Python's irreverent comedy film 'Life of Brian'. Bale, 40, had just finished filming 'American Hustle' and was not in the best physical...
  • Life should be chaotic, says Amitabh Bachchan November 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he enjoys working in a "chaotic" environment. "Words written in solitude ... in an air of nothingness, bring the required results. Words written in the middle of chaotic traffic are the best for me - life should be chaotic, yet controlled in some (ways). "Those 'some's'...
  • Natural shield 11,000 km above Earth stops radiation November 27, 2014

    Washington: In a pioneering feat, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Colorado in Boulder have discovered an invisible shield some 11,000 kms above Earth that works against the harmful radiation belt. High above Earth's atmosphere, electrons whiz past at close to the speed of light. Such ultra-relativistic...
  • Powerful earthquake sparks panic in Indonesia November 27, 2014

    Manado: A powerful undersea earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Wednesday evening, causing fresh panic in an area that has been hit by a series of strong tremors in recent days. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of casualties or damage after the quake, which the US Geological...
  • Earth smashed by 556 fiery asteroids in last 20 years November 18, 2014

    Washington: Over 556 small asteroids smashed into the Earth over the last 20 years, NASA researchers have found, suggesting that fiery space rocks are bombarding into the planet's atmosphere at a stunning rate. A map released by NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Programme shows that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate...